Illinois Valley Economic Development Corporation is a charitable and educational organization that exists to serve the most vulnerable populations and to mitigate poverty through the administration of federal, state, local, and private resources. IVEDC shall be a catalyst and advocate for the interest of its clients in order to improve lives and enrich communities.
Providing a broad range of individual and family services, designed to change lives, increase self-sufficiency, embody a spirit of hope, improve communities and make our service area a better place to live.
Values / Pillars of Excellence
Increased Client Self Sufficiency
lllinois Valley Economic Development Corporation (IVEDC) was established in 1966 in order to provide a better focus of all available private, local, state and federal resources toward helping low-income and other disadvantaged individuals and families to obtain the skills, knowledge, motivation and opportunities to become more self-sufficient.
Since the organization was incorporated in 1966, the mission statement has been expanded from those earlier years to more accurately define the current mission and purpose of the agency. IVEDC is organized as a charitable and educational organization that exists to serve the community, through programs to assist low-income, disabled, elderly, and individuals and families in need.
To fulfill this mission, the corporation shall act to receive, plan, coordinate, and administer Federal, State, local, and private resources towards education, employment and training, housing, energy, food and nutrition, developmental training, transportation, resource coordination, and other such related needs. IVEDC shall be a catalyst and advocate for the interests of its clients in order to improve lives and enrich communities.
Incorporated in 1966 as a not-for-profit community action organization
Created as a result of federal legislation passed in 1964 as part of the Economic Opportunity Act
Board has tri-parte representation
1/3 Local Government
1/3 Private Groups/Interests
(Lions Club, United Mine Workers, Blackburn College etc.)
1/3 Individuals services by the agency
Service area: Macoupin, Jersey, Greene and Calhoun Counties
Offices in each county
Administrative Office is located in Gillespie
Employs approximately 180 individuals with approximately one-half are full-time positions
Annual budget: Approximately $9 million
Largest programs: Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), Community Day Services Program, and Head Start
Approximately 5,000 households benefit annually from our services
COMMUNITY DAY SERVICE CENTERS:
HEAD START SERVICES: