Welcome New Board Members and Executive Committee

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The Heart of Illinois United Way recently hosted our annual meeting for the election of officers and executive committee. Please join us in welcoming our newest members and leaders for 2024-2025. 2024-2025 Executive Committee Sid P. Ruckriegel, Chair SERVUS, Inc. Robert C. Gates, Past Chair Heyl, Royster, Voelker & Allen, P.C. Matthew Mamer, Vice Chair […]

Center for Prevention of Abuse Receives 2024 Partner Award

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Congratulations to the Center for Prevention of Abuse, the recipient of this year’s Jim and Katie Owens Partner Award.  For more than 40 years, this agency has supported our community with the knowledge and caring that domestic violence can affect all people, from all backgrounds, and that everyone deserves peace. Established as a rape crisis […]

Congratulations to Sean and Crystal Garrett, 2024 Hoot Gibson Honorees

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Since 1985, the Heart of Illinois United Way has recognized a volunteer who spends countless hours working without fanfare to help others. Our annual Hoot Gibson Award is presented in memory of Horace J. “Hoot” Gibson, Jr. who pursued his goals in a quiet, determined matter, caring little if others knew of his accomplishments. In […]

Thank You to Our Outgoing Board Members!

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The Heart of Illinois United Way recently held our annual meeting for election of officers and board members. We also recognized our incredible outgoing board members for their support of the Heart of Illinois United Way. Patti Bash has volunteered for the Heart of Illinois United Way for more than 20 years. She started her […]

Ron and Michelle Carrothers Named 2023 McCord Philanthropists of the Year

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Congratulations to our 2023 McCord Philanthropists of the Year, Ron and Michelle Carrothers, who have been leadership donors and active volunteers for the Heart of Illinois United Way for more than 20 years. Michelle has served as an allocation volunteer, board member, Power of the Purse chair, and co-chair of the Campaign Cabinet’s medical division. […]

Dr. Jon Neidy Honored with 2023 Hoot Gibson Award

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Dr. Jon Neidy is the 2023 Hoot Gibson Award honoree for community volunteerism in support of the Heart of Illinois United Way. Jon’s time with the HOI United Way began in 2006 with his service on a Fund Distribution Committee.  From developing outcome benchmarks, drafting applications and scoring rubrics, training partner agencies, and engaging follow HOIUW volunteers, Jon has […]

Tenth Anniversary of 2-1-1

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This year marks our 10th anniversary of our partnership with Advanced Medical Transport of Central Illinois to provide 2-1-1 to people in need. Each year, more than 10,000 calls to 2-1-1 connect people to critical services to help them lead stable lives. And during times of crisis, such as the tornado in 2013 and the […]

Heart of Illinois United Way Celebrates 100th Community-Wide Campaign

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The Heart of Illinois United Way has proven time and again that we are built to support central Illinois in times like these. Through our Community Impact Fund, we are able to adapt to changing needs while providing a solid foundation of services year-round. Each year, hundreds of local companies and organizations participate in our […]

Women United Happier Hour on May 4, 2023 at Par-A-Dice Hotel, East Peoria

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Thank you for everyone who joined us for our first Women United Happier Hour! Mark your calendars for Thursday, May 2, 2024. We hope you’ll join us next year. About the Event Our Women United Happier Hour is a fun and relaxed evening to connect and volunteer! We hope you will join us next year […]

Continuum of Care prepares for dropping temperatures, rising need

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Home for All Continuum of Care, a part of the Heart of Illinois United Way, is preparing for temperatures to drop and the need for warmth and shelter to rise. “Rather than being the boots on the ground, the direct service, we’re really focusing on looking at the data,” said executive director Kate Green. “Understanding […]

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