(Copy of questionnaire responses)
How many employees: 65
How long have you been a
In speaking with some of our
senior employees, no one is 100% sure! As long as anyone can remember!
I joined the Chamber because
Community Action joined the
Chamber in order to connect with the businesses and citizens who provide the
leadership for our community. These connections allow us to identify the needs
of our community, reach those in need of our services and build partnerships
that can affect long term results towards limiting and easing the burdens of
poverty on our community.
Why did you decide to invest in
The beauty of Community Action
is that we are here for the sole purpose of helping those in need and bringing
support to identified needs within the community. Our biggest investment is in
changing lives for those in need for the better, and continuously being
advocates for those who are in need of our services. Therefore, we are
completely dependent on the support of Logan County, and the Chamber.
What products and services do
you offer to Logan County?
Community Action is a private,
non-profit organization that administers federal, state and local programs in
order to provide necessary services to low-income and senior individuals in our
service area. We are also a 501(c)3 corporation headquartered in Lincoln,
Illinois. There are 11 Head Start sites throughout our counties and 5 outreach
offices located in Lincoln, Havana, Clinton, Monticello, and Petersburg.
The needs of our population are
constantly evolving. Therefore, we need to make sure that we are providing the
necessary services to address those varying populations. We do this through a
variety of programs. Low-income clients are assisted through our weatherization,
community services and utility assistance (LIHEAP) programs. Children of
low-income families are provided educational and health services through our
Head Start program that serves 338 3-and 4-year old children throughout our
service area. Our Seniors are also provided transportation and meal services. In
addition, our Foster Grandparent Program provides volunteer opportunities (with
a stipend) to over 70 seniors aged 60 and older as they assist in our local
schools and daycares throughout Central Illinois.
Our most recent service is the
addition of our public transportation system, Logan Mason Public Transportation
(LMPT). This service is extremely valuable to the people of Logan County. Our
vehicles have the capability to assist those with physical disabilities and
wheelchairs. In addition our operating fees are extremely reasonable. For those
that are 60+ our fee structure is just a suggested donation of your choice.
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What does the future of your business look like?
As one can imagine,
offering the amount of services that we do can be financially
draining. Therefore, we rely heavily on the support of Logan County
and all of the citizens in the areas we serve. Community Action has
been a viable part of Lincoln since 1966, and we continue to work
closely with local business, citizens, and friends of Community
Action, to ensure that our mission and commitment to helping those
in need doesn’t go unnoticed.
Five "Did you
know?" Facts about Your Business:
Head Start is our oldest program that provides opportunity for
children to develop socially, cognitively and emotionally with
age-appropriate activities and materials.
Community Action employs over 120 people in central Illinois
citizens throughout six counties (Logan, Mason, Piatt, Menard,
Mason & Fulton).
Each year, we serve over 24,000 individuals with various forms
of assistance, through our variety of programs.
We work closely with seniors in the community to provide them
daily services, like transportation and nutrition.
fundraiser is the Cheeseburger in Paradise, which is March 23,
2013. It features a live auction, and sells out every year.
Donations are always welcome for this event!
Aaron Lohnes or Ellen Burbage, phone 732-2159
[Text copied from file received from
the Lincoln/Logan County
Chamber of Commerce]