United Way of Kankakee and Iroquois Counties
Helps Kankakee and Iroquois County residents receive support for health, finance, and education needs. United Way seeks to reach all community members through their programs, initiatives, and partnerships with over twenty local partner agencies.
Kerstin Rust, Executive Director
211 is a free, confidential phone number and website available 24/7 that connects you to a live operator who will guide you to programs and services based on your specific needs. 211 connects you to services including the following: healthcare and mental health resources, job training programs, childcare/after-school programs, food and shelter, clothing and utility assistance, and other community-based programs, including local government information. Dial 2-1-1 from any cell phone or landline to be connected with a live operator who can assist you.
Bright By Text
Bright By Text is a free United Way funded service for parents and caregivers of children from prenatal to age eight, promoting child development and access to local programs and events. Through this service, parents and caregivers receive targeted messages about their child's development as well as local resources to support them. Individuals signed up will receive two to five short text messages per week, and each message will provide a link for more information. Bright by Text is free, but message and data rates may apply. Bright By Text is available in both English and Spanish. To sign up, simply text "UWKIC" to 274448 or sign up online at: https://bbtxt.org/39chYK6
United Way Agencies
The United Way model is all about community efforts to create generational transformation. Our four main impact areas include education, income, health, and basic needs. United Way seeks to create programs, initiatives, and coalitions that will serve the most vulnerable populations in our communities. United Way partners with local agencies and businesses to serve as many individuals and families in both counties. Your United Way is governed by a local volunteer board of directors, and all decisions about funding are made by the board, not a state or national United Way organization. The United Way staff is driven by United Way's mission and values and is committed to the advancement of the common good for the people of Kankakee & Iroquois Counties.
Last Updated: 06/08/2021 at 04:11 PM