The Northern Illinois Disaster Relief Fund supports relief and long-term recovery efforts for communities affected by major disasters. Funds will be distributed without administrative fees to United Way partners in the affected areas. Organizations that receive United Way disaster fund assistance will be evaluated and held strictly accountable. Together with your support, the Northern Illinois Disaster Relief Fund creates opportunities for families to restore their communities and become stronger than ever.

How to Give

You may give in one of two ways:

- TEXT the phrase HELP15 to 41444

- Donate using this secured mobile-friendly form


Fairdale Tornado and surrounding communities

On April 9, 2015, communities in Boone, DeKalb, Lee, Ogle and Winnebago counties were devastated by tornadoes. In response, Kishwaukee United Way, United Way of Boone County, United Way of Lee County, and United Way of Rock River Valley brought together resources and expertise needed to empower families to begin rebuilding their homes. To date, nearly $130,000 has been collected through the Northern Illinois Disaster Relief Fund, including contributions from Chicago Bears and FCA Foundation (charitable arm of FCA US LLC). Funds are allocated, without administrative fees, to relief and recovery efforts through the United Way partners and American Red Cross of Northwest Illinois.