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Karrie Brown Buddy Walk Special Guest

April 04, 2014

Community Link is excited to welcome Karrie Brown as a special guest to the 8th annual Buddy Walk on May 3rd. Karrie is such an inspirational young woman, who doesn’t let her disability define her. Karrie has Down syndrome, but that has not stopped her from following her dream of becoming a model. Thanks to her mother, the power of social media and her unwavering sense of self-confidence, she was recently flown out to California for a professional photo shoot for Wet Seal. Community Link strives to help the individuals they support to define their own dreams and ways to achieve them, and Karrie’s story is truly an inspiration. You can help individuals in your community who have big dreams like Karrie by supporting Community Link’s Buddy Walk on May 3rd at Carlyle Lake.

The Buddy Walk consists of a one-mile fun walk from Carlyle Lake Dam West Recreation Area Pavilion #2 on an accessible path on top of the main dam and back to the pavilion for picnic lunch. Check-in and on-site registration begin at 9:00 AM. The $15 registration includes Buddy Walk T-shirt (guaranteed in size of choice for those registering by April 4) and lunch ticket. Walk officially starts at 10:30 AM. Other activities: music, kids' activities, info table, bake sale and sale of crafts made by individuals with developmental disabilities.

You can register online to participate in Community Link’s Buddy Walk and build your own personalized fundraising page to raise funds online by visiting our website at www.commlink.org/buddywalk. Come out for a fun, heartwarming day and meet some of the people who are benefiting from this wonderful fundraiser.

8th Annual CL Buddy Walk

March 31, 2014

Community Link’s 8th Annual Buddy Walk is coming up on May 3rd, 2014. This is a very important fundraiser for Community Link. In addition to raising funds to support the many program offerings at Community Link, this particular fundraiser is also an opportunity to raise awareness for the many individuals with a diagnosis of Down syndrome. One in every 691 babies in the United States is born with Down syndrome, making it the most common genetic conditions. Community Link recognizes that people with Down syndrome are valued members of their families and their communities, and contribute to society in a variety of ways. We are asking for your help to make this event better than ever! You can help by creating a fundraising page at www.commlink.org/buddywalk and inviting your family, friends, and co-workers to get involved by pledging to donate to your Buddy Walk campaign. All donations are tax-deductible, and the groups with the highest fundraising totals will receive special recognition during the Buddy Walk event. There will also be special recognition for the groups with the most members walking on their Buddy Walk team. We truly appreciate your support of Community Link throughout the years and hope you will join us in making our 2014 Buddy Walk our best one yet!

CL Celebrates World Down Syndrome Day

March 28, 2014

World Down Syndrome Day is celebrated each year on March 21st, symbolic of a third copy of the 21st chromosome that characterizes Down syndrome. One in every 691 babies in the United States is born with Down syndrome, making it the most common genetic condition. Approximately 400,000 Americans have Down syndrome and about 6,000 babies with Down syndrome are born in the United States each year. Community Link recognizes that people with Down syndrome are valued members of their families and their communities, and contribute to society in a variety of ways.

The value, acceptance, and inclusion of people with Down syndrome and other developmental disabilities are celebrated year round at Community Link, but we are inviting the members of our community to join us for Community Link’s 8th annual Buddy Walk on Saturday, May 3rd, 2014 at Carlyle Lake to raise awareness about Down syndrome and other developmental disabilities, and to raise funds to support community inclusion and services for people with special needs. We hope you can join us by getting together with your family, friends, and co-workers and forming a Buddy Walk team.

The Buddy Walk was developed by the National Down Syndrome Society in 1995 to promote acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome. The Buddy Walk has grown from 17 walks in 1995 to more than 250 walks worldwide in 2013. In 2013, $16,500 was raised by Community Link’s Buddy Walk to benefit programs and support services, as well as the national advocacy and public awareness initiatives of NDSS that benefit all individuals with Down syndrome.

The Buddy Walk consists of a one-mile fun walk from Carlyle Lake Dam West Recreation Area Pavilion #2 on an accessible path on top of the main dam and back to the pavilion for picnic lunch. Check-in and on-site registration begin at 9:00 AM. The $15 registration includes Buddy Walk T-shirt (guaranteed in size of choice for those registering by April 4) and lunch ticket. Walk officially starts at 10:30 AM. Other activities: music, kids' activities, info table, bake sale and sale of crafts made by individuals with developmental disabilities.

You can register online to participate in Community Link’s Buddy Walk and build your own personalized fundraising page to raise funds online by visiting our website at www.commlink.org/buddywalk. Help increase Down syndrome awareness right here in the heart of Southern Illinois by collecting pledges and building a team.

Community Link, a non-profit organization and proud United Way member agency, is dedicated to enhancing the lives of individuals with disabilities through a person-centered approach that promotes self-directed living choices and community integration opportunities. The mission of Community Link is to challenge, teach and inspire both participants and community, linking them in ways that enhance their lives.

CL Receives Grant from Clean Energy Community Foundation

November 14, 2013

2013-11_Illinois_Clean_Energy_Grant.JPGCommunity Link, Inc. is pleased to announce that it recently was awarded a grant in the amount of $29,484 from the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation for lighting upgrades to the Breese East and West facilities as well as the Metro facility in Fairview Heights. This grant assisted Community Link in defraying some of the costs associated with retro-fitting current T12 fixtures to hold T8 bulbs that will reduce monthly energy costs by an estimated $15,863 per year. The retro-fitting project will also provide greater task lighting for Community Link’s program participants as they learn work skills in the facilities’ workshops and Recycling Center.

The mission of the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation is to improve energy efficiency, advance the development of renewable energy resources and protect natural areas for people in communities all across Illinois.

Community Link, a non-profit organization and proud United Way member agency, is dedicated to enhancing the lives of individuals with disabilities through a person-centered approach that promotes self-directed living choices and community integration opportunities. The mission of Community Link is to challenge, teach and inspire both participants and community, linking them in ways that enhance their lives.

Facelift For CILA Residence

August 20, 2013

The power of community is witnessed in the transformation of a residence in Germantown. This residence is one of Community Link’s Community Integrated Living Arrangements (CILA) and is the home to seven individuals with developmental disabilities. The home’s shrubs were very overgrown, hiding the windows and entry way of the home. The need for the upgraded landscape was recognized by Rodney Friederich of All Green Lawn and Kurt Ripperda of Jerry’s Landscape Nursery. Rodney pulled all of the shrubs in the spring of 2012...then came the heat wave! The ground remained untouched.

This spring, Rich and Marcie Hacker called to express their interest in giving their time and talents to complete the project. A generous donation from the Catholic Holy Family Society’s Hearts and Hands Program got them started, and soon other interested people and businesses offered contributions to this project. In addition to the monetary donation from the Catholic Holy Family Society and the work the previous year from Rodney, Jerry’s Landscape Nursery donated numerous supplies, shrubs, and plants for this project; August Wildhaber Sales & Services donated and delivered a load of top soil; Toennies Hardware & Rental donated the rental of a tile saw to cut the pavers; and Gerry Kohnen disposed of the old planter. Rich and Marcie Hacker donated both money and a lot of time to edge the landscape area with bricks, clean up other shrubs and trees throughout the yard, add a brick seating area with a bench, and plant all new plants. The result is a beautiful new addition which complements the house and gives the residents a nice place to relax and enjoy a bit of nature in their yard. The residents of this home are very grateful for the kindness and support of these individuals, and are very happy with how their home looks.

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CCPHC Spring Phling

February 15, 2013

2013_CCPHC_Spring_Phling.jpgThe Clinton County Parrot Head Club is hosting their 6th Annual Spring Phling chicken and beer dance on February 23, 2013 at Bretz Wildlife Lodge & Winery in Carlyle, IL, featuring “Jimmy and the Parrots” from New Jersey. Tickets are $25 each, which includes all you can eat fried chicken and draft beer. A silent auction will be held, along with raffles and prizes. The doors open at 6:00 PM. For tickets or more information, contact Todd Peppenhorst, President of the CCPHC at 618-792-6586 or toddpccparrot@yahoo.com. Proceeds benefit Community Link.

CL Receives Farmers State Bank Donation

February 07, 2013

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On December 27th, 2012 Shirlene Luebbers, VP at Farmer’s State Bank in Hoffmann stopped in to present a check toward Community Link’s Annual Appeal Drive. Community Link is grateful for the support of Farmer’s State Bank as well as the other businesses and individuals that have supported our efforts during our 2012-2013 Annual Appeal Drive.

Pictured l to r: Jamie Fields, Development Director at Community Link, Shirlene Luebbers, VP at Farmer’s State Bank in Hoffmann, and John Huelskamp, Executive Director at Community Link

If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation to Community Link, please visit www.commlink.org/donate to go to our secure online donation site, or mail a check to Community Link, Annual Appeal Drive, P.O. Box 157, Breese, IL 62230.

CL First Step Payless Gives Award

February 04, 2013

CL First Step Payless Gives AwardCommunity Link’s First Step Early Learning and Family Support Program has been chosen by Payless ShoeSource to receive 75 merchandise certificates through their Payless Gives™ Shoes 4 Kids program. Each merchandise certificate is redeemable for, or toward, a pair of children’s shoes at any Payless ShoeSource store.

Community Link accompanied some families enrolled in our Early Head Start program to the Payless ShoeSource stores to purchase shoes for children in need.

Participants Service Awards

February 04, 2013

Community Link’s Consumer Advisory Council members distributed service awards at the quarterly all consumer meeting on Wednesday, 1/30/2013 for 10, 20, 30, and 40 years of service. Congratulations to all recipients for their years of devoted service!

Mission Continues Volunteers for CL

December 28, 2012

2012-12_The_Mission_Continues_1.JPGThe Mission Continues organization volunteered at Community Link in Fairview Heights, IL on December 8, 2012 from 9-3. These veterans painted and removed carpeting in the classrooms and sheltered workshop.

The Mission Continues challenges veterans to serve and lead in communities across America. They do this through six-month community service fellowships. During their fellowship, each Fellow serves for 20 hours/week at a local nonprofit organization in their community. Each Fellow works to achieve one of three objectives at the conclusion of the fellowship: full-time employment, pursuit of higher education, or a permanent role of service. At the culmination of the program, Fellows lead a capstone service project. These veteran-led service projects empower veterans to feel more connected to their communities and civilians gain a better understanding of our men and women in uniform.

These fellowships are important. The mission of the Mission Continues is fueled by a deep belief that are veterans are assets whose leadership is needed now more than ever in our communities. Many veterans struggle to find the same purpose at home as they found in the mission, camaraderie, and structure of the military. Through service, veterans find renewed strength and purpose while building stronger communities.

Community Link is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for people with disabilities in our community. With locations in Breese and Fairview Heights, IL, they address the needs of more than 500 children and adults with developmental disabilities in our area.