Showing posts from April, 2020

Fourth Fridays in Pekin

The Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce plans to continue to promote  Fourth Fridays in Pekin  events and opportunities between April and August. Every Fourth Friday, we will highlight an event or opportunity in the Pekin area - this may be a photography class, art displays, or musical entertainment to enjoy.  We might highlight an artist or local business offering artistic opportunities or we may use this time to enhance quality of life in our community in another way.  Given the current situation with COVID-19, we chose to serve the community this month by hosting a Drive-By Food Drive. This event was quite successful, as we were able to gather two car-loads of non-perishable food and household items. Working with the Tazewell County Health Department Emergency Operation Center, we selected the St. Vincent de Paul food pantry in Pekin as the recipient this month. A heartfelt thank you to the Pekin community for your support of our Drive-By Food Drive. We were blessed with several ver

Gateway Foundation: There is No Stopping Spring. There is No Dampening the Human Spirit.

When confronted with adversity, we, as people, as a nation, rise to meet the challenge and overcome the situation. Gateway has been doing this for over 50 years – always here responding to new critical times, providing hope so people in need can access a life of recovery. Today is no different -- much like the new buds we see transform into beautiful flowers despite the cold winter – we are here to inspire and help our clients survive this new challenge and come out stronger on the other end. Gateway Foundation continues to take care of those that need substance use disorder and co-occurring treatment because that public health crisis isn’t slowing down for anyone despite of COVID-19. Our teams have adapted using innovation to continue admissions into our newly-formed virtual programming for clients and members of our recovery community. We are open and providing the full continuum of care across all of our locations. We have been working through these chall

Illinois Central College to Begin Distributing CARES Act Funds

Illinois Central College received their Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding for students and is beginning to distribute funds to students.  Before the CARES Act passed, ICC began assessing student needs and planning for the distribution of these federal funds. The college expects to complete the distribution of $1.6 million to over 2,300 students next week.   Illinois Central College has adjusted rapidly to the evolving environment caused by COVID-19. Faculty converted over 1,500 courses to an online learning environment within a two-week timespan. The college continues to support students with the upmost care through the transition to a virtual learning institution.    Over 79 percent of Illinois Central College students work while attending classes. Many of these students have recently experienced reduced work hours or job loss. The loss of income impacts students’ educational journeys, possibly derailing their progress to a degree and a better

BBB: Strategies for post- pandemic Recovery

Join Accredited Businesses from around the country on April 29th to hear tips and guidance from a respected business strategist. David Kaplan with Panoramic Strategic Solutions, LLC ( ) will outline issues confronting businesses as we prepare to “reopen for business”. How do you get your customers back? What changes do you need to make in a “new environment”? What financial issues should you prepare for?  Rescue, Reposition, Recover: Steps to Plan and Execute Confidently During Uncertain Time We'll review:  · Options to secure resources now: make decisions from a place of strength · Processes to reflect and ask the right questions: help discover your path forward  · Tools and tips: accelerate execution with your team Rebuild with BBB: Join Accredited Businesses around the country to hear from David Kaplan, respected Business strategist, about strategies for post-pandemic recovery Register Here

Northwestern Mutual Advises Quick Ways to Cut Costs from Your Budget

Quick Ways to Cut Costs From Your Budget Whether your income has been impacted by the coronavirus or you’re concerned that it could be in the coming months, there’s a good chance that you’re looking for quick ways to cut costs from your budget.  Here are a few areas where you could trim right away to free up money. Read More

Miller Center Thanks Local Chamber Members for their Support

A big THANK YOU to Valucheck of Pekin, United Way of Pekin and Preston - Hanley Funeral Homes for making their grocery deliveries possible!    The Miller Center Staff want you to stay  HOME  and  HEALTHY ! Follow them on Facebook for Miller Center updates. They will resume operations as soon as it is safe.

Heartland Health Services Updated Service Centers

Heartland Health Services Scheduling Main Phone Line: 309-680-7600 HHS Location's Open: Appointments will be seen at HHS-Carver,   711 W John Gwynn Ave- Peoria, IL Appointments will be seen at HHS-Garden,   1701 W Garden Street- Peoria, IL Appointments will be seen at HHS-East Bluff,   2321 N Wisconsin Ave- Peoria, IL Appointments will be seen at HHS-Armstrong,   320 E Armstrong Ave- Peoria, IL Appointments will be seen at HHS- Olt, 19 Olt Ave-Pekin, IL Appointments will be seen at HHS- Tazwood   3248 Vandever Ave Pekin, IL HHS Sheridan Location Appointment relocation: In efforts to slow the potential spread of COVID-19 and protect the safety of our patients and staff. Heartland Health Services will close HHS Sheridan, until further notice. Appointments will be seen at HHS-East Bluff,   2321 N Wisconsin Ave . Or The nearest Heartland Health Services location Heartland Outreach Services   are still providing any person with free phone insurance counsel

Moving Business Forward - a webinar series from Comcast Business April 2020

Thursday April 23, 2020 Noon CDT —  Education and COVID 19: Remote Learning Tech Solutions Register: webcast/15679/396228?utm_ source=Comcast%20Business% 20Editorial%20Team&utm_medium= SLSFRCE&utm_campaign=396228 COVID-19 has created global disruption on a scale not seen in the modern era. The education sector, in particular, has been deeply impacted. In fact, a March 2020 report by the United Nations indicates that some 300 million schoolchildren worldwide unable to continue with school as a result of the outbreak. The domestic scope is just as daunting: In a single Seattle school district, the virus has forced nearly 24,000 students out of in-person classes. The solution many schools nationwide are turning to is remote learning. While some districts are well-prepared for the shift, many find themselves without the needed technology to enable remote learning at all.  Join us on April 23 at  Noon CDT . for “Education and COVID- 19: R

CASA's Hands Across Illinois Virtual Event

Join CASA of the Tenth Judicial Circuit, Illinois CASA and other programs throughout the state for a virtual Hands Across Illinois to raise awareness of Child Abuse and Neglect. Connect with us ‌ ‌

Gateway's Virtual Inspiration Series

Image We Are Excited to Announce Our Virtual Inspiration Series Together Gateway Foundation, Beacon House and Higher Thought Institute are hosting a four-part webinar series with three highly acclaimed authors and clinicians. Please Join Us For This Four-Part Series with Rob Weiss PhD, LCSW, Colin Ross, M.D. and TJ Woodward Earn 1.5 CE’s from the comfort of your own home or office. Listen to and watch these exceptional clinicians present on Trauma and Attachment, Intimacy Disorders, Mindfulness, and Conscious Recovery. Each 90 minute webinar will cost $10.00 and is tax deductible. A portion of your proceeds will go to help offset the cost of treating Medicaid patients utilizing our virtual outpatient programs that are currently not covered by the state. If you are experiencing a financial hardship during this time and would like to attend, but can not make a donation, please email us