United way partner agencies affected by government shutdown

By Beau Ebenezer

October 15, 2013 Updated Oct 16, 2013 at 2:54 PM CDT

PEORIA Ill -- The Heart of Illinois United Way is trying to keep several of their partner agency programs running.

The organization said due to the shutdown, the demand for low-income family services is higher than ever.

While the WIC program is still running in Illinois, many residents are turning to local agencies for help.

United Way officials said their 2013 fund raising campaign is vital to ensure funding assistance.

"This is a source of income that our agencies can depend on every single month, when they get that payment from the United Way," said Heart of Illinois United Way President, Michael Stephan. "While there are many concerns with the cuts that are taking place with the government, this is one source of revenue they can depend on."

The organization has raised $1.2 million since starting last month.

They are hoping to at least reach last year's campaign total of $10.5 million

You can make a donation at www.hoiunitedway.org.

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