The Heart of Illinois United Way funds community programs and services to promote education, financial stability and health in Marshall, Peoria, Putnam, Stark, Tazewell and Woodford Counties in Central Illinois.

Peoria Magazine’s 2019 Community Impact Issue

The Heart of Illinois United Way partnered with Peoria Magazine for the launch of their annual Community Impact Issue on May 2 at Advanced Medical Transport. Approximately 100 guests from area nonprofits were in attendance and heard from guest speakers including Jennifer Zammuto, President, Heart of Illinois United Way; Jan Wright, Publisher, Peoria Magazines; Andrew Rand, CEO, Advanced Medical Transport; Abby Clark, Board Chair, Heart of Illinois United Way Board; Erik Christian, Community Investment Chair, Heart of Illinois United Way Board; and Jeff Gress, President and CEO, Crittenton Centers.

“As the largest investor in our community’s education, financial stability and health needs, the Heart of Illinois United Way ensures contributions to our organization are invested in the most efficient and effective programs that impact on the wellbeing of our community. In addition to the wealth of arts, entertainment, and business opportunities in central Illinois, we should not forget that at the heart of our community are vital services provided by local health and human care agencies. Day in and day out, these nonprofit organizations help real people in challenging situations, make positive change in their lives,” Zammuto said.

Peoria Magazine Releases New Community Impact Guide
https://hoiabc.com/news/2019/05/02/peoria-magazines-releases-2019-community-impact-guide/

Peoria Magazine Launches Annual Community Impact Issue
https://www.centralillinoisproud.com/news/local-news/peoria-magazine-launches-annual-community-impact-issue/1974515505

The Art & Science of Philanthropy, by Jennifer Zammuto
https://www.peoriamagazines.com/pm/2019/may/art-and-science-philanthropy

Celebrate National Volunteer Week with Heart of Illinois Volunteers

(Peoria. IL) To celebrate National Volunteer Week, the Heart of Illinois United Way is excited to announce we are expanding access to our Heart of Illinois Volunteers online volunteer community (accessible via volunteer.hoiunitedway.org), to include eligible 501c3 nonprofit organizations and public schools in our region in addition to our family of partner agencies.

According to a recent study by Verified Volunteers, more than 97 percent of volunteers today want access to a local, online resource to learn about volunteer opportunities in their community. Heart of Illinois Volunteers is exclusively a web-based volunteer center matching individual and team volunteers to local needs.

Launched in 2018,  Heart of Illinois Volunteers has grown to 2,000 volunteer users throughout the community who contributed more than 8,500 volunteer hours last year.  Volunteers who utilize the site can search and register for volunteer needs, fan their favorite organizations, and track all of their volunteer hours through their account’s volunteer resume feature. Continue reading

Heart of Illinois United Way Celebrates 2018 Year-End Results

Each year, the Heart of Illinois United Way’s Community Impact Fund helps 100,000 people in central Illinois with their education, financial stability and health needs.

Through more than 80 funded programs at our partner agencies, along with special initiatives and collaborations that include the 2-1-1 Information and Referral Service, Success By 6, Supporting Student Success, and the Heart of Illinois Homeless Continuum of Care, the Community Impact Fund positions the Heart of Illinois United Way as the largest, local organization to invest in critical health and human care programs.

Last year, more than 300 local companies and organizations participated in the Heart of Illinois United Way’s annual campaign. With the support of the local businesses, labor organizations, government, nonprofit organizations and individuals, the 2018 campaign included 24 new corporate gifts, 21 increased corporate gifts, 29 new workplace campaigns, and 71 increased  workplace campaigns. Investments in the Heart of Illinois United Way’s 2018 Campaign totaled $10,322,920. Continue reading

Tom Jenkins and Katie McCord Jenkins Named Philanthropists of the Year

Tom Jenkins and Katie McCord Jenkins, 2018 Philanthropists of the Year

Tom Jenkins and Katie McCord Jenkins, 2018 Philanthropists of the Year

Congratulations to Tom Jenkins and Katie McCord Jenkins, our 2018 Philanthropists of the Year! In honor of the McCord Family’s long-standing support of central Illinois, this annual United Way award is now named the McCord Philanthropists of the Year to recognize the legacy of Michel and Kay McCord. At the heart of their work, rooted in love, was a constant commitment to the community. Those honored with this award emulate the McCord’s values. Amy Epkins with Illinois Mutual Life Insurance Company, accepted the award at our October 5, 2018 Tocqueville Society Reception.

The Tocqueville Society is named in honor of 19th century French historian, Alexis de Tocqueville who made the important observation that Americans helped each other in times of need. He recognized, applauded and immortalized the voluntary spirit that lives in America’s heart and remains the foundation of the United Way. Continue reading

United Way Campaign Raises $7.7 Million To-Date

2018 Heart of Illinois United Way campaignThe 2018 Heart of Illinois United Way campaign has raised $7,761,550 to-date. With more than 300 local companies and organizations participating in workplace campaigns, many are still in progress at the mid-campaign point.

Paul and Colleen DiGiallonardo, 2018 Campaign Chairs, were at South Side Office of Concern (a United Way Partner Agency) on Tuesday, October 30 to discuss the progress of this year’s campaign.

As the largest non-governmental funder of health and human care programs in central Illinois, the Heart of Illinois United Way is dedicated to investing our community’s charitable resources efficiently and in a way that leads to positive, sustainable impact.

Focused on education, financial stability and health needs, the Heart of Illinois United Way’s Community Impact Fund is a reliable and steady source of income for 47 partner agencies in central Illinois. Every program funded by the Community Impact Fund is scored and evaluated by local volunteers to ensure programs meet identified outcomes and goals.

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Day of Caring Food Drive Collects 12,650 lbs of food!

To add a little friendly competition to this year’s food drive, the Heart of Illinois United encouraged local organizations to enter our “Can You Imagine” food drive structure/display contest.

The “Golden Can Awards” went to River City Construction for the “Weigh-A-Ton” category using 920 plus cans and boxes of food. The “With Flying Colors” category also went to River City Construction for their use of packaging and label colors for their “Baggin’ It Up” grocery bag demonstrating “Just imagine what this bag “CAN” do for our community!”. The “Variation on a Theme” award for their unique and creative theme went to South Side Strong, a collaboration between Crittenton Centers, FamilyCore, Common Place, Red Cross, Neighborhood House and Big Brothers Big Sisters, for their Converse Shoe demonstrating “Making an Impact One Step at a Time”. The “By Design” award went to Dewberry for their “Showing Our Colors” rainbow demonstrating a unique structure. And lastly, Farnsworth Group won the “You Really Like Me” category for the most likes and shares on United Way social media.

A very big thank you to PNC, our Day of Caring underwriter, and our food drive partners Federal Companies, Midwest Food Bank, WEEK-TV and WHOI-TV. Continue reading

Mike Bass from RSM honored with 2018 Hoot Gibson Award.

Since 1985, the Heart of Illinois United Way and IBM have recognized our community’s unsung heroes who spend countless hours working without fanfare to help others. Our annual Hoot Gibson award is presented in memory of Horace J. “Hoot” Gibson who was the manager of the Peoria IBM office for many years along with being an active volunteer for the United Way.

2018 Hoot Gibson honoree, Mike Bass

2018 Hoot Gibson honoree, Mike Bass

Whether it is for work or as a volunteer, our 2018 Hoot Gibson honoree, Mike Bass, is dedicated to serving nonprofit organizations and health care organizations. His responsibilities include delivery of tax compliance and planning advice to help clients achieve their business and personal objectives, as well as general advisory services. Serving on the Agency Financial Review Committee and the Heart of Illinois Homeless Continuum of Care, Bass ensures our partner agencies and continuum members are operating at the highest levels of financial health and governance. His many professional affiliations, credentials and community involvement includes the Illinois Society of Certified Public Accountants, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Vice President of the Central Illinois CPA Society Board, Illinois Central College Accounting Advisory Committee, and boys basketball coach for Union Mission in Pekin.

Friday, September 7 – 2018 Day of Caring Volunteer Event and Food Drive

The 2018 Heart of Illinois United Way's annual Day of Caring brings together volunteers from local companies and organizations to help our partner agencies and schools. Projects include helping with our food drive, reading and crafts with preschool children, landscaping, painting and more.The Heart of Illinois United Way’s annual Day of Caring brings together volunteers from local companies and organizations to help our partner agencies and schools. Projects include helping with our food drive, reading and crafts with preschool children, landscaping, painting and more. Last year, more than 1,650 volunteers provided more than 6,600  hours of work. And with demand at area food pantries continuing to rise, don’t forget to register for our Day of Caring Food Drive. In Illinois, 1 in 7 adults and 1 in 5 children are at risk of hunger and lack access to the food they need to lead healthy, active lives. People throughout central Illinois need your help. Last year, our Day of Caring Food Drive collected more than 23,000 lbs of food for families in need.

  • Friday, September 7, 2018
  • Morning and afternoon volunteer opportunities available
  • Food Drive Collection Day is 9:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Peoria Civic Center (parking lot, corner of Kumpf and Jefferson)
  • Click here for more information!

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Congratulations to South Side Office of Concern our 2018 Jim and Katie Owens Partner Award recipient.

David Lubben, SSOC Board of Trustees Vice President; David McGinty, SSOC Board of Trustees President; Sara Runyon, Chief Operating Officer; Christine Kahl, CEO; Tim Neuhauser, Past HOIUW Board Chair; Robert Cober, Chief Financial Officer; Janda Carter, SSOC Board of Trustees Secretary/Treasurer; Jim Jorgensen, SSOC Board of Trustees Member; Kristen Berchtold, Director of Development

David Lubben, SSOC Board of Trustees Vice President; David McGinty, SSOC Board of Trustees President; Sara Runyon, Chief Operating Officer; Christine Kahl, CEO; Tim Neuhauser, Past HOIUW Board Chair; Robert Cober, Chief Financial Officer; Janda Carter, SSOC Board of Trustees Secretary/Treasurer; Jim Jorgensen, SSOC Board of Trustees Member; Kristen Berchtold, Director of Development

Since 2007, the  Heart of Illinois United Way has recognized on partner agency each year for their outstanding leadership, collaboration and engagement with the United Way. At the United Way’s 2018 Annual Meeting, South Side Office of Concern received the Jim and Katie Owens Partner Award.

A member of the Heart of Illinois United Way family of agencies since 1986, SSOC was founded more than 35 years ago to feed the hungry and provide information and referral to help neighborhood members improve their lives eventually leading to the foundation of the Peoria Anti-Hunger Coalition.

United Way funding in 1986 provided case management and services for people with disabilities. Growth continued and the agency began receiving funding for mental health services from the Illinois Department of Human Services. In 1989, the agency secured funding from HUD and purchased its first house to begin a community housing program.   Throughout the 1990s, permanent supportive housing offerings continued to expand with the acquisition of additional houses for adult males with mental health issues.  An employment program began in 1996 to complement the growing agency’s identified gaps in its services.
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Heart of Illinois United Way Announces New President

New Heart of Illinois United Way President, Jennifer L. Zammuto.

President Jennifer L. Zammuto

Heart of Illinois United Way, the largest non-governmental funder of health and human care programs in central Illinois, is pleased to announce Jennifer L. Zammuto will be the organization’s new President.  Zammuto will join United Way on August 1 and current President, Michael Stephan, will retire on August 31.

“On behalf of the Heart of Illinois United Way Board of Directors, we are looking forward to Jennifer Zammuto leading the organization into the future.  As a true servant leader in our community, Jennifer has been actively involved with our United Way for many years and we know she is the right person for advancing education, financial stability and health in central Illinois,” Tim Neuhauser, Board Chair, said.

Jennifer Zammuto comes to the Heart of Illinois United Way with more than 24 years of experience in philanthropy, communications, strategic planning, consulting, team building and project management. She joins the United Way team after ten years at the Caterpillar Foundation where she implemented new approaches to philanthropy and advocacy while growing the Foundation’s thought leadership position through processes and procedures focused on supporting and mitigating risk. While at Caterpillar, Zammuto built a diverse, award-winning and high-performing team. Her efforts, both local and worldwide, encourage community-wide collaboration across nonprofit, public, government, and corporate sectors.

Prior to joining the Caterpillar Foundation, her years working at Converse Marketing and L.R. Nelson Corporation built her communications, international business, public relations, brand and marketing expertise. She has been actively involved with the Heart of Illinois United Way including serving as the Solution Council’s Vice Chair of the Children and Youth Allocation Committee as well as a member of the Board of Directors, Campaign Cabinet, and Heart of Illinois Homeless Continuum of Care Governing Board.  Zammuto is currently on the board of LISC Peoria, has served on the board for the Center for Prevention of Abuse, and is a former member of Downtown Rotary. Continue reading