Join the Fight for Our Community

Change doesn't happen alone.

Be an Everyday Hero

Help Improve the Lives of People in Our Community

Every day people in our community face personal and social crises. Homelessness. Hunger. Addiction. Lack of or low-quality education. Quality health care that is out of reach. 


We – the team at United Way of Central Illinois, our partners and supporters like you – surround tough problems like these and we fight. We fight to make the lives of every person in our community better by improving their health, education and financial stability. 


Why We Fight


We fight because even though our community has a lot to celebrate, there are still a lot of problems that need to be solved. These are often problems that aren’t talked about. They’re complex problems without easy answers. They’re problems that last weeks, years and even generations. 


We fight because of people like Mary who received meals as she cared for her husband with dementia, or Marquell who blossomed into a classroom role model despite his family’s struggles, or  Candice who had physical and emotional trauma from being removed from her parents’ care. We fight because every person in our community deserves to thrive. 


Why do you fight? Tell us on Twitter using the hashtag #EverydayHero.


How We Fight


When we’re UNITED we can solve these social crises. We can bring together the organizations with the best resources and the people in need. We can find new solutions to old problems. And we can find and mobilize people in our community who are ready to take on our community’s most daunting crises.  


What We Fight For


What does it mean to join the fight? It means you:


Fight for the safety net of food and shelter for our most vulnerable members.

We support emergency services vital to the basic needs (food and shelter) of the most vulnerable members of our community. These services, which include services for victims of violence and disaster, stabilize families so that they may begin building a good quality of life.


Funded Programs:

  • Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois St. John’s Breadline Program

  • Contact Ministries and Helping Hands of Springfield, Inc. Emergency Shelter and Support for Men, Women and Women with Children Program

  • Helping Hands of Springfield, Inc. Emergency Shelter Program

  • Mini O’Beirne Crisis Nursery Core Program

  • Senior Services of Central Illinois Daily Bread Home Delivered Meals Program

  • Sojourn Shelter and Services Adult and Children Shelter Program 


You can learn more about Basic Needs priorities and strategies here.


Fight for more kids and teenagers to have a chance to succeed.

From cradle to career, we ensure every child gets a strong start in life, teenagers have the tools to learn and grow, and young adults can thrive in the job market. 


Funded Programs:

  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Illinois Capital Region Comprehensive Mentoring Program

  • Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Illinois Project Learn Program

  • Compass for Kids Camp Compass Program

  • Compass for Kids Club Compass Program

  • Girl Scout Leadership Experience Outreach Program

  • One Hope United Foster Grandparent Program

  • Springfield Public Schools Camp Kindergarten: Ready, Set, Go! Program

  • Springfield Urban League, Inc. Freedom School Program

  • Springfield Urban League, Inc. Brandon OutREACH Program

  • Community ACEs Training


You can learn more about Education priorities and strategies here.


Fight for a path to financial stability for families and individuals.

We support seniors living independent lives and equipped adults to support themselves and/or their families in a financially stable environment.


Funded Programs:

  • Helping Hands of Springfield, Inc. Representative Payee Program

  • Memorial Behavioral Health Projects for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness Program

  • MERCY Communities, Inc. Permanent Supportive Housing Program

  • MERCY Communities, Inc. Transitional Living Program

  • Senior Services of Central Illinois Comprehensive Elder Assistance Services Program

  • Springfield Urban League, Inc The Empowerment Program


You can learn more about Financial Stability priorities and strategies here.


Fight for the well-being of people in our community.

We make it easier for individuals to access nutritious foods, to access needed mental health services and to feel supported, connected and engaged to lead healthy lives. We’re fighting to help everyone get—and stay—healthy.


Funded Programs:

  • Lutheran Child and Family Services Counseling Program

  • Senior Services of Central Illinois Senior Connection and Transport Program

  • SIU Center for Family Medicine Program


You can learn more about Health priorities and strategies here.


But change doesn’t happen alone. Help improve the lives of people in our community by supporting United Way of Central Illinois.

Be In the Know

Sign up for our emails and stay informed about how we work with partners and supporters like you to strengthen our community.