February 15, 2013
The 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Proceeds benefit Community Link.
February 07, 2013
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.
February 04, 2013
Community 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.
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!
December 28, 2012
The 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.
December 17, 2012
The children and families enrolled in Community Link’s First Step programs will be having a very merry Christmas this year thanks to the generosity of the Clinton County Licensed Beverage Association. They once again collected toys to be given to the children for Christmas, and also donated $1,000 which will be used to purchase household items that will be put into gift baskets for needy families. Community Link is grateful to the Clinton County Licensed Beverage Association for making the holidays brighter for our First Step families.
September 05, 2012
Community Link is pleased to announce the appointment of Breese native Jamie Fields as the new Development Director of Community Link effective August 27th. Jamie will use her marketing skills and experience to oversee the growth of Community Link’s newly formed Development Department. Jamie will be instrumental in expanding the fundraising efforts and volunteer base that support the organization’s mission of helping people with developmental disabilities and other difficulties achieve learning breakthroughs, find a job, live in a home of their own, and make friends.
Jamie is a graduate of Mater Dei High School, and received her Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from Illinois State University. She resides in Breese with her husband, Adam, and their daughter, Ellie.
September 05, 2012
Over the past year, the Delta Squad has worked hard to develop Community Link’s process for Personal Networks. A Personal Network is a group of committed men and women who are in a relationship with a person who is isolated and vulnerable by reason of disability, living arrangement, limited opportunities, or society’s perception.
Community Link’s first ever Personal Network has been meeting for a little over six months now and has shown success throughout that short time.
Sandra, the self proclaimed “guinea pig,” for the first network has recently said that her network has “helped her want to do more things” in her community. Since beginning her network she is learning to line dance with friends, has a closer relationship with her sisters, has made new friends through volunteering at various locations, and is working towards her biggest dream of all – to go on a cruise. Her network has recently assisted her in obtaining the application to become a member of Carlyle’s VFW Ladies Auxiliary. She is very excited about the opportunity to help out with their weekly Bingos and other activities throughout the year. When Sandra was asked what advice she would give others that want to be involved in this process she said “it is their choice to do it or not to do it, but it helps me A LOT.”
We hope to start three more Personal Networks with new individuals and new coaches within the next few months. Stay tuned!
August 08, 2012
The Community Link Board of Directors has seated two new members:
Wesley A. Gozia of Salem brings legal and political experience to the board. He is an attorney and owner of Gozia Law Firm LLC located in Carlyle and is a graduate of University of Missouri School of Law and Saint Louis University John Cook School of Business. Wesley is a member of Rotary International and enjoys writing, attending sporting events, competing in various shooting sports and politics. He resides with his wife, René, in Salem. Wesley looks forward to sharing his expertise in helping the agency grow and expand services.
Community Link, a proud member of United Way of Greater St. Louis, helps people with developmental disabilities, and other difficulties, to achieve learning breakthroughs, find a job, live in a home of their own and make friends. The 40-year-old agency serves individuals and families in southwestern Illinois. For more information call 526-8800.