Big Brothers Big Sisters makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”), ages 8 through 18, in communities across the country. We develop positive relationships that have a direct and lasting effect on the lives of young people.
Our mission is to provide education, training and skills development to children and adults with disabilities through participation in accessible outdoor activities. In everything we do, we believe in the value of every person and their ability to thrive. Camp Big Sky is available at no charge, to any person of any age with any disability and their family members, friends and caregivers. We provide opportunities to access, discover, learn and enjoy the outdoors.
CASA is the Court Appointed Special Advocate program. Our mission is to speak up for and support the best interests of abused and neglected children in the court system. We are a non-profit organization founded locally in 1994. CASAs are assigned to every abuse, neglect, and dependency case in Knox County, Warren County, Henderson County, and McDonough County, of Illinois.
The purpose of Christmas in Action is to help the elderly and/or disabled stay in their homes. We do this by organizing volunteers work days to provide free home repairs and maintenance services to disadvantaged individuals in our community. Our work is accomplished through the use of donated funds and professional and unskilled labor.
Community Hygiene Pantry works with the community to acquire and distribute essential hygiene items to individuals living in Knox and Warren Counties. We work to fill the gap in hygiene assistance to ensure everyone has access to good hygiene, which not only reduces risk for physical and mental illness, but can also improve confidence, dignity, and social acceptance.
FISH of Galesburg focuses on providing emergency food relief for hunger. It is our hope that the food made available to those in need will result in better health and quality of life. Food items distributed include non-perishable and frozen foods as well as vouchers for milk and eggs to individuals and families.
Our programs are designed to increase food security and help people with essential services. More than 2,500 people receive some type of assistance from JCC each year. Some receive meals on a daily basis through our Senior Nutrition or Summer Meals programs, some are guests each month at our pantry, some receive seasonal help with school supplies or at Christmas, and some receive help on an annual basis through our Jingle Bills fund.
KCCDD's mission is to create opportunities and provide choices to individuals to maximize their independence and optimize their potential to live within the community. We provide a variety of services for over 300 adults who have intellectual and/or developmental disabilities. We also operate the HUB, Phoenix Industries, Midwest Flag, Gordon Behrents Senior Center, and Camp Kidz.
The Knox County Teen Court gives youth the chance to own up to their mistake, repay their debt to society and not have an offense disminish their chances at a good life. Knox County Teen Court was founded in 1995 and was the first of it's kind in the state of Illinois.
Loving Bottoms Diaper Bank streamlines the collection and distribution of diapers, period, and incontinence supplies to individuals in the West Central Illinois region. The Diaper Bank partners with existing service organizations to serve families and individuals who deserve to have access to products that allow them to live feeling clean, dry, healthy, and happy.
Prairie Players Civic Theatre (PPCT), a long standing community theatre, creates quality productions and enriches the community through educational and entertainment opportunities. We believe theatre is for everyone and seek to give volunteers of all ages and abilities the chance to work together.
United Way improves lives by mobilizing the caring power of communities around the world to advance the common good. Locally, we allocate funds to 15 different Partner Agencies and offer 9 different programs through the United Way of Knox County. All of this is done in collaboration with diverse partners.
Prairie State Legal Services provides free legal help to people who need it most and can afford it least. The availability of civil legal aid can make all the difference to our neighbors who are fighting to stay in their homes, escape domestic violence, secure benefits for veterans or people with disabilities, or address many other legal challenges that go to the heart of their security and well-being.
United Way improves lives by mobilizing the caring power of communities around the world to advance the common good. Locally, we allocate funds to more than 20 local nonprofit organizations throughout West Central Illinois and provide programs and services in collaboration with our local and regional partners.
The Community Play Project (CPP) is an inclusive theatre initiative in Knox County, Il. Through our partnership with Prairie Players Civic Theatre, we provide opportunities for individuals of all abilities to grow, learn, and succeed through participation in the performing arts. Our vision is to provide meaningful opportunities for individuals with disabilities to participate in community theatre arts programs and events and to strengthen and diversify the arts in Knox County and the surrounding area.
The Galesburg Civic Art Center connects our community to visual arts through exhibitions, arts education programming, and experiences. Founded in 1923, The Galesburg Civic Art Center continues to connect our community to visual arts through exhibitions in two galleries, art-making opportunities like Art After Dark, Senior Studios, and numerous community events, Studios Midwest Artist Residency Program as well as other special events throughout the year. We hope to see you soon!
The purpose of the Gordon Behrents Senior Center is to provide an array of services/supports based on client choice and designed to enhance and maintain the individual's dignity, independence, and quality of life, prevent premature and unnecessary long term care placement, and provide respite to families and caregivers. Programs and services include socialization and leisure activities, meals, daily exercise, medication and general health monitoring, family member support group, community outings, and more!
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