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United Way merging staff, selling Janesville building

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Shelly Birkelo
January 23, 2014

JANESVILLE—United Way Blackhawk Region is consolidating its six staff members at its Janesville office until that building is sold and the office is moved.

The Community Services building at 205 N. Main St. is for sale.

Proceeds from the building sale will be put into an endowment fund to generate income for United Way projects and for emergencies, President Steve Kinkade said.

Two employees in the Beloit office will start working out of the Janesville office March 1. Terminating the lease and eliminating office expenses for the Beloit office at 400 E. Grand Ave. will save $20,000, Dan Piche, board chairman, said in a news release.

The United Way of North Rock County and Stateline United Ways consolidated in 2012.

“Consolidation of the staff and selling this building was part of the unification business plan directed to greater efficiencies and reducing overhead,” Kinkade said.

“This will result in more dollars available to United Way to dedicate to funding more than 100 health and services programs that impact lives in Rock County and northern Winnebago County in Illinois,” Piche said.

United Way has contracted with Janesville realtor Century-21 Affiliated to sell its 8,000-square-foot United Way Community Services Building in downtown Janesville. It is listed for $449,000.

Selling the building would relieve United Way staff of building and tenant management responsibilities and give them more time for United Way's core mission of building stronger communities, Kinkade said.

A new office location for United Way Blackhawk Region has not been chosen.

Four local nonprofit organizations lease office space in United Way's Janesville building: Literacy Connection, Family Services' Consumer Credit Counseling, Rock County Youth Connection and Epilepsy Foundation.

The Literacy Connection announced earlier this week it would be relocating this spring to the Olde Towne Mall, 20 S. Main St., Janesville.

The other three have been notified the building is being sold. For now, they plan to remain in the building, Kinkade said.

United Way leaders are looking for cost-effective office space in the Blackhawk Region, Piche said.

“United Way Blackhawk Region is committed to continuous improvements and lowering administrative costs,” he said.



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