Barriers Facing Working Families Topic of Fall Forum

BLOOMINGTON, IL – A public forum about barriers and challenges facing working families will be hosted by the Women to Women Giving Circle Tuesday, September 20, at the ISU Alumni Center, 1101 N. Main St., Normal. The forum is free and open to the public.

“Working Families: Barriers & Challenges – Childcare and Transportation” is the focus of the forum, which will run from 4:30 to 6 p.m. This is the first forum to focus on this topic; the 2023 Spring Forum will focus on housing and nutrition.

Panelists will be:

  • Becky Heerdt, Child Care Resource and Referral Network recruitment and retention coordinator and a quality specialist
  • Kathleen Lorenz, United Way McLean County board member
  • Judy Buchanan, Connect Transit board member

Carol Weisheit, Regional Council Manager: Region 17 for Birth to Five Illinois, will kick off the forum with a historical perspective on child care in America. Diana Hauman, a member of the Women to Women Steering Committee, will moderate the panel discussion. A question and answer session will follow the panel discussion.

RSVPs are not required, but appreciated, to help us plan for the event. Please RSVP to Michele Evans at Illinois Prairie Community Foundation at 309-662-4477 or email her at [email protected]

About the Women to Women Giving Circle

Women to Women is a program and funding arm administered by Illinois Prairie Community Foundation, working to expand philanthropy among women in McLean, DeWitt, Livingston and Logan counties. Its goals are to support programs that increase life skills, encourage healthy development and educate local women and children, to encourage women’s philanthropy and to educate the community at large about issues affecting women and children. Since its founding in 2009, Women to Women has awarded $424,363 in funding to local organizations for programs that support women and children. More information is available at

About Illinois Prairie Community Foundation

Illinois Prairie Community Foundation, now in its 24th year, encourages and facilitates philanthropy in McLean, DeWitt, Livingston and Logan counties by connecting donors who care with causes that matter to them. The Foundation manages funds including endowments and donor advised, fiscal sponsorship and scholarship funds. More information is available at


Michele Evans, Grants & Communications Director, 309-662-4477