Once the United Way of Decatur and Mid-Illinois' annual campaign drive wrapped up, it was time to distribute those funds.
The United Way this year set a goal of raising $45-thousand for United Way endorsed agencies in DeWitt County. Community Impact Director Chad Clevenger credits meeting this year's goal to the support of businesses within DeWitt County.
The distributation of money is decided by a group of volunteers. The volunteers listened to all the eligible agencies proposals and presentations on the things their programs do, and ultimately decided who receives the money. Clevenger says the volunteers give the money to whatever programs they believe helps the community out the most.
Several years back, the United Way Board decided in Macon County they would not fund agencies that provided direct funding to people that were unable to do things such as pay rent, or pay a utility bill. Clevenger says that decision was made because it was not dealing with the reason those people could not do those things. However, he notes that is not something that has been implemented in DeWitt County, but the volunteers this year made decisions that did not fund agencies providing direct funding for people.
In all, nine different organizations in DeWitt County were given money. YMCA received the largest donation with $7-thousand going to their youth and family programs. Peace Meals, an organization that delivers meals to senior citizens, was given the second highest donation at $6-thousand. DOVE received $55-hundred for its domestic violence programs. Other organizations that received money were Community Action, Human Resource Center, Big Brothers Big Sisters, American Red Cross and the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts.
There were two programs that did not receive funding this year, those were DOVE's DAX program and Salvation Army's Rapidraft program.
To learn more about the United Way of Decatur and Mid-Illinois, you can visit their website at uwdecatur.org or give Chad a call at 217-422-8537.