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Anonymous Donor donates $46,784, Campaign Goal Met!

posted: February 10th, 2021

Pictured L to R:  Linda Hemmen (Chief Professional Officer), Kelsey Goeckner (Campaign Chair), Lora Bergfeld (Board President), Michelle Gillespie (Office Administrator)

United Way of Effingham County received word that an anonymous donor wanted to donate $46,784 to make up for the shortfall for the 2020 campaign.  The donor, who wishes to remain anonymous, understands the impact United Way has in our community and the importance of giving back.  “We a blessed to live in a generous community where people truly care about helping others and making our community a better place to live and work. Words cannot express our sincere appreciation and gratitude.” said Linda Hemmen, Chief Professional Officer.

The goal for the 2020 campaign was originally set at $320,000 but due to the global pandemic and challenges faced due to Covid-19, fell short of hitting the goal. United Way is excited to announce that because of this generous donation, the goal has been reached!  United Way would like to thank this generous donor and all who donated to the 2020 campaign.

Funds from the 2020 campaign help 20 local partner agencies provide support and services to those in need in Effingham County.  These agencies include; Altamont After School Program, Andrew Gobczynski Big Heart Foundation, Big Brothers Big Sisters (Mid Illinois), Boy Scouts – Greater St Louis Area Council, Catholic Charities, CEFS Literacy Program, Child Advocacy Center of E. Central Illinois, Effingham Child Development Center, Effingham County FISH Human Services, Effingham County Search & Rescue, Enduring Freedom Ministries, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois, Meals on Wheels of CEFS, One Hope United, 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.