SUCCESS STORIES

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.

How McLean County Groups, Volunteers are Fighting to End Food Insecurity

By Illinois Prairie Community Foundation | August 5, 2022

Reposted from The Pantagraph Story and Photos By D. Jack Alkire, unless noted Kyan Glenn knows the kind of people he wants to feed with the produce grown on his small farm outside Bloomington. People who struggle to make ends meet. Who might work 80 or 90 hours a week and still not know security.…

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Twin Cities’ Diversities Celebrated at Cultural Fest

By Illinois Prairie Community Foundation | August 1, 2022

Reposted from The Pantagraph Story and photos by Brendon Denison BLOOMINGTON — A vibrant display of many cultures returned Saturday, July 30, 2022, to Miller Park in Bloomington. Dubbed the Cultural Fest, the event has celebrated diversity and heritage in the Twin Cities annually since 1979, according to program director Tony Jones. He said the…

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Chamber Music Fest Brings Student Musicians to Bloomington

By Illinois Prairie Community Foundation | July 22, 2022

Reposted from The Pantagraph Story and Photos by Connor Wood BLOOMINGTON — Chamber music gives the performers something they are unlikely to find in larger groups, attendees of the Illinois Chamber Music Festival say. “It’s so much more intimate, like jazz, for example, if you’re sitting there in a jazz trio, or quartet or quintet…

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Volunteers Aim to Pack 4,000 Backpacks for Bloomington-Normal Students

By Illinois Prairie Community Foundation | July 7, 2022

Reposted from The Pantagraph Story and Photos by Connor Wood NORMAL — Half a dozen volunteers kept busy Wednesday morning (July 6, 2022) packing backpacks with school supplies. Their goal is to pack 4,000 backpacks by mid-August, when families can pick up the bags before school starts. “(4,000 bags) is about 60 percent of the…

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The Vault in Clinton Helps Kids Explore Culinary Careers

By Illinois Prairie Community Foundation | June 27, 2022

Reposted from The Pantagraph By Connor Wood; Photos by Clay Jackson CLINTON — Opening a bakery is a popular dream for kids in The Vault’s culinary career exploration class held this past week (June 20-24, 2022). Connie Unruh, treasurer and a volunteer with the organization, said she knew at least a few of the kids…

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GROWING LESSONS: Westside Bloomington Garden Seeks to Help Young People Grow Skills

By Illinois Prairie Community Foundation | June 17, 2022

Reposted from The Pantagraph Story and Photos by D. Jack Alkire BLOOMINGTON — A community garden on the city’s west side aims to offer a place for young people to learn life skills and professional development through gardening apprenticeships. Caleb Phillips tends Sunnyside Community Garden and Food Forest, a nonprofit operating under the Illinois Prairie…

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Through Habitat McLean County, Sgt. Anthony Maddox Lives On

By Illinois Prairie Community Foundation | May 27, 2022

Reposted from WGLT By Jack Podlesnik July 22, 2013. That was the day the lives of Frances and Jerome Maddox were changed forever. Their son, Sgt. Anthony Maddox, had been serving in Afghanistan since January of the same year. He held a position as a petroleum supply fueler — and operated heavy-wheeled vehicles. Seven months…

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In Living Color

By Illinois Prairie Community Foundation | May 19, 2022

Reposted from University Galleries website University Galleries of Illinois State University is pleased to present In Living Color from May 19 through August 10, 2022. All events are free and open to the public. Curated by the Teen Art Group at University Galleries, In Living Color features stop-motion animations and videos, mixed-media collages, drawings, paintings,…

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Bloomington’s Miller Park Zoo Debuts New Teaching Theater

By Illinois Prairie Community Foundation | May 6, 2022

Reposted from The Pantagraph Story and Photos by Brendan Denison BLOOMINGTON — A new educational theater at Miller Park Zoo in Bloomington was dedicated May 6, 2022, in memory of Sullivan Rohrscheib. Zoo Superintendent Jay Tetzloff said at a ribbon-cutting ceremony that the theater will aid them in meeting their rebranded mission of engaging the…

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Panelists Discuss the Challenges Facing Families as Children with Autism Get Older

By Illinois Prairie Community Foundation | April 6, 2022

Reposted from WGLT By Philip Walker In observance of Autism Acceptance Month, local philanthropic organization Women to Women Giving Circle on Tuesday hosted a panel of experts at the ISU Alumni Center to discuss autism care from early childhood through adulthood. The CDC reported last year that nearly 1 in 44 children across all ethnicities…

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