Prairieland United Way asking for help!

The Prairieland United Way is more than halfway through their annual fundraising efforts, but the amount raised is below half of the 2021 goal! The Campaign has raised nearly $220,000 representing 47.8% of the $460,000 goal. At this point in the campaign, we are typically closer to 58%, said Karen Walker, Prairieland United Way Executive Director.

“Right now, people in our community are in need. While some need a hot meal or a safe space, others need reliable childcare or a supportive mentor. When you give to the Prairieland United Way, you support 28 agencies – all working to help Central Illinois citizens have a brighter and more hopeful future,” said Brian and Amy Gillespie, 2021 Campaign Co-Chairs. “With this year’s campaign theme, ‘Be Someone’s Hero’, everyone can be a hero, with a donation of as little as $10, you can make an impact and change lives in our community.”

“We are fortunate to have our co-chairs, and the members of the Board of Directors, led by President Lisa Stambaugh working together to raise $460,000,” Walker said. “It takes a lot of people to raise almost a half a million dollars in a year. We have this community, many company leaders, and a strong team of dedicated volunteers on our side to help us, but we are reaching out to those people who are not currently United Way donors and asking for help. We also ask, if you typically donate but haven’t made your contribution yet, please consider a donation before the end of the year. Donations can be made on the Prairieland United Way website at or through the mail at PO Box 244, Jacksonville. Donations are tax deductible and 100% of the funds will be used for programs right here in our community.

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