Heart of Illinois
United Way

Advancing Education, Income and Health in East Peoria

Over the last year, more than 4,500 people in East Peoria received assistance from United Way funded programs such as crisis nursery help, home-delivered meals, mental health counseling, disaster services, and much more.

Over the last year, more than 4,700 people in East Peoria received assistance from United Way funded programs such as crisis nursery help, home–delivered meals, mental health counseling, disaster services, information and referral and much more.

In total, 52 Heart of Illinois United Way funded programs were utilized by East Peoria residents last year.


Jessica Robbins and Family

Jessica and her children enjoying their home.

Jessica and her children enjoying their home

When East Peoria resident Jessica Robbins wanted to provide a home for her two children, she turned to Habitat for Humanity. Not only has Jessica helped build her own home, she also volunteers to help other new homeowners with their home construction. And, whenever she has any questions about her home, she has the United Way funded Habitat for Humanity program, Project HOPE to help her make informed decisions.


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A highlight on United Way volunteers from East Peoria ...

Rick Dokey

Rick Dokey, United Way volunteer from East Peoria

East Peoria resident Rick Dokey is Vice President of Global Services for Federal Companies and he has been with the Federal Companies since 1977. In 2013, the Heart of Illinois United Way presented Rick Dokey with the 2013 Hoot Gibson Award.

Rick Dokey is known as a "go–to" person for his fellow employees at Federal Companies and this trait follows through to his efforts for the Heart of Illinois United Way. Not only is he active with the United Way, he supports his hometown of East Peoria as a member of his chamber's board and deacon at his church. United Way staff and volunteers appreciate Dokey's willingness to always step up to the plate. Whether he's organizing a Day of Caring team, grilling food for more than 300 meals as part of the Snag and Brag fishing series, or pulling a Federal Companies semi into the lot to collect food for the Day of Caring food drive, he puts in hundreds of hours for United Way each year.

Sue Yoder-Portscheller

Sue Yoder, United Way volunteer from East Peoria

When Sue Yoder-Portscheller started as a part-time teller at CEFCU thirty years ago, she was one of only 200 employees. Today, she is vice president of marketing; and CEFCU is one of the nation's largest and most successful credit unions, with assets exceeding $4.8 billion. Yoder is responsible for directing the Marketing, Community Relations, and Corporate Research Departments at CEFCU. These functions include: marketing promotions and campaigns, advertising, corporate image, public relations, spokesperson, market and member research, and corporate giving.

After attending Illinois Central College, she earned her Bachelor's Degree from the University of Illinois at Springfield in 1988 and an MBA from Bradley University in 1991. She is also a graduate of the Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce Community Leadership School and the University of Missouri-Columbia Executive Marketing Institute.

With extensive community service, Yoder currently serves on the Boards of Directors for Easter Seals as the immediate past Board Chair, the Children's Hospital of Illinois as the current Board Chair and as a publicly-elected Trustee at Illinois Central College having served several terms as Chair. Her involvement with United Way started in 1995 when she volunteered as the Pacesetter Co-Chair, in 1996 as the Business/Commerce Chair, and as the 75th Anniversary Fund Raising Events Chair in 1997. She continues to support the United Way at CEFCU, where the Employee Campaign is directed under her department.

"Contributions to the Heart of Illinois United Way help provide essential services and assistance to more than 1,100 central Illinois residents each and every day, by helping fund more than 85 programs at 47 different partner agencies! The work of the United Way and its partner agencies touches us all," Yoder-Portscheller said.

Sue is married to Bruce Portscheller and has one son, Patrick Vaughan. Patrick is 33 years old, and is married to Randi. They have two children: Alivia, 6 years old, and Ty, just 18 months old. In her free time, Sue loves spending time with the grandchildren, golfing, and working on her family genealogy.

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