Heart of Illinois United Way

Simulating Poverty Realities in Greater Peoria

Mar 16, 2018
Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

More than 80 area professional participated in a poverty simulation at the Peoria Dream Center.

The Heart of Illinois United Way hosted the event. Stephen Peterson is the Vice President of Resource Development for the organization.  He says the simulation aims to help participants start to understand what it might be like to live at or just above the poverty level month to month.  

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The Heart of Illinois United Way has so far raised more than $1.4 million dollars in its annual campaign that kicked off Fri. 

United Way agencies across the United States are receiving $11.5 million in contributions from Caterpillar employees and retirees and the company Foundation.  This amount includes a dollar-for-dollar matching grant from the Caterpillar Foundation.

Cass Herrington / Peoria Public Radio

The Heart of Illinois United Way announced Wed. it’s raised more $8.5 million so far in its annual campaign. That’s a slight decrease from $8.8 million this time last fall.

Still, 2016 Campaign Co-Chair Katie McCord Jenkins called the update, “good news” for the community.

“People are really tapping into this message that we have people in need in our community,” McCord Jenkins said. “Funding from state and federal is not what it was, and in order to keep our community strong, we’ve got to be unified and come together.”

Some good news broke for local non-profits broke last night, in a year marred by a lack of state funding and layoffs in the local manufacturing sector. 

The Heart of Illinois United Way's annual campaign broke the previous year's record by two percent. 

The local United Way chapter announced its 2015 total of $11,631,648, compared to around $10.8 million in 2014. 

The annual year-long fundraising campaign provides funding for non-profits that help the poor in Peoria, Tazewell, Woodford, Marshall, Stark and Putnam Counties.

Alex Rusciano / Peoria Public Radio

The Heart of Illinois United Way has raised $8.8 million so far for this year's campaign.  The money helps fund dozens of health and human service programs in the region.  Campaign Co-chair Tana Utley says the state budget impasse is creating new financial concerns for some groups:

Cass Herrington / Peoria Public Radio

Organizers and fundraisers for the Heart of Illinois United Way say state cuts and budget deadlock are motivating them to campaign harder this year.

The organization kicked off its annual fundraising initiative during a breakfast Friday morning. 

44 businesses and organizations participated in the summer pace-setter campaign, raising more than $1.3 million. That’s up nearly $200,000 compared to this time last year. 2015 Campaign Co-chair Tana Utley says many nonprofits are counting on United Way support to keep their bottom line:

HOI United Way announces 2014 campaign results

Feb 5, 2015
Denise Molina / Peoria Public Radio

The Heart of Illinois United Way is celebrating its fundraising efforts for 2014. Campaign chairs, Bernie and Teresa Koch, announced Thursday the annual campaign raised about eleven-point-four million dollars. Bernie Koch says that’s a more than five-percent increase over 2013.

United Way getting a boost from Caterpillar

Nov 20, 2014

Caterpillar employees and retirees are giving a local organization a boost in its annual fundraising campaign.

HOI United Way project offers a new pathway

Oct 14, 2014
Peoria Public Radio

It’s nearing the one year anniversary of the November 17th tornadoes that tore through the Midwest. Tazewell County and specifically the community of Washington was by far the hardest hit in the state that day because of the number of homes and businesses damaged.

The annual Heart of Illinois United Way Campaign is underway. Bernie and Teresa Koch are chairing this year’s fundraising efforts. 36 businesses and organizations that participated in the summer pacesetter campaign already raised one-point-one-million-dollars.

A summer reading program expands

Apr 21, 2014

Area preschool students can earn tickets to a Peoria Chief’s baseball game with their reading skills. The Chiefs and PNC Bank are partnering with the Heart of Illinois United Way to expand the Homer’s Reading Program, named after the team’s mascot. 

Heart of Il United Way makes push for more donations

Nov 15, 2013

The Heart of Illinois United Way is making the final push for individuals to give to its annual campaign. Campaign Chairs, Doug and Vicky Stewart, say more than nine million dollars has been raised so far. That’s about one-point-four million dollars away from the final amount raised last year.