November 14, 2013
Community 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.
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.
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!
10 years of service recipients are: Wiley Smith, Rick Smothers, Jessica Lyons, Victoria Burgener (front), and not pictured Beverly Brandkamp and John Delano. 10 years of Service Recipients
10 years of service recipient, Gary Briggs 10 Years of Service Recipient
20 years of service recipients: Tory Gnaedinger and Joanne Lange, and not pictured Kristen Wilburn and Ken Dinwiddie. 20 Years of Service Recipients
30 years of service recipients: Mark Schomaker and Judy Walthes, and not pictured Alvin Hacker and Janet Burgess. 30 Years of Service Recipients
40 Years of Service Recipients: Terry Gerstner, David Dalhaus, and Mike Schrage 40 Years of Service Recipients
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.