United Way of
Whiteside County

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  • Let’s Feed Our Children
    2017 Sites and Participating Church or Organization
    Starts on: May 30 to August 10


    Sterling Sites:               Sterling Mobile Sites
    Broadway Methodist     SterLynn
    501 Broadway              Douglas Park 
    Macedonia Church        Salvation Army (back door)
    1313 Woodburn            Sterling Public Library
                                          (at the back entrance)
    St. Paul’s Church
    1701 16th Ave


    Rock Falls Sites:           Rock Falls Mobile Sites
    Coloma Homes             Country Acres
    401 West 18th             CedarWood
                                         Easy Living
    Rock Falls Methodist    Yeowardsville
    210 Fourth Avenue      First Congregational Church of Rock Falls


    All sites will distribute lunches from 11:30 – 12:30.  
    Mobile sites will have lunches delivered between 11:30 and 12:30. 
    Let’s Feed Our Children will provide FREE lunches to children on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, 
    and run for both Sterling and Rock Falls.
    There is a site in Tampico, Fulton, Albany, Prophetstown, Erie, Lyndon and Morrison.   
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    Where’s Our Partner?

    For Immediate Release – (May 3, 2017)

    STERLING, IL – As the largest private funder of human services across the state, United Ways in every community and their partners have invested in individuals and neighborhoods: supporting youth, providing job training, helping the elderly and those with disabilities, and connecting individuals to physical and mental health care. In all of these efforts, United Way has played a parallel role with the state to build a strong human infrastructure in communities across Illinois.

    We are part of what was once a public-private partnership. However, our public partner has apparently abdicated responsibility for individuals and families who need and benefit from strong community support.

    Nearly two years of a state budget impasse and hundreds of millions in unpaid bills have left community resources depleted and directly damaged the social and economic fiber of neighborhoods across the state.

    A recent state-wide survey of human service agencies conducted by United Way of Illinois shows significant damage to service delivery mere months since agencies were given a small stop-gap funding “reprieve.”

    Much like roads, hospitals and schools, community services are part of our state’s vital public infrastructure that must be maintained and strengthened. In order to continue advancing the common good, we must make sure the state has a well-managed and highly coordinated network of community services.

    We know that committed, stable investment in our young people and in training for living wage jobs is key not only to solving social challenges like poverty and violence, but also to growing our economy. The lack of urgency from the state in passing a full and adequately funded budget—stopgap measures are Band-aids—is nothing short of negligent, given rising violence in our metro area, population decline, and the loss of jobs and talent we’re experiencing in Illinois.

    Some may see this funding crisis as an opportunity to roll back the state’s responsibility for community well-being—to let the private sector step in. But that’s impossible. According to the same survey data, nine out of 10 service providers have been unable to replace even 25 percent of the loss in state funding. United Ways and other organizations, along with generous Illinoisans, are doing their best on the private end of this partnership, but cannot plug the hole left by the magnitude of the state funding gap. Nor is it our role to do so.

    We need our public partner to resolve their issues and get back in the business of ending violence, putting people to work, enrolling students in state schools and making Illinois a great place to live.

    United Way of Whiteside County is encouraged by indications that Gov. Rauner and House Speaker Madigan may be discussing a workable compromise, as the din from social service agencies, school districts and others suffering from this logjam fill the newswires.

    Recently reported "hints" legislative leaders might support a budget with changes that will help create jobs, fund education and reduce property taxes gives us hope.

    Let us hope the hints amount to more than pacification.

  • It seems almost too simple to be true, but by reading regularly with your children during their preschool years, you are giving them the biggest boost toward a successful education they will ever get.
    The United Way of Whiteside County is proud to be the sponsor of “Literacy Is Fun for Everyone” program that will help you read with your children. Every child from newborn to age 5 will have books of their own, at no cost to you, thanks to United Way of Whiteside County.

    CGH Medical Center provides the first book for newborns, “The Little Engine that Could”. After the parents sign up the child will be mailed a FREE book each month. The program is open to all Whiteside County children newborn to age 5. This program is part of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.  For more information please call 815-625-7973 or click on link to registeImagination Library
  • United Way 2-1-1 is an easy-to-remember, three-digit number that families and individuals in Whiteside County can call to obtain free and confidential information on health and human services. 2-1-1 call centers are staffed 24/7 by trained Information and Referral Specialists who quickly assess needs and refer callers to the help that they seek.

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UW Whiteside County Upcoming Events

Jul 27 2017
08:00AM - 04:00PM
College for kids (2)
Jul 31 2017
09:30AM - 10:30PM
Sterling Public Library Lap Sits and Toddler Time
Jul 31 2017
12:00PM - 01:30PM
T*I*M*E Together in Memories
Aug 01 2017
11:30AM - 12:30PM
Let's Feed our Children
Aug 03 2017
12:00PM - 01:00PM
Executive Committee Meeting
Aug 03 2017
06:00PM - 09:00PM
33rd Annual Steak Fry

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You can help by making a donation. Donate by credit card online, or send a check to our office at the United Way of Whiteside County, P.O. Box 806, Sterling, IL 61081. Thank you for your donation! Questions? Call us at 815-625-7973.


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