2020 Power of the Purse

Our 2020 Power of the Purse event is going virtual! So grab your favorite snacks, get comfy, invite some friends or go it alone, and have fun bidding on a great selection of purses and more! Online auction and raffle ticket sales will take place Tuesday, October 1 (5:00 pm launch) through Thursday, October 8 (7:00 pm end). Enjoy fashion and a fun night in for a great cause! Funds raised by the event support education, financial stability and health needs through the United Way Community Impact Fund and provide weekend snackpacks for children in need.

Bidding and Raffle Open Until Thursday!

Visit https://one.bidpal.net/hoiuwpop2020/welcome to get started.

Thank You to the 2020 Underwriters and Sponsors

GUCCI UNDERWRITER LEVEL – $10,000

Illinois Mutual
PNC

MICHAEL KORS SPONSORSHIP LEVEL – $5,000

Church Women United-Illinois
OSF HealthCare

COACH SPONSORSHIP LEVEL – $2,500

CEFCU
Teresa & Bernie Koch
RSM US LLP

VERA BRADLEY SPONSORSHIP LEVEL – $1,000

Davis & Campbell LLC

DONATION TO POWER OF THE PURSE MISSION – $500

Bard Optical

Power of the Purse Mission

Inspire, enhance, and strengthen the lives of women and children by raising funds for education, financial stability and health.

Power of the Purse Committee

Libby Allison, OSF Healthcare
Patti Bash, Community Volunteer
Michelle Carrothers, OSF Healthcare
Shelli Dankoff, OSF Healthcare
DeAnn Sullivan, Community Volunteer
Jenna Wiesner, PNC

For more information, please contact:

The 2020 Power of the Purse - Funds raised by the event support education, financial stability and health needs through the United Way Community Impact Fund and provide weekend snackpacks for children in need.

Community Impact Fund Grants for July 2020 – June 2021 Approved

The Heart of Illinois United Way Board of Directors and Community Impact Fund volunteers recently approved the allocation of grants to support vital health and human care programs throughout central Illinois.

One out of three people in Peoria, Tazewell, Woodford, Marshall, Stark and Putnam counties is helped by Heart of Illinois United Way Community Impact Fund programs and initiatives each year. Over the next year, more than $4.255 million will be directed locally to support critical education, financial stability, and health programs that meet needs identified by the Heart of Illinois United Way’s Community Assessment.

Funding decisions are made by more than 100 local volunteers who collectively represent more than 500 years of combined grant review expertise. This data-driven process is based on a set of measurable outcomes that benchmark how well each funded program impacts the knowledge and behavior of the clients served and if the program is financially viable.

Through this multi-year, competitive grant process, the Heart of Illinois United Way Community Impact Fund not only provides a sustainable and reliable source of funding to our partner agencies, it also provides accountability to United Way donors ensuring charitable investments earn the greatest return.

“During a crisis like the current COVID-19 response, your investment in our Community Impact Fund is the best way to support central Illinois. We leverage your donation to continually build a stable foundation of education, financial stability, and health services that remain strong in times of crisis and adapt to meet the greatest needs over time. For more than 99 years, our United Way has proven our collaborative efforts are built for tough times like these,” Jennifer Zammuto, President of the Heart of Illinois United Way, said.

Education, financial stability, and health are vital for building safe and stable lives. But for too many individuals and families in central Illinois, these fundamentals are out of reach. A quality education is essential to earning a livable wage; improving financial stability leads to increased independence; and access to healthcare promotes wellness for all ages.

Last year, just a few of the results from the Community Impact Fund include:

  • More than 85% of tutoring and after school students achieved academic success
  • More than 94% of adults improved employment
  • More than 93% of children and adults learned how to eat more healthfully

For individuals and families in need of assistance, the Heart of Illinois United Way encourages them to contact our 2-1-1 Information and Referral Service by calling 211 or 309-999-4029 or visiting 211hoi.org. Help is available 24/7.

For more information about the Heart of Illinois United Way’s Community Impact Fund, contact Jennifer Zammuto, President, .