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    Giving Back to Bloomington Normal | Part 3

    Volunteering Central IllinoisHappy Holidays! If you’ve been following our blog over the last month, you would’ve seen our last two posts about giving back to the community of Bloomington-Normal. We have highlighted a total of eight non-profits so far that we truly believe in helping! In this follow up post, we are excited to share with you a few more of our favorites we hope you consider donating your time, resources, or energy to.

    1. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Illinois serves the counties of Champaign, DeWitt, Ford, Livingston, Macon, McLean, and Piatt. They strive to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported 1-to-1 relationships that change their lives for the better, forever! Although we believe that the most positive way to help this organization is by becoming a Big – we know that some will look for other ways to become involved. Monetary donations are accepted to help provide services for the organization and even fund scholarships. There is also a building wish list on their donation page. The hands-on opportunities include community-based mentoring, site-based mentoring, Mentor 2.0, internship programs and sponsor a child program. To look into volunteering with the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Illinois, check out their volunteer page! Also, check out the Big Brother Big Sisters of Central Illinois Facebook page to follow all upcoming events!big brother big sister central illinois
    2. Project Oz is another charity that aids the youth in our community. Their mission is to make a positive difference for young people. They care what happens to young people. They care what happens to families. They care about making our community a safe, healthy, happy place to live. The very first link you will find on their website is for homeless people between the ages of 17-22 to go and learn about how they can apply for housing and education. They also provide emergency shelter, crisis intervention and support services for the immediate needs of you between the ages of 10-22. If this is something that you are passionate about, consider becoming a Host Home, sharing your skills, becoming a board member, or donating money or resources. Learn more about the Project Oz opportunities here. We are big fans of their donation page that lists exactly what your dollar amount of donation will provide for our youth in need. When you think about providing a night of safe shelter as opposed to $150, it seems to make more of a difference. Follow the Project Oz Facebook Page to follow their activities, events, and news.Project Oz
    3. The United Way of McLean County is igniting a social movement in our community by empowering people to unite and solve complex problems that affect us all. They envision a community in which all individuals and families achieve their human potential through academic success, financial stability and healthy lives. They have a strong history that dates back to 1935 and have helped countless members of McLean County. So what exactly do they do? They provide education, income support, health improvement, and community strengthening to families in need. There are many opportunities to get involved. You can volunteer your time by yourself or with a group, provide corporate volunteering, serve on a solutions team or committee, or donate through their website on this United Way webpage. If you are wanting to follow the organization and their activity, follow the United Way of McLean County Facebook page. United Way of McLean County

    Our only hope throughout this series of articles is to inspire our readers to consider giving back to our community as we do through this holiday season. Please let us know if we can answer any questions for you about these organizations! 309-319-6030

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