Illinois News

United Way looks to help people reach full potential

By Herald-Whig
Posted: Mar. 19, 2017 12:01 am Updated: Mar. 20, 2017 10:30 am

United Way of Adams County has three fundamentals it directs all of its services to -- education, financial stability and health.

United Way aims to help kids become accountable adults, individuals become self-sufficient and people reach their fullest potential.

"These are the three building blocks of a good life," said United Way of Adams County Executive Director Emily Robbearts.

Through this focus, United Way is able to offer services to people at any stage of life. Robbearts said the approach allows the agency to "look at the whole person."?"First, we want kids to be prepared to be on their own when they get out of high school," she said. "Second, we want people to move out of crisis."

Moving people to financial stability and healthier lifestyles in turn allows them to reach their full potential.

United Way ensures people have access to physical, mental and oral health, Robbearts said, linking an increase in the availability of such services to an increase in productivity.

Founded in 1937, United Way of Adams County is celebrating its 80th year of serving the county. Since then, nearly 50 different agencies have been members of United Way and received part of the almost $40 million allocated by United Way over the years.

"It all originates around bringing people together," Robbearts said.

She said United Way of Adams County has built a strong foundation for nonprofit agencies in the area over the last 80 years and will continue to do so.

Things to Do