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.

Youth Engaged in Philanthropy Among McLean County Young Leaders, Mentors Who Will Be Honored

By Illinois Prairie Community Foundation | November 2, 2020

Reposted from The Pantagraph By Paul Swiech BLOOMINGTON — Thirty-one McLean County young leaders, two teams, two nonprofit advocate organizations (including IPCF’s Youth Engaged in Philanthropy group) and two adult mentors have been nominated for service awards sponsored by the nonprofit organization, For A Better Tomorrow. Nominees will be honored at the organization’s annual Why I See You…

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SERVING OTHERS: Bloomington High School Club Focuses on Expanding Literacy

By Illinois Prairie Community Foundation | October 14, 2020

Reposted from The Pantagraph By Lenore Sobota BLOOMINGTON — The COVID-19 pandemic slowed but hasn’t stopped a new student club at Bloomington High School dedicated to improving the community through service. “I’m saying ‘service’ intentionally because it’s not just volunteering. The whole idea of service is making a permanent change in the community you’re serving…

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Children’s Discovery Museum, McLean County Unit 5 Distribute 1,000 Activity Kits

By Illinois Prairie Community Foundation | October 1, 2020

Reposted from The Pantagraph By Sierra Henry; Photos by Unit 5 NORMAL — A thousand elementary and junior high students in McLean County Unit 5 all-day camps received STEAM-centered activity kits through the Children’s Discovery Museum and the school district. “We know everyone is working hard to ensure students are receiving the safest, best education possible during…

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Threshold to Hope Moves to New Home in Bloomington

By Illinois Prairie Community Foundation | September 30, 2020

Reposted from The Pantagraph By Kevin Barlow BLOOMINGTON — A downtown Bloomington art cooperative and gallery has found a new home. Beginning Oct. 6, Threshold to Hope, Inc. will be meeting at the Creativity Center at 107 E. Chestnut, Bloomington. The new location, behind the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts, will have a large…

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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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