News & Announcements

United Way Announces Witches Ball Date

posted: July 11th, 2017

Volunteers for United Way of Effingham County are busy planning for the 2017 United Way “Witches Ball”. This event is a wonderful opportunity to help United Way partner with the 25 local agencies helping those in need in Effingham County.

The event will be held Friday, October 6th at the Thelma Keller Convention Center. There will be a dinner, silent & live auction and music.

A costume contest for “Best Individual” and “Best Group” will be awarded. Those attending the event are encouraged to wear a Halloween costume, but not required, unless you would like to be entered in the costume contest.

Tickets are $60 per person.

Companies will again have the opportunity to sponsor various features at the event. Sponsorship features include: hors d’oeuvres, champagne fountain, signature witches brew, fruit fondue, portion of dinner (appetizer), dessert, chocolate covered strawberries or champagne for auction overbids. Sponsorships will be available on a first come, first serve basis. Sponsors will be recognized at the event.

Businesses or individuals interested in donating items for the auction, purchasing sponsorship or tickets, may contact Linda Hemmen at 342-3824 or Patrick Kreke at 540-3779.

Niebrugge Care’s Foundation generously donates to United Way

posted: July 5th, 2017

Linda Niebrugge with Niebrugge Care’s Foundation recently donated $20,000 to United Way of Effingham County for the 2017 campaign.

Niebrugge Cares Foundation was established in 2007 to serve communities and agencies in Illinois. In staying with their mission, United Way of Effingham County will reach out and provide support that is so needed this year.

Niebrugge Cares Foundation was formed by the late James C Niebrugge and Linda Niebrugge of Effingham. They hope to continue their journey of giving in times of need, and support the many organizations that benefit so many in our community.

25 local Partner Agencies receive funding from the Effingham County United Way campaign.

Agencies to Receive United Way Funding

posted: May 24th, 2017

Recently various local non-profit organizations with a 501(c)3 certificate made presentations to United Way of Effingham County requesting funding from the 2017 – 2018 Campaign. Agencies presented a specific program in which they requested funding. The United Way of Effingham County Grants Committee, which is comprised of 18 members, selected agencies to receive funding based on the recognized needs assessment for Effingham County.

25 local partner agencies will receive funding from the 2017 – 2018 campaign: Andrew Gobczynski Big Heart Foundation, Big Brothers Big Sisters (Mid Illinois), Blessings in a Backpack, Boy Scouts – Lincoln Trails Council, CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate), Catholic Charities, CEFS Literacy Program, CEFS Retired Sr Volunteer Program (RSVP), Child Advocacy Center of E. Central Illinois, Effingham Child Development Center, Effingham County FISH Human Services, Effingham County Search & Rescue, Effingham County Youth Commission, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois, Heartland Human Services, Meals on Wheels of CEFS, NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Health) of Effingham County, One Hope United, Oneighty, SAFE (Sexual Assault and Family Emergencies), Senior Services of Effingham County, STAR (Strategic Training and Restoration), SWAN (Stopping Woman Abuse Now) and the Unit 40 Mentoring Program.

Andrew Gobczynski Big Heart Foundation and Fellowship of Christian Athletes are new to the partner agency list this year.

For more information regarding United Way of Effingham County, please call (217) 342-3824 or visit and be sure to “Like” them on Facebook!

Koerner Distributor, Inc. Donates to United Way of Effingham County

posted: April 6th, 2017

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Koerner Distributor, Inc. donates to United Way of Effingham County

posted: April 6th, 2017

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United Way of Effingham County accepting requests for Grant Applications

posted: March 1st, 2017

The United Way of Effingham County is accepting requests for Grant Applications for funding support for the 2017 – 2018 Campaign. Agencies requesting funds must be non-profit organizations with a 501(c) 3 certificate and have been in business for at least one year. Applications will be electronically sent to agencies previously funded by the United Way of Effingham County.

The Grants Committee will meet on May 1st and May 8th, at which time representatives of the applicant agencies will be asked to appear before the Grants Committee to present the agency’s request and proposed use of the funds. This committee recommends to the Board of Directors appropriate grants to the respective agencies based on the funding priorities, which are based on the community needs assessment.

Organizations wishing to apply for United Way funds may obtain an application by contacting Linda Hemmen, Chief Professional Officer for United Way of Effingham County at (217) 342-3824. Applications submitted must be postmarked by April 6, 2017.