The pride of Illini is the charitable spirit of the university’s faculty and retirees. Since 1929, the Campus Charitable Fund Drive (CCFD) allows University of Illinois faculty and retirees the ability to build stronger and healthier communities in the region and across the state, and Community Health Charities is thankful for their generosity each year.

This past year’s CCFD co-chair and University Housing Executive Director, Alma Sealine, knows the power of community support. Within six months of moving to Champaign, Sealine was diagnosed with breast cancer and turned to a local cancer center.

“The Campus Charitable Fund Drive means I can be an important part of impacting the lives of my neighbors and fellow community members,” Sealine said. “It provides the funding to our agencies to provide the support needed to assist those that need assistance and support at this time.”

She is now breast cancer free and thankful for the support she received from the local community throughout her recovery.

Community Health Charities empowers individuals like Sealine to make the world a better place by raising awareness and resources for health and wellbeing. Through the annual CCFD charity fair and campaign events, Community Health Charities shares health resources and provides opportunities to support programs that address health equity, including disaster relief and resilience, women’s health, mental health, veterans and first responders, and more.

Employee contributions provide 70 percent of the funding for agencies in the Champaign-Urbana community. Last year, Illinois faculty, staff and retirees pledged over $1.3 million to local, state and national causes.