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Mar 102015

State Farm is giving $1 million in grants through its Neighborhood Assist program.

Staring today through March 29, applicants can submit their projects that would benefit education, community development or safety.  Only the first 4000 applications will be accepted.

“If you know you need a park in your neighborhood, you name it,” State Farm spokesman Matt Edwards said. “We’ve seen everything from camps for kids to dog parks to tearing down a dangerous building.”
A youth advisory board will select 200 finalists in the spring and the public will vote on the top 40 projects that will get $25,000 each.  The Neighborhood Assist program is in its fourth year.

Click for Susan’s interview with Matt Edwards on WJBC.

Tool Library
In 2012, the Tool Library on Bloomington’s west side opened after getting a Neighborhood Assist grant from State Farm. Andy Maxwell is director of the free tool lending program.

“First time I walked in, I was just blown away by how much there is, the great tools they can to rent,” Maxwell said. “Talking to community members who come in, you can tell this is something people are really happy to have and people really want to get engaged with it.”
Click  for Susan’s in depth interview with Andy Maxwell and fellow tool librarian Robert Bosquez on WJBC.

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Mar 022015

The McLean County Wheelers have made arrangements with Rick Heiser’s Walk-In, Bike-Out Bike Giveaway, in conjunction with the city of Bloomington, to offer a FREE Session of Flat Repair, Tube replacement, and Misc. Basic Bike Maintenance.


We offer hands on training to demonstrate how to fix a flat, both by replacing the tube, or patching the tube on either your own bike or one of the many bikes that Rick is readying for his Walk-in, Bike-out Giveaway.securedownload securedownload 

So, if you are interested please come to the lower level of the parking garage near the Law and Justice Center:  Thursday, March 5, 6 – 8 pm

If you want to learn how to change a flat, or make basic emergency repairs, come to the repair session. You are encouraged to stay and use your new skills to help fix up bikes.  


Any questions call Jerry Erb at 309-661-0956

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Feb 252015
Registration for the 3rd Annual Westside 5k Walk and Run is now open. Thanks to a generous donation from State Farm, we are able to let registrants Pay What You Can, and choose the payment amount for the event.
We are also excited to announce a new community partner, The Om Tribe, who will be offering free yoga classes the day of the event.
The event will take place April 12th at 11:00 AM at the Boys and Girls Club of Bloomington-Normal.
A Kid’s Fun Run will take place at 10:30.
Bring the whole family out for a morning of fitness and fun!


Here is the sign up link.

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Feb 112015

Our Community Innovation Fair will provide opportunities for residents and community members to highlight their entrepreneurship ideas and vision for neighborhood vitality in West Bloomington. This neighborhood is rich in history with people ready to lead the charge for change to prosperity and sustainability. The fair will give residents the opportunity to share their ideas for future business ventures or neighborhood improvement. Our fair will also provide opportunities for non-profit organizations to showcase their social enterprise ideas. We anticipate innovative investment opportunities. Everyone attending the event will have a voice in voting for the best ideas for implementation and the resident winners will receive a stipend to launch their concept. Applications can be found here.

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