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United Way Equity ChallengeUnited Way of Kankakee and Iroquois Counties is committed to focusing our work on strategic ways to eliminate disparities and other forms of oppression in Kankakee and Iroquois Counties. We believe our community will be stronger when we work together to make our home equitable. 

Join the Challenge!

United Way of Kankakee and Iroquois Counties has adopted the United Way of Illinois Equity Challenge 21-week program that encourages Illinois residents to engage in racial equity conversations to gain a deeper understanding about the impact systemic racism and inequity have on our state and in our local communities. United, we can help create a stronger, more equitable Illinois economy and stronger, more inclusive Illinois communities.

Sign up for the weekly challenge on United Way of Illinois' website.

Take Action!

United Way of Kankakee and Iroquois Counties will continue the conversation online. Community members can share local equity events, resources, efforts, trainings, and more. Stay up to date on our movement as a community on this blog.

Community Equity Mural Design Contest

At the conclusion of the 21-Week Equity Challenge, we will unveil a community-led mural. This mural will symbolize continued work towards a more equitable community and serve as a reminder to keep the conversation going. The Equity Challenge has 270+ local participants registered! Artists interested can register and submit their design via this form.


Mural designs should represent our community, have an equity focus and capture the following: Simple, Timeless, highlights all demographics, displays unity, positive image, and interactive piece to engage the community. Each artist may submit up to three designs via the online submission form. The design must be of their own original work in any style: painting, sketch, digital, etc. in color or black and white. Please be mindful of the shape of your design to ensure it could be modified to fit on an outdoor wall space.


The Top 3 designs selected by the Mural Committee will be shared on the United Way of Kankakee & Iroquois Counties Facebook page. All community members are invited to vote for their favorite design. The design with the most votes will be selected as the contest winner and painted on a building in the community. Vote for your favorite design.

Give to the Equity Mural Project


Building Wall Space Needed

Are you a local business seeking to become and Equity Champion and Ally? Do you have a wall space available for this mural project? Email Fiana Comer at fiana@myunitedway.org.

Become an Equity Community Volunteer: Join and serve our community by completing this interest form.

Questions? Contact Fiana Comer at fiana@myunitedway.org.