Who We Are
United Way of Eastern LaSalle County is a recognized leader in helping solve community problems. As a volunteer-led organization, UWELC is dedicated to helping Eastern LaSalle County's most vulnerable citizens become and remain self-sufficient. UWELC partners with a network of the most effective health and human service non-profits serving Dayton, Grand Ridge, Harding, Leland, Marseilles, Naplate, Norway, Ottawa, Seneca, Serena, Sheridan, and Wedron. By uniting service organizations, individuals, businesses, and government, United Way of Eastern LaSalle County addresses our community's most pressing needs. United Way is governed by a local Board of experienced volunteers and day to day operations are carried out by a modest staff of two.

Our Mission
To improve lives mobilizing the caring power of our communities.

Our Vision ...
To positively impact people's lives by mobilizing community resources within Eastern LaSalle County.

In addition to raising funds to support local agency programs, your United Way in 2014/2015 also…

Promotes literacy for children from birth to age 5 through sponsorship for children in the Dolly Parton Imagination Library book program. 267 children are enrolled at this time and receive a new book each month mailed directly to their home. This preschool literacy and kindergarten readiness initiative is a collaboration between United Way and The Family Room in Ottawa. The Family Room encourages local moms to sign their children up for the program. Last year Signature Sponsor, ITW Zip-Pak awarded UNited Way of Eastern LaSalle County a $5,000 grant for the program.

Since 2000, United Way and SABIC Innovative Plastics' HOPE Chapter have partnered together to provide approximately 1600 low-income students the supplies they need for a successfulstart to each school year.

In 2014 United Way and Agency Partners' assisted 17 families, which included 25 children avoid eviction and utility shut-offs by distributing $7,291.

Labor of Love once again took place the first Saturday in October of 2014 and over 400 volunteers of all ages and abilities lent their hearts and muscle to revitalize and repair 34 homes owned by low-income homeowners. Their efforts helped seniors and families remain in their homes -- keeping them warm, safe, and secure. For twelve consecutive years, Signature Sponsor Exelon Generation and LaSalle Station has awarded United Way's Labor of Love a $15,000 repair grant. Exelon employees and their families provided volunteer leadership and labor to restore 12 homes. Ameren IP Warm Neighbors Foundation awarded Labor of Love an $8,000 weatherization grant. The foundation has been supporting Labor of Love weatherization projects since 1995.

Fifteen IRS trained and certified volunteers prepared 626 returns during Tax Season 2015, on behalf of low to moderate income tax payers, securing refunds of $692,474, Earned Income Tax Credits of $257,909 and Child Tax Credits of $73,179.

211 Illinois - United Way of Eastern LaSalle County's Board of Directors approved sponsoring 211 within eastern Lasalle County. 211 is a 24/7 toll free number that connects individuals to resources in their community.