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Calling finance folks – we need your expertise for Money Smart Week 2018!  Money Smart Week is a public awareness campaign designed to help consumers better manage their personal finances.  This is achieved through the collaboration and coordination effort of organizations across the country including businesses, financial institutions, schools, libraries, not-for-profits, government agencies and the media. These groups come together once a year to stress the importance of financial literacy, inform consumers about where they can get help and provide free educational seminars and activities throughout the week. We are seeking representatives in banking, finance, law firms, education, local libraries, marketing firms and related roles to JOIN US as a Partner–offer to present a workshop, provide a program venue, serve on the steering committee, or be a financial supporter of programming efforts to the DeKalb, Lee and LaSalle Counties. Our committee will help put together programming and outreach efforts for Money Smart Week, April 21–28, 2018. Contact Tammy at 815.756.7522 or at tamara@kishwaukeeunitedway.com for more information on this initiative.

Full event listing at www.moneysmartweek.niu.edu

SAVE THE DATE:  June 14, 2018

Day of Caring is an annual, organized day of volunteer service. Approximately 200 community volunteers complete projects at our 30 nonprofit work sites in our community. For a PDF version of the flyer to share, click this link:  2018_Day_of_Caring_Flyer

Local agencies submit requests for volunteer help with projects ranging from reading to children, delivering meals, painting, planting gardens, and working in agency offices. For more information, contact us at 815.756.7522 today!

THANKS to our 2017 Day of Caring Sponsor: Target Distribution Center





Taste: Bottles & Brews will occur November 8, 2018. Annually, volunteers needed to help with the following tasks:

  • Auction Prize solicitations
  • Hanging up event flyers around town
  • Helping prepare & assemble silent auction items
  • Setting up and tearing down event

Call 815.756.7522 for more information.

Corporate/Group Volunteer Opportunities

Kishwaukee United Way can help your company align its philanthropic goals with strategic volunteerism. Strengthen your company or group, develop employees and members and support your community through volunteering.  Let us help you organize your team! Contact us at 815.756.7522 today!

Individual Volunteer Opportunities

Kishwaukee United Way can help connect you to a volunteer opportunity that best matches your goals & passions.  Click on the link below to browse our booklet of local opportunities. Questions? Contact us at 815.756.7522 today!



 January 2017 – April 2017

Another initiative of Money Smart Week DeKalb is the recruitment of volunteers to help with tax preparation at tax time. These volunteers provide free help to hundreds of individuals & families across DeKalb County.

You don’t need to be an accountant to volunteer. Training programs are offered to interested individuals before you start preparing taxes.  To become a volunteer & help prepare taxes, contact us at 815.756.7522 today!

Volunteer Recognition


Each year at Kishwaukee United Way’s Annual Meeting a portion of our program is dedicated to recognizing outstanding volunteers who have given back to our community.

Leo Olson Award

The Leo Olson Award was established in 1989 to honor Leo Olson for his many contributions to, what was then, the DeKalb United Way. Leo’s commitment to the organization started in the early 70’s when he was recruited to co-chair our annual campaign. Following that, he served as Campaign Chair and President, and remained actively involved in local United Way efforts until his death in 1989. The award named for Leo recognizes each new nominee’s commitment to United Way and an unflagging spirit of volunteerism and service.

Listing of previous Leo Olson Awardees (PDF) 

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