On April 26, a big crew of employees from Exelon volunteered their time at the new house on Illinois Street. They tore out the bathrooms, walls, floor covering, drop ceiling, capped all the electric, tire out plumbing, landscaped and more. We were shocked when we realized they had done so much demolition inside yet somehow left it cleaner than they found it. Exelon also donated plants, mulch, and a roll off dumpster.
The house is a donation from Wells Fargo, along with $7,500 towards renovation. The Dunham Fund donated $20,000 as well. Established by John C. Dunham in 1996, funded in 2007 in accordance with the provisions of Mr. Dunham’s trust and nurtured during the intervening years by Mr. Dunham and a board of personally appointed advisors, the Dunham Fund honors Mr. Dunham’s life and philanthropy through grants to organizations that have the vision and programs to help fulfill Mr. Dunham’s dream of “making the world a more comfortable, safer place for mankind to live and prosper.”
SU had a lovely surprise today: the Streator Area United Way presented us (and other agencies) with a $3,000 check to help us with our services. This was due to the great efforts of all the volunteers, the generosity of the people and companies supporting the United Way here in Streator, and the commitment of SAUW Board of Directors.
It’s been a great holiday season for us, with a grant from the Bradley T. Federow Trust, and a variety of donations from our friends. Streator is an amazing community.
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.