Volunteers are at the heart of what we do. Each year, thousands of individuals volunteer in some capacity for the Heart of Illinois United Way. This vibrant and diverse group is one of our most powerful forms of philanthropy. Through community-wide volunteerism, the Heart of Illinois United Way is mobilizing a dedicated, united team of advocates working to create positive, lasting community-wide change.
The Heart of Illinois United Way is dedicated to helping companies, organizations and individuals find unique and volunteer opportunities throughout central Illinois. From our annual Day of Caring and Read Across America Day events to year-round and seasonal needs, our partner agencies and schools welcome you to make a difference.
GENeration United (GEN U) is the young leadership group for the Heart of Illinois United Way. With no requirements or dues, getting involved in GEN U is an easy and effective way to grow personally and professionally by making this community a better place to live.
Area high school and college students in YOUTH UNITED actively participate in addressing their community’s needs through volunteer projects and awarding youth-related grants to Heart of Illinois United Way partner agencies. Students meet monthly to plan area service projects and to develop an annual spring volunteer day for all of the schools.
Support the Annual Campaign
Year-round we need great volunteers to help support our campaign efforts. From organizing a workplace campaign and fundraisers to serving on our campaign cabinet, there may be a great fundraising opportunity waiting for you. For more information, call or email Stephen Peterson, VP of Resource Development at 309-674-5181, ext. 1254 or .
United Way Allocation Process
More than 100 volunteers help each year review United Way grant applications and United Way funded programs. If you’re interested in becoming a part of this important process, please call or email Nicole Wilson, VP of Community Investment at 309-674-5181, ext. 1230 or to see if any volunteer opportunities are available.
AFL-CIO Labor Volunteers
Hoot Gibson Award
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.