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United Way of Whiteside County (UWWC) has spent the past year reflecting on the history of the organization and looking ahead toward the future. UWWC is making changes to ensure their ability to support the community at the same level, or even increased levels. These changes mean that UWWC will be looking for new, smaller office space.

United Way of Whiteside County has owned a large historic building in downtown Sterling at 502 First Avenue since 1990.  The Covid-19 pandemic has taught the organization new ways of working, leaving much of the building unused while the cost of utilities and maintenance remain unchanged.

With the goal of directing more money into the community rather than on utilities and maintenance, the board of directors have decided to look at new options for office space.  “The first step in finding a 21st century solution to our office needs is to sell our 20th century building.” said Robert Urbanski, UWWC board president. “Our priority is to keep connecting the generosity we know thrives in our community with United Way’s mission of supporting great social service partners in Whiteside County. We can do that best by limiting costs that could otherwise take away from our important mission.”

Keri Olson, CEO of UWWC stated, “In the coming months you may notice a “For Sale” sign in front of our building.  Please do not be concerned. Our address may change, but our mission and commitment to Whiteside County will not.”

United Way will continue to operate out of their current building until a buyer can be found.  A new office location will not be finalized until after the building sells.  United Way appreciates the community’s input and recommendations for possible new office locations.  Additionally, those interested in purchasing the United Way building on First Avenue should contact Keri Olson at UWWC by calling (815) 625-7973 or emailing

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