Local Communities Struggle With Empty Houses

June 25, 2009

The Suburban Journals recently followed a Collinsville community service officer as she made her rounds citing houses desperately in need of maintenance.  Community service officers monitor neglected homes and unkept yards.  Since the mortgage crisis and the subsequent rise in foreclosures, their job has gotten a lot more difficult.  Communities all over Missouri are struggling with how to handle abandoned and foreclosed homes. 

To read more about what Collinsville and other local communities are doing about empty homes, CLICK HERE

In tough times, it’s especially important to help our neighbors.  If there are vacant or abandoned properties in your neighborhood, do your part to keep your neighborhood safe—you can rake leaves, mow the lawn, or just pick up trash to keep homes clean. 

For volunteer opportunities in your area, call United Way’s 2-1-1 referral service at (800) 427-4626.

Do you have stories to share about volunteering in your neighborhood?  Leave a comment, we’d love to hear from you.


Smart Women Smart Money

May 11, 2009

Hosted by Illinois State Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias, this financial literacy conference for women will feature The Huffington Post finance blogger Manisha Thakor. Breakout sessions include Make Every Dollar Count, Cashing Out — Live the Life You Want, and Eve-olution – Investing for Financial Empowerment.  Check-in begins at 8:00 a.m., and the conference will run from 8:45 a.m to 1:30 p.m.

The event is free and lunch is provided, but registration is required–CLICK HERE to access a registration form, or visit http://www.treasurer.il.gov (click on the Smart Women Smart Money link).

For more information, contact Barbara Chalko at (312) 814-4338, or at bchalko@treasurer.state.il.us.

To read more about the breakout sessions, CLICK HERE

Gateway Center
1 Gateway Drive