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Illinois Prairie Community Foundation's impact on the four counties it serves is best seen through the community-based programs we assist. We encourage you to read about some of the programs we have helped fund in the last few years.

Treasure, Not Trash: Serving an Invisible Population

By Illinois Prairie Community Foundation | October 28, 2019

Reposted from Illinois Country Living By Lisa Cherry Valerie Beguin paints a picture of the scenes she encountered as a former investigator with Illinois Department of Child and Family Services: A phone call is made to the Illinois Child Abuse Hotline, which initiates an investigation within 24 hours. The anonymous caller reports seeing his neighbor…

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Jon’s Heroes: Aspiring PE Teachers Learn How to Work With Children With Autism

By Illinois Prairie Community Foundation | October 24, 2019

Reprinted with permission of ISU News By Kate Arthur Gym class was the worst part of Jon Miskulin’s day in junior high. Changing clothes in the locker room was torture, so he would change into his PE uniform in the nurse’s office. When he would get home, he would tell his mom he felt beat…

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First McLean County Hero House, in Memory of Josh Rodgers, Nearly Complete

By Illinois Prairie Community Foundation | October 24, 2019

Reprinted with permission from The Pantagraph By Paul Swiech, Pantagraph Health Editor, Photos by David Proeber BLOOMINGTON — Construction of the house at 1108 S. Oak St. has gone “swimmingly well,” and the construction manager and a project partner know one reason why. “There is no house built with more love,” Vonda Rodgers said. “All…

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Evergreen Cemetery Walk Celebrates 25th Anniversary

By Illinois Prairie Community Foundation | October 4, 2019

Reprinted with Permission of The Pantagraph By Maria Nagle; photos by Lewis Marien and Lori Ann Cook Neisler BLOOMINGTON — When the Evergreen Cemetery Walk was started 25 years ago cemetery vandalism was a major problem, especially in Bloomington’s oldest cemetery. “The issue of vandalism in cemeteries has not gone away,” said Candace Summers, director…

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Salvation Army Program Gives Families in Need a Pathway to Break the Cycle of Poverty

By Illinois Prairie Community Foundation | September 16, 2019

By Michele Evans, Grants & Communications Director When Cecily, 27, arrived in Bloomington with her four young children, she was fleeing a bad relationship and seeking a new direction for her life and that of her children. With the help of local social service agencies, she received crisis housing and was referred to The Salvation…

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West Bloomington Revitalization Project Dedicates Memorial Garden, Murals

By Illinois Prairie Community Foundation | August 26, 2019

By Michele Evans, Grants & Communications Director Ideas, like plants, need a nurturing location in which to grow and take root. The West Bloomington Revitalization Project, at the corner of Washington and Allin streets, offers the perfect environment for ideas to germinate and blossom. It is the growing ground for many west-side community projects like…

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FUTURE IN STORE: Family Members Favor Turning B-N Building Into Training Center for Women

By Illinois Prairie Community Foundation | August 20, 2019

Reprinted with permission from The Pantagraph By Paul Swiech, Health Editor; Photos by David Proeber BLOOMINGTON — Gloria McKittrick, her sister Patricia Killian and brother Greg Erickson walked through the former neighborhood grocery store once owned and operated by their great-grandfather and grandparents at 1311 W. Olive St., Bloomington. “I love seeing the old, wood…

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New Park Provides Harmony of All Children Playing Together

By Illinois Prairie Community Foundation | August 12, 2019

Reprinted with permission from The Pantagraph By Maria Nagle, Pantagraph reporter; Photos by David Proeber BLOOMINGTON — There were a lot children playing with 5-year-old Max Chapman in the newly opened Harmony Park on Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019, and that made his mother happy. “To see Max in his wheelchair playing right along side his peers…

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‘A Long Way to Go’: B-N Celebrates 40th Annual Cultural Festival at Miller Park

By Illinois Prairie Community Foundation | August 12, 2019

Reprinted with permission from The Pantagraph By Kelsey Watznauer, Education/Public Safety Reporter; Photos by Lewis Marien BLOOMINGTON — Tip-toeing ballerinas, poetry-inspired rappers, a country rock duo, a squad of jump ropers, aspiring pop singers and a dashiki-clad drummer took the stage Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019, to celebrate the 40th annual Cultural Fest at Miller Park.…

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Lincoln’s Festival Brings Living History, Classic Cars to Bloomington

By Illinois Prairie Community Foundation | July 22, 2019

Reprinted with Permission of The Pantagraph By Kelsey Watznauer; Photos by Lewis Marien BLOOMINGTON — The Lincoln’s Festival unfolded on Route 66 on Saturday, July 20, 2019, sending history lovers from Bloomington’s libraries to museums to historical landmarks. The 10th Illinois Cavalry set up camp on the lawn at Ames Library on the Illinois Wesleyan…

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