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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.

St. Vincent de Paul-Holy Trinity Food Pantry Faces Challenges During Pandemic

By Illinois Prairie Community Foundation | August 11, 2020

By Michele Evans, Grants & Communications Director The coronavirus pandemic is hitting nonprofit organizations hard and nearly all are adjusting the way they are serving their clients. The Society of St. Vincent de Paul Holy Trinity (SVDP-HT) Food Pantry in Bloomington is no exception. In 2019, the food pantry moved into the remodeled former Holy…

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Bloomington’s House of Hope Helping Men Transition Back into the Community

By Illinois Prairie Community Foundation | August 4, 2020

Reposted from CIProud By Darronté Matthews BLOOMINGTON – A Bloomington program is helping restore hope for struggling men in the community. House of Hope is a program and safe home aimed at stopping recidivism by providing housing and support programs for men who were incarcerated and/or battling drug addiction. In February, the program secured an…

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Lt. Gov. Juliana Stratton Visits Community Organizations in Bloomington

By Illinois Prairie Community Foundation | July 20, 2020

Reposted with permission of WMBD By Darronté Matthews BLOOMINGTON  — Lt. Gov. Juliana Stratton made a trip to Bloomington, Friday, as a part of a recent tour throughout the state. One of the stops on Stratton’s tour was to Sunnyside Community Garden & Food Forest. The garden started in 2016 as a high school project…

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New LeRoy Center Hopes to Keep Seniors Living Well

By Illinois Prairie Community Foundation | July 7, 2020

By Michele Evans, Grants & Communications Director LEROY – July 3, was an early Independence Day for the seniors of LeRoy with the ribbon cutting and grand opening of the Living Well United senior center. View photos from grand opening Barb Whiteman, Director of Living Well United, worked tirelessly beginning January 4 to remodel the…

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Building Future Leaders & Entrepreneurs in Livingston County

By Illinois Prairie Community Foundation | July 6, 2020

By Michele Evans, Grants & Communications Director CHATSWORTH – Thirteen Livingston County teens took part in a free summer class offered by the Boys & Girls Club of Livingston County and Community Connection Group of Central Illinois to help them build their leadership and entrepreneurial skills. The class, offered for four hours, four days a…

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West Market Street Development Celebrated as Wrecking Ball Razes Properties

By Illinois Prairie Community Foundation | July 3, 2020

Reposted with permission from The Pantagraph By Maria Nagel; Photos by David Proeber BLOOMINGTON — Watching an excavating crane start demolishing the former Red Fox food store in West Bloomington brought a sense of closure for Denise Perry. Her son, Antonio Perry, was fatally shot as he was shopping at the store on Oct. 31,…

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University Galleries of Illinois State University Pleased to Present ‘Nazafarin Lotfi: Subtle Time’ as an Online Exhibition

By Illinois Prairie Community Foundation | June 19, 2020

Reposted with permission of Illinois State University By University Galleries Staff University Galleries of Illinois State University is pleased to present “Nazafarin Lotfi: Subtle Time” as an online exhibition. This exhibition is organized by the Teen Art Group at University Galleries. “Nazafarin Lotfi: Subtle Time” presents 20 recent sculptures, drawings, and photographs, and premieres two…

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West Market Street Plaza Redevelopment Gains Support in Bloomington

By Illinois Prairie Community Foundation | February 10, 2020

Reposted with permission of The Pantagraph By Kevin Barlow; Photos by Lewis Marien BLOOMINGTON — A proposed redevelopment of the West Market Street Plaza will become a reality soon due to strong support from the business and residential community say two west side Bloomington leaders behind the project. About 60 people attended a community forum…

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Grant Equipping YWCA With Tools to Educate Students About Inclusivity

By Illinois Prairie Community Foundation | February 5, 2020

By Munashe Kwangwari III Reposted from CIProud BLOOMINGTON — The Illinois Prairie Community Foundation awarded YWCA McLean County a grant of $1,645. The grant money will be used to create and educate students in YWCA’s Young Wonders Youth Development program about anti-bias. View video on program. According to the National Center for Educational Statistics, more than one…

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‘Dream’ Comes True For Bloomington Job Training Site For Women

By Illinois Prairie Community Foundation | December 10, 2019

Reposted with permission of WGLT By Eric Stock A free job training site for women is starting its first classes Monday (Dec. 9, 2019) after renovating a dilapidated building on Bloomington’s west side. Dreams Are Possible gutted an old grocery store at 1311 W. Olive St. and built a classroom and workspace to prepare women to…

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