Recycling for Kids
Strategy Areas C,H4, R
Contact Person: Kate Dwyer
IV-CAN-DO! The Illinois Valley is a long drive from a Bottle Drop. We’ve met with ORBC and Shop Smart and we are ready to launch a can and bottle collection site to fund kids programs in the valley.

Ways you can help:
Help us locate a secure and low-cost site for collection and storage.
Design a marketing campaign.
Volunteer recruitment and training.

Safety Tips for Businesses
Strategy Area: A, O
Action Collaborative: Public Safety Task Force
Contact Person: Dennis Hoke/ Kate Dwyer

The Public Safety Task Force will be working with security experts to help local businesses implement simple but effective safety strategies. These will benefit businesses and ultimately reduce the pass-through costs to local residents of local crime, as well as make life easier for our law enforcement responders.

Ways you can help:
Sign up to interview local businesses about what has been effective.
Solicit sponsorships to help cover costs of printing and distribution.
Graphic design and editing.

Access to Food Support
Strategy Area: B, C, Q
Contact Person: Kate Dwyer

This cross-Collaborative team will listen closely to food access stakeholders and write a USDA grant to support increases in our food pantry and other innovative responses to meet the food access needs of isolated populations such as senior citizens and high school students.

Seniors Expo
Strategy Areas: B, C, F, O
Contact Person: Laura Mancuso, IV Wellness Resources

Saturday March 10, 2018 will be the first Illinois Valley Senior Expo at the Senior Center. This will be an event where seniors and their helpers can find information about support services, senior-friendly businesses, and also volunteer opportunities.

Ways you can help:
Attend a planning session (call for dates.)
Sponsor the event!
Host a table for your business or organization.

Clean Up Day
Strategy Areas: D, M
Contact Person: Nicole Rensenbrink
Saturday, September 30 will be the next community-wide clean up day. Please join us in whisking away the trash on our streets.

Ways you can help:
Meet us at the IV Family Coalition at 8:45 am. Bring work gloves and a carload of friends!
Recruit help from your organization, classroom, or church community.

Pollinator Gardens
Strategy Areas: D, M
Contact Person: Christine Gardiner

Have you seen the flowers at the Post Office? Let’s do more! Gardeners, planners, and strong backs welcome. Planting days are a terrific opportunity for intergenerational cooperation and are suitable for all ages.

Ways you can help:
Suggest planting sites that have water access.
Contribute plants from the preferred plant list.
Engage your children, gardener friends, or community group.

IV Naturally Campaign
Strategy Areas: D
Contact Person: Jean Ann Miles

Celebrate our beautiful valley! This branding campaign offers attractive stickers, placards, and wearable pins to show your IV Pride.

Ways you can help:
Wear an IV Naturally pin.
Display a placard in your business window.
Share the pride: distribute materials far and wide.

Youth Leadership Involvement
Strategy Areas: D, O, P, Q, R

Contact person: All of us! Especially, Kate Dwyer, and Gene Merrill, IVHS Careers Center Director.

Include valley youth in your project with intentionality. Is there a role for a youth board member on your team? Can you offer a meaningful learning opportunity? Do you have a youth group to integrate into community-led initiatives? Please be sure to let Kate know the ways you have reached out to and included our future leaders.

Nonprofit Support
Strategy Areas: D, E, F
Contact Person: Lindsey Gillette

IV Network and the IVCDO strive to strengthen and support the nonprofit community that carries so much of the weight of improvements in the valley.

Current/Upcoming projects:
Volunteer recruitment and retention workshop
Cooperative Services project, to determine what professional help groups can share.

Ways you can help:
Think of your fellow nonprofits when you hear of a grant opportunity, need a program partner, or can lend support to a project.
Share key resources.
Keep each other in the loop.

Community Website
Strategy Areas: All!
Contact Person: Lindsey Gillette, Ryan Forsythe

This easy-to-use free web platform offers IV groups an easy way to be listed in a directory, share a community calendar, and launch outreach.

Ways you can help:
Join Illinois Valley Web, keep the calendar full of your events, and build a directory listing.
Provide Illinois Valley Web with photographs of your events and our lovely valley.

Create a Float for Labor Day!!!
Strategy Areas: D, F

Contact Person: Kate Dwyer

Brainstorm a vision for next year’s winning float in the IV Lions Labor Day Parade.
Ways you can help:
Get your group fired up about dreaming up a fabulous float.
Help organize design and build workshops.
Sponsor a float building team with the cost of materials and we’ll feature your logo.
Contribute a covered and secure workspace for the final month (August, 2018.)