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May 18, 2018




Join us as we discuss the growing opioid epidemic and how to prevent or reverse an opioid overdose. The public is invited, and all are encouraged to attend. Two sessions are offered on Tuesday, May 22, 2018, at 2pm and 5pm, at John Wood Community College (JWCC) Southeast Education Center, 39637 260th Avenue, Pittsfield, IL. These sessions are offered at no cost to participants. For more information, contact Sue at 309-267-5995.



Creating Age-Friendly Communities & Case Study: Preventing Senior Bullying

Join us for a free webinar, Age-Friendly Initiatives: Making Communities Livable for All Ages, on Thursday, June 14, 2018, from Noon to 1PM., where our speakers give us insight on: (1) how communities can prepare for more older adults, and (2) socio-emotional aspects of age-friendly communities, including the signs of senior bullying. Our presenters include: Wendy Bartlo, PhD. Outreach Specialist for the Center on Health, Aging, and Disability at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Chelsey Byers Gerstenecker, Family Life Educator for University of Illinois Extension, serving Champaign, Ford, Iroquois and Vermilion Counties; and Karla Belzer, Family Life Educator serving Carroll, Lee, and Whiteside Counties. There is no cost to attend the webinar; however, REGISTRATION is required. Register online or contact Nancy Ouedraogo at for more information.



Buy Fresh Buy Local Central Illinois is a campaign managed by the Illinois Stewardship Alliance. It is part of a nationally-organized campaign to connect farmers and eaters and support the development of local, sustainable food systems. Our members include farmers, farmers markets, farm-to-table restaurants, local food grocers, processors, and other venues across Central Illinois where YOU can find and purchase locally-grown food. In an effort to better connect farmers and eaters, the new and improved 2018 Buy Fresh Buy Local Central Illinois Print Directory brings you a one-stop guide to finding the freshest local food around!


Outdoor recreation and green spaces can have many benefits. With access to parks, families are more active. Being outdoors can also reduce overeating and stress. Natural amenities attract new residents, businesses, and visitors, and contact with nature can boost environmental awareness, stewardship, and advocacy. To inform policies and programs, researchers at land-grant universities across the country are working together to determine the actual extent of these benefits and how they occur. This is an essential part of ensuring healthier people, communities, and natural resources, especially as populations grow and become more urban. Data collected at 15 state parks is documenting their contributions to local economies in terms of sales, employment, and household income, in relation to their operating budgets.





June 14, 2018 (Webinar) - Age-Friendly Communities and Senior Bullying

June 27, 2018 - Central Illinois Volunteerism Conference

July 22-25, 2018: Community Development Society Annual Conference

August 6-9, 2018: Midwest Community Development Institute