Heart of Illinois
United Way

The Heart of Illinois United Way's annual campaign helps people throughout Peoria, Tazewell, Woodford, Marshall, Stark and Putnam counties in Illinois.

2017 Annual Campaign

As the largest non-governmental funding source of local health and human care programs, the Heart of Illinois United Way invests in critical education, financial stability and health programs that impact thousands of lives throughout central Illinois.

Why should your organization choose the Heart of Illinois United Way as your partner for workplace giving?

  • Our staff and volunteers offer great support and resources.
  • Half-day training, online materials, printed collateral and more.
  • We make giving back to the community easy and we'll walk with you every step of the way.

How do you start a workplace campaign?

Hundreds of local companies – from the largest headquarters to the smallest shops – run Heart of Illinois United Way campaigns in their workplace each year.

United Way staff and volunteers make it easy to get started ...

  • We'll provide you with the materials and information to communicate to your employees as well as easy, and fun, ways to raise and collect the donations.
  • You can make your campaign as involved or simple as you want; we encourage organizations to do what's right for their culture.
  • Your employees will feel connected to our region by giving back in such an important way.

What are the benefits of running a United Way workplace campaign?

  • Promotes a healthier and economically stronger community
  • Enhances organization's image among key stakeholders and general public
  • Offers leadership, development and team building opportunities for employees
  • Improves employee morale, relations and retention
  • Creates awareness of community issues and volunteer opportunities
  • Provides a one-stop charitable giving opportunity to employees

Is your organization interested in participating in the Heart of Illinois United Way Campaign? Need more information? Call or email:

Stephen Peterson, Vice President of Resource Development
309-674-5181, ext. 1232

2017 United Way Campaign Chairs,
Bill and Rebecca Pape

2017 United Way Campaign Chairs, Bill and Rebecca Pape.

Bill and Rebecca Pape relocated to central Illinois in 1995 and happily call the Peoria area home.

In 2000, Bill Pape became President of Lincoln Office. Bill began his career in Dallas, Texas and worked in his hometown of Albany, New York prior to becoming the VP Sales & Marketing for Lincoln Office in February 1995. He received his Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from Siena College in 1978 and served as an artillery officer in the U.S. Army from 1978-1982. Bill has served and continues to serve on several local community organization boards including Methodist College, Rotary Club of Peoria North, Crittenton Centers, Children’s Home Foundation, Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce and YMCA.

Rebecca Pape graduated from Northwood University in Midland, Michigan with a dual degree in Marketing and Fashion Merchandising. Rebecca and Bill had a chance meeting Thanksgiving Day in 1981 when Rebecca was living in Dallas and Bill was visiting friends there while stationed at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, completing his Army commission. Along with her main concentration of staying home to raise their three children, Rebecca has worked in the local retail industry and has successfully designed and sewn custom handbags for several years.

Bill, Rebecca, and their children cherish their years spent in Peoria and are constantly reminded of the many opportunities and friendships that came their way as a result of moving to central Illinois.

Campaign Cabinet

The community leaders who help make it all happen.

Top 20 Awards

Thank you to our 2016 Top 20 Campaigns.

Campaign Pacesetters

Thank You to Our 2017 Pacesetters!

Coordinator Corner – Campaign Tools You Can Use

Organizing a United Way Campaign in your workplace? The Heart of Illinois United Way has all the tools you need for a fun and successful campaign! Get Campaign Tools...

  • Training Materials
  • Ideas for Fun Campaigns
  • Forms, Sample Messages and Talking Points
  • Campaign Video
  • Request a Logo or Artwork
  • Agency Tours
  • How to Order Supplies

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Challenge Grant

Dollar-for-dollar grants from three generous corporate sponsors can double your new or increased contributions.

Leadership Giving

Members of the Pillars Society and Active Community Circle donate generously to the Heart of Illinois United Way.

Donate Now

Not part of a workplace campaign, retired or self-employed? You can donate, too!
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Heart of Illinois United Way's 2016 Campaign raised more than $11 million, click here to read more.