Who We Are
United Way of Eastern LaSalle County is a recognized leader in helping solve community problems. As a volunteer-led organization, UWELC is dedicated to helping Eastern LaSalle County's most vulnerable citizens become and remain self-sufficient. UWELC partners with a network of the most effective health and human service non-profits serving Dayton, Grand Ridge, Harding, Leland, Marseilles, Naplate, Norway, Ottawa, Seneca, Serena, Sheridan, and Wedron. By uniting service organizations, individuals, businesses, and government, United Way of Eastern LaSalle County addresses our community's most pressing needs. United Way is governed by a local Board of experienced volunteers and day to day operations are carried out by a modest staff of three.

Our Mission
To improve lives by uniting people and mobilizing the caring power of our communities.

Our Vision ...
To positively impact people's lives by mobilizing community resources within Eastern LaSalle County.

In addition to raising funds to support local agency programs, your United Way also…
Leads the annual "Labor of Love" Program; bringing together hundreds of volunteers and donated materials to paint, clean, and repair the homes of elderly and disabled homeowners of low income.

Awards Agencies Program Development Grants intended to enhance the capacity of existing programs and/or to provide support for start-up, development, or stabilization of new and innovative programs. Through the International "Gifts in Kind" Program all area not-for-profit agencies have access to donated products from national companies including computer software, furniture, paint, personal items, etc.

In 2003 UWELC established a "Community Care Program" to assist individuals & families in crisis. The program's goal: to help stabilize individuals and families was realized, having assisted 255 individuals with emergency needs, including rent and utility assistance, when no other source of help could be found.

Provided Emergency Flood Relief in 1996 and 1997, releasing $20,000 to the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army to distribute to flood victims for temporary housing, food, and clothing.

In cooperation with its Member Agency Council, United Way organized and established the new free-standing Community Food Basket. United Way provided the Food Basket seed money of $20,000 towards start-up costs and provided administrative support for the program's first year.

In 2006, United Way of eastern LaSalle County continued its effort to help disadadvantaged children through the "School Tools" program. This is the 7th cnsecutive year United Way of Eastern LaSalle County and G.E. Plastics Volunteers partnered together to ensure 1500 local, low-income students have the basic supplies they need to get a succesful start in school. UWELC School Tool's volunteers sorted, packaged, and delivered over $10,000 of school supplies to students of 15 area elementary schools who qualify for the free lunch program and cannot afford to purchase their own. The School Tools program is an annual event.

United Way initiated Community F.O.C.U.S.; and Eastern LaSalle County research project that collected information about the needs for health and human services and explored the area's ability to meet those needs. The study was conducted by Illinois State University. Project Partners included United Way, Community Hospital of Ottawa, Illinois Valley Community College, the Cities of Marseilles and Ottawa, and the Illinois Building Trades Labor and Management. The information is being used by community organizations and businesses to prioritize issues, plan programs, determine
opportunities for collaboration, and seek grant funding.
Click here to access a PDF. file copy of the F.O.C.U.S. report

Click here to access a PDF. file of United Way of Eastern LaSalle County's most recent 990