About Us

Our Mission

To provide leadership and unite our communities in identifying needs and directing resources necessary to measurably improve the quality of life for all citizens.


Our Four Focus Areas
United Way of South Central Illinois concentrates its efforts in the community by focusing on three areas that we consider to be the "Building Blocks to a Good Life": Education, Income and Health. By working together and focusing our efforts on the areas where we can make the most significant impact, we believe great progress can be made toward creating a community where everyone has the opportunities and resources to succeed.



Education is the cornerstone of individual and community success. But with more than 1.2 million children dropping out each year, America faces an education crisis. The cost? More than $312 billion in lost wages, taxes and productivity over their lifetimes. These trends are reversible, but only when communities and public, private and nonprofit sectors work together.

United Way of South Central Illinois is working at critical points to help children achieve their potential through education. We're engaging the community to support youth by volunteering, mobilizing resources to improve access to quality affordable child care and early learning opportunities, partnering with local schools and parents to improve graduation rates, and providing after-school and mentoring programs for at-risk youth.

Our programs focus on overcoming barriers to learning and promoting lifelong literacy, starting from pre-school and lasting through adulthood


As many as one-third of working Americans do not earn enough money to meet their basic needs. Wages have not kept pace with the rising cost of housing, healthcare, and education and currently, 40 million Americans are working in low-paying jobs without basic health and retirement benefits.  For families walking a financial tightrope, unable to save for college, a home, or retirement, United Way is here to help.

United Way of South Central Illinois is helping families become stable and financially independent by supporting basic needs while increasing financial education and helping hardworking people obtain job training and family-sustaining wages. Many families are walking a financial tightrope, and our programs are designed to assist them with short-term assistance for things like food, rent, utilities, clothing, and prescription medications while preparing them to become self-sufficient. Additionally, basic needs assistance is provided to those who have suffered through catastrophic events.


Whether it is a neighbor without health insurance, a newborn facing an uncertain future, a senior in need of an advocate, or a family seeking dental care, United Way of South Central Illinois is working to ensure everyone has access to affordable and quality healthcare.

We're helping people in our community improve their helath through health education and by increasing access to both critical healthcare services and preventative care. Our programs range from providing assistance to newborns to working with seniors who need just a little assistance to make it on their own


Our Impact

With many volunteers the United Way makes substantial investments in the community through its partner agencies.

          ~ 14 agencies

          ~ 1 in every 3 people are directly served by a United Way funded program

          ~ 99 cents of every dollar stays local with 85 cents directly invested in direct program services

          ~ Serves 32 zip codes in 6 counties including Edwards, Jefferson, Marion, Wabash, Wayne and Washington counties.