Illinois United Way Chapters Begin to Raise Funds

Jeff Pesek is an experienced policymaker with the J. Sterling Morton High School District 201 in Illinois. Outside of his leadership duties as a policymaker, Jeff Pesek supports various charities, including the United Way and the Wounded Warriors Project.

United Way chapters all across the United States are beginning new fundraising campaigns, including multiple chapters in Illinois and surrounding areas. The United Way Blackhawk Region recently began its 2014 campaign at the Southern Wisconsin Regional Airport as part of the annual Day of Caring event. During the 2013 fundraising campaign, the United Way Blackhawk Region generated nearly $3 million. The money was directed to 94 health and human services organizations providing services throughout the region.

The Illinois Division of the United Way of Greater St. Louis has set a 2014 fundraising goal of $1.5 million. The money raised will be used to support 30 health and human services programs serving the counties of Clinton, Monroe, Randolph, and St. Clair. The Edwardsville United Way chapter, meanwhile, will follow financial professional Joann Barton as she coordinates fundraising events that will support 40 local agencies.


Catholic Charities Honors Individuals Who Reduce Poverty

As president of the board of education with the J. Sterling Morton High School District 201 in Cicero, Illinois, Jeff Pesek works with board members to balance the district’s operating budget. He also aims to reorganize the district’s business offices and use financial software to track and monitor district expenses. Very involved in a range of philanthropic initiatives, Jeff Pesek supports organizations such as the Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA).

Founded in 1910, the CCUSA offers hope and care for millions of people from every race, religion, economic, and social background. It also works closely with local agencies to reduce poverty, empower those within the community, and support families.

Throughout the year, the Catholic Charities sponsors events that allow individuals to connect with each other, share information, and solve problems in their communities. One such event, scheduled for January 9, 2015, in Washington, D.C., is the Keep the Dream Alive Mass and Awards. Working in conjunction with the Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington, the CCUSA will honor leaders who, following the model of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., spend time working to reduce poverty and promote justice.

DuPage/West Cook United Way Hosts Annual 5K Walk/Run

Jeff Pesek serves as president of the board of directors for J. Sterling Morton High School District 201 in Cicero, Illinois. A graduate of the district, he seeks to improve education standards within the district and works with community members to achieve this goal. A devoted member of the community, Jeff Pesek regularly gives his time and resources to several charities with local ties, including the United Way.

One of the nation’s largest nonprofit organizations, the United Way maintains a network of more than 1,200 local chapters throughout the country, as well as 600 offices located in 45 countries and territories around the world. The nonprofit’s goal is to give, advocate, and volunteer to support innovative programs and generate an impact within local communities.

Each year, the DuPage/West Cook United Way chapter sponsors a 5K run/walk and one-mile kids fun run to help raise money for local programs. The 2014 event, called the LIVE UNITED 5K Run/Walk, occurred on May 3 at Cantigny Park in Wheaton and benefitted the Southeast DuPage/Health Initiative. The Westmont, Illinois, initiative offers free medical and mental health services for low-income adults.