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Solve picture puzzles and help the United Way

Where’s the United Way board? A contest — mainly for fun and also to raise awareness of the launch of this year’s fundraising campaign for United Way of Illinois Valley — began today on the local United Way chapter’s Facebook page. Keep checking back, each of the Where’s Waldo-like photo posts are a contest. Facebook users are asked to “like” the photo, share it and guess the precise location of the board, somewhere in the Illinois Valley area, says executive director Julie Sloan. UWIV will choose a winner from among those who guessed correctly.
Where’s the United Way board? A contest — mainly for fun and also to raise awareness of the launch of this year’s fundraising campaign for United Way of Illinois Valley — began today on the local United Way chapter’s Facebook page. Keep checking back, each of the Where’s Waldo-like photo posts are a contest. Facebook users are asked to “like” the photo, share it and guess the precise location of the board, somewhere in the Illinois Valley area, says executive director Julie Sloan. UWIV will choose a winner from among those who guessed correctly.

Are you a fan of search games or the “Where’s Waldo” puzzles? Then put your talents to the test and help the United Way raise funds for local charities.

United Way of Illinois Valley has kicked off its fundraising campaign (this year’s goal: $250,000) and this year’s program begins with a search contest in which participants can win prizes.

Executive director Julie Sloan said picture-puzzles will appear on the agency’s Facebook page, giving local residents a chance to put on their thinking caps and compete.

“We’ll be reaching out to business leaders and individuals to get them to participate, as well,” Sloan said. “Right now from September through December, we’ll be concentrating solely on this campaign.”

Each month there will be a different location depicted on United Way’s Facebook page. Prizes will be awarded for correct responses.

“Community awareness is the most important thing and the goal here is to keep the community involved.”

Who United Way supports

The hope is to reach the campaign goal and to supply funds to 12 local organizations. These include La Salle County CASA (Court-Appointed Special Advocates), Lighted Way, Mendota Area Senior Services, Prairie State Legal Services, Youth Service Bureau of the Illinois Valley, Safe Journeys, Alternatives for You (including Bridges Senior Center), Center for Youth and Family Services, Child Advocacy Center, Horizon House, Illinois Valley Food Pantry and Illinois Valley Center for Independent Living.

Together, these agencies reach a broad cross-section of needs.

“The United Way is very generous with assisting us with grants, and those grants might be the difference for us agencies in terms of services,” explained Jessica Kreiser, executive director of the Lighted Way, La Salle.

“At our school, for example, those grants may fund opportunities for us to get into the community. United Way is a very significant donor for the non-profit organizations in the Illinois Valley.”

Want to help?

The headquarters can be reached at (815) 223-8339.

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