Exchange Club of Mattoon





Installation of Officers

  Kelly Hardy Big Brothers & Big Sisters

Kelly Hardy, Big Brothers Big Sisters, spoke about the program and its fundraising efforts. She stated that with the state’s economic problems the past few years funding has been more difficult.
Kelly also stressed the need for more volunteer mentors at school and to serve as big brothers and big sisters.Currently there about 140 youth in Big Brothers Big Sisters but wants to raise the number to 300 in the near future.

  Life Links Speakers

Speakers Christine Hughes, Tonya Franklin and Lynette Ashmore spoke about services provided by Life Links. Lynette Ashmore the Executive Director spoke about the Individual Placement and Support (IPS) services provided where they help place and support individuals in getting and maintaining jobs. These are individuals needing help with mental health issues. It was pointed out that one in four families have issue with mental health; these issues can be caused by all types of trauma from physical trauma to emotional trauma.


Pam Riddle and Curtis Ropeiqiet of the Children’s Advocacy Center of East Central Illinois (CAC) spoke about the services of the CAC. The CAC is a "Private Non-Profit Center serving child victims of sexual abuse and /or physical abuse”. The number of cases served by the CAC has doubled this last year. The CAC recently opened a second office in Effingham accounting for some of the increase in numbers this year.

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