United Way Advancing Funds to Helping Hands

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SPRINGFIELD – The United Way of Central Illinois Board of Directors announce they voted unanimously to advance funds to Helping Hands of Springfield.

Helping Hands works with the homeless population to help address the issue of homelessness and assist them in building stable lives through four offered programs.

United Way will be giving the organization $38,833.33 in funds to keep the organization open during the current budget impasse. Helping Hands submitted a request for its remaining 2015 – 2016 allocation from United Way on August 20.

These funds represent an advance on 10 months of funds. United Way typically sends the funds on a monthly schedule.

Helping Hands of Springfield is also working with creditors to explore short term financing options.

President at United Way of Central Illinois John Kelker says that without a state budget, programs could start shutting doors as early as September.

“Helping Hands’ request demonstrates why our state leaders need to work together on a compromise budget,” Kelker adds.

The advance in United Way funding will help to assure that current levels of services can continue without further impact to the homeless population. The number of beds available to shelter homeless residents have already been reduced due to the temporary closure of the Salvation Army’s shelter operations.

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