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Illinois Partners’ new report, “The Economic Impact of the Human Services Sector in McLean County,” shows that the human services sector is the county’s 5th largest employer and is a net contributor to the county’s GDP. It also demonstrates that for every dollar of funding received, the sector returned a total of $2.23 in economic impact to McLean County in Fiscal Year 2020.
55 nonprofit organizations that operate in McLean County completed a survey (75% response rate) and the economic impact was then calculated for the report by Bloomington-Normal Economic Development Council (BN-EDC).
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June begins a month-long celebration of LGBTQ+ liberation. While we can rejoice in the progress the LGBTQ+ movement has made over the years, from the resistance of oppression during the Stonewall Riots to the passing of legislation supporting LGBTQ+ rights, there is still much work to be done.
As of 2021, LGBTQ+ folx are still fighting for basic human rights, quality care across the health and human service landscape, and resisting systems designed to hinder their livelihood. As human service organizations, we know you witness the impact of these inequitable systems firsthand.
We encourage all organizations to acknowledge the intersecting challenges of LGBTQ+ folx. We support the efforts of organizations in our coalition who dedicate their missions to including a commitment to equality and equity for the LGBTQ+ community. Pride reminds us that history includes the LGBTQ+ movement and advocacy should include fighting for the LGBTQ+ community. This month is an opportunity for reflection and renewed commitment to continued allyship and advocacy to combat anti-LGBTQ+ legislation and systems.
Our coalition partners had the opportunity to speak with Senator Durbin in early May, where we discussed the American Rescue Plan Act and the needs of human serviceproviders across the state.
Thank you Senator Durbin for your time and for all you do for Health and Human Services in Illinois!
Illinois Partners is looking for an energetic Director of Grassroots Partnerships to join our team, who will be focused on amplifying the work of our coalition partners in Chicago. An ideal candidate is someone with an extensive community organizing experience, connections to human service organizations and grassroots movements in Chicago, who is rooted in a deep commitment to racial and social justice. Access the full job description here.
Prospective candidates please send your resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Illinois Partners for Human Service stands in solidarity with our Asian American and Pacific Islander community and calls for an end to anti-Asian discrimination and white supremacist violence.
Below is a statement from our coalition partner, HANA Center, in response to the murders of Asian American women in Atlanta:
In response to Governor Pritzker’s budget address, Illinois Partners has issued this statement regarding the proposed funding for Health and Human Services in the coming year.
Illinois Partners and 20+ statewide health and human service associations and coalitions are jointly advocating for prioritized investment for Health and Human Services in Illinois. Health and Human Services are an essential part of a robust economy and are critical to rebuilding Illinois. As such, they must be adequately funded, Our proposed “Guiding Principles for Health and Human Services Ahead of the FY22 Budget” can be found here.
A number of issues were discussed at last week’s McLean County and Peoria Local Area Council meeting, including the effect of Covid-19 on Mental Health. According to studies, nearly 1 in 5 Covid-19 patients develop a mental illness within three months of testing positive for the virus, further emphasizing the need for fully funded and available human services. Read more here.
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Human services matter to ALL of us.
Our sector ensures that we have the essential elements to build and maintain our physical, emotional, and economic well-being at every phase of life.