United Way 8Skate


For the third time during the PNC Winterfest, the Peoria Civic Center and Heart of Illinois United Way will host Heart of Illinois United Way’s 8 Skate for Charity.United Way’s 8 Skate for Charity initiative will donate $3 for every skate rental to a different charitable initiative each weeknight for the first two weeks of PNC Winterfest Nov. 27 through Dec. 7. Festival-goers are also encouraged to come out and donate to the charity-of-the-evening while they’re enjoying the holiday celebrations.

Coming up right after the Thanksgiving holiday, below are the charity initiatives and corresponding dates they will be featured at the PNC Winterfest from 5 pm-10 pm.

EP!C, Monday November 27th: EP!C is a community of families, staff, volunteers, and community members working together to support individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families with unique educational, residential, employment, and care programs tailored to each individual’s abilities and needs. We began as a small, community-organized network of Peoria families in 1950 who took an innovative approach to disability by emphasizing ability over disability. We have since grown to serve more than 400 individuals of all levels of ability in Peoria and Tazewell counties from funding to finding the best program and service match.

CASA of Peoria Illinois, Tuesday November 28th:  Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Peoria County is a nonprofit, volunteer organization that advocates for the best interests of abused and neglected children within the Juvenile Abuse and Neglect Court system. Its existence is based on the belief that every child has the right to a safe and permanent home allowing them the chance to reach their full potential in life.                                             

Tri-County Urban League, Wednesday November 29th:  The Tri-County (Peoria) Urban League, Inc., is a 501(c) 3, not-for-profit agency, dedicated to improving the educational, social, and economic opportunities for individuals in Peoria, Tazewell, Woodford and McLean Counties in the central Illinois area. Our affordable services and programs are provided at minimal or no cost.

 Peoria Friendship House of Christian Service, Thursday November 30th: Friendship House is a faith-based organization reaching out to all those in need, regardless of faith. We strive to embody God’s love and to treat everyone who comes through our doors with caring, respect and dignity. The Peoria Friendship House of Christian Service is funded by churches, the Heart of Illinois United Way, individuals, grants/foundations, community support, and fundraisers. Friendship House continues to offer programs to the community and minister to those individuals and families who need it most. The core partnership of the inner city ministry includes American Baptist, United Methodist Church, Disciples of Christ, the Presbytery of Peoria, and the Congregational Christian Conference.

Boys & Girls Clubs, Monday December 4th: The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Peoria is a local affiliate of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America — the nation’s oldest and largest organization. It is our primary mission to enable all young people, especially those in at–risk circumstances, to realize their full potential. With more than 3,400 local clubs in all fifty states, more than 4 million children are served annually by Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

Center for Prevention of Abuse, Tuesday December 5th: The Center for Prevention of Abuse‘s main goal is to help all people – women, men and children – live free from violence and abuse by providing education, counseling, shelter, support groups, planning, and more. 

Central Illinois FRIENDS of PWA, Inc., Wednesday December 6th: FRIENDS provides a community for individuals living with HIV, as well as transportation, rent, utilities, and emergency services.

 Children’s Hospital of Illinois, Thursday December 7th: As a premier children’s hospital, the Children’s Hospital of Illinois address the spiritual, emotional and physical needs of the pediatric patient based on three principles: children are unique and have very special needs; a child’s illness impacts the entire family; and childhood illness interferes with normal childhood growth and development.

PNC Winterfest