This weekend, in the United Way parking lot at 915 East Pleasant Street in Belvidere, General Mills is partnering with United Way for their annual fundraiser. A bunch of General Mills’ goodies including pancake mix, hamburger helper, and pizza rolls will be on sale. Some of these popular products will be over half off their retail price. Bring your cash; checks and credit cards will not be accepted. The sale will run from 8:00 am to 11:00 am on Saturday morning on the 3rd of October only.
In case you’re wondering who the United Way is, their mission statement says they’re, ” an organization committed to improving the lives of Boone County, Illinois residents by sharing community resources. Every dollar raised remains local to our community helping those people who need our help the most.”
In case you’re wondering why United Way needs your dollars the Nonprofit Finance Fund states that,
The economic recovery is leaving behind many nonprofits and communities in need:
- 80% of respondents reported an increase in demand for services, the 6th straight year of increased demand.
- 56% were unable to meet demand in 2013—the highest reported in the survey’s history.
- Only 11% expect 2014 to be easier than 2013 for the people they serve.
“Americans rely on nonprofits for food shelter, education, healthcare and other necessities, and everyone has a stake in strengthening this social infrastructure,” said Antony Bugg-Levine, CEO of Nonprofit Finance Fund. “The struggles nonprofits face are not the short-term result of an economic cycle, they are the results of fundamental flaws in the way we finance social good.”
For many nonprofits, the funding landscape is changing. Of respondents who receive government funding, nearly half have seen support decline over the past five years.
United Way, along with residents’ donations, helps to keep Boone County CASA and many, many other local organizations running.