Effingham, Illinois – Various local non-profit organizations with a 501c3 certificate recently made presentations to the United Way of Effingham County requesting funding from the 2024 Campaign. The presentations consisted of information about the organization, who they serve and what their funding was needed for within their organization. The United Way of Effingham County Grants Committee determined which agencies receive funding based on the ongoing needs within Effingham County.

20 agencies requested funding this year. Two new agencies were granted funding (Effingham Imagination Library and Friends of Camp Wassatoga) and two agencies who received funding from the previous campaign declined to re-apply, as they felt their programs could be supported without support from United Way for 2024 (Illinois Deer Donation Program and Heartland Human Services).

The 20 local partner agencies that will receive funding from the 2024 Campaign include: Altamont After School Program, Big Brothers Big Sisters (Mid-Illinois), Boy Scouts (Effingham Country Troops), Friends of Camp Wassatoga, Catholic Charities, Meals on Wheels of CEFS, Child Advocacy Center of East Central Illinois, Effingham Child Development Center, El Shaddai Homes, Enduring Freedom Ministries, Family Mental Health Support, Effingham County FISH Human Services, Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois (Effingham Troops), Effingham Imagination Library, One Hope United, SAFE (Sexual Abuse and Family Emergencies), Senior Services of Effingham County, S.T.A.R. (Strategic Training and Restoration), SWAN (Stopping Women Abuse Now) and Unit 40 Mentoring Program.

“The week of grant presentations is truly my favorite week of the year for United Way. It reminds us that the efforts we’re giving are supporting the increasing needs of health and human services within our own county. It’s easy to look past the needs that your friends, family and neighbors may have. Hearing how our partner agencies are assisting our community members really gives us the drive to raise as many funds as we can for these organizations,” said Emily Hille, United Way of Effingham County Chief Professional Officer.

The 2024 Campaign Goal has been set at $300,000. These funds will be raised by local donors, employee campaigns held at local businesses, fundraising events and more. The next upcoming fundraiser will be held on July 11, 2024 at Tuscan Hills Winery. A comedy show will be presented by comedian Nick Hoff, supported by Effingham Comedy. Watch United Way social media for details and tickets.

For more information about United Way of Effingham County and the 20 local partner agencies, visit www.effinghamunitedway.org or contact the United Way office at (217) 342-3824.