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Normal Cornbelter LogoCome and celebrate with local cancer survivors, the Normal Cornbelters, Community Cancer Center and Infinity Print Group, Inc. on Sunday, May 27th, 2012.  The Normal Cornbelters take on the Southern Illinois Miners at 5 p.m in the Corn Crib.   This is the 3rd Annual Community Cancer Center’s Cancer Survivors Night.  This year’s event is one week before National Cancer Survivors Day (Sunday, June 3rd).

Come share in an early celebration of a worldwide “Celebration of Life” in our own community!  Hundreds of communities throughout the United States, Canada and other participating countries will be recognizing the importance of National Cancer Survivors Day on or around June 3rd.  Participants unite in a symbolic event to show the world that life after a cancer diagnosis can be a reality.  We look forward to celebrating life and survivorship with those who have already beaten and those currently battling cancer.

The night includes a “call to the field” for all cancer survivors, raffle to raise funds for Community Cancer Center and each IPG Vertical Logosurvivor will be given a keepsake to remind them of the celebration.  Come show your support!  See you at the Game!

Click here for more information!

Cleaner Hats. Healthier Skin. Why Sweat it? Spring is officially here even if the weather outside feels like summer! Summer activities will soon be in full swing – everything from hiking, biking, running, golf, baseball, etc. Enjoy your activities more with these disposable sweatband liners for your caps, helmets and other headwear. The liner comes in 2 sizes and can be trimmed for children.  These bands help keep your favorite hats clean from sweat stains, dirt and help to minimize bacteria that can grow on the inside of your headwear. Add your logo to the current packaging or create custom packaging for orders of 125 packages or more.

Give us a call today at (309) 663-5551 to find out more information on these unique disposable headwear bands!

Tailgating Season is HERE!

The summer heat has finally disappeared and cool fall football weather is moving in.  After ending a month long countdown until football season, I’m happy to report it is finally in full swing!  There is nothing more enjoyable than tailgating with family and friends.

Tailgating requires copious amounts of food and beverages for your entire group.  This great new product helps in the transportation of drinks.  The BucketBuddy is a clever plastic bucket with a handle that can hold up to six bottles at a time.  Made in the USA with 100% recycled materials, this bucket is sure to make your tailgating experience a little easier.  With six colors available, you better get yours before the sale ends on November 15!

For more information please call (309).663.5551 or email Kaitlin@infinityprintgroup.com

GET YOUR BUCKETBUDDY TODAY!

It seems as though Christmas decorations appear earlier and earlier each year in the stores across the community.  My e-mail inbox has been bombarded with reminders from vendors that Christmas is right around the corner.  With many people keeping busy schedules it’s not uncommon for holidays to sneak up on us.

Sanford is offering holiday specials that started on Sept 1.  Why not reward your loyal customers or hardworking employees around the holidays?  Sanford is offering great prices on fine writing brands including Paper Mate, Sharpie, Uni-ball, Quill, Parker, and Waterman.  For ordering early, free set-up is being offered. There are many new items that are sure to catch your eye.

You’ve heard the saying, “The early bird gets the worm.”  Well, in the world of promotional products, “The early buyer gets the deal.”

For ordering information or questions please contact Kaitlin@infinityprintgroup.com or call (309) 663.5551.

October is…

1 out of 8 women in the United States have this.  261,100 women were diagnosed with new cases of this ailment.  39,840 women lost their lives due to this monster.  What is it that has caused so many women and men in the nation to endure endless pain?   Breast Cancer is the cause to all of these statistics listed above.  This is a disease that for many of us, it has affected our mothers, grandmothers, sisters, nieces, neighbors, and friends.

With the month of August coming to an end, October will be here before we know it.  The month of October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  For many breast cancer survivors, along with their family and friends, it is the month of National Breast Cancer Awareness.  This is a time to remind our loved ones and others that it is vital to have regular screenings.  There is no better way than to remind all women and men than through a simple pink ribbon.

Egrips Pink Ribbon is one product that will help give a daily reminder of a disease that affects millions.  These adhesive stickers are to be applied to the back of cell phones, PDA’s, and iPods to prevent them from slipping on any surface.  If you are looking for a unique way to show support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month this could be just the product you’re searching for.

For more information on Breast Cancer Awareness see the American Cancer Society website at http://bit.ly/aji8VV.

Contact Information:

www.infinityprintgroup.com

Kaitlin@infinityprintgroup.com

(309) 663.5551

Twitter: @infinitypg or @ipg_khinkle

After reading several new industry periodicals, I have discovered the newest hot topic; cotton!  There is much speculation about increasing cotton prices that has vendors “shaking in their t-shirts.”  World cotton prices are approximately 50% higher than last year at this time.  Outside elements including severe weather are the main factors affecting these prices.  Because places such as Pakistan have suffered from brutal floods, there have been shortages of this raw material.

These shrinking inventories are causing the direct cost of goods prices to increase for vendors.  A t-shirt vendor I work closely with warned me of these increasing prices because it will concern suppliers, vendors, and end-users.  What does all of this mean for you?  Do not be surprised that as cotton prices continue to soar, prices of products made from cotton will do the same.

Contact Information:

kaitlin@infinityprintgroup.com

Twitter: @infinitypg or @ipg_khinkle

(309)663.5551

http://www.infinityprintgroup.com

It’s that time again!  Time to put Harry Johnson and The Children’s Foundation in the spotlight.  I recently had the opportunity to interview him by asking five quick questions.  Here is his interview:

1. Tell us a little bit about yourself and how you ended up at The Children’s Foundation.

I was born and raised in Southern Illinois.  Relocated to Bloomington-Normal to attend Illinois State University and never left the area.  From a previous marriage, I have two wonderful children.  I worked in the banking industry for over thirty years; positions held included Internal Auditor and Human Resources Manager.  After the last bank I was employed by was bought out, my position was eliminated.  After I took some time off, I was approached by a friend that The Children’s Foundation needed someone to help with their fundraising.  In that I was very familiar with the community, I thought I could help.

2. What are your primary duties as the Regional Development Manager?

The RDM is responsible for cultivating, soliciting, stewarding individual, corporate and foundation donors; assisting in the grant writing process; preparing development budgets and planning fundraising events.

3. What services and programs does The Children’s Foundation offer?  Are there any upcoming events you would like to share?

  • Parent’s Care + Share

Parents Care + Share is a weekly support group service designed to prevent child abuse and neglect. Through Parents Care + Share, parents and caregivers learn new parenting skills, build family management strategies, and develop positive coping mechanisms to negotiate the day-to-day challenges of being a parent. The Children’s Foundation offers 21 groups across McLean County, and last year, the program served 356 families. Recently, the Children’s Foundation completed a pilot program in the Macon County Correctional Facility to work with incarcerated mothers. The program focuses on responsible parenting and targets mothers whose children are allowed to live in a separate wing of the facility until the age of two.

  • Crisis Nursery

The Crisis Nursery offers emergency and respite child care services twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, 52 weeks a year for families who are experiencing short-term crises that interfere with their ability to parent effectively. Services are designed to reduce and prevent child abuse, neglect, and homelessness. The program also includes outreach and educational services to enable families to correct the conditions that caused the family crisis. Last year, the Crisis Nursery served 403 unduplicated young children, providing emergency shelter, food, and clothing. In a recent survey, 98% of parents reported an improved relationship with their child as a result of their relationship with the Crisis Nursery.

  • Family Visitation Center

The Family Visitation Center provides a vital service for families experiencing domestic violence, child abuse, sexual assault, or stalking. The Family Visitation Center provides families a safe, child-centered area for parents to exchange or visit with their children without hostility or confrontation. The Center is the only program of its kind in the region that works predominantly with Family Court and domestic violence issues. Last year, the Family Violent Center protected and assisted approximately 100 families.

  • Children’s Waiting Room

The Children’s Waiting Room opened at the McLean County Law and Justice Center in February 2008.  The purpose of the Children’s Waiting Room is to minimize children’s exposure to the trauma of court testimony, and secondly, to free the court system of the noise and disruption associated with children in the courtroom. The Children’s Foundation seeks to shield children from seeing and hearing distressing family events relived in court proceedings.  In FY09, the Children’s Waiting Room served 1,774 children.  It is anticipated that this number will continue to grow, especially during the summer months when children are out of school.

  • The Scott Early Learning Center

Every year, the Scott Early Learning Center provides high quality early childhood care and education to almost 230 children in McLean County. The primary goal of the Center is to identify children at risk of academic failure and help these children move toward academic success. All children are born with the same potential to become successful learners. However, research shows that children from high risk environments, defined by poverty, teen and young parents, single parents, and low maternal education, begin to demonstrate significant deficits in learning as early as one year of age. Upon entering kindergarten, five-year-old children from high-risk environments, on average, test at a three-year-old level. If these deficits are not addressed, the majority of these children will face a lifetime of obstacles directly related to poor performance in school.  Quality early childhood education can help these children span the gap, and place them on par with their middle-class peers. Research shows that the most cost-effective and successful way to close the achievement gap between children from high-risk environments and their middle-class peers is through early intervention utilizing quality early childhood education. Quality early childhood education investments translate to a difference of 18 IQ points by the age of five. The Scott Early Learning Center is the largest licensed child care provider in McLean County and is the only Center that serves more than 25% subsidized enrollment.

  • Healthy Start

Healthy Start is a voluntary home visiting program providing parent support and education to at-risk parents, who have children ages birth to 5. Healthy Start consists of intense, voluntary services, which utilize positive, persistent outreach efforts to strengthen families and promote access to community resources, reducing the risk of child abuse and neglect and improving maternal and child health. Last year, the Children’s Foundation was able to expand services to 110 local families, including 12 families in DeWitt County and 12 families in Piatt.

  • The Butterfly Project

The purpose of The Butterfly Project is to promote public awareness, provide community education and training regarding childhood exposure to violence, and to provide direct services to children, ages 0-5, who have been exposed to violence. Children and families receiving services have been exposed to one or multiple types of violence such as domestic violence, family violence, and community violence. The program offers children and their families with the highest quality of services provided within a comprehensive continuum of care. The Butterfly Project started in FY09 and has received 46 referrals. It is anticipated that this number will grow as more parents learn about the program.

  • Educational Advocacy

The Educational Advocacy program serves educationally mainstreamed children and youth in Bloomington Junior High School in District #87, who are exhibiting social, emotional and/or behavioral problems. Student are identified when social, emotional, and/or behavioral problems negatively impact school performance as demonstrated, by not completing assignments, poor school attendance, truancy, suspensions and/or expulsions. The agency served 13 children in this program in the 2008/2009 school year.  All children receiving services demonstrated significantly improved behavior at school and were able to successfully advance to the next grade level with their peers.

  • Independent Living

Through the Independent Living program, adolescents are guided in the transition from highly structured environments such as group homes or foster care settings into community life and self-reliance. The goal is to facilitate the development of independent living skills and resources in order to move the older teen from dependence on the child welfare system to independence and self-sufficiency. Clients are guided in finding an apartment, setting up a budget, and other independent living skills. Currently there are 6 adolescents enrolled in this valuable program.

4.How can the community get involved or help The Children’s Foundation?  What aspects of the organization need the most attention from the region?  (e.g. foster care, family services, educational services)

The community can get involved in a number of ways.  We rely on volunteers tremendously to support the programs and services provided to children and families.  If anyone has some time to spare, we are always looking for dependable volunteers.  The Children’s Foundation is approximately 78% funded by local, state and federal government agencies with the majority of funds coming from the state. This month, the governor announced that the Department of Human Services’ budget would be cut by over $550 million dollars.  This directly affects social service agencies, like The Children’s Foundation.  To reduce the agency’s reliance on state funds, the agency is currently pursuing an aggressive fundraising strategy that will ensure each of its programs can continue to serve the complex and growing needs of the most vulnerable children and families in Illinois during this severe economic downturn. This strategy includes actively seeking charitable donations and grants from private individuals, foundations, corporations, and the federal government. If you would like to make a donation, please see my contact information below.

If anyone would like to tour our facility to see firsthand how the agency is assisting vulnerable families and children, please contact me.

5. What is one valuable life lesson you have learned through the work you do at The Children’s Foundation?

There is a tremendous need for assistance to Bloomington-Normal’s most vulnerable children and families.

Contact Information:

Kaitlin – Kaitlin@infinityprintgroup.com or (309)663-5551

Harry Johnson – hjohnson@childrenshomeandaid.org or (309)

hjohnson@childrenshomeandaid.org or (309) 834-5233

Regional Development Manager

The Children’s Foundation of Children’s Home + Aid

403 So. State Street

Bloomington, IL 61701

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