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Press Release: Give Local This Giving Tuesday!

United Way Encourages You to Give Local This Giving Tuesday

On Tuesday, November 29th, United Way seeks to raise $10,000, which would essentially provide one community impact program funds for the coming year.

Kankakee, IL. – Today, join people across our community to be United in action. It’s Giving Tuesday and thousands of people in our area will make a difference by donating to their favorite nonprofit. While there are many worthy options nation-wide, the United Way of Kankakee and Iroquois Counties urges you to consider giving back to local organizations when you make your Giving Tuesday and end-of-year charitable contributions.

Why Give Local? Amid today’s stressful economic climate, we cannot afford to overlook the needs of our own neighbors. It is up to all of us to create spaces where everyone can thrive with access to hard-working educational, financial and health resources.

  • Because the need is enormous. 51,000 households in Kankakee and Iroquois Counties cannot afford the most basic household budget.1 Nearly 75% of students are not entering kindergarten ready to succeed.2 Growing mental health needs are indicated by the increasing number of youth who experience depression, which was paired with a local mental health provider shortage.3
  • Because your contribution helps your local community. Donations to United Way of Kankakee and Iroquois Counties support 40 programs administered by 19 local nonprofit organizations. Funding decisions are based on input, feedback, and data from volunteers in our community.
  • Because your gift will change people’s lives. Support through United Way makes it possible for people to access essential services, succeed in school, gain financial stability and live healthier lives.

When you choose to give to United Way of Kankakee and Iroquois Counties, you will be helping people in our community improve their life. Every gift to United Way, big or small, makes a huge difference and helps improve the lives of every person in Kankakee and Iroquois Counties.

United Way of Kankakee and Iroquois Counties aims to raise $10,000 today. This equates, on average, to funding allocated to one community impact program each year. The United Way’s local Board of Directors has stepped up and raised the first $3,000 towards this goal. Now the rest is up to us as a community.

Donations may be made online at or by mailing a check made payable to United Way of Kankakee & Iroquois Counties to PO Box 1286 Kankakee, IL 60901.

Give Local this giving Tuesday!
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