Last year, more than 2,100 Morton residents benefitted from Heart of Illinois United Way funded programs such as low-vision clinics, home-delivered meals, crisis counseling and much more.
In total, 38 health and human care programs funded by the Heart of Illinois United Way were utilized by Morton residents last year.
A highlight on United Way volunteers from Morton...
Molly Drenckpohl grew up in Morton and returned to her hometown in 2012. As the Associate Director for the Smith Career Center at Bradley University, her main responsibility is serving as a Career Advisor to the College of Education & Health Sciences. She also teaches The University Experience course, an extension of orientation for first-year students. Drenckpohl previously worked as a school counselor at the American School of Milan and Cayman International School. In addition to her academic and collegiate counseling in international schools, she led students in assisting nonprofit organizations through fundraising, volunteering, and education.
Drenckpohl serves as the Chair for Youth United. Through Youth United, high school and college students address their community's needs through volunteer projects and awarding youth–related grants to Heart of Illinois United Way partner agencies. Drenckpohl also serves on the Board of Directors for the Heart of Illinois United Way and on the Development Committee for the Center for Prevention of Abuse. She completed the BoardSERVE training, led by Heart of Illinois United Way, in April 2013.
"I believe that through the United Way and its subsequent support for its partner agencies, Morton, the Heart of Illinois, and the greater community are strengthened and enriched. I enjoy volunteering for an organization that has a true understanding of the needs of the community and addresses them, at an individual and at a communal level," Drenckpohl said.
Stan Ogden, a resident of Morton, joined Central Illinois Light Company in 1982. Starting out in the Corporate Communications Department, Ogden advanced to sales, economic development, rates, marketing and customer service. Prior to Ameren's acquisition of CILCO, Ogden oversaw the company's competitive retail sales through the state.
Ogden remained in customer service for 10 years and was awarded vice presidency of his department in 2007. Serving the company as vice president of Customer Service and Metering Operations, Ogden's responsibilities include the activities of the Contact Center, Credit, Billing, and Key Account areas in Peoria, Pawnee and Decatur. Ogden is also in charge of the Energy Efficiency programs for Illinois that were launched in 2008.
"The reason I really like volunteering for the Heart of Illinois United Way is the professionalism of the organization. They go to great lengths to assist the agencies that receive funding. They are careful and efficient with all of their allocation processes, and I personally like knowing that the money I give to United Way, and the volunteer time I spend with them, goes to help the area communities, agencies and those that live in the communities," Ogden said.
Ogden volunteers for several nonprofit boards including the Heart of Illinois United Way, the United Way of Illinois and the Energy Assistance Foundation. Recently, Ogden became a member of the Strategy Committee of the Institute for the Electric Efficiency at the Edison Foundation.
Tim Neuhauser is a lifelong resident of Morton. Neuhauser is a licensed insurance producer, achieving the professional designations of Certified Insurance Counselor, CIC, and Certified Risk Manager, CRM. He specializes in commercial property & casualty insurance, group health benefits, and risk management.
Throughout his career, Neuhauser has been an integral part of numerous service groups. A graduate of the Morton Chamber of Commerce leadership school, Neuhauser also served as a member of the Morton Chamber Board of Directors, President of the Morton Chamber of Commerce, and as a volunteer for the Morton Pumpkin Festival. In 2002, Neuhauser retired after 11 years working at the Morton Fire Department as a firefighter and EMT. Neuhauser was also named a 40 Leader Under 40 by Interbusiness Issues.
Currently, Neuhauser serves as a member of the Rotary Club of Morton and is the elected Finance Chairman of the Tazewell County Board, a position he has filled since 2006. As a member of the Heart of Illinois United Way Board of Directors, Neuhauser is now the Chairman of the Self-Reliance allocation committee.
"The thing that I enjoy the most is the people who make up the volunteers at United Way. I have enjoyed getting to know them on a more personal level because everyone comes from different walks of life and different backgrounds," Neuhauser says. "By volunteering with the United Way, we highlight what good comes out of the programs and the lives that they affect. That is the most important thing that we can do."