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After a year with no state budget, fourth United Way of Illinois survey shows accelerating damage to those in need of services, sector viability

(CHICAGO, IL) — A new survey conducted by United Way of Illinois (UWI), the statewide association of 52 local United Ways and the largest non-governmental funder of health and human services in the state, shows Illinois' year-long budget impasse continues to starve the nonprofit sector and cause harm to vulnerable citizens across the state.

In the fourth United Way of Illinois survey, more than half of safety net and mental health providers responded that they have been unable to meet the needs of clients for the past year. Survey respondents also indicated that the disruption in services will have long-term effects on the people they serve as extended waiting lists, the elimination of programs and triaging of clients mean more people are moving into crisis situations. The mentally ill who are not getting psychiatric services go to emergency rooms or jails and some of the young people who aren't in out-of-school time and job training programs become involved in the criminal justice system.

As of June 2016:

- 54% of survey respondents anticipate they will have to cease serving clients in six months if the impasse continues

- Almost two-thirds of survey respondents reported making program and/or operational cuts, up from 48% in January 2016

- Of those agencies, 91% have cut the number of clients they serve, leaving nearly 1 million clients in Illinois without critical support, most significantly in the areas of mental health, substance abuse services and childhood education

- More than 50% of safety net and mental health providers indicated they could not meet the needs of their clients for the past year due to the impasse

 

"We honestly wished we would have different news" said Kristi Long, United Way of Illinois Board Chair. "The survey results show accelerating damage since January—more program cuts, more clients left unserved, more debt. The mentally ill, disabled seniors and young children in need of educational opportunities—these people can't wait for the next election."

Organizations have been unable to come close to filling the gap left by the state through additional fundraising efforts and have been forced to take extreme measures in order to continue serving clients. Agencies reported cutting back or eliminating vital programs, draining cash reserves and credit lines, laying off staff and considering the possibility of shutting their doors entirely. In order to continue to serve clients:

- 45% of respondents have been forced to lay off staff, up from 24% in January 2016

- 59% of respondents have utilized their cash reserves

- 33% of respondents have utilized lines of credit

- Respondents have taken on a combined $38 million in debt

- 36% of agencies anticipate they will have to close their doors in six months if the impasse continues

 

This is the fourth survey conducted by United Way of Illinois on the state budget stalemate. The survey was conducted June 1-June 8, 2016, and responses were received from 429 human services agencies that receive state funding. Responses were received from every county in Illinois. Survey respondents represented a range of service categories including youth development, early childhood education, mental health, emergency housing, senior services and employment training and varied in budget size from less than $500,000 to more than $15 million.

For the full results, visit www.uw-mc.org/4thbudgetsurvey. For more information about the survey or to schedule interviews, please contact Jarid Brown at 217-836-2656 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or Karyn Ruhl at 847-431-7068 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

Resources:

Fourth Agency State Budget Survey - Statewide Results | Northern Illinois Results

 


 

ABOUT UNITED WAY OF ILLINOIS

United Way of Illinois is a statewide association of 52 local United Way organizations focused on long-term community change through resources in education, income, health and basic needs. United Way advocates for sound policies affecting the non-profit sector's capability to serve vulnerable populations.

[2-1-1 Advisory] Monitoring Severe Weather Conditions

211 Severe Weather Advisory

[CANCELLED - Thursday, June 23, 2016]

 

[Wednesday, June 22, 2016 - 9:55 AM]

United Way of Rock River Valley's 2-1-1 information and referral line is closely monitoring weather conditions after a Hazardous Weather Outlook was issued by National Weather Service for Northern Illinois, which includes Winnebago and Ogle counties. In the event of severe weather occurrence, United Way 2-1-1 will be placed on alert, and operators will be ready to respond to incoming calls to provide severe weather emergency information and referrals for services. In emergency situations, callers should always call 911.

In the meantime, residents in Winnebago and Ogle counties are encouraged to follow weather condition reports through local media sources. Residents may also dial 2-1-1 or 888-865-9902, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for information and referrals regarding any severe weather preventative efforts, road conditions alerts, and locations of emergency shelters. All calls are free and call specialists support multiple languages.

United Way 2-1-1 works with local government agencies and human services organizations to provide the public a source for any severe weather related information.

Upcoming community survey to assess effectiveness of United Way

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(Rockford, Ill. - 03/01/2016) – United Way of Rock River Valley is seeking community input to assess the effectiveness of the organization. United Way periodically conducts surveys to measure and track its impact on the community.

On Wednesday, March 9, a short survey will be available on United Way's Web site at www.unitedwayrrv.org, and is available through Friday, March 18. The survey is open to all residents in Ogle and Winnebago counties, regardless whether they donated to United Way of Rock River Valley. United Way partnered with Perspectives Consulting Group, Inc., an independent research firm, to conduct the survey in order to ensure results remain anonymous and confidential.

For more information on the United Way community survey, please contact Linda Sandquist, vice president, by calling 815-968-5400.

 


United Way of Rock River Valley

United Way of Rock River Valley creates lasting change for everyone in Winnebago and Ogle counties by reducing childhood poverty and building hope for families in neighborhoods. We unite people and organizations to focus on results-driven solutions that create a community of healthy, well-educated and financially-stable individuals and families. LIVE UNITED® is a call to action for everyone to make the change happen.

Survey to measure and track United Way's progress now available

 Community Survey

(Rockford, Ill. - 03/09/2016) –United Way of Rock River Valley launched a community survey today to assess the effectiveness of the organization. The survey will measure and track United Way's impact on the community.

The community survey is available through Friday, March 18 and is open to all residents in Ogle and Winnebago counties, regardless whether they donated to United Way. United Way partnered with Perspectives Consulting Group, Inc., an independent research firm, to conduct the survey in order to ensure results remain anonymous and confidential.

 

Take the survey

- Text Impact16 to 51555

- Visit www.surveymonkey.com/r/UWRRV2016SURVEY.

 

For more information on the United Way community survey, please contact Linda Sandquist, vice president, by calling 815-968-5400.
 


United Way of Rock River Valley

United Way of Rock River Valley creates lasting change for everyone in Winnebago and Ogle counties by reducing childhood poverty and building hope for families in neighborhoods. We unite people and organizations to focus on results-driven solutions that create a community of healthy, well-educated and financially-stable individuals and families. LIVE UNITED® is a call to action for everyone to make the change happen.

Free tax preparation program helps families achieve financial stability

Free Tax Services

(Rockford, Ill. - 01/20/2016) – Rockford-area residents with a household income of $62,000 or less are eligible for free tax preparation services offered in collaboration with Goodwill of Northern Illinois. Tax centers are conveniently located throughout the Rockford region including mobile sites in Ellis Heights and Midtown neighborhoods, and Ogle County. IRS-certified volunteers through Goodwill's GoodTAXES program will prepare taxes at no cost.

Residents may schedule appointments now through April 15, 2016 at various locations by calling 815-987-6200.

Last year, nearly 2,400 tax returns were filed, resulting in $2.5 million in total refunds returned to the community. In total, over $425,000 in tax preparation fees were saved by individuals utilizing the free service and $882,732 in Earned Income Tax Credits returned to eligible families.

 

Tax Centers:

- Goodwill's Mission Services Center, 615 N. Longwood Street, Rockford, Ill.
- East High School (cafeteria), 2929 Charles Street, Rockford, Ill.
- Rock Valley College (Woodward Technology Center), 3301 N. Mulford Road, Rockford, Ill.

 

Mobile Tax Centers include:

  • Crusader Clinic, 1100 Broadway, Rockford Ill.
    • February 22, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

  • Crusader Clinic, 1200 West State Street, Rockford, Ill.
    • February 5, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

  • 8th Avenue Strong Neighborhoods House, 908 8th Avenue, Rockford, Ill.
    • February 8, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    • March 17, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

  • Ellis Heights Strong Neighborhoods House, 312 Irving Avenue, Rockford, Ill.
    • February 12, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    • March 31, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

  • Flagg-Rochelle Public Library, 619 Fourth Avenue, Rochelle, Ill.
    • March 18, 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    • April 14, 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

The free tax assistance program with Goodwill of Northern Illinois is part of United Way of Rock River Valley's work in financial stability. The whole community benefits when more working families and individuals become financially stable because they are more likely to have access to quality health care, provide a good education for their children and contribute to their local economies.

For more information on dates, times and location of tax centers, please visit Goodwill of Northern Illinois or call 815-987-6200.

 


United Way of Rock River Valley

United Way of Rock River Valley creates lasting change for everyone in Winnebago and Ogle counties by reducing childhood poverty and building hope for families in neighborhoods. We unite people and organizations to focus on results-driven solutions that create a community of healthy, well-educated and financially-stable individuals and families. LIVE UNITED® is a call to action for everyone to make the change happen.