Spring is a busy time here at SU…among many other things today:
John got a long and arduous grant request for a new vehicle off his desk;
Thank you to the Illinois Clean Energy Foundation and Com Ed for funding our upgrade to energy efficient lighting.
and an after:
Mike hanging lights:
And Tony working in much better light than in the past!
We received our new paper and hard drive shredders today. These were paid for by ARRA funds to help us start up a shredding business. The hard drive shredder completely destroys computer hard drives so that no one can ever steal the data from them.
SU received a $100,000 grant from the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity for Fiscal Year 2012, which began on July 1 and will end June 30, 2012. The grant is for economic development. Our goal is to maintain or increase the jobs we have available in the workshop. The money must all be spent by the end of the fiscal year. The grant would not have been possible without the support of Representative Mautino and Mayor Lansford.
The New Fork Truck arrived today. This is another part of the ARRA funds helping us to create a mobile shredding business to give work to consumers and generate revenue to support the program. We’re signing the purchase order for the truck today.
Our new baler arrived this morning. We purchased this with ARRA (American Recovery and Reinvestment Act) Funds through the Department of Human Services/Division of Rehabilitation Services. We have also purchased other items for our future mobile shredding business: tables, bins. On order is a new forktruck, shredder, and a hard drive shredder for computer hard drives. Finally the truck will be ordered as soon as a few more details are worked out. This will be a great opportunity for SU to generate some income to support our services, once everything’s in place.
Our classrooms have been enhanced over the last couple of months with two successful grant requests. The Dollar General Foundation gave us funds for new computer hardware for the classrooms and also literacy software. One of the things we purchased with these funds was a touch screen with software designed for visual learners, called the DT Trainer. Employees and consumers have been enjoying the new additions.
Also, Reading Horizons donated phonics software and curriculum out of their Lemons for Literacy Program. We are in the process of identifying a classroom in which to place these new resources.