Community Wish List

The Community Foundation prides itself on bringing people who care together with causes that matter.

The Community Wish List assists the Community Foundation of Macon County in our programming because if we don’t know the needs of our community, we can’t connect donors with those causes. We will update this list quarterly, sharing specific wishes from the Macon County Legacy nonprofit members.

Item/Purpose $ Amount % Funded
$25 Gas Cards (100)
Richland Community College Foundation — Gas cards for students to ensure that the rising cost of fuel does not create a barrier for continuing their education at Richland Community College.
$2,500
0%
$25 Gas Cards (60)
Macon County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) — CASA's are provided gas cards to ensure the cost of fuel does not disrupt visitation with children who may be in care outside of Macon County.
$1,500
33%
1 security door strike
Prairieland Service Coordination, Inc.
$1,200
0%
10 - 23.8" or 24" computer monitors
Macon County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)
$1,500
0%
10 Fishing poles and bait for men's shelter workshop
Salvation Army of Decatur & Macon County — Approximately $25 per pole
$400
0%
10 Ipads or laptops for youth programs
Salvation Army of Decatur & Macon County — $300 for each device
$3,000
0%
12 Days of Christmas Gifts for Patrons
Good Samaritan Inn — We are wanting to assist 12 patrons at $250 per gift
$3,000
0%
12' x 20' storage shed
Community Environmental Council — Store equipment of the Friends of Lincoln Trail Homestead State Park.
$10,000
0%
12-15 Passenger Van
This van will be used in transporting our youth and going to the Midwest food bank in Bloomington for our distribution we have every 3rd Thursday of the month. We currently have one van however we are needing 2 to meet our capacity of clients. Unfortunately, our second van has become vandalized and is not longer in running condition.
$20,000
0%
15 Children’s Life Jackets
Decatur Family YMCA
$500
100% funded
15 Passenger Bus
Decatur Family YMCA
$25,000
100% funded
15 Passenger Bus/Sprinter
The Inc. Spot — Will be used as the Youth Entrepreneurship tour bus
$40,000
0%
2 Cricuts
Macon Resources, Inc.
$500
100% funded
2 desktops
Prairieland Service Coordination, Inc.
$2,000
0%
2 Kiosks for information about the Whitley Mill and the Lincoln cabin homesite at the Lincoln Trail Homestead State Park
Community Environmental Council — Cost is for 2 Kiosks
$4,000
0%
2 Laptops
Macon Resources, Inc.
$1,750
0%
20-Ride Punch Card (50)
Richland Community College Foundation
$920
0%
30 Aquatics Life jackets for swim lessons at Splash Cove
Decatur Parks Foundation
$900
0%
30 recovery book and workbooks for the men's shelter
Salvation Army of Decatur & Macon County
$500
0%
4 - 8’ commercial-grade folding tables
$600
0%
4 Wireless Vital Sign Monitors
HSHS St. Mary's Foundation — Wireless monitors interface directly with EPIC and the vitals flow automatically and instantly into the documentation system. These vital sign monitors are a great time saver and reduce the risk of error in manually entering the information.
$14,395
0%
5 flats native prairie plants
Community Environmental Council — Improvements to the pollinator diversity of the prairie planted at Lincoln's first homesite in Illinois.
$500
0%
5 laptops
Prairieland Service Coordination, Inc.
$5,000
0%
5 New Wheelchairs
Macon Resources, Inc.
$1,250
100% funded
5 Wheelchair Umbrellas
Macon Resources, Inc.
$1,750
100% funded
6 HP Pavilion gaming desktop TG01-1185t PC
The Inc. Spot
$9,000
0%
6-8 Ft. Stepladder
Decatur Block by Block
$100
100% funded
60 pairs of medical scrubs for shelter residents
Salvation Army of Decatur & Macon County — $20 would purchase one set.
$1,200
0%
7 laptops for use by CASA employees
Macon County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) — Many CASA staff do work after "office" hours at home due to the nature of our assigned CASA cases. These laptops would allow CASA employees to work to work on these sensitive cases with confidential information on work-issued laptops at home, including sending emails, checking files, etc.
$5,250
100% funded
8 Swim Team Back Stroke Wedges
Decatur Family YMCA
$2,000
0%
Acoustic Panels for 3rd Floorar
Decatur Area Arts Council
$1,100
0%
AED Defibrillator
Decatur Day Care Center — Heartshine Samaritan PAD with child/pediatric PAD Pack
$1,114
0%
African-American Biographies and Picture Books
Decatur Public Schools Foundation — District 61 schools seek to ensure that library selections for students are reflective of their community and representative of young people of all ethnicities. Intentionally providing titles that speak to these issues contributes to building dialogue between students of every background. Cost is per-building to provide age-appropriate sets for each age group: Kindergarten through 2nd Grade volumes; 3rd grade through 5th; and 6th, 7th, 8th Grades. The Decatur Public Schools have 12 buildings serving these students. (Five traditional elementary buildings, six specialty Kindergarten through 8th Grade buildings and one traditional middle school.)
$1,460
100% funded
African-American Cultural & Genealogical Museum
African-American Cultural & Genealogical Museum — The African American Cultural & Genealogical Society of Illinois, Inc. Museum operates out of a three-story building. The current building structure does not allow access for people with physical disabilities including the wheelchair bound and families with strollers. Our handicapped community (of children and adults) are deprived of the opportunity to visit the museum, learn about cultural diversity, and enjoy the many historical exhibits and other features experienced by much of the community and tourists throughout each year.
$850,000
0%
Agency Grant
Energy Assistance Foundation — to provide an agency grant to one of Warm Neighbors Cool Friends' partner organizations to be distributed to moderate-income families in their community
$5,000
0%
Ambulance (used, but drivable)
Richland Community College Foundation — A used, but drivable Ambulance would allow Richland faculty to provide real-life, hands-on learning to Richland EMT & EMS students.
$50,000
0%
Annual flowers for 70+ downtown and Eldorado St. planters
Beautify Decatur Coalition
$1,500
0%
Aprons
Good Samaritan Inn
$1,200
37%
Arts in the Park participation
Public Painted Pianos Project in Macon County — Arts in the Park was a success last year with 6 pianos located at Central Park during the entire event. The cost is to cover moving pianos to and from Central Park.
$1,500
100% funded
Baby Dolls
Boys and Girls Club of Decatur
$300
100% funded
Ball Bags
Special Olympics Illinois — Prices range from $5-$10. Need 5.
$50
100% funded
Barcode scanner with software
Decatur Area Arts Council
$750
100% funded
Bare root native woodland spring flowering plants
Community Environmental Council — Improve upland trail diversity after honeysuckle removal at Lincoln Trail Homestead State Park.
$300
0%
Basketball Jerseys with numbers two set, two colors- youth sizes and adult sizes -4xl
Special Olympics Illinois
$3,000
100% funded
Basketball Uniforms
Boys and Girls Club of Decatur
$1,000
100% funded
Basketballs
Boys and Girls Club of Decatur
$400
0%
Bookshelf with Reading Nook
Decatur Day Care Center
$217
100% funded
Branded Gifts for Volunteers
Engineer in the Classroom — Our program is completely supported by volunteers - we'd like to re-pay them for their involvement with some fun STEM-centric giveaways - EITC Engineering/Graph Paper, EITC Drafting/Drawing Pencils, EITC Duct Tape (because what engineers toolbox is complete without a roll of duct tape...) have all been discussed as unique and engineer-friendly gifts.
$2,000
0%
Breast Pumps
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Illinois — Many of the families that stay in our homes are new mothers that are unable to breast feed immediately or without financial resources to purchase a breast pump. We are seeking six breast pumps for our houses for new mothers to use.
$9,000
0%
Bright 4’ cozy corner
Decatur Day Care Center
$700
0%
Bubble Booth
Children's Museum of Illinois — Kids can stand in a circle and a bubble forms around them. Our old exhibit was a fan favorite and we would love to bring it back to the museum
$24,800
0%
Buffed Concrete Dining Room Floor
Good Samaritan Inn
$30,000
0%
Bulk Printer
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Illinois
$550
0%
CAE Aria mannequin – School of Nursing
Millikin University
$23,000
0%
Camp Sokkia Summer Field Trips
Decatur Family YMCA
$1,130
100% funded
Car Cleaning Kit for 2023 Ripple Motor Show recipient
Ripple Foundation, The — Cleaning kit will be donated to the recipient of the 2023 Ripple Motor Show donation van.
$100
0%
Car litter bags
Beautify Decatur Coalition
$1,300
0%
Car Seat
Ripple Foundation, The — We would like to provide a new and safe car seat to recipient of RMS Donation Van, if applicable.
$250
0%
Car Seats
Webster Cantrell Youth Advocacy
$1,500
100% funded
CDR Tool Scholarship at Richland Community College
Ripple Foundation, The — This fund is aimed to assist with tool costs for those pursuing a career in the automotive industry. Currently the fund has $2250, it is our goal to reach $10000 and turn the fund into an endowment. It was established in honor of Chris Ripple’s 50th birthday, who worked 30 years as an automotive repair technician.
$10,000
0%
Cheerleading Uniforms
Boys and Girls Club of Decatur
$1,000
100% funded
Christmas giveaway
The Inc. Spot — We are asking for monetary donations to be used to purchase toys/gifts for our Christmas Giveaway in which we plan to help 150 local families.
$5,000
0%
Christmas Toy Giveaway and Dinner for Youth and Families
$10,000
50%
Cigarette Butlers
Beautify Decatur Coalition
$500
0%
Classroom Supplies
Engineer in the Classroom
$1,500
100% funded
Classroom tables and chairs
Boys and Girls Club of Decatur
$3,500
0%
Cleaning/Car Care Kit
Ripple Foundation, The — Chris Ripple was notoriously known for having a Grade-A vehicle care kit. Anytime you needed to clean or detail your car on a budget, you could always borrow supplies from him. We would like to keep this memory alive by putting together a well-stocked cleaning kit for recipient of RMS Donation Van. Items will include: quality carrying caddy. interior wipes, tire shine, air fresheners, carpet cleaner, turtle wax, drying cloth and other car care essentials.
$100
100% funded
Co-Pay Funds
Energy Assistance Foundation — to provide co-pay funds for moderate-income individuals and families seeking energy efficiency solutions in their home such as furnace and water heater upgrades, insulation and other winterization services
$50,000
0%
Commercial washer and dryer
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Illinois — Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Illinois regularly washes linens, towels, and other large items for families when they stay with us. Cost is $15,000 total or $7,500 per.
$15,000
0%
Compact floor scrubber
Macon Resources, Inc.
$3,500
0%
Computer Laptop
Decatur Area Arts Council
$550
100% funded
Computer Workstation
Decatur Area Arts Council
$800
100% funded
Computers
Salvation Army of Decatur & Macon County — Job training. Computers preloaded with Microsoft software
$1,000
100% funded
Conference Room Chairs
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Illinois
$1,000
0%
Curved Storage Center with acrylic back
Decatur Day Care Center
$579
100% funded
Dawn Dish Soap for Bubble Table
Children's Museum of Illinois
$480
100% funded
Day camp playground balls/jump ropes and Childcare toys/rug
Decatur Parks Foundation
$1,000
0%
Department of Chemistry: Autosampler for Inductively Coupled Plasma-Atomic Emission Spectroscope (ICP)
Millikin University — Inductively coupled plasma – atomic emission spectroscopy (ICP) is routinely used in industry and research for elemental analysis at part per billion (ppb) detection limits. For context, one ppb is roughly equivalent to one drop of water in a 10,000 gallon swimming pool. ICP allows students to analyze most elements in the period table and therefore allows for a variety of analyses. For example, this spring general chemistry students analyzed potassium and iron content in a compound they synthesized, while senior students analyzed Lake Decatur water for toxic elements such as lead and arsenic. (Fortunately, neither toxic element was present above the instrument’s detection limit!) ICP is commonly operated with an autosampler, which is a robot that introduces samples for analysis. The autosampler is important because it will allow students to learn in an environment consistent with their future careers and facilitates efficient sampling in large lab sections. An autosampler would allow for ICP to more easily be implemented in undergraduate research where manual sample introduction is prohibitive due to large numbers of samples. We expect at least 120 STEM students will annually benefit from the acquisition of an ICP autosampler.
$9,000
0%
Desktop Computer
PawPrint Ministries
$1,800
0%
Diapers and Wipes
Webster Cantrell Youth Advocacy
$450
100% funded
Digital Timers, Markers, Pencils, and Paper
Project Read Plus — Richland Community College Foundation — Materials to be utilized for Project Read Plus
$500
100% funded
Doorbell Camera System For Backdoor of The Careage House
God's Shelter of Love, Inc.
$300
100% funded
Dramatic Play Toddler Loft
Decatur Day Care Center
$2,200
0%
Electric Dryer
Boys and Girls Club of Decatur
$500
0%
Electronic Marque Signage
The Inc. Spot
$50,000
0%
Electronic Table Top Score Boards
Special Olympics Illinois
$400
100% funded
Enclosed Trailer to Store Tools and Supplies
Decatur Block by Block
$7,000
100% funded
Equipment and T-Shirts for Student Intramural Sports
Richland Community College Foundation
$1,500
100% funded
Fall, spring, and winter displays for Lincoln Square planters
Beautify Decatur Coalition
$1,500
0%
Family Mini-Van
Ripple Foundation, The — 2022 Ripple Motor Show Donation van. This vehicle can be under 10k range. Must have decent mileage, body, minimal rust and be mechanically sound. It will be given a proper facelift prior to big reveal at Ripple Motor Show. After event, vehicle will be donated to Northeast Community Fund.
$10,000
0%
Fire Safe Cabinet
Baby TALK — Cabinet will be used to store historical and legal documents.
$3,000
0%
First Aid Kits
Lutheran School Association Decatur — Cost is for 15 first aid kits.
$300
0%
Floor Buffer
Northeast Community Fund
$5,000
0%
Football equipment upgrades
Decatur Junior Football League — Football equipment needing upgraded include, but not limited to, helmets, shoulder pads, blocking sled and tackling dummies.
$20,000
0%
Freshly painted camp classrooms with updated murals at Scovill Zoo
Decatur Parks Foundation
$1,000
0%
Full time Program Advocate for our Square 1 rental assistance/community supports program
Prairieland Service Coordination, Inc.
$50,000
0%
Fund a Scholarship for a child/teen
Decatur Parks Foundation — Every scholarship dollar will be used towards providing accessibility Park District programming to every member of our community.
$150
0%
Funding to support prescription assistance
Salvation Army of Decatur & Macon County — Supports Prescription Cost Assistance. Up to $500 per client can cover a month of assistance.
$25,000
20%
Funds to be Used Towards Children's Clothing Room
Dove, Inc. — Funds will be used to provide new socks and underwear
$1,800
100% funded
Gallery Plexi Boxes
Decatur Area Arts Council
$500
0%
Gas Cards
The Inc. Spot
$2,500
20%
Gas Cards for the 2023 Ripple Motor Show van recipient
Ripple Foundation, The — The gas cards will be donated to the recipient of the 2023 Ripple Motor Show donation van.
$500
0%
Gas Gift Cards
Dove, Inc. — Dove’s DFA and Domestic Violence Program - ($25 gift cards – 40 cards)
$1,000
0%
Grand Piano Blanket
Decatur Area Arts Council
$300
100% funded
Grand Piano for Anne Lloyd Gallery
Decatur Area Arts Council
$30,000
100% funded
Half acre of native Tall grass/Woods edge seed mix
Community Environmental Council — Extend prairie restoration with pollinator plants native to central Illinois at Lincoln Trail Homestead State Park.
$800
0%
Handheld or portable musical instruments
Salvation Army of Decatur & Macon County
$500
100% funded
Hanging Skeleton
Richland Community College Foundation — To compliment the recent renovation of the science labs - a new skeleton would be a great asset to Anatomy & Physiology courses as it not only shows all the bones but also where the different muscles originate on the bones. r
$1,300
0%
Head Start Lending Library Books and Materials
Empowerment Opportunity Center
$1,500
0%
Head Start Music Room Materials
Empowerment Opportunity Center
$2,500
0%
Heavy Duty All-In-One Kitchen
Decatur Day Care Center
$1,199
0%
Heavy Duty Office Paper Shredder
Macon County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) — Current shredder is smaller and cannot keep up with the capacity of shredding the CASA office must do per day. We must shred all case and court documents. All materials in the office are considered confidential.
$150
0%
Heroes Hall fun lights
Children's Museum of Illinois — Installation of a fully programmable decorative lighting system in Heroes Hall. The project will add color and joy to the Museum every day and will add a little extra joy during the holidays. Project cost includes installation.
$1,400
0%
HR Database
Prairieland Service Coordination, Inc.
$18,000
0%
Human Brain Model
Richland Community College Foundation — To be utilized for Biology Class
$1,375
100% funded
HVAC system at Blessingdales Thrift Store
God's Shelter of Love, Inc. — Our thrift store provides over 50% of our total revenue to run both of our shelters
$60,000
0%
Ibex TX40 Power Harrow with Mesh Roller & Leveling Blade
Good Samaritan Inn
$4,000
0%
Indoor Outdoor Carpet for Event Tents (Wayfair 6’x23’)
Special Olympics Illinois — Need 10 rolls
$1,600
0%
Industrial Can Openers
Good Samaritan Inn — 10 can openers at $25 each
$250
0%
Insta Benches
Special Olympics Illinois — Need 15
$450
100% funded
Installation of electrical outlet in gallery
Decatur Area Arts Council
$1,000
0%
Insurance Policy
Ripple Foundation, The — Insurance Policy covered in full for first year of ownership of RMS Donation Van.
$1,500
0%
Inventory Management System
Northeast Community Fund
$5,000
0%
Items to stock Personal Essentials Pantry
Empowerment Opportunity Center
$5,000
0%
Juice (8 Gallons)
Decatur Day Care Center
$24
100% funded
Karaoke Machine
Macon Resources, Inc.
$100
0%
Lab Research Study: Potential Treatments for Rhabdomyosarcoma Cancer
Millikin University — Rhabdomyosarcoma is a debilitating cancer found primarily in children and teens, especially in children under age 10. This lab research student study, under the direction of MU Associate Professor of Biology Jennifer Schroeder, seeks to evaluate cardiac glycosides as a potential treatment for this disease. This research is conducted by a Millikin student who lost his young brother to rhabdomyosarcoma. Funding is requested to purchase the materials needed to complete the research.
$1,178
0%
Laminated Sheet Music
Public Painted Pianos Project in Macon County — Lamination of sheet music for 5-6 of the locations for public access when music desired to play pianos (will not need music at some sites)
$200
100% funded
Lamination Machine
Special Olympics Illinois — Machine needed to laminate 8 1/2 x 11" and larger pieces 11 x 24".
$500
100% funded
Laptops (10)
Richland Community College Foundation — With over half of our students taking classes online, laptops are essential to ensuring access to Richland courses and resources. Cost is $500 each. r
$5,000
0%
Laptops - Employee Use (12)
Greater St. Louis Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America — Updated laptops to equip the employees supervised through the Decatur Service Center. These enable our executives to work from the field & at home to provide service to our volunteers and community members. Donation includes hardware, warranty & IT support.
$13,116
0%
Large Storage Building
Decatur Junior Football League — Storage building will be used to store practice and game equipment. All of our equipment was being stored in our storage shed and concession building in a location that is now unavailable. It is now piled into a large box truck until we can secure a storage building.
$10,000
0%
Leaf Bags
Decatur Block by Block — 50 leaf bags
$100
100% funded
LiveStrong program
Decatur Family YMCA — A free program designed to meet the needs of adults with cancer before, during, and after treatment.
$15,000
100% funded
Logo Wear Shirts
Baby TALK — In order to promote the safety and identification of Baby TALK professionals conducting home visits in our community and for center-based teachers, shirts with the Baby TALK logo are requested for 60 employees at $20 per shirt.
$1,200
0%
Long-Vanderburg Scholars Program Scholarship for Macon County Students
Millikin University — The Long-Vanderburg Program is named in honor of Millikin's first two African-American graduates, Fred Long and Marian Vanderburg. The scholarship is renewable for up to four years as long as the student maintains a 3.0/4.0 cumulative GPA and actively participates in the program.
$5,000
0%
MacArthur High School Greenhouse
Decatur Public Schools Foundation — Two generous local donors have contributed $40,000 to fund the purchase of a greenhouse for MacArthur High School’s Agriculture program. The initial $40,000 contribution covers the purchase cost and engineering for the structure. An additional $17,500 will provide sitework, footings, water and electric to erect the building. Eisenhower’s greenhouse has served both high school buildings to date, but the program has grown from 202 students Year 1 (2018) to 435 students currently (Year 4); adding this matching greenhouse at MacArthur will accommodate program expansion and provide the same horticulture courses at both high schools.
$17,500
0%
Magnetic Ball Wall
Children's Museum of Illinois — The ball wall allows kids to construct intricate tracks, tubes and tunnels for magnetized balls to travel down. It teaches kids about momentum, encourages teamwork, and develops problem solving skills.
$16,800
0%
Manipulative Storage Center
Decatur Day Care Center — We are needing 2 storage centers.
$958
0%
Matching Grant
Energy Assistance Foundation — to present a Warm Neighbors Cool Friends matching grant for one moderate-income household to assist with their utility bill
$350
0%
Meeting Owl 3
Baby TALK — Smart Video Conference Camera, Microphone and Speaker.
$1,050
0%
Multi-use 6 passenger golf cart
Millikin University — • A replacement 6-passenger golf cart for Millikin’s Campus Safety and used by others units on campus needing to transport VIPs and guests while on campus.
$11,500
0%
National ALICE Summit in January 2024
United Way of Decatur and Mid-Illinois — Cost is for 2 people to attend at a discounted rate.
$3,000
0%
New AED for Child Care Center
Decatur Family YMCA
$1,200
0%
New Blow Up Screen
Decatur Day Care Center
$150
100% funded
New Ducks
Children's Museum of Illinois — We are needing new rubber racing ducks utilized for Duck Derby to replace the current ones we have.
$5,000
0%
New Energy Efficient Windows for Careage House
God's Shelter of Love, Inc.
$13,000
100% funded
New Office Swivel Chairs
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Illinois
$1,000
100% funded
New Playground Equipment
Lutheran School Association Decatur — Upgrade existing equipment to include innovative and nature based structures.
$40,000
0%
New refrigerator at the main shelter
God's Shelter of Love, Inc.
$1,000
100% funded
New Security Doors and Reception Window
United Way of Decatur and Mid-Illinois
$3,000
0%
New Set of Tires
Ripple Foundation, The — Cover cost and installation of brand new all-weather tires on RMS Donation Van.
$500
0%
New socks and underwear
Dove, Inc. — Dove’s Children’s Clothing Room
$1,000
0%
Nintendo Switch
Macon Resources, Inc.
$350
0%
Office Supplies
Baby TALK — Office supplies to support the operations of Baby TALK to include printers, printer ink, copier expenses, file folders, paper, envelopes, etc.
$500
0%
Official Coins for Toss at a sports event
Special Olympics Illinois — Need 20 coins at $10 each.
$200
100% funded
Oil Changes/Vehicle Maintenance
Ripple Foundation, The — Oil change gift cards or comparable to cover first year of maintenance of RMS Donation Van.
$500
0%
Outdoor Basketball Court
Decatur Family YMCA
$25,000
0%
Outdoor Classroom
Lutheran School Association Decatur — This will be used to develop a creative, outdoor setting to instruct about 400 students from Kindergarten through High School.
$20,000
0%
Outside camera at the main shelter
God's Shelter of Love, Inc.
$1,500
0%
Pack 'N Play for babies
Dove, Inc. — Dove’s Shelter - (4 at $80 each)
$350
0%
Paper Shredder
Special Olympics Illinois
$200
100% funded
Park Bench for Children's Memorial Garden
Baby TALK
$1,500
100% funded
Parson's Elementary School Art and Culture project celebrating the 56th year Founder's Day
Decatur Public Schools Foundation — The project is called Art and Culture, it will be a class taught by a local artist, Antonio Burton, of ABL Artwork. The focus will be Community and Culture through an artist's lens. The class will focus on learning the history and celebrating the history of Parsons Elementary culminating in an art show to celebrate our 56th year Founder's Day.
$10,528
25%
Performance Shirts for Heart and Soul Choir
Decatur Parks Foundation
$850
0%
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for staff and clients
Heritage Behavioral Health Center
$25,000
100% funded
Photo Printer
Macon Resources, Inc. — To print pictures taken of persons served immediately. Many photos we take are posted on Facebook, but oftentimes the people we serve do not have access to Facebook to get their photos. I would like to get a printer so that they are able to have their photos when requested.
$240
0%
Piano Clinics
Public Painted Pianos Project in Macon County — Piano clinics held in conjunction with the Millikin School of Music piano students and professors are for the DPS students at Hope Academy and Johns Hill. The event would involve 5 painted pianos at each event for students interested to have time to explore the pianos as well as play a few notes and talk to the piano students from Millikin. The cost would be affiliated with moving the pianos to the schools for the events.
$2,000
100% funded
Picnic Tables for the Outdoor Eating Commons
Boys and Girls Club of Decatur
$10,000
0%
Pipe Dreams Studio Theatre LED lighting equipment – School of Theatre and Dance
Millikin University
$15,000
0%
Pipe Dreams Studio Theatre ticket scanner – School of Theatre and Dance
Millikin University
$1,300
0%
Planting and harvesting tools (Knives, trowels, snips)
Good Samaritan Inn
$300
0%
Pool Table
Boys and Girls Club of Decatur
$5,000
0%
Popcorn
Decatur Day Care Center
$10
100% funded
Prevention Programming Materials
Dove, Inc. — Dove’s Neighborhood Services Program
$325
0%
Printer Paper
Macon County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) — CASA prints and files all court reports for every hearing for each foster child for whom we advocate. We are needing 24 boxes of paper to cover a year's supply.
$720
0%
Printer/Scanner
God's Shelter of Love, Inc.
$250
100% funded
Printer/Scanner/Copier
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Illinois
$450
100% funded
Printer/Scanner/Copier
PawPrint Ministries
$800
0%
Promotional Retractable Banners
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Illinois
$800
0%
Purchase 2 school buses from Robertson Charter School
Decatur Junior Football League — We have previously rented the buses from Robertson Charter School to transport teams for away games. We have been notified that the school will be discontinuing their bus service and selling their buses this year.
$12,000
0%
Purchase Christmas Decorations for Trees on Tees
Decatur Parks Foundation — Spread holiday spirit getting new lights, displays and ornamental holiday decor. Help us update and expand upon our displays at Hickory Point Golf course.
$5,000
0%
Purchase Halloween Decorations for Boo at the Zoo
Decatur Parks Foundation — Bring new life to one of our oldest Zoo experiences. Boo at the Zoo turns 40 years old in 2023 and we are looking to update the decorations. Please consider donating to provide new lights, displays, archways and spooky décor for this seasonal community favorite.
$2,500
0%
Recess Equipment
Lutheran School Association Decatur — Upgrade all outdoor equipment students use for recess.
$500
0%
Red Ribbon Week Students Materials
Dove, Inc. — Dove’s Beginning Awareness Basic Education Studies (BABES) program
$650
0%
Refinish/refurbish Gymnasium Floor
Decatur Family YMCA
$25,000
100% funded
Refrigerated Box Truck
Good Samaritan Inn
$100,000
0%
Remaining Funds for Tower Crane Exhibit
Children's Museum of Illinois — $15,000 has already been raised. Will be placed in the Ready, Set, Build! exhibit space
$5,000
100% funded
Repairs and Updates to Drainage System for Building
Children's Museum of Illinois — We need to dig and install PVC piping around a majority of the building to reduce leaks and flooding caused by improper drainage of our current drainage system.
$6,000
0%
Replace a commercial swing set in a park
Decatur Parks Foundation
$3,000
0%
Replace windows and blinds in three rooms
Decatur Area Arts Council
$6,700
100% funded
Research Study: Effects of Metolachlor on Development
Millikin University — Beyond extensive studies of the effects on frogs from exposure to atrazine, a widely used herbicide to control broadleaf and grassy weeds, by Tyrone Hayes (Hayes 2010, 2011), the amount of published, repeatable research examining other pesticides in a variety of model systems is minimal. This lab research student study, under the direction of MU Associate Professor of Biology Jennifer Schroeder, seeks to advance this research by testing the effects of metolachlor, a pesticide widely used in Illinois, on the early development of tadpoles. Funding is requested to purchase the materials needed to complete the research.
$108
0%
Research Study: Thyroid Cancer Treatment without Surgical Removal of Entire Thyroid
Millikin University — This study evaluates the possibility of a medical thyroid cancer treatment that does not require removal of the entire thyroid for patients with less severe cases of thyroid cancer. This research is conducted by a Millikin student who is currently in treatment for thyroid cancer. Funding is requested to purchase the materials needed to complete the research.
$643
100% funded
S.T.E.M. Van
Greater St. Louis Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America — Serving the greater Decatur area, a S.T.E.M. van would help deliver hands-on, innovating programming to youth in the area. The donation includes the price of a van ($36,000), program materials ($19,000), and staffing for a year ($5,000)
$60,000
0%
School Bus
Lutheran School Association Decatur — This will be utilized for our high school athletics and school field trips.
$50,000
0%
Sculpture Park Sponsorship (5)
Decatur Parks Foundation — Sponsor a unique art installation in our Scovill Sculpture Park. Sponsorships cost $5,000 and last for 2 years. This includes name recognition and signage within the beautiful park.
$25,000
0%
Seasonal Holiday Decorations for the Dining Roomg
Good Samaritan Inn
$1,800
0%
Seated Recumbent Cross Trainer for Seniors
Decatur Family YMCA
$6,000
0%
Senior Center Wellness Classes
Empowerment Opportunity Center
$10,000
0%
Shirts for Board Members
Engineer in the Classroom — As our Board members begin to get more involved in community outreach and various public activities, we would benefit from high-quality apparel that highlights and helps promote our program.
$500
0%
Shuttle Bus for Senior Services Transportation
Empowerment Opportunity Center
$80,000
100% funded
Sit Stand Desk
PawPrint Ministries
$350
0%
Slim 10-tray storage shelf
Decatur Day Care Center
$779
0%
Small 3-D Printer
Children's Museum of Illinois
$400
100% funded
Small Kitchen Appliances (air fryer, microwave, stand mixer, and coffee maker)
Macon Resources, Inc.
$400
0%
Small PA Sound Systemart
Decatur Area Arts Council
$800
0%
Smart Board
Macon County Conservation Foundation/District — The Macon County Conservation District is currently remodeling areas of the Rock Springs Nature Center to increase the capacity of our programming space to accommodate more programs and children we reach. One item that is becoming invaluable is the smart board we use in the classroom setting; we currently have one smart board that is shared between all the classrooms. By adding a smart board, the Conservation District can provide the staff the necessary tools to offer more programs simultaneously. This cost will cover one smart board and stand for the additional classroom space at the Rock Springs Nature Center.
$4,000
0%
Soft Play Adventure Center
Decatur Day Care Center
$1,089
0%
Sound-Dampening Stage Curtains
Decatur Public Schools Foundation — South Shores Elementary and American Dreamer STEM Academy are both in need of sound dampening curtains to improve the stage areas at each building ($3,000 per set, $6,000 to fund purchases for both schools). Both buildings benefitted from renovations during the past year, but internal funding has not been available to cover this request.
$6,000
0%
Special Education High School Theatre
Decatur Public Schools Foundation — Instill inspiration for those who truly appreciate a great audience! Your gift will encourage special needs students to step outside their comfort zone and into the spotlight.
$2,500
100% funded
Special Needs Assistance
Energy Assistance Foundation — to ensure special needs assistance is available for Ameren Illinois customers with extenuating circumstances and bill payment assistance needs above typical matching grant levels .
$25,000
0%
Special Project: Mums (2023 Season)
Good Samaritan Inn
$7,500
0%
Staff Earnings - (8 staff for 3 hours at $20/hour)
Decatur Day Care Center
$480
100% funded
Stage Platforms for 3rd Floord
Decatur Area Arts Council
$3,500
0%
Stair Chair
Decatur Parks Foundation — Assistance to aid patrons with disabilities up/down stairs
$1,500
0%
Staley Library: Click Mini Scanner with Text to Speech and Searchable PDF (OCR)
Millikin University — Staley Library’s 2015 model Click Mini scanner has been highly used by students, faculty, staff, and community users of the library to scan and email documents in support of their research, work, and personal needs, but will be reaching end of life for the model within the next year. A new model machine would allow continuation of scanning services and add two accessibility features. Text to speech will make scanned documents readable by screen reading software for those with visual impairments and searchable PDF (OCR) will make scanned documents full text searchable.
$6,720
100% funded
STEM Tables for Head Start STEM Lab
Empowerment Opportunity Center — Price is for 2 tables
$20,000
0%
Stephen Decatur Middle School Necessity Stations
Decatur Public Schools Foundation — The purpose of these areas is to provide personal items that the students of SDMS might need immediately at school or take home to use. We provide shampoo/conditioner, soap/body wash, deodorant, toothpaste/brushes, combs/brushes/picks, scrunchies/hair ties, socks, hand lotion, lip balm, pads/tampons, school supplies, and anything else they may need upon request. Necessity Stations also provide healthy snacks they can grab throughout the day if they are hungry. The smaller size/not quite travel size items are what the kids feel comfortable taking because they can easily put them in a pocket, and no one is the wiser. However, if they need a larger quantity at home, counselors do have backpacks that can be filled with larger items to send home with them. To fully fund for the year, it would take approximately $2,000 for two stations, one on each end of the building.
$2,000
0%
Sturdy Flip Score Boards
Special Olympics Illinois
$25
100% funded
Sturdy Plastic Folding Chairs from Sam’s Club
Special Olympics Illinois — Need 100
$3,000
0%
Surveillance Cameras
Millikin University — • In an effort to enhance the safety of Millikin students south of campus near Wood Street and Oakland Avenue, purchasing and maintaining surveillance cameras would help minimize violent crimes in the campus-town area. $10,000 initial cost and $8,000 annually for upkeep and maintenance
$18,000
0%
Three new refrigerators
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Illinois — Just like any household, we have appliances that break and need replaced. We are in need of three new refrigerators to store food and snacks for our families. Cost is $13,500 total or $4,500 per.r
$13,500
0%
Toys, Games, and Books
Boys and Girls Club of Decatur
$500
100% funded
Toys, Video Games & Board Games
Boys and Girls Club of Decatur
$500
100% funded
Transportation Expenses
Baby TALK — For children and families enrolled in STEPS (includes gas, insurance, repairs and personnel). The STEPS program provides educational and therapy services for young children who have been identified with developmental delays
$5,000
0%
Two Updated Computers
God's Shelter of Love, Inc. — The Computers will be utilized in God's Shelter of Love's Offices
$1,000
100% funded
Uline Label Machine
Special Olympics Illinois
$75
100% funded
Updated Laptops for Director Team (3)
Decatur Family YMCA
$5,100
0%
Upic Solutions CRM & Accounting Software
United Way of Decatur and Mid-Illinois — Our current system is over 20 years old. One-time cost for set up.
$9,000
0%
Upright Freezer
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Illinois — This freezer will be used to store and preserve breast milk for mothers staying in our house.
$1,300
0%
Used Utility Mini-Van
Northeast Community Fund
$15,000
0%
Utility and Water Assistance
Northeast Community Fund
$75,000
0%
Video Projector
Decatur Area Arts Council
$500
0%
Visa/Passport Documents for students from the Center for International Education
Millikin University — Costs range from $500-$1,000 and are for VISA/passport documents for some of those same students who will be studying aboard. Some need passports for the first time, and some are traveling to countries where a VISA is required.
$1,000
0%
Wagon
PawPrint Ministries
$125
0%
Warmline Program Supplies
Baby TALK — diapers, wipes & formula distributed at no cost to families in need
$1,000
100% funded
Warmline Program Supplies: diapers and wipes for 12 families
Baby TALK
$500
100% funded
Watering of planters and hanging Central Park baskets
Beautify Decatur Coalition
$10,000
0%
Website Mobile-Friendly Upgrade
Decatur Area Arts Council
$10,000
40%
Website Re-Vamp & Annual Hosting
Engineer in the Classroom — We would like to re-vamp our current website to look more professional and polished, and fix several known issues that repeatedly plague our current site.
$3,500
0%
Wooden Rocking Chairs for Visiting Room (No fabric)
Webster Cantrell Youth Advocacy
$400
100% funded
Wooden sheet music stand
Decatur Area Arts Council
$150
100% funded
Writing Center
Decatur Day Care Center
$679
0%