The Heart of Illinois United Way's grants include the Community Impact Fund and Supporting Student Success (S3), which support our partners' work for education, financial stability and health.

2018 – 2019 Community Impact Fund Grants

Our Work in Education Quality education helps youth and adults achieve their full potential.Education-Related Grants Funded by the Community Impact Fund

Quality education helps youth and adults achieve their full potential

American Red Cross: Youth Preparedness Program
This program provides education to children of all ages about preparedness, safety, and disaster topics.

Big Brothers Big Sisters: Youth Mentoring Program
Through the one-on-one lunch buddies and community-based programs, Big Brothers Big Sisters pairs an at-risk student with an adult mentor to foster better habits in school and throughout life.

Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Peoria: Youth Development: Tutoring and Mentoring
Focusing on extremely at-risk students, the Boys and Girls Clubs provides free tutoring and mentoring in order to achieve academic success and avoid risky behaviors.

Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Peoria: Summer Camp
This summer camp for at-risk kids provides activities that promote academic retention and healthy life skills that lead to positive behavior change.

W.D. Boyce Council, Boy Scouts of America: Life Skills 101
This program is designed to teach youth ages 7-11 leadership skills, self-respect, drug abuse prevention, character, citizenship, responsibility and service to others.

W.D. Boyce Council, Boy Scouts of America: Life Skills 202
This program is designed for youth ages 11-17 and focuses on developing important life skills, such as leadership, financial stability, public speaking and cooking.

G.W.  Carver Association:  Family, Friends and Neighbor Resource Center
This program provides support for unlicensed family, friend and neighbor child care providers so that children in their care are more likely to be ready for Kindergarten.

G.W.  Carver Association: Middle School USA Program
A partnership of students, instructors, and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce, this program prepares at-risk students for graduation and career pathways through activities that promote leadership, teamwork, citizenship, and character development.

G.W.  Carver Association: Strengthening and Supporting Families Program
An evidence-based curriculum addressing parenting skills and behavior change through education and forums, with the ultimate goal of building strong families and promoting child safety.

Children’s Home Association of Illinois: Good Beginnings
Good Beginnings provides intensive, long-term home visits and parenting education for first-time, at-risk families to reduce child abuse/neglect and promote healthy child development.

Children’s Home Association of Illinois: Teen Reach
This after-school program provides a safe, stimulating environment during out-of-school hours, seeking to improve academic performance, encourage participation in organized youth activities, promote skill development, and build self-esteem.

Common Place: Focus on the Future After-School Program
Common Place’s after school program provides a safe environment, tutoring and homework assistance, remedial instruction, and enrichment activities, including STEM challenges, financial literacy, and character-building activities.

Common Place: Adult Literacy Program
This program encourages adult learners to become self-reliant by preparing for the GED and/or increasing their literacy and numeracy skills.

Crittenton Centers: Child Development Center
Crittenton’s Child Development Center provides affordable, nurturing, educational day care services for parents who are working or in school and cannot afford childcare, with the goal of preparing children for Kindergarten.

Crittenton Centers: Family Services
This multi-tiered approach to educating and supporting parents helps new and struggling parents improve their parenting skills and support them as they create sustainable positive change in the family.

Dream Center Peoria – Project 309
This youth development program for at-risk youth focuses breaking the cycle of poverty through tutoring and improvement in academics, hands-on experience in the trades, life skills, and parent education/involvement.

Easter Seals Central Illinois: Autism Learning Center
The Autism Learning Center provides comprehensive behavioral treatment and early intervention for young children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders ages 3-7. Children increase interpersonal skills, academic readiness, motor skills, and adaptive functioning.

FamilyCore: Heart of Illinois After School and Summer Program
This program is designed to assist at-risk youth in developing grade level math and reading skills for successful lifelong learning, as well as social-emotional skills for making positive choices.

Peoria Friendship House of Christian Service: STEAMS Friendship House Academy and Summer Camp
This after-school and summer program provides activities that encourage students to be academically and socially successful, offering tutoring services and enrichment activities in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math.

Goodwill Industries – Digital Skills Training
Provides computer-based skills training for adults to improve vocational skills and foster self-reliance.

Goodwill Industries – Youth Mentoring
Promotes positive youth development by pairing youth ages 12-17 with a caring adult mentor to support at-risk youth in building the skills needed to be successful in school, at home, and in the workforce.

Neighborhood House Association: Life- Learning Is For Everyone
The LIFE Program provides affordable child care to at-risk impoverished children, creates a structured environment to promote learning success for all ages, and encourages parents to play an active role in their child’s education.

The Salvation Army Heartland Division: Child Care Center
The Child Care Center provides an affordable and supportive early childhood educational environment for at-risk children who, because of their home and community environment, are subject to language, cultural, economic, and other disadvantages.

Tri-County Urban League: Adult Achievement Matters
Provides Adult Basic Education and GED preparation through individualized and small group instruction, and also prepares adults for employment.

Tri-County Urban League: Youth Achievement Matters
This program provides academic tutoring, college and career counseling, and community service/work experience for at-risk youth in our community.

Tri-Country Urban League: Teens Organized for Pride and Success (TOPS)
Through prevention and education sessions, the TOPS program aims to prevent teen pregnancy and negative behaviors, equip youth to make good life decisions, and help youth to learn and apply life skills that will reduce the risk factors in their lives.

Tri-County Urban League: Parent-Child Education Center
This program provides children with a safe, affordable, and healthy learning environment to assist children in the development of social-emotional skills, literacy, and math skills resulting in Pre-K success.

Tri-County Urban League: Family Visitation, Habilitation, and Parenting Program
This program aims to build strong families through teaching parents life skills, supervising visitations with their children to model parent interaction and techniques, and assisting with safe housing, employment, and/or budgeting techniques for low-income, at-risk families.

Our Work in Financial Stability - Improving life skills increases independence. The Heart of Illinois United Way is focused on ensuring individuals and families achieve financial stability.Financial Stability-Related Grants Funded by the Community Impact Fund

Financial stability promotes independence helping individuals, families and seniors

American Red Cross: Disaster Services
The American Red Cross is oftentimes the first organization on the scene of a local disaster in order to meet clients’ immediate needs, including food, clothing, shelter, health services, and mental health services.

American Red Cross: Service to Armed Forces
This program provides vital communication between deployed service members and their families in the event of an emergency crisis situation and provides emergency financial assistance to military families.

CASA of Peoria County: Court Appointed Special Advocates
CASA recruits, trains, and supervises community volunteers who are appointed by judges to be independent fact finders and to speak up for the best interests of abused and neglected children, with the goal of securing safe, permanent homes for the children as quickly as possible.

The Center for Prevention of Abuse: Adult Protective Services
This program alleviates the effects of abuse, neglect and financial exploitation of seniors and adults with disabilities, by investigating reports of abuse and providing intervention and advocacy services to ensure safety and maximum independence.

The Center for Prevention of Abuse: Court Advocacy Services
This program’s goals are to provide support to victims of domestic violence and their children as they file Orders of Protection through the local court system. Clients are supported throughout the court process, provided information about their rights as a victim and the dynamics of domestic violence, and provided advocacy, services and referrals to ensure safety and well-being.

The Center for Prevention of Abuse: Safety for Families Fleeing Domestic Violence
This shelter program provides crisis intervention and immediate safety and stability to families who are homeless due to domestic violence, and provides clients with comprehensive case management and connections to community resources needed for increased self-sufficiency and long-term housing stability.

The Center for Youth and Family Solutions: New Day Senior In-Home Counseling and Support Services
Through in-home visits, this program provides effective mental health interventions designed to help seniors cope with challenges exacerbated by aging, strengthen and support their self-reliance and ability to continue living independently, and improve their quality of life.

Children’s Home Association of Illinois: Homeless Youth Services
Homeless Youth Services provides a continuum of care to youth 18-21 years old who are experiencing homelessness or are at immediate risk for homelessness through up to 2 years of individualized, strengths-based programming.

Community Workshop and Training Center, Inc: Behavioral Health Employment Skills
This program provides individuals with chronic and persistent mental illness a structured setting for developing, practicing and maximizing recovery skills for the purpose of promoting independence in vocational, social and independent living skills.

Community Workshop and Training Center: Employment Readiness and Retention
CWTC promotes self-reliance in adults with disabilities through the successful development of employment skills, obtaining job placement, maximizing employment status and income, and increasing job retention.

Community Workshop and Training Center: Home-Based Life Skills
Provides residential services for adults with disabilities to promote independence and integration into local communities. Residences range from 24 hour supervised community living homes to individual, private apartments.

Crittenton Centers: Crisis Nursery
With a focus on the prevention of child abuse and neglect, the Crisis Nursery provides childcare 24 hours per day/365 days per year for families facing crisis and/or parental stress, ensuring children have a safe, nurturing environment in which to stay.

Dream Center Peoria: DCP Emergency Interim Shelter
Emergency shelter is provided for families in crisis, with the goal of locating and sustaining safe, affordable, and permanent housing.

EP!C Peoria: Community Job Placement
Employment readiness, job placement, and job coaching activities are provided to assist people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to maximize their independence and self-reliance.

EP!C : Maximizing Life Skills
This program bridges the challenging medical, social and intellectual barriers associated with various disabilities by teaching clients skills for maximized independence, including personal care, safety, community access, interpersonal skills, and personal finances.

Goodwill Industries: Employment
This program provides individualized job training, placement and support services to job-seekers, addressing barriers to employment and working with local employers to identify good job matches.

Habitat for Humanity: Project HOPE
The goals of the HOPE (Home Owner Preparedness and Education) program are to educate partner families on how to become successful homeowners. Mentoring is provided, as well as workshops to strengthen skills in finance, budgeting, neighbor relations, home maintenance and life skills.

Neighborhood House Association: Financial Empowerment & Employment
Equipping families to improve their long-term financial health, this program provides individualized assistance with plans to increase employment, net income, net worth and credit scores.

Neighborhood House Association: Meals on Wheels
In an effort to help the elderly and disabled continue to live independently, Meals on Wheels delivers regular, nutritious meals and provides regular social contact to residents unable to shop and cook for themselves.

Prairie State Legal Services: Coordinated Problem Resolution
This program provides free in-office legal services to at-risk individuals and families with an emphasis on single-parent families and limited-English speaking individuals. Services focus on protecting the basic human needs of physical safety, shelter, and income.

Prairie State Legal Services: Crisis Intervention Legal Services
This program provides free legal services to low-income families in crisis with non-criminal legal problems requiring prompt action that impact the family’s ability to meet basic needs. Examples include abuse, access to public benefits, and homelessness prevention.

The Salvation Army Heartland Division: Family Shelter
With the goal of rapidly re-housing families as quickly as possible, this low-barrier program provides shelter, meals, clothing, receipt of mail, case management, basic human necessities, and coordination with other providers to facilitate self-sufficiency.

The Salvation Army Heartland Division: Safety Net
This program provides emergency shelter to homeless single men and offers food, clothing, receipt of mail, showers, and case management to work toward permanent housing as quickly as possible.

South Side Office of Concern: Community Support Services
This program provides mental health services to low-income residents of SSOC’s supportive housing programs, with the goals of increasing housing retention/stability, increasing income and life skills, and maintaining functionality/self-sufficiency.

South Side Office of Concern: Glendale Commons
With the goal of ending homelessness and increasing self-sufficiency, Glendale Commons provides affordable, permanent housing for homeless families with one household member who has a disabling condition, and homeless individuals with mental illness, developmental disability and/or substance use disorder.

South Side Office of Concern: New Hope Apartments
New Hope Apartments is a permanent supportive housing program serving homeless individuals with mental illness, developmental disability, and/or substance use disorder and providing opportunities to pursue self-sufficiency.

Tazewell County Resource Centers: Employment Services Program
This program assists persons with disabilities to obtain and maintain employment through community job development, job coaching, and job retention activities.

Tazewell County Resource Centers: Residential
This program provides affordable housing for low-income, developmentally disabled individuals with 24-hour care in community homes promoting independence.

Tazewell County Resource Center: Vocational Services
This program offers curriculum and experiential opportunities for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities to enhance life skills, experience multiple vocational opportunities, deepen their connection to the community, and increase independence.

Tri-County Urban League: Employment Department
This program’s purpose is to assist low-income individuals with obtaining and retaining employment by providing tools and strategies to overcome barriers, learn networking skills, gain job skills, and learn life skills that promote self-sufficiency.

We Care Inc.: Food Pantry
To help combat hunger in our community, the food pantry provides food and personal items to low income households.

We Care Inc.: Meals on Wheels
The Meals on Wheels program provides low-to no-cost home delivered meals to seniors, persons with disabilities, and those recovering from illness in order that they may remain independent.

We Care Inc.: Special Transportation
To address the need for special transportation services while maximizing independent living, this program transports seniors and people with disabilities to medical appointments, employment, skills training opportunities, and the grocery store/food pantry.

Our Work in Health Prevention, intervention and education lead to health and wellness The Heart of Illinois United Way is focused on ensuring the people of central Illinois have access to quality, affordable health care.Health-Related Grants Funded by the Community Impact Fund

Prevention, intervention and education lead to health and wellness at all ages

W.D. Boyce Council, Boy Scouts of America: Nutrition & Fitness Achievement
To promote healthy choices and combat childhood obesity, interactive and fun activities are provided for nutrition awareness and physical fitness to create positive, healthy behavior change. The program focuses on the relationship between proper nutrition, exercise and good health.

Boys & Girls Clubs: Back Pack/Healthy Habits
In order to ensure youth are able to eat full, nutritious meals over the weekend or during school breaks, this two-pronged program teaches kids how to plan and prepare a healthy meal, and then sends them home on the weekend with a backpack full of healthy meals and snacks.

G.W.  Carver Association: Peoria Go Fit for Life!
Peoria GFL teaches children, teens, and adults the importance of living a healthy, active lifestyle through programs designed to prevent and/or manage behaviors that lead to obesity, heart disease, cancer, and diabetes.

The Center for Prevention of Abuse: Building Safe Relationships
The program’s primary purpose is to decrease bullying at school and in the community by providing bullying prevention education to area students. Using an evidence-based Social Emotional Learning/Bullying Prevention curriculum, K-8 students learn to build healthy relationships and learn what to do when bullying occurs.

The Center for Prevention of Abuse: Medical Advocacy for Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Victims
This program provides emergency crisis intervention to adult and child victims of domestic violence and sexual assault through immediate medical advocacy at local hospitals and emergency departments. Goals are to alleviate a victim’s immediate sense of   trauma, provide information about available services and follow-up, and mobilize the survivor’s support network.

The Center for Prevention of Abuse: Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Intervention/Prevention
Therapeutic services are provided to adult and child victims of sexual assault and domestic violence in the tri-county area. Through short and long term therapy, clients work toward safety and healing so that trauma symptoms can be reduced and daily functioning can return to normal.

The Center for Youth and Family Solutions: Family Counseling Program
These counseling services aim to improve mental/emotional health and family stability in families who would not otherwise be able to afford it.

Central Illinois Friends of PWA: Community Public Health Initiative
This program provides free education, testing and treatment referrals to reduce the rates of sexually transmitted infection (STIs), HIV/AIDS and teen pregnancy in at-risk populations.

Central Illinois Friends of PWA: Get Yourself Tested Days (GYT)
GYT aims to lower STI rates in youth ages 13-18 by providing evidence-based, comprehensive sexual education and community awareness in local schools, including free, confidential and anonymous testing.

Children’s Home Association of Illinois: HOPE Team
The HOPE Team provides intensive therapeutic services in order to prevent further mental health crises and psychiatric hospitalizations, minimizing the negative effects on families. Services promote the development of coping skills to reduce reliance on the emergency room in non-emergency situations.

Children’s Hospital of Illinois at OSF St. Francis: Cystic Fibrosis Center
The only downstate accredited Cystic Fibrosis Center specializing in pediatric and adult Cystic Fibrosis care in Central Illinois, the

Children’s Hospital is vital in helping regional Cystic Fibrosis patients live their healthiest possible lives.
Children’s Hospital of Illinois at OSF St. Francis: Resource Link
Through care coordination and psychiatric consultation for children and their families, Resource Link helps increase the capacity of primary care practices to treat mental illness and optimize the existing community system of mental health care.

Easter Seals of Central Illinois: Autism Family Navigation
Family Navigators help parents/caregivers of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder to navigate the maze of medical providers, insurance, education providers, and others in order to decrease the fragmentation of care, coordinate services, and empower families to advocate for themselves.

EP!C: Healthy Lifestyle
This program is designed to assist individuals with developmental disabilities to understand their current health status, identify risk factors, and communicate with their primary care physicians, so that unhealthy patterns can be identified and detrimental medical outcomes can be prevented. Clients will lead healthier lives and learn to advocate for their own health care needs.

FamilyCore: Counseling Connections
Specifically providing services for strengthening at-risk families, this program aims to stabilize families through low- to no-cost counseling, education, and case management while promoting stability and healthy relationships.

Freedom House: Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Intervention
This program provides immediate safety, stabilization and support to adult and child victims/witnesses of domestic violence and sexual assault for residents of Marshall, Putnam and Stark Counties. Services include emergency shelter, crisis intervention, safety planning, and other support services to lay the groundwork for transition to independence.

Freedom House: Healing from Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault
Counseling is provided for victims, witnesses and family members to promote safety, reduce the effects of trauma, and build coping skills to become independent survivors.

Heartland Community Health Clinic: Diabetic Case Management Services
The program’s purpose is to provide additional support for diabetic patients in managing their chronic disease, reduce the risk of complications, and improve overall health and quality of life for patients.

The Hult Center for Healthy Living: Adult Population Health
Designed to improve quality of life and reduce premature mortality and suffering from chronic, non-communicable diseases, the program administers effective approaches and delivers evidence-based practices to prevent development and progression of chronic diseases, reduce risks, and improve health outcomes.

The Hult Center for Healthy Living: Healthy Heroes
Directed at low-income, at-risk youth in the summer months, Healthy Heroes aims to decrease obesity rates and encourage physical activity, healthy nutrition and skill development.

The Hult Center for Healthy Living: Teen Talk
Teen Talk is a comprehensive sexual and reproductive health education program for 5th-9th graders. It is designed to reduce risky behaviors and empower youth to make lifelong informed decisions that promote a healthy lifestyle and reduce the rates of sexually transmitted diseases and teen pregnancies.

The Hult Center for Healthy Living: Youth Mental Health Matters
Through collaborations with other local organizations, this program supports mental and social-emotional health by providing students and supporting adults with knowledge, skills and resources needed to foster healthy social-emotional development and a foundation for good mental health.

Tazwood Center for Wellness: In-School Counseling Program
This program provides counseling to the East Peoria students with the goals of helping students stay and succeed in school, develop interpersonal skills to establish/maintain positive relationships, and make good personal decisions.

Tazewell County Resource Centers, Inc.: Sight Center Programs
TCRC provides examinations, rehabilitation, training, and outreach to help ensure individuals with visual impairments retain/regain their independence to allow individuals to pursue employment, increase their health and independence, and decrease the risk of poverty.