United Way needs volunteers, donors for door-to-door canvass

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FREEPORT—Local volunteers will be canvassing community neighborhoods Saturday, Sept. 15, knocking on doors and asking residents to support United Way of Northwest Illinois Inc.

“We want to give everyone an opportunity to contribute to the changes we want to see in our communities,” said United Way Executive Director Marsha Mulligan. “Every year, we hear people say, ‘Nobody asked me.’ We need to give everyone the chance to donate.”

In supporting United Way, donors not only help change lives—they help change the community they call home. Donations will go back to the local economy, funding services for children, families, individuals and seniors. United Way of Northwest Illinois supports 46 programs in Stephenson and Jo Daviess counties, including the American Red Cross, Boy Scouts Blackhawk Council, NICAA Senior Citizen Service’s Golden Meals, and Assault & Abuse Services’ school education program.

“United Way touches every one of us,” Mulligan said, adding that most people know someone who has received assistance from a United Way member agency. For a complete list of programs and services supported by the United Way, visit www.uwni.org.

“Strengthening these local human services helps strengthen our communities,” Mulligan said. “Stronger communities and stronger services help us all.”

In the past, United Way relied heavily on local corporations for support. But due to the weakened economic climate and loss of some large corporate donors, Mulligan said that individuals now need to step up and support the agencies that support their friends and neighbors.

“This truly is a community effort,” Mulligan added.

Donations of any amouant are encouraged. A donation of $1 per week ($52 a year) provides utility assistance to a low-income family so that they can keep their heat turned on in winter. A donation of $10 per week ($520 a year) gives new parents six months of workshops and mentoring. And a donation of $50 per week ($2,600 a year) provides daycare to an infant, allowing his parents to work.

Mulligan said that each program supported by United Way of Northwest Illinois helps individuals become more independent.

To volunteer on Sept. 15 during the door-to-door canvass, or to call in advance of the canvassing and make a donation, please call United Way of Northwest Illinois at (815) 232-5184.

from the Sept. 12 – 18, 2007, issue

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