Annual Reports




2017 Annual Report

Statesman Clarence Francis said, "You can buy a man's time and physical presence at a certain place...But you can't buy enthusiasm, initiative, loyalty, and the devotion of hearts, minds and souls."

Your volunteer hours continue to make a difference. In the last year, you volunteered more than 1,500 hours! With 38 recurring volunteers, your bond has strengthened and has created a united group to help our participants. Your time and talents are such an encouragement and inspiration and you're truly making a difference in the lives of our participants!

2017 Annual Report
2017 Audit Report
Form 990 FY17


2016 — Optimism

"Optimism is a cure for many things." - Michael J. Fox

Community Link is at it's best when operating through an optimistic prism.  One of our current strategic goals is to accomplish "All stakeholders take ownership and live the mission, purpose and values of Community Link."  By embracing optimism, Community Link has made significant inroads towards this goal.  The best example is our annual Buddy Walk.  This signature fund and friend raising event has grown from 200 registrants in 2011 to over 1500 registrants in 2016 and has increased donations from $6000 in 2011 to over $110,000 in 2016.  While this may not resolve our financial dependency on the State of Illinois, it makes the future look much brighter.

2015 - Riding Roller Coasters and Planting Trees

There is an old Chinese proverb that states, “The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” Community Link can no longer afford to choose being a victim to the State of Illinois’ annual budgeting process – i.e. riding the roller coaster – and living each day with a victim way of thinking. It’s time to plant a tree where we are louder and prouder in promoting the interests of Community Link. There are a myriad of ways to do this, including but not limited to, contacting legislators, sharing our social media messages, handing out fliers, promoting and growing our annual Buddy Walk, etc. Our tree must be strong to withstand the budgeting storm brewing in Springfield. Only with the support of all our stakeholders will we ensure that it will be planted upon firm ground. 

2014-Turning Dreams into Reality

At Community Link, our new strategic direction has a focus on turning the dreams of our participants into reality. Whether it is the dreams of our Early Head Start parents that their 0-3 aged children have the skills necessary for success when it comes time for school; or the dreams of some of our developmentally disabled adults wanting to find a job in the community that provides the income, opportunity, inclusion, and respect they have always sought. The people at Community Link have real dreams that we attempt to convert into reality on a daily basis. 

2013 — Strategic Planning and Growth

The new strategic plan is being implemented, and Community Link is ready for the future, whatever it brings, to serve our clients and their families. We’ve increased the amount of space at the Fairview Heights Metro site, we’ve implemented “GO” Get Out Together events, the First Step Prevention program is expanding services, Community Living Programs has witnessed the power of community involvement, and we’ve grown in our recycling business.

2012 — Celebrations and Changes

It's been a busy year at Community Link. We wrapped up our 40th year celebration with the Gala event in March. We've hired a new executive director, a new development director, a new Early Head Start leader, we've recognized two board members as their terms expired, welcomed four new board members, and enjoyed three successful fund-raising events.

2011 — New Directives Set

The board set new strategic directives in FY 2010-11, focusing on revenue and board development and improving community integration. Management set new directives toward offering a more person-centered programming and inspiring program participants to become self-advocates. Artists were discovered through a volunteer-based art therapy program. Employees shined by earning the United Way Division Award for the "largest percent increase for an agency campaign."

2010 — Gifts That Keep Giving

In FY 2009-2010, thanks to gift giving, the agency was able to finance the addition of a ramp and deck for the Highland group home and two bathrooms at the Germantown group home to make them accessible. Memorial gifts enabled the agency to purchase a marquee for the East building and provided training for individuals.

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