welcome to warren county united way of illinois!


We Look at, "what could be "rather than, "what is."

Our organization is trusted to bring together community partners in order to strengthen service to those in need. We remain uniquely positioned to effect real change in Warren County Communities. Be the change with us! 

the 2019-20 campaign is open!

Your contribution, big or small makes a difference! And, 100% of your donation goes directly to organizations serving Warren County!

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More detail on all Warren County United Way agencies is available above!

community programming

Imagination Library


In cooperation with the 

Ronald and Cassandra Shawler Memorial Library, we are proud to offer this free program, for children ages 0-5, for Warren County Communities! Registration forms are available through United Way, the Regional Office of Education, and Warren County Libraries. You may also print a form at the link below.

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In cooperation with McDonough Power Cooperative and the City of Monmouth, we provide Warren County Communities with 2-1-1, a free and confidential service that helps residents find the resources they need 24/7 in every language spoken. 

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Prescription Program


In cooperation with FamilyWize, Warren County residents have saved over $420,000 to date. This free discount prescription service is available, through United Way, to all residents in Warren County Communities. 

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Strive for less than 5


Strive for Less Than Five focuses on both community-based and school-based strategies to encourage all kids to strive for less than five absences – excused or unexcused – all year. Strive for Less Than Five is a cooperative effort between Warren County and Knox County United Ways, the Regional Office of Education, and law enforcement in 5 counties. Strive for Less Than Five is programmed in cooperation with Attendance Works!

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Julie's Little Libraries


Established in memory of our former board president, Julie McVey. In cooperation with Warren County Libraries, Little Free Libraries, Monmouth College's Education Department, United School District, BCA, West Central Leadership, and the Ronald and Cassandra Shawler Memorial Library, Warren County United Way is installing Julie's Little Libraries in four counties during summer/fall of 2019. 

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Free Tax Assistance


This program is in cooperation with United Way's MyFreeTaxes program and Monmouth College's VITA program. Residents of Warren County Communities who are eligible may receive free assistance with their tax preparation, and, can also make special arrangements for multi-lingual tax assistance. Screening and eligibility is facilitated through  2-1-1 and Monmouth College's long-standing VITA program. 

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nonprofit funding opportunities


100% of your donation to Warren County United Way directly impacts our communities!

We continue to develop new community impact programs and funding opportunities, in cooperation with other community leaders. We are committed not only to raising funds for our member agencies with our annual campaign, but in creating new opportunities for the communities we serve.

Community Impact Funding

Our Annual Community Impact Campaign sets an annual goal each year, based on area nonprofit funding requests. These funds come from area business and individual giving. A committee consisting of community leaders reviews funding proposal requests, facilitates interviews, and visits existing and/or potential nonprofit organizations and determines how campaign funds will be allocated. The application for this funding opens every spring, with allocations funds distributed the following calendar year. 100% of all campaign funds raised go directly to organizations serving residents of Warren County. 

Helen Bersted Memorial Grant

The Helen Bersted Memorial Grant was established in 2015 to honor the life and legacy of Warren County United Way's first, and long-time executive director, Helen Bersted. As one of the founding members of both Warren Achievement Center and Warren County United Way, her dedication and inspiration continues to provide service to thousands in Warren County each and every year. Each year, Warren County United Way accepts applications from any Warren County non-profit organization who has served the community for three or more years. This grant opportunity opens in the fall, and awards normally range between $500 and $1,500. Funds for this grant are made possible through the Len G. Everett endowment. 

Emergency Funds

The Emergency Funding Grant provides funding for qualifying nonprofit organizations in the event of unforeseen emergencies or special allocation needs. A serious financial problem or emergency situation is defined as, but not limited to: a breakdown of essential equipment; repairs that cannot go unattended without damaging the property; or an urgent community service need. Applications are only available through the executive director and decisions are made with Warren County United Way's executive committee. 

Emergency Food and Shelter Program Facilitation

The Emergency Food and Shelter Program was established in 1983 in cooperation with the Federal Emergency Mamagement Agency (FEMA). Every year, a determination as to how much funding counties will receive. United Ways throughout the United States work with local boards to determine what orgnizations, if any, are eligible for distribution of these funds. Warren County United Way facilitiates this distribution for programs in this community. 

100% of Your Donation Impacts Our Community!

All funds donated on this local United Way site go directly to agencies and programs created for Warren County Communities!

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Our Community Nonprofit Partners