Your contribution to United Way, combined with those of other individuals throughout our community, is invested right here in the Illinois Valley supporting programs and initiatives that – help people in crisis: by providing emergency support to individuals and families in need of short term assistance, food and shelter. When there is an emergency in the Illinois Valley, a United Way funded agency is there to meet the needs of those facing personal and family disasters. Give kids the opportunity to grow, learn, and succeed: through early childhood education, foster care, and youth engagement programs, from after school activities to tutoring ad personal development projects. United Way helps to keep kids safe, healthy, and ready to learn, on their way to graduation, avoiding gangs, drugs and other at risk behavior. Enable a self sufficient lifestyle for individuals and families: providing people with the tools they need to attain and maintain independence-things like specialized job training, substance abuse counseling, programs to help with mental and physical illness and programs for the weak, elderly and disabled. United Way funds and coordinates a broad range of health and human service programs and initiatives that make an impact than no one person or program could possible deliver alone.