We Are One Fund Donates $15,080 to Local Nonprofits

The We Are One Community Fund is donating a total of $15,080 in grant awards to help support 21 nonprofit organizations. We Are One is a donor-advised fund administered through The Community Foundation of Macon County. The awards were announced at the Sept. 6 Labor Day Picnic in Decatur’s Fairview Park.

The Decatur Trades & Labor Assembly and Decatur Building & Construction Trades Council joined forces in 2011 to create the We Are One Community fund, which promotes collective giving and philanthropy among working families. The fund’s advisory board commits that 100 percent of all individual donations directly support local services. Local unions cover the 1 percent administration fee, and all interest accrual is reinvested in the fund.

“The We Are One Community Fund was established in a tradition of giving back where our union members live and work,” says We Are One Community Chair Amy Rueff. “The fund was created to help working families make a bigger difference through collective giving.”

The 2021 grant awards and recipients include:

  • $2,000: Good Samaritan Inn
  • $2,000: Meals on Wheels
  • $1,500: Youth Advocate/
    Webster Cantrell Hall
  • $1,000: Boys & Girls Club
  • $1,000: Boy Scouts
  • $1,000: Child First Center – Advocacy
  • $1,000: Decatur Family YMCA
  • $1,000: Old Kings Orchard Community
  • $750: Big Brothers Big Sisters
  • $500: CASA
  • $500: Salvation Army
  • $500: Decatur Power Tumblers
  • $500: John C. Ellis Lodge #17
  • $500: Shemilah’s Outreach Center
  • $260: American Cancer Society
  • $260: American Red Cross
  • $260: St. Mary’s Hospice
  • $250: DOVE
  • $100: Macon County Animal Shelter
  • $100: Shriners Hospital
  • $100: Special Olympics

The Sept. 6 grant awards distribution coincides with the kickoff of a new year of giving to the We Are One Community Fund, with local unions encouraged to host fundraising campaigns and promote payroll deduction with employers. Donations collected in the 2021 calendar year will be used to award grants on Labor Day 2022. All donations are tax-deductible, and contributions may be sent to We Are One Community, c/o The Community Foundation, 101 South Main St., Suite 400, Decatur, IL 62523.

For more information, visit weareonecommunity on Facebook or contact We Are One Community Chair Amy Rueff at 217.433.5126.

  • For information about establishing a donor-advised fund at The Community Foundation of Macon County, email nbeck@maconcountygives.org or call 217.429.3000.