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About UsOur Mission

United Way improves lives by mobilizing the caring power of communities around the world to advance the common good.

The United Way of Northwest Illinois, Inc. is a leader in providing human and financial resources in response to identified health and human service needs to improve the quality of life in Stephenson and Jo Daviess Counties.

We aspire to be the critical link which brings together our diverse communities to build stronger, healthier and more sustainable communities as cost effectively as possible.

Our Goals

In 2008, United Way World Wide initiated a 10-year program designed to achieve the following goals by 2018:

  • Improve education, and cut the number of high school dropouts — 1.2 million students, every year — in half.
  • Help people achieve financial stability, and get 1.9 million working families — half the number of lower-income families who are financially unstable — on the road to economic independence.
  • Promote healthy lives, and increase by one-third the number of youth and adults who are healthy and avoid risky behaviors.

These goals are ambitious, but with your help and by utilizing our core strengths — a national network, committed partners and public engagement capacity — WE can achieve them.