About Us

Our objective is to change the odds for children and families by focusing on the building blocks to self-sufficiency: education, income and health.

Raising funds remains a key part of what we do, but the true measure of success is what we do with those funds, who we partner with and how effective we are at enriching the lives of those we serve. While our mission has remained the same, we have sharpened our attention to ensure that our resources are truly making a community impact. This means rallying all our assets; funding, volunteers, legislative advocacy, technology, in-kind resources and corporate partnerships to deliver measurable outcomes.

Serving our Region

United Way of Southern Illinois serves a 14 county region. With staff and volunteers dedicated to working at the local level in each county, our United Way approaches community solutions through both a regional and a local lens.


Community Impact




Contact Information

United Way of Southern Illinois
1301 Enterprise Way #34
PO Box 1901
Marion, IL 62959

Toll-Free:     866 - UW HELPS      866-894-3577
Phone:     618-997-7744
Fax:     618-993-0140
E-Mail:     UWSI@uwsihelps.org
Facebook:     UWSI Facebook page

Who should I contact?

Antoinette 'Toni' is the UWSI Executive Director. Toni has been with United Way for 25 years and also serves on the United Way of Illinois Board. Contact her if you have questions about United Way policy, advocacy, training and education opportunities; Board of Directors and Advisory Board procedures; UWSI publicity and advertising; financial reports and audits; the UWSI Winged Elm Society, and etc...
You can reach Toni at: toni@uwsihelps.org

Linda DuHamel is the UWSI Administrative Associate: Contact her if you have any questions about: Emergency assistance and/or local information to help those in need; board member, agency, and community volunteers and their hours or service; special event registrations; and the UWSI Speaker's Bureau.
You can reach Linda at: Linda@uwsihelps.org

Iva Dell Clay is our Campaign & Resource Development Director (CRDD): Iva Dell is an experienced fundraiser and philanthropist. She is our primary point of contact for corporate, workplace, small business and individual campaigns and maintains all campaign related information, inventory and data entry. “Watch Out!...Here she comes!” You can reach Iva Dell at: idclay@uwsihelps.org

We have only two phone lines, which are shared by all staff members and the FAX machine. If you call the office and get voice mail, PLEASE LEAVE A MESSAGE! As soon as a line is clear and the person you need to speak with is available, you'll get a return call. Thanks!

How do I get to the UWSI Office?

Our office is in a strip mall, between Rural King and Little Caesars, two stoplights east of the intersection of IL-13 (West DeYoung Street) and Interstate 57, on the south side of the street. We're inside the mall. We try to keep the office open from 9:00 - 4:00, Monday through Friday. However, it's a good idea to give us a call (618-997-7744) before you drive over.

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Our Mission and Vision

Our Mission:

To improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of southern Illinois communities.

Our Vision:

We will strengthen southern Illinois by mobilizing our communities to improve people's lives.

Specifically, we will:

  • Attract and channel people's energy and desire to make a difference.
  • Help southern Illinois communities identify and address long-term problems in three critical areas:
    • HEALTH
  • Effectively measure, analyze, learn from and educate others about the community impact of our efforts.
  • Respect and reflect the exceptional diversity of the communities and region we serve.