United Way of
Whiteside County

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About Us

MISSION STATEMENT- Providing dynamic leadership in uniting people and resources to create lasting change that improves lives and strengthens our communities. help people image

VISION STATEMENT-The United Way of Whiteside County is committed to improving lives and strengthening our communities by: 

  • establishing a framework for bringing together a broad network of community partners to regularly identify and prioritize community issues.

  • convening and influencing people and organizations to take action on identified high priority issues;

  • connecting people to available services and programs they need to improve their lives;

  • measuring the results of programs and initiatives we support to assure resources are used efficiently and effectively;

  • maximizing all available resources to achieve our goals; and

  • serving as a link and a resource to our agencies.

Who We Are

banner1United Way of Whiteside County is a locally-based, volunteer-driven nonprofit organization that was established in 1945 when the Sterling Chamber of Commerce community leaders came together to explore the benefits of a community wide fundraising campaign to be called the Community Chest.

Seven decades later, United Way of Whiteside County continues to build stronger communities through its annual community wide campaign as well as developing partnerships and initiatives which support local and human service programs.

In 1953, the name changed to Sterling-Rock Falls Community Chest when the Rock Falls Civic Fund joined.

In 2003, the name was changed to United Way of Whiteside County when Morrison joined the county effort.

In 2001 The “Lets Feed Our Children” FREE summer lunch program was started.

In 2003 The “LIFE” Literacy Is Fun for Everyone FREE book program was started.

In 2004 Pharmacy Assistance program was initiated. Eligible once every 90 days for assistance. 

In 2013 The 2-1-1 easy to remember FREE phone number that links people 24/7 365 days to resources that will help them get started. 

In 2017 The Elder Scam Alert Forum, providing information to keep our elders aware of current efforts to scam them for money.

In 2018 The Born Learning Academy (United Way signature program, pilot launched in Fulton), teaching parents through workshops how to be their child’s first teacher.

United Way of Whiteside County