What is Widmer Wish?

Non-profit organizations give so much of themselves in order to achieve their missions, often leaving little or no budget for office furniture. In order to recognize these unsung heroes, we’ve developed Widmer Wish, a unique program that awards a local non-profit with a $20,000 complete office refurnishing courtesy of Widmer Interiors.

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Congratulations Salt and Light Urbana, our 2019 Winner!

Winner Suprised!

On June 13th we met with our panel of judges local to the Champaign-Urbana community and after deliberation it was voted to give the 2019 Widmer Wish prize to Salt and Light Ministries in Urbana. Nathan Montgomery, the Executive Director was floored and our team is excited to assist this great organization!

Salt & Light strives to EMPOWER individuals towards lasting change by AFFIRMING their DIGNITY. One-way giving models unconsciously communicate the person has nothing of value to contribute to the “transaction.” They create opportunities for individuals to utilize their talents in productive and meaningful ways. This reinforces their competence and confidence to acquire resources while gaining a sense of pride that comes from providing for themselves and their families.

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Our Previous Widmer Wish Winners

FamilyCore

2018 Winner

FamilyCore works with schools, court systems & other social services to connect counseling, intervention, preventative education & other support services with those who have a need.

Shelter Care

2017 Winner

Shelter Care started as a response to the growing homeless population in Rockford, and have since then expanded to transitional housing for homeless families, and a day time drop-in center for homeless children.

South Side Mission

2016 Winner

South Side Mission has a longstanding history in Peoria, they now care for over 15,000 poor people each year through youth ministry, homeless shelter, food pantry, outreach, and career training ministries.

PATH

2013 Winner

PATH began on the campus of Illinois State University in 1971 as a drug hotline. They quickly expanded to provide crisis response & later to add community resources, adding homeless services programs.

Rock House Kids

2011 Winner

Rock House Kids seeks to feed at-risk children physically, spiritually and emotionally. Since 1999, they have cared for Rockford’s inner-city children, ages 6-18, by providing a safe, warm & nurturing environment.

CASA

2010 Winner

CASA of Peoria County advocates for the best interests of abused and neglected children within the Juvenile Abuse and Neglect Court system. They have been serving abused and neglected children since 2005.

The Big Brothers Big Sisters

2008 Winner

The Big Brothers Big Sisters mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong & enduring, professionally supported 1-to-1 relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.