DECATUR — Several area agencies and charities will receive $20,600 in grants from We Are One Community, a charitable giving fund that promotes collective giving and philanthropy among the families of union members.
The fund said in a news release Monday that the grants will be distributed during a presentation on Labor Day, Sept. 3, at 1 p.m. under Fairview Park's grand pavilion. The event takes place during the annual picnic following the Labor Day parade, the news release said.
The following organizations will receive grants from We Are One Community:
- $3,500 to Old King's Orchard Community Center
- $2,000 to Decatur Family YMCA
- $2,000 to Good Samaritan Inn
- $2,000 to Meals on Wheels
- $1,500 to Big Brothers, Big Sisters
- $1,000 to Boy Scouts of America
- $1,000 to The Child 1st Center
- $1,000 to Decatur Power Tumblers
- $1,000 to Homework Hangout's pre-apprentice program
- $1,000 to Northeast Community Fund building fund
- $1,000 to Webster-Cantrell Hall
- $1,000 to Macon County CASA
We Are One Community said an additional $2.600 in designations will be mailed to the Boys & Girls Club, The Salvation Army, Dove Inc., American Cancer Society, American Red Cross, St. Mary's Hospice, Shriner's Hospital, Special Olympics Illinois and the Macon County Animal Shelter.
The fund said this year's grant total of $20,600 is a 24 percent increase from last year's total of $16,500.
“As a celebration of working families, the We Are One Community fund demonstrates just one more way that union members care about the community where they live, work and raise their families," said Decatur Trades and Labor Assembly President Bill Francisco in a statement.
The theme of this year's Labor Day parade is "Union Yes," and will feature retired union member Harold Reynolds as its grand marshal.
The parade begins at 10 a.m. in downtown Decatur, and is followed by the picnic at 11:30 a.m. The picnic is free to sponsoring organizations and costs $20 for the general public, which covers a wristband for food, entertainment and bounce houses.