United Way sets campaign goal for 2014
August 21. 2013,The United Way of Logan County has set a goal of $130,000 for its upcoming campaign, September 14 to November 16, to cover requests for funding during the 2014 fiscal year. In the recent application process, 17 programs from 15 agencies submitted applications for United Way funding. Funds will be distributed quarterly beginning January 2014. The board voted to guarantee 75% of the requested amounts; the balance hinging on the level of ongoing corporate and community support, and pledges received during the campaign.
Two new programs were added to the list of agencies and programs that receive partial funding from United Way of Logan County. Salvation Army and Community Action Partnership of Central Illinois’ (CAPCIL) Family Assistance Program joined the ranks of United Way-supported organizations that provide services or create opportunities for residents of Logan County.
The Salvation Army, Tony Shuff, Executive Director, administers Ameren’s “Warm Neighbors, Cool Friends” program, funded by customer donations collected by Ameren and funneled through community organizations that screen and approve requests. Salvation Army also provides matching funds for past due rent and water bills, and has a small emergency food pantry. The office is located at the Keest Center, 307 N. Kickapoo, Lincoln. A transitional housing unit is also on-site, limited to women/women with children. Temporary shelter includes financial counseling and goal-oriented activity for self-sufficiency.
The CAPCIL Family Assistance requested funding to construct raised gardens on the agency’s central office property at 1800 Fifth Street, Lincoln, to provide fresh vegetables for Senior Nutrition, Head Start and the in-house food pantry. A secondary purpose is to give senior citizens and other clients a place to grow vegetables and tend a garden, plus create a way for Head Start students to learn where food comes from and how it is prepared. Organic waste from the agency kitchen will be used as compost to fertilize the gardens. The long-term goal is to raise enough vegetables for the agency’s programs and food pantry, and to sell excess for funds to expand and maintain the gardens.
Other agencies partially funded by the United Way and partnering to build stronger communities in Logan County: Christian Child Care; Boy Scouts of America, W.D. Boyce Council; Girl Scouts of Central Illinois; Center for Youth and Family Solutions; Lincoln Pastoral Counseling Services, Inc.; Sparc/Epilepsy Resource Center; American Red Cross; Logan-Mason Rehabilitation Center; Lincoln Area YMCA; United Cerebral Palsy Land of Lincoln; CAPCIL Logan-Mason Public Transportation; CAPCIL Senior Nutrition; Living Alternatives Pregnancy Resource Center; Teaching Others Using Chemicals Hurts (TOUCH); Oasis, Senior Citizens of Logan County, Inc.