Over the last 85 years, United Way of McLean County has worked tirelessly to raise funds for local nonprofits to enable them to achieve goals and run programs with the highest level of success and impact on the community. For our collected donations to be effective, we have had the responsibility of managing and policing correct allocation to each non-profit we contribute to. Unfortunately, it became challenging for us to continue giving to all non-profits in need when our large corporate partners changed their donations. United Way of McLean County is still working to serve the most critical needs in our community and mobilize efforts that will create the most impact in McLean County.
Through numerous studies, it has been determined that the best way to help our youth grow into active, prosperous members of our community is to encourage and enable them to graduate high school, which we highlight with our School Readiness efforts. Once they have graduated high school, we want to light the path to gainful employment in our community by connecting them with employers actively in search of energized employees. Our Workforce 180 efforts highlight the importance and value in providing these opportunities to those in need in Mclean County.
Unlike many other organizations that do fantastic work in the United States and around the world, donating to United Way of McLean County will directly impact our community. Whether your donation helps a child graduate from Normal West High School or provides education funding for a future Advocate BroMenn CNA, your donation will directly impact someone in your community and provide opportunities for them to grow and learn. Your donations could have a huge impact on the McLean County community for years to come.
In 2020, United Way of Illinois released a groundbreaking study revealing the scope of financial hardship across Illinois, beyond traditional federal poverty guidelines. United Way introduced ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed), which represents households that are working and earning above the poverty line, but struggle to afford the basic necessities of housing, food, child care, healthcare, transportation, and a smartphone. Learn more about the ALICE report findings, today!