Steve Montez Receives 2022 Hoot Gibson Award

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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 […]

Freedom House Presented 2022 Jim and Katie Owens Partner Award

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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 […]

Women United: 100 Years of Community Impact

The Heart of Illinois United Way is celebrating our 100th anniversary and we hope you will join us for a fun, relaxing evening honoring our past, celebrating our present, and providing inspiration for the future.

You’re Invited to this event on Thursday, May 5, 2022, 5:00pm to 7:30pm, at Par-A-Dice Hotel, East Peoria. Read more at hoiunitedway.org/womenunited/ The history of the Heart of Illinois United Way is truly the history of how the people of central Illinois, women and men both, care for one another. We hope you will join […]

You’re Invited to the 100th Anniversary Celebration!

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Join us to celebrate a century of community impact! Founded October 1921, our United Way has created lasting change for the education, financial stability, and health needs of people in central Illinois for 100 years. We could not have done this work without you. We hope you will help us celebrate! Wednesday, February 23, 2022 […]

The Foundation of Trust, Peoria Magazine, November 2021

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By Jennifer Zammuto, Heart of Illinois United Way Building trust is key to successful teamwork in the workplace and in the community. The building blocks of successful teams start with a strong foundation of trust. From CEOs to coaches, from business leaders to teachers, we have all worked on teams that are not as cohesive […]

High Street in Peoria Named Honorary Heart of Illinois United Way

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There is not “one way” to celebrate 100 years of community impact…but an Honorary Heart of Illinois United “Way” is a great place to start! Thank you to City of Peoria, Councilman Sid Paul Ruckriegel, and Councilman Charles Grayeb for joining us on October 25 (date of our first board meeting in 1921) to dedicate […]

Heart of Illinois United Way Turns 100 Today!

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It’s our birthday! Here’s to all of you who made it possible! The Heart of Illinois United Way was founded October 18, 1921! Thank you to the more than 35 companies, families, and organizations who sent us birthday wishes today! Click here to “tune in” button and help us celebrate! Celebrating 100 Years of Community […]

Mike and Margee Cullinan, 2021 McCord Philanthropist of the Year

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Congratulations to long-time Heart of Illinois United Way supporters – Mike and Margee Cullinan – our 2021 McCord Philanthropists of the Year! As donors, volunteers, and sponsors, they have been part of our organization for more than 30 years. In honor of the McCord Family’s long-standing support of central Illinois, this annual United Way award […]

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