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MRI COVID-19 UPDATE 3.15.20

Please see this Plain-Language-Information-on-Coronavirus with tips on how you can use person first language to communicate COVID-19 to your person served.

March Employee of the Month

Happy March! Spring is just around the corner! With a new month beginning, MRI has chosen a new employee of the month.

Congratulations to Heike Owens, MRI’s March Employee of the Month. Heike is a member of our Community Day Services department.

Heike was nominated by several people in her department for all of her outstanding work. She was nominated because “she is always friendly to everyone and is very helpful in all areas that she is needed.” 

Congratulations again, Heike! We are happy to have you a part of the MRI team!

 

Spotlight: Prairie Melody & MRI

Thank you Prairie Melody Birdseed for providing work opportunities for individuals with developmental disabilities at MRI!

This past fall 2019, MRI had the opportunity to partner with Prairie Melody Birdseed and packaged 40,000 units for Prairie Melody’s new 99 Cents Only stores launch. Prairie Melody gave 16 of our individuals served a great job opportunity!

Click here to watch the video MRI made on the partnership between the two organizations.

Are you interested in partnering with MRI to provide work opportunities to adults with developmental disabilities? Please contact our Director of Sales and Production, Brad Auten, at 217.875.8810 or bauten@maconresources.org

MRI Kids Connection Summer Open House

 

Are you interested in having your child attend a camp during the day this summer?

Join MRI Kids Connection on Wednesday, March 4 from 4:30 – 6:30PM to get more information about our Summer Camps we will be offering.

  • Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) – Daily 90 minute sessions with a trained tech, assessments, plans and goals by a BCBA. For children ages 2 – 8. Parents must attend or contact Blaine Smith before this meeting to make other arrangements. 
  • Autism Social Skills Camp – 6 weeks of 3 hour intensive camp focused on individual goals to improve social skills. For children ages 10 – 16
  • Camp Earth – 6 weeks of summer camp focused on giving your child a chance to learn job skills and team work. For children ages 14 -21
  • Summer Speech – A chance for your child to have a continuation of speech during the school summer break.

We look forward to meeting you!

If you have any questions before the Summer Camp Open House, please call MRI Kids Connection at 217.429.105

 

 

Overcome Obstacles with MRI on Friday, April 24th!

Join MRIWAND TV and Cromwell Radio in overcoming obstacles in Central Park on Friday, April 24th. All funds raised from this years event will support the programs and services MRI provides over 800 children and adults in Macon county every year.

How can you help Overcome Obstacles? Click on one of the titles below to begin.
1. COLLECT PLEDGES TO COMPETE: Start your own fundraising page through our Facebook page and collect donations for MRI! Know someone who receives services at MRI? Pledge for them! Every person who raises $50 will receive a FREE Overcome Obstacles with MRI t-shirt and will have the opportunity to compete in our inflatable obstacle course at the event.

2. PRE-ORDER: Pre-ordering for Krispy Kreme doughnuts ($7/dozen) begins on Monday, March 30th!  NEW for 2020 Notorious P.I.G’s food truck will be in Central Park from 11AM-1PM serving up their delicious BBQ!

3. DONATE: MRI values the individuals we serve and your donations are what keep our doors open.

4. SPONSORIs your business interested in sponsoring an event that provides services and opportunities to individuals with developmental disabilities in Macon County? Click SPONSOR to see opportunities available.

MRI helps over 800 children and adults with disabilities in our community overcome obstacles each day. We invite you to join us in celebrating their achievements and testing yourself in overcoming similar obstacles.

Krispy Kreme doughnuts ($7 per box) can be picked up at the event in Central Park or delivered (orders of 10 or more). To pre-order (starting Monday, March 30th) : CALL 217.875.8850 | EMAIL rmoran@maconresources.org |

NEW FOR 2020

Overcome Obstacles Corporate Sponsor: Form an Overcome Obstacles team with your co-workers! Your team can be as big or small as you want – team fundraising commitments start at $50 per person to come compete in the obstacle course. Besides bragging rights…teams that raise at least $500 to compete in the obstacle course by April 3rd will get their company logo listed on our Overcome Obstacles banner

OO School Challenge: Recruit a minimum of 16 students from your school to commit to raising at least $50 each for MRI. Get creative with extra fundraiser ideas your school can do to raise additional funds (like a dress up day) …there might be a special incentive for the school that raises the most money!

 

Introducing MRI’s New Programs!

 

February has been a very busy month for MRI!

This month we have welcomed not one, not two, but 22 different classes in our Community Day Service program! We are so excited to be able to offer these weekly programs to help our individuals be able to try “out of the ordinary” extracurricular programs.

  • Sports Club
  • Shakespeare Corrected with Millikin University
  • Hair & Makeup
  • Beginner Reading Group
  • Karli’s Music Jam
  • Bible Study
  • Spanish Club
  • Advanced Reading Group
  • Swimming at the YMCA
  • Creative Writing
  • Board Game Club
  • Line Dance Club
  • MRI Choir
  • Canvas Painting
  • Science Club
  • Women’s Group
  • Cooking
  • Clay Workshop
  • Art Journaling
  • Nails
  • Intermediate Reading Group

Our individuals have loved participating and trying out all of the new classes that Community Day Service group leaders and case managers have created just for them! We cannot wait to see how their skills in all of these new programs grow in the next coming weeks.

Scroll down to see more pictures of our individuals participating in our new programs!

 

Persons served attending their very first class of creative writing.

Community Day Service Participant, Karen creating her first clay pot in Clay Workshop. 

Persons served learning about Vincent van Gogh in their new class, Canvas Painting.

Persons served having a fun time playing Candy Land in Board Game Club. 

Persons served learning numbers and every day works in their first class of Spanish Club. 

Night to Shine 2020

We are excited to co-host Night to Shine for a second year sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation with First Christian Church and GT Church! This is a special prom night experience for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities ages 14 and up. Night to Shine will take place on February 7, 2020. If you would like to volunteer for this amazing night, use the online Volunteer Registration.

If you would like to register your loved one to attend Night to Shine, use the online Honored Guest Registration.

Sponsorship information for Night to Shine 2020 is now available! Night to Shine Sponsorship Menu 2020
Donate Online to Night to Shine.

Please contact Rachel Moran, MRI Director of Development, for sponsorship inquiries at 217.875.8850 or Rmoran@maconresources.org

Meet MRI’s Fall Interns!

This fall semester MRI has had the privilege of having 4 great interns work with our persons served and gain real-world experience.

Meet MRI’s Fall Human Resources Intern, Ethan Meyer!

Ethan is a senior at Millikin University and is wrapping up his Fall HR Internship with MRI. He will be graduating May 2020 and is excited to begin his career in HR.

MRI sat down with Ethan and asked him how his Fall internship experience was before he finished.

“MRI’s overall mission and community involvement really stood out to me. I’ve always been about helping people and I really admire the organization. When my internship coordinator at Millikin told me that there was an HR internship available at MRI, I was completely on board! I want to go into Human Resources when I graduate so this was a great opportunity for me.”

After Ethan graduates from Millikin he would love to work in Human Resources out in California. “I have family in California and it would be great to be close to them and experience all the opportunities California has to offer.”

As for what Ethan has learned during his time at MRI, he says he has learned so much! “I’ve enhanced my public speaking skills as well as how to conduct myself in a professional work space. I’ve also gained new friends and overall had a great experience and can’t thank MRI enough!”

Also meet MRI’s Music Interns- Emily Kouzios, Kaela Adams and Demetri Sepsis!

Just beginning their freshman year at Millikin University, Emily, Kaela and Demetri want to begin real-world experience. After meeting MRI’s recruiter at a Career Fair at Millikin and realizing MRI was looking for a music intern, the three friends got together to start planning out the idea for a music internship program at MRI.

Emily, Kaela and Demetri have loved their internship experience at MRI so far! “We’ve really enjoyed getting to know the individuals MRI serves and seeing how much fun they have singing the songs we bring them each week.”

We wish Ethan, Emily, Kaela and Demetri the best of luck with their finals and future endeavors!

 

If you are interested in learning more about the internships MRI offers, please contact Lyric Smith – MRI Recruiter/Generalist at 875.8802 or lsmith@maconresources.org

United Way Campaign Week

  

What a busy, but fun week at MRI!

October 28th – November 1st was the United Way Campaign Week. The week was designed to raise money for the United Way internally.

MRI had so many fun activities to help raise money for United Way, but also had fun activities that their individuals served were able to participate in.

  • Monday, October 28: MRI Spirit Day & Chili Cook-off
  • Tuesday, October 29: Pajama Day & Family Feud
  • Wednesday, October 30: Wacky Tacky Day & Dessert Cart
  • Thursday, October 31: Happy Halloween Trick-or-Treat & Dance
  • Friday, November 1: Fan Favorite Day & Talent Show

It was such a fun week spent with friends and so many new memories were made. United Way supports MRI throughout the entire year so it was amazing to see all the support MRI was giving back to United Way.

Check out our photos from the week below!

      

November Employee of the Month

 

Happy November! With a new month beginning that means MRI has chosen a new employee of the month.

Congratulations to Doug Carlson, MRI’s November Employee of the Month. Doug is a member of our maintenance department at MRI.

Doug was nominated by several people in the Admin and Production department. He was nominated because “he is always willing to help others, no matter what the request. Doug has the best attitude and is extremely caring and has great relationships with the individuals we serve.”

Congratulations again, Doug! We are happy to call you MRI’s employee of the month!

 

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