Those behind the ribbon for the cut included United Way
Administrative Director Patti Becker, board members Stacy May,
Jaylee Swinford, and Adrienne Klockenga, Lincoln Aldermen Kevin
Bateman, Rick Hoefle and Wanda Lee Rohlfs, City Clerk Peggy Bateman,
Logan County Fair Queen Caroline Ahrends, Junior Miss Logan County
Alayna Briggs, Logan County Tourism Director Alice Roate, guest Tom
Schonauer, Joe Schaler with the Central Illinois Veterans Commission
and Karen Hargis with Lincoln Daily News.
In the absence of Lincoln Mayor Tracy Welch, Mayor Pro Tem Bateman
spoke on behalf of the city congratulating the organization of 60
successful years. He noted that the local organization has been a
great asset to the community and wished them much success in the
future. It was also noted that the United Way organization on the
whole has been in existence for more than 100 years.
Becker spoke on behalf of the organization saying that the work of
the United Way in Logan County has benefited many organizations over
the years. Annually the group supports at least a dozen local
not-for-profit organizations that provide vital services to the
community. Becker said she couldn’t say just how much money has been
distributed over the history of the local United Way, but she is
certain that the total over the past 10 years or so has exceeded
$1,000,000; all from fundraising through community support.
It was also noted that the United Way will support 14 such programs
in the 2022 year. Among those four the American Red Cross Serving
Central Illinois, W.D. Boyce Council Boy Scouts of America, Girl
Scouts of Central Illinois, and the Salvation Army 360 Center –
Lincoln Center, are 60-year partners having received funding every
year since the beginning of the local United Way.
After posing for a group picture, the countdown to the ribbon cut
took place with an excited and happy Becker snipping the ribbon on
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Everyone was invited inside for a nice piece of cake and coffee. On
the table with the refreshments was information about two programs
that the United Way administers, the Dolly Pardon Imagination
Library, providing books for school children through partnerships
with local schools; and the 211 system, a referral system for
community services available within the county for those in need.
Becker also provided the following historical information about the
United Way of Logan County and mentioned many of these points in her
brief speech prior to the ribbon cut.
On October 2, 1961, a group of Logan County
community leaders including Walter Musick, Emil O. Stahlhut, Charles
A. Purseglove, John T. McCullough and Marjorie B. Fuller were listed
as the incorporators of the newly formed and incorporated United
Fund of Lincoln.
The first United Fund Campaign was led in the fall of 1961 by Lewis
C. Horton, and sought to raise $42,504 to support five agencies: the
Boy Scouts, the Girl Scouts, the Red Cross, the Salvation Army and
Logan County Mental Health. The campaign was launched in November of
1961 and $33,688 was raised locally toward the stated goal with the
support of businesses, volunteers and individual contributors.
The United Fund became the United Way of Lincoln, and eventually the
United Way of Logan County over the next 60 years. In its time,
annual campaigns have raised and distributed millions of dollars
supporting non-profit organizations across the county and helping
thousands of Logan County residents live a better life.
In 2021, we look back on 60 years of strengthening this community. A
lot has changed in 60 years. However, there are still those in our
community who need assistance, and funds raised in Logan County
still stay in Logan County. The United Way of Logan County will be
raising funds once again in 2021 to continue partnering in 2022 with
14 local agencies and programs (including four of the original five
agencies above), along with continuing to sponsor our 2-1-1 help
line and the Dolly Parton Imagination Library for Logan County.
The United Way is still about communities coming together to help
those in need. Your donation is an investment in Logan County youth,
seniors and families, and works to strengthen our community as
donations to the United Way have done for the last 60 years.
Find out more about the work of the United Way of Logan County or
give easily online at www.uwlogancountyil.org. You can also give by
texting “Logancounty” to 313131.