Join us on Tuesday, June 27, at 10 a.m. as we dedicate 70 newly installed solar panels on the roof of The McKinley Foundation. This latest investment in clean energy further demonstrates The McKinley Foundation’s mission to reflect and act on issues of sustainability.
Prime campus office space is now available in the McKinley Foundation, located on the corner of Fifth and Daniel Street in the heart of campus. Great for campus access. Nice 1000 sq. ft. office space can be one large room or divided into two smaller rooms. Annual lease available. $1200/mo. includes:
• Buzzer door entrance
• Free Wi-Fi
For leasing information please call Jennifer at 217-344-0297.
The East Central Illinois Refugee Mutual Assistance Refugee Center (ECIRMAC or the Refugee Center) exists to provide services essential to refugee and immigrant resettlement in East Central Illinois and to aid in the exchange and preservation of their respective cultures. As an organization, they believe in the inherent worth of all human beings regardless of nationality, ethnicity, religion, race, or cultural heritage. The Refugee Center believes it is possible and desirable for all human beings to live peaceably together, and to work together to create a more loving and compassionate world in which everyone’s basic human needs and rights can be secured.
Among the many services offered are:
- Translation of documents and interpretation in community settings
- Advocate and liaison in clients’ places of employment, schools, hospitals, courts, with landlords, etc.
- Aid in completing paperwork for citizenship, asylum, residency, family reunification, etc.
- Assistance with applying for government benefits for which an individual is eligible
- Case management and counseling
- Referrals to community resources
- Tutoring and intercultural socialization for school aged children
ECIRMAC’s services are regularly offered in English, Spanish, French, Vietnamese, Cantonese, Mandarin, and Russian. Other languages can be accommodated with advanced notice.
In 2016 the Center served over 2,400 individuals, representing hundreds of families.
Support for the Refugee Center comes from community members’ contributions, Champaign County United Way, the Champaign County Mental Health Board, private grants and donors, the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, and the Office of Refugee Resettlement. Presence Hospital has supported the Refugee Center’s Saturday tutoring program for several years.
The McKinley Foundation is now registered as a charitable organization with AmazonSmile. AmazonSmile (smile.amazon.com) is a website operated by Amazon with the same products, prices, and shopping features as Amazon.com. The difference is that when you shop on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to the charitable organization of your choice. We hope you’ll choose The McKinley Foundation as your charitable organization of choice!
Lorianne Bauer founded and chaired the Eastern Illinois Foodbank Prom Benefit in 2009 at a local VFW and raised $2,500 with 80 attending. The next year, she moved the event to Stonecreek Church in Urbana where it generated approximately $7,000 with 150 attending. The third year, she secured a reduced rate at the Hilton Garden Inn. She also recruited Jackson Chiropractic as a supporting sponsor, making Jackson Chiropractic and Hilton premiere sponsors and official co-hosts of the event. These two organizations are now largely responsible for the annual planning of the event.
Now in its 9th year, Lorianne remains very involved in the Prom Benefit as a member of the planning and décor committees. She participates in promotion activities and assists in securing and maintaining sponsors/vendors. This year the Prom Benefit raised $95,000. Each $1 donated to the foodbank equals $10 of food the average person would buy in the grocery store. The impact on the community, therefore, will be equivalent to nearly 1 million dollars or 500,000 meals served.
In addition to her contribution to the Eastern Illinois Foodbank, Lorianne also is the Workforce Investment Director for Central Illinois Human Resources Group (CiHRG), a local SHRM chapter. She founded the News- Gazette/CiHRG/RPC Annual Spring job fair three years ago when Parkland College discontinued its job fair. This year’s job fair will feature approximately 90 employers and more than 700 job seekers. A new feature will provide additional assistance to job seekers. Resume workshops, mock interviews, and assistance with job applications will be provided on site all day long. Lorianne secured in-kind sponsorships that will provide computers, a network and wireless service for this new aspect of the job fair called the Job Seeker Resource Center.
Lorianne is also a licensed foster parent and is in the process of adopting an 11-year-old girl from the foster system.
In August of 2014, four diverse, young women began a Social Entrepreneurship class led by Noah Isserman and Ryan Singh at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Little did the women know, they would start a movement that would impact their own life trajectories in addition to the life trajectories of young girls and women in their dreams for a creating a promising future.
Mid-way into the semester, they were posed and challenged with a simple question: “What bothers you?” One of the four group members, Elizabeth Engele, immediately thought of some of her peers. On a campus that offered limitless opportunities for female students to make anything of themselves, she found herself oftentimes discussing meaningless, non-opportunistic topics. She hoped there was more to campus life and her future career. Julia Haried quickly drew from her past research about the lack of women in C-suite positions. Their conversation moved to, “Why is that?” and “What can we do to change these issues?”
From this inspiration, Engele, Haried, Sophie Li, and Emily Woodward created MakerGirl, a student-run, for-purpose, 501(c)(3) organization that introduces 7- to 10-year-old girls to Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM) through interactive, tech-focused 3D printing sessions.
Leaving each session with a self-designed and printed object, MakerGirls are shown that STEAM is tangible. And the themed sessions (e.g., sports, chemistry, fashion) show girls that any passion can be combined with STEAM. The college women and men (ChangeMakers) leading the sessions show girls that STEAM is a possible, logical step for them. Overall, the sessions are meant to show girls that they can create solutions to everyday challenges through asking girls questions like, “If you could 3D print anything for a challenge you see today, what would it be?” This mentality contributes to their vision of enabling girls to live as unstoppable forces that say YES to the challenges of the future.
The first session was piloted in November of 2014 with seven girls from the Champaign-Urbana community. They have continued to hold bimonthly sessions in the area since then. In the summer of 2016, they launched #MakerGirlGoesMobile, the first 3D printing lab on wheels that is fully equipped with the printers and materials needed for sessions. The MakerGirls mobile lab traveled across the country for 8 weeks to share their programming nationwide, especially in underserved and underrepresented communities. They also began establishing MakerGirl Academies in Southern Illinois, Chicago, IL, and Kenosha, WI. Since its inception, MakerGirl has led 160 sessions, inspiring more than 2,000 girls in 48 cities across the US to pursue STEAM.
MakerGirl believes that everyone has the right to an education and should receive equal employment opportunities regardless of their gender, race, sexual orientation, ability, or socioeconomic background. MakerGirl hopes to the bridge gap in the education system and in the workplace, while inspiring others to make their own efforts to initiate and support social justice movements.