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Summer Hours Set for MAX

MAX, Macon County Assistance eXchange, is a joint effort to provide a centralized location to provide monetary support to persons in the community who have a verified emergency need. MAX provides a systematic way to verify their needs and respond in a timely manner to those needs.Financial support is from area congregations, individuals and foundations. MAX also works with AMEREN IP to distribute funding through the Warm Neighbors Cool Friends Program, which assists persons with payment of their power bills, in Macon and DeWitt Counties.
Most people seeking help are sent to MAX from the 211 program, social service agencies and area congregations with anticipation of helping clients. Others seeking assistance have learned about the program from family, friends and public/social media. MAX Volunteers work with those seeking assistance, helping them fill out an application for assistance.The client then meets with the Coordinator to review the need.The application is reviewed and verified, …
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Letter from the Executive Director

Dear Friends,



Celebrating spring with joy at the renewal of life which surrounds us. The sun, the birdsong, the blooming trees and gardens, all point towards a truth of creation, God renews all things.


Here at Dove, we face challenges alongside out clients each and every day. Whether they are struggling with health, aging, poverty, homelessness, loneliness, manipulation, or being empowered, we listen and help them find the tools and resources to seek renewal and resilience. We prayerfully seek God's will in our community.



Thank you to all who support this mission with your prayers, provisions, participation, or pocketbooks. You also renew our staff and clients' spirits with your dedication. We hope that you are renewed in your faith in the God of hope.



If you or your organization’s members would like to learn more about supporting Dove’s efforts in our community, please reach out to our Volunteer & Community Relations Director, Barb Blakey. Dove, Inc. is only as st…

Isn't it time you put your talent to work?

Volunteering is sometimes viewed as an entirely selfless act, with the assumption that you’re sacrificing your time and resources to help others without any benefit to yourself…
But, as many of us that volunteer already knows, this is far from the truth. Although our primary goal through volunteering may be to help others, we also know that the experience of helping others feels incredible! Volunteering in your community can help the older American stay healthy, active, and connected to their community. That is why Dove’s Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) is a vital part of Macon and DeWitt Counties. We help volunteers 55 years of age or better find meaningful volunteer opportunities that fit a volunteer’s passion, expertise, and time. Volunteers willing to serve ensures that needed services are available to those in need.
Before getting started with a volunteer opportunity, it’s important to ask yourself what you’d like to learn or accomplish from volunteer service.If you ju…

Dove, Inc., awarded America’s Farmers grow communities donation from local Sullivan/Moultrie county farmer

Each year, the America’s Farmers Grow Communities program partners with local farmers to provide grants to local nonprofits.
Grow Communities, which is sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, provides farmers the opportunity to support and give back to nonprofit organizations they care about in their local communities by enrolling for a chance to direct a $2,500 donation to a nonprofit of their choice.

Since 2010, the Grow Communities program has given more than $29 million to nonprofits across rural America.





April 27, Moultrie County farmer David Smith directed a $2,500 donation to Dove, Inc., as part of the America’s Farmers Grow Communities program, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund.
As part of their mission Dove will use the funds to serve victims of domestic violence in Moultrie County. "I would like to thank David Smith for choosing Dove to receive this generous donation. Dove works for justice, equality and understanding among all people." "This donation will allow us to …

Sharing from a Prayer Vigil

Earlier in April, I had the opportunity to participate in a prayer vigil sponsored by HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital here in Shelbyville.As I stood in the crisp, bright sunlight waiting for my turn to speak, I heard the testimony of a brave woman as she spoke to the audience assembled about the abuse she suffered in her childhood.Her story was riveting, her bravery was amazing and the end of her story was happy as she spoke of the people who had been there for her and for her abusive parent.She and her family have a healthy, close relationship now and she raised her kids in a completely different atmosphere.These results are possible when people care and when the cycle of abuse is broken and healthier behaviors are put in place.
Abuse is a learned behavior.It is not caused by anger, by alcohol or by drugs, but these intoxicating substances can certainly heighten its severity.Children and animals are sometimes the “collateral damage” of domestic violence.Usually, mom…and sometimes dad…….is…

Our Thanks to Volunteers

This week we have been celebrating National Volunteer Week. April 15-21 has been a time to honor not only our RSVP Volunteers but all volunteers in our communities. The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program was blessed with help from Thrivent Financial grant through Dave Hinkle to help us give generously to others this week. Staff got to deliver pizza lunches for some dedicated volunteers throughout our community. We even had the opportunity to share more about Thrivent Financial by giving T-shirts to random volunteers and thanking them for lending their time, talents, and voices that help to make a big difference in our community.

In addition to pizza delivery RSVP staff were honored to attend the Governor’s Volunteer Service Awards on April 18th where we watched as one of our very own RSVP volunteers Alice Bray received the East Central Illinois Volunteer Service Award in the Senior Corps category for her hard work and dedication to Dove’s Children’s Clothing Room.Alice has served in…