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United Way Kicks Off 2018 Campaign

posted: August 29th, 2018

United Way of Effingham County held the kick-off luncheon on Tuesday, August 28th at the Effingham Event Center for those businesses interested in conducting an employee campaign. Businesses heard from this year’s “Lead Pacesetter” Company – Siemer Milling Company who shared their success stories and plans for their upcoming campaign.

Patrick Kreke, Campaign Chair, announced the goal for the 2018 campaign has been set at $315,000. Twenty four local partner agencies will receive funding from the 2018 – 2019 campaign: Altamont After School Program, Andrew Gobczynski Big Heart Foundation, Big Brothers Big Sisters (Mid Illinois), Boy Scouts – Lincoln Trails Council, Catholic Charities, CEFS Literacy Program, CEFS Retired Sr Volunteer Program (RSVP), Child Advocacy Center of East Central Illinois, Crisis Nursery, Effingham Child Development Center, Effingham County Fellowship of Christian Athletes – Greater Effingham Area, FISH Human Services, Effingham County Search & Rescue, Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois, Heartland Human Services, Meals on Wheels of CEFS, NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) 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.

Altamont After School Program and Crisis Nursery are new to the partner agency list this year.

To learn more about conducting an employee campaign, or if you would like to know more about United Way of Effingham County please call (217) 342-3824.
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United Way Selects Siemer Milling Company as Lead Pacesetter Company

posted: August 7th, 2018

United Way of Effingham County met with Siemer Milling Company, who was selected to be the “Lead” Pacesetter Company for the 2018 campaign. This meeting was held on August 1st at Siemer Milling Company’s corporate office. Pacesetter Companies are businesses that conduct an employee campaign, make a company donation, and attend the United Way Witches Ball.

United Way of Effingham County will spotlight this business and provide updates to the community on how their campaign is going, as well as share ideas on how to conduct a successful campaign.

Siemer Milling Company will speak to other businesses interested in conducting an employee campaign at the upcoming United Way Kick-Off Luncheon Meeting. This meeting will be held on August 28th beginning at Noon at the Effingham Event Center.

Businesses interested in attending this informational meeting or conducting an employee campaign should contact Linda Hemmen at the United Way of Effingham County office at 342-3824, or Patrick Kreke, Campaign Chair at

United Way Announces Witches Ball Date

posted: August 1st, 2018

Volunteers for United Way of Effingham County are busy planning for the 2018 United Way “Witches Ball”. This event is a wonderful opportunity to help United Way partner with the 24 local agencies helping those in need in Effingham County.

The event will be held Friday, October 12th 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 Ross Richardson at 663-8806.