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.

Heart of Illinois United Way Celebrates 2017 Campaign Results

The Heart of Illinois United Way 2017 Campaign Chairs, Bill and Rebecca Pape, announced Thursday, February 1 that the 2017 Campaign raised $11,108,500.

Each year, more than 300 local companies and organizations participate in the annual campaign. In 2017, a $265,000 Challenge Grant, sponsored by Caterpillar Inc., CEFCU and UnityPoint Health – Methodist | Proctor, matched new or increased contributions expanding the Heart of Illinois United Way’s base of support. For this past campaign, there were 14 new corporate gifts, 20 new employee campaigns and 59 organizations increased their contributions to the United Way by 10 percent or more.

“Heart of Illinois United Way identifies and effectively addresses critical health and human care needs in our community. This year’s successful campaign of $11.1 million represents almost a 1 percent increase over last year, but also represents an 83 percent increase from 15 years ago. This continuous growth in generosity and support demonstrates the unwavering caring and compassion we have for one another in central Illinois,” Michael Stephan, Heart of Illinois United Way President, said. Continue reading

Halfway through 2017 campaign, $8.6 million donated to United Way

The Heart of Illinois United Way has raised $8.6 million so far in its annual fundraising campaign, with numerous workforce efforts still underway at the campaign’s midpoint. More than 300 local companies and organizations participate in the campaign by seeking donations from employees – and several businesses have already surpassed previous contribution levels. Continue Reading at www.pjstar.com…

Homelessness: ‘It could be a solvable problem here’

Kevin Nowlan doesn’t see more cots in emergency shelters solving the homeless problem in central Illinois. “Permanent housing is the answer,” said the Continuum of Care director with the Heart of Illinois United Way, the agency that last year took over management of the region’s homeless care program. But it’s a matter of taking one step at a time, he said. “We don’t have the housing stock for all of the homeless people in the area. That’s why we’re prioritizing,” said Nowlan. Read More at www.pjstar.com…

2017 Philanthropists of the Year – Mark & Reneé Spenny

The 2017 Philanthropists of the Year award was presented to Mark and Reneé Spenny at the fall Tocqueville Society Reception. Giving back to the community is important Mark and Reneé Spenny. Together, they have given generously of their time, talents and treasure to numerous organizations in central Illinois.

Mark and Reneé Spenny

In 2007, the Heart of Illinois United Way established the Philanthropists of the Year to recognize members of the Tocqueville Society who are committed to the health and well-being of central Illinois. Each year, the award honors individuals or couples for their leadership, dedication, and inspiration in creating a lasting positive impact on the quality of life in our community.

The 2017 Philanthropists of the Year award was presented to Mark and Reneé Spenny at the fall Tocqueville Society Reception. Giving back to the community is important Mark and Reneé Spenny. Together, they have given generously of their time, talents and treasure to numerous organizations in central Illinois.

In 2010, Mark and Reneé chaired the Heart of Illinois United Way’s annual campaign, raising more than $8.7 million. Mark is President and CEO of CEFCU and Reneé Spenny has been employed in real estate title and loans. They have volunteered for numerous local nonprofits and most recently, Mark served as Chair of the Heart of Illinois United Way’s Board of Directors and Reneé served on the Power of the Purse steering committee. Continue reading

Sally Snyder, 2017 Hoot Gibson Honoree

2017 Hoot Gibson Honoree Sally Snyder with Board Chair Tim Neuhauser

Sally Snyder with Board Chair Tim Neuhauser

Since 1985, the Heart of Illinois United Way has recognized a volunteer who spends countless hours working without fanfare to help others. The annual Hoot Gibson award is presented in memory of Horace J. “Hoot” Gibson, who pursued his goals in a quiet, determined manner, caring little if others knew of his accomplishments. For her volunteer leadership in central Illinois and outstanding support for Heart of Illinois United Way, Sally Snyder was awarded the 2017 Hoot Gibson Award.

Sally first became involved with the Heart of Illinois United Way as a board member in the mid-1990s and just finished another term of office. As a long-time supporter of the United Way, she’s been a member of the Success By 6 steering committee and has been instrumental in our support of early childhood education. She also serves on the health and rehabilitation allocations panel and devotes countless hours each year reviewing grants and attending agency presentations. Over the years, she has also served on our Pillars Society and Strategic Planning committees.

With a passion for education, Sally Snyder has spent years on the Peoria Public Schools’ board including serving as board president. In addition, she has provided volunteer leadership to numerous nonprofit organizations including the Hult Center for Healthy Living, Peoria Riverfront Museum, WTVP, Peoria Promise, Heartland Health Services and Advanced Medical Transport of Central Illinois.

Congratulations to Sally!

Volunteers kick off annual United Way campaign with Day of Caring

Peoria Journal Star

Nearly 1,700 volunteers from central Illinois businesses and not-for-profits spent the day Friday lending a hand at United Way partner agencies to help kick off the annual Heart of Illinois United Way campaign. This year’s traditional Day of Caring activities contributed more than 6,600 volunteer hours at those agencies, setting the tone for the ongoing efforts to encourage people to continue to give back to the broader community. Read More at www.pjstar.com…

25 News Day of Caring Campaign on Final Day

We want to thank the overwhelming response from viewers who have participated in our Day of Caring Campaign all this week. Together with United Way and the Midwest Food Bank, we’ve been collecting your donations to help combat hunger. Some of that food is headed to help victims of Hurricane Harvey in Texas. But some of that food is also staying right here to help those in need in Central Illinois. Read More at week.com…

2017 Jim and Katie Owens Partner Award

(L-R) Tami Meister, Vice Chair of the Crittenton Centers Board; Jeff Gress, President and CEO of Crittenton Centers; Jennifer Zammuto, Caterpillar Inc.; and Tim Neuhauser, Envision Insurance and Chair of the Heart of Illinois United Way Board of Directors.

(L-R) Tami Meister, Vice Chair of the Crittenton Centers Board; Jeff Gress, President and CEO of Crittenton Centers; Jennifer Zammuto, Caterpillar Inc.; and Tim Neuhauser, Envision Insurance and Chair of the Heart of Illinois United Way Board of Directors.

Congratulations to Crittenton Centers who was recently awarded the Heart of Illinois United Way’s 2017 Jim and Katie Owens Partner Award at the 2017 Annual Meeting on July 25.

In 2007, the Heart of Illinois United Way created the United Way Partner Award that is presented annually to a United Way agency in recognition of their outstanding leadership, collaboration and engagement with the Heart of Illinois United Way. In 2009, Jim and Katie Owens were presented with the Heart of Illinois United Way’s Philanthropist of the Year award at the Toqueville Society reception.

Over the years, Jim and Katie Owens have provided outstanding volunteer leadership to the United Way and our partner agencies. They have served on our campaign cabinet, board of directors and several committees. To recognize them for their tremendous support, in 2009 the United Way Partner Award was renamed in their honor to be the Jim and Katie Owens Partner Award.

As the 2017 recipient of the Jim and Katie Owens Partner Award, Crittenton Centers has been a member of the Heart of Illinois United Way family of agencies since the very beginnings of the United Way in 1921. Continue reading

Heart of Illinois United Way Host Wine Tasting for Tocqueville Society

On June 22, the Heart of Illinois United Way hosted a Wine Tasting for the Tocqueville Society at the Peoria Riverfront Museum. More than 100 guests and volunteers enjoyed a fun night out to support the education, financial stability and health programs in central Illinois. Our thanks to the sponsors who made the event happen…Digital Copy Systems, Mike and Margee Cullinan, UFS, Peoria Riverfront Museum, and The Kwon Gallup Group – Morgan Stanley.