Thursday, May 19, 2016

Dove Announces United Way Funding Awarded for 2016/2017

Dove, Inc. is thrilled to announce the 2016/17 funding for requested programs from the United Way of  Decatur & Mid-Illinois.  Thanks to everyone who donated to make their drive successful and to the UW Volunteers who so thoughtfully considered the submitted requests and made the recommendations for funding.


Thanks too to the whole United Ways staff who work within the communities served, helping so many organizations across central Illinois.


BABES program  award $6,500

(assisting with the life skills building program for area K-3rd graders)

Domestic Violence Shelter award $14,077

(assisting with basic needs of the operation of the shelter)

Domestic Violence Program Victim Advocate award $15,250

(assisting with the program costs of a full time Advocate for Dove located in the Macon County Court House)

Life Skills Education award $30,000

(assisting with the program costs of a full time Life Skills Educator, primarily in the Homeward Bound Program and who does groups with those staying in the Domestic Violence Shelter)

We are so grateful for the funding in these program areas at Dove

Friday, May 13, 2016

May is Older Americans Month

Older adults are a vital part of our society. Communities across the country have shown their gratitude by celebrating Older Americans Month each May. The theme of this year’s celebration is “Blaze a Trail,” The contributions they make to our communities are varied, deeply rooted, and include influential roles in the nation’s economy, politics, and the arts.

In 1963, we began to acknowledge the contributions of older people by using the month of May to celebrate Older Americans Month (OAM). Led by the Administration for Community Living, the annual observance offers the opportunity to learn about, support, and celebrate our nation’s older citizens. This year’s theme, “Blaze a Trail,” emphasizes the ways older adults are reinventing themselves through new work and new passions, engaging their communities, and blazing a trail of positive impact on the lives of people of all ages. 

While Dove Inc. RSVP of Macon and DeWitt Counties provides older American’s 55 years of age or older volunteer opportunities year-round, we will use OAM 2016 to focus on how older adults in our community are leading and inspiring others, how we can support and learn from them, and how we might follow their examples to blaze trails of our own. Throughout the month, RSVP will share information designed to highlight local volunteer stations and share some amazing volunteer stories. We encourage you to get involved by calling RSVP in Macon County at 217-428-6616 or in DeWitt County at 217-935-2241

Monday, May 2, 2016

Next Steps in Life Skills Program

Dove is building on our work of assisting Dove clients in job seeking by expanding our employability program. Dove clients who attend the Life Skills component of Homeward Bound and the Domestic Violence Program can now indicate their interest in learning about a lawn care business.

MAX Coordinator, Pastor Shane Hartman, is keeping his duties with the MAX program and the Warm Neighbors/Cool Friends assistance program. He has added new responsibilities to help our clients learn job skills and help them become more employable.

"I have recently started a program to teach clients how to start and maintain a lawn care business. I had a successful lawn business for ten years before entering ministry full time. The vision for the program is to teach job skills and give our clients a greater chance to be employed through this recent work history or start their own business. I am hoping your business or organization might help out our program and donate some equipment or monies to get us started," said Pastor Shane.

Items needed:
trailer to haul equipment
gas cans
push mowers
riding mower or zero turn
ear plugs
safety glasses

Thank you for your consideration. For more information or to make delivery arrangements, please contact Pastor Shane at 428.6616.

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