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April 2, 2019 – The Community Foundation of Central Illinois (CFCI) is pleased to announce the inaugural Ending Hunger Together grant recipient has been chosen. The proposal submitted by HEAL Food System Partners will be awarded $40,000 to help address food insecurity issues in the community. This collaboration includes Tazewell County Health Department (lead agency), …

WASHINGTON – Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (D-IL), a member of the powerful House Appropriations Committee, announced a $6,234,234 grant for Peoria Citizens for Economic Opportunity, Inc.’s Head Start programs from the Department of Health and Human Services. Head Start promotes school readiness for young children from underserved families by providing programming to enhance their cognitive, social …

Manual Academy SkillsUSA students have taken special steps towards recognizing Head Start students in their building by hosting a literacy event for students. “SkillsUSA is a career oriented leadership organization focused on individual success at home, in the classroom, the community, and the workplace.” Sandra Burke, a coordinator for SkillsUSA explained. “The experiences and knowledge …

A substantial donation from the Caterpillar Foundation is helping to feed Illinois residents. The Peoria Area Food Bank recently announced a grant from the Foundation totaling $169,034 for needy families in Peoria and Tazewell counties, Central Illinois Proud reported. The funds will pay for more than 100,000 meals, and will aid more than 40,000 local …

Paying the electric bill at times can be a struggle, especially if your on a tight budget. Ameren Illinois and PCCEO partnered together to provide customers with a one-time grant of $150. The one-time grant was for eligible customers who are living in Peoria and meet low-income requirements during the Customer Appreciation event at George …

PCCEO Head Start and Early Head Start are each hosting Literacy Night in March. The importance of Literacy Fun Night is to assist with helping children develop an interest in books and to understand the meaning from stories and other information. Head Start Family Development Specialist Tracy Fondren says “The primary goal is to support …

Peoria, IL, February 5th, 2019 – Peoria Area Food Bank announced a $25,000 grant from the Illinois Children’s Healthcare Foundation to provide food for local food nutrition programs.  The food bank will purchase food with the grant that is specific to child nutrition programs such as backpack programs. “The Illinois Children’s Healthcare Foundation will allow the …

Making sound financial decisions and knowing how to manage money are critical skills to enjoying a secure financial future. Many individuals lack the knowledge necessary to make these financial choices. Lack of savings, growing debt, and dependence on Payday loans. Are all indicators that suggest access to financial literacy programs are a pressing need in …

Peoria, IL, March 8th, 2019 – The Peoria Citizens Committee for Economic Opportunity, Inc., is partnering with Ameren Illinois to implement their Energy Efficiency Program throughout Peoria County.  Ameren is committed to invest 114 million per year for the next 4 years in electric and gas efficiency programs. Participation in this innovative program will lower your …

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