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    Giving Back to Bloomington | Normal Part 1

    McLean County VolunteeringAs the holiday season sneaks up on us, we here at BN Realty can’t help but get into the season of giving! We have a value time spent with local non profits because it is one of the absolute best ways to give back to our community. We truly believe that “… the happiest people are not those getting more, but those giving more.” (- H. Jackson Brown, Jr.) Over the next few months we will share some of our favorite non profits and a little bit about each of them in hopes that you feel inspired to join us and donate your time, resources and love to those within our community!

    1. Bloomington Normal YMCA is devoted to Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility. It is a cause driven organization whose mission is to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind, and body for all. They serve over 5,000 people each year in the Bloomington-Normal area! To do this, they depend on donors, members, and program participants. If you are a hands-on type of person, volunteering at the local Y might be right up your alley! They are currently looking for volunteers to help teach swim lessons, provide childcare, maintain the community garden, and coach youth basketball and soccer leagues. If you’re interested, check out the YMCA volunteer page! The YMCA shares their events as well as wellness tips on their Bloomington-Normal YMCA Facebook page, so follow them today to learn more about ways you can help.

    Bloomington Normal YMCA

    2. The Humane Society of Central Illinois has a mission to find loving, forever homes for abused and unwanted pets. They have a Pet Adoption Center that serves over 1,000 animals each year. They vaccinate, microchip, spay or neuter and socialize the animals homed there. Visiting the adoption center instead of a pet store or breeder is already enough to help them! If you can find a discarded pet to take into your home, you are making an impact. If you’re looking for other ways to give back – you can walk dogs, work in the cat room, do laundry or dishes, provide maintenance services, or help with grooming. Here is a link to the Humane Society of Central Illinois volunteer page.
    Did you know October is adopt a dog month? Follow the Humane Society of Central Illinois on Facebook where they share upcoming fundraiser events, pets up for adoption and updates those who have been adopted.

    Humane Soceity of Central Illinois

    3. The Habitat for Humanity of McLean County is an organization that we hold near and dear to our hearts. They seek to put God’s love into action by building strength, stability, self-reliance, and shelter. They are dedicated to eliminating substandard housing in our community and around the world by: construction, rehabilitation and preserving homes, advocating for fair and just housing policies, and providing training and access to resources for families to improve their shelter conditions. You can work with your hands and volunteer directly with the program or donate resources. Monetary donations are accepted but they will also take building materials! So keep them in mind when you have extra paint brushes, roof shingles, toilets, windows, doors, etc. Learn more about what your support can do for them by visiting the Habitat for Humanity website! Like most non profits, The Habitat for Humanity of McLean County is active on Facebook. They share upcoming events and current projects. Follow them to learn more about their local efforts.

    Habitat for Humanity of McLean County

    4. The Community Health Care Clinic provides quality healthcare to the medically underserved population of McLean County through the operation of a free medical clinic. Over 2,800 adult patients receive medical care every year. Most of them are low-income workers that have no affordable access to healthcare. The clinic relies heavily on donations and funding from grants, foundations, and local businesses. Learn more about this on the CHCC funding page. The clinic currently has over 200 volunteers that vary from office support, nursing support, pharmacist’s services and physicians. They offer flexible scheduling and always have volunteer opportunities. Follow the Community Health Care Clinic on Facebook to follow events, news, volunteers, and donations.

    Community Health Care Clinic

    We hope that at least one of these jumps off the page at you and gives you the urge to help. Join us this holiday season in brightening up someone else’s day! If you’re interested in learning more about our local non profits within the Bloomington-Normal community, please stay tuned to additional articles released.

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