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
improve lives by uniting people and mobilizing the caring power of our
positively impact people's lives by mobilizing community resources within
Eastern LaSalle County.
addition to raising funds to support local agency programs, your United
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.
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.
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a PDF. file copy of the F.O.C.U.S. report
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a PDF. file of United Way of Eastern LaSalle County's most recent 990