Join MRI, WAND TV and Cromwell Radio in overcoming obstacles in Central Park on Friday, April 26. This year we have a goal of raising $50,000 and funds raised will go towards a new basketball court and other inclusive outdoor recreational opportunities for the people we serve in Meaningful Meadows. Learn more about Meaningful Meadows.
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 and collect donations for MRI! Know someone who receives services at MRI? Pledge for them!
2. PRE-ORDER: Krispy Kreme doughnuts ($7/dozen) or MRI Creative Catering boxed lunches ($7/box) including a pulled pork sandwich, potato salad, chips, cookie, and a Pepsi product.
3. DONATE: MRI values the individuals we serve and your donations are what keep our doors open.
4. SPONSOR: Is 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) and boxed lunches ($7 per box) can be picked up at the event in Central Park or delivered (orders of 10 or more). To pre-order : CALL 217.875.8850 | EMAIL email@example.com | ONLINE ORDERING
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it’s National Joke Day and we are definitely celebrating at MRI! Check out some of our favorite jokes and jokesters below.
“Knock Knock” “Who’s there” “Who” “Who who?” “Who you!”- Tonya
“Why did he throw the alarm clock out the window?” “To see time fly!”
“Where does the vampire keep his money?” “The blood bank!”
“What kind of watch does a witch wear?” “A witch watch!”
“Knock knock” “Who’s there?” “Banana” “Banana who?” “Let’s split!” – Reene
“What did the cow say to the farmer?” “Mooooooooooooove it!”
“How come the alligator couldn’t see where to go?” “He had no glasses!”
“If the red house is on the left and the blue house is on the right, where is the white house?”
“Washington, DC!” – Becky
“Knock knock” “Who’s there?” “Hello” “Hello who?” “Hello my hairy leg!” – Greg
“Did you hear about the man who stole all the plumbing from the police department?”
“The police had nothing to go on!” – Noah
“Why is a bad joke like a pencil?” “Because it has no point!” – Morgan
“How do all the oceans say hello to each other?” “They wave!” – Janet
“Knock knock” “Who’s there?” “Apple” “Apple who?” “Do you want a candy apple?” – Chasidee
“Susie came home from school and her mom said, ‘what did you learn in school today?’
and Susie said, ‘not enough because they want me to come back tomorrow!'” – Amy
Rodney is a MRI Day Training participant. This means he spends his weekdays at MRI learning new skills and participating in classes like Sign Language, Music and, his favorite, Bible Study. Rachel interviewed Rodney a few weeks ago and we got to know a few of his favorite things.
Rodney loves cats, in fact, they are his favorite animal! His best friend is fellow Day Training participant and Agency Greeter Lynn. He enjoys running outside and watching TV. Rodney’s favorite color is red, which he expresses through clothing.
When asked what makes him happy, Rodney answered, “going to church and eating, drinking Pepsi, listening to music and helping others.”
Something Rodney enjoys that he did not mention is his pen collection. Rodney collects all kinds of pens! He has thousands of working and non working pens in his collection. A few weeks ago, an MRI visitor even donated a large envelope of pens to him! (You can check out that story here.) His favorite pens are Papermates.
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#ILGive to MRI
Join MRI on May 30 & May 31 for ILGive Community Fundraising Day!
What is #ILGive? It’s a day devoted to giving back to non-profits in your community. Join us and give back to MRI as we serve over 800 children and adults with disabilities right here in Macon County.
Join MRI as we hit the green to give back in the 25th Annual MRI Charity Golf Outing on Monday, June 5 at South Side Country Club. The $560 registration fee includes one team of four players, golf fees, carts, lunch, drinks, a goody bag and dinner.
*Four person scramble
*Registration and lunch begin at 11:30 am
*Shotgun start at 1:00 pm
*Dinner & prizes at 5:30 pm
Contact Melanie Bilbrey at 217.875.8850 or MBilbrey@maconresources.org to register.
All proceeds benefit MRI (Macon Resources, Inc.), the largest service provider for children and adults with disabilities in the Mid-West. Each year, MRI serves over 800 children and adults with disabilities in job placement, day training, after school care, inclusive day care, community involvement and more!
THANK YOU to our major sponsors:
Jerger Pediatric Dentistry
John & Rita Mickler
R.V. Evans Company
Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.
Illini Pharmacy Services
Carroll & Kay Scrogin
Parke & Son, inc.
Hickory Point Bank
Miles Chevrolet/Crown Toyota Nissan
Meet Tony, a MRI Day Vocational Training participant. Tony may be blind, but that doesn’t stop him from pursuing his passions, including music. Tony taught himself to play piano by ear at the age of five. However, his musical abilities don’t stop there! Tony can also play keyboard, auto harp and sing.
MRI clients and employees can hear Tony’s music around lunchtime. Monday – Friday from 11:00 am – 12:00 pm Tony plays piano outside the cafeteria so those who are eating lunch can enjoy some smooth tunes. Tony enjoys playing the piano because other people enjoy it. One of his favorite things to do is make new friends and he feels he does this best through music.
Tony used to travel around to various nursing homes and libraries to play piano for the guests. He hopes to start doing that again soon so he can continue meeting new people. His current goal is to create a CD and hear himself on the radio.
When Tony is not playing one of the various instruments he enjoys, he can be found bowling with his friends, hanging out with his girlfriend or watching a classic Western film.
MRI’s Our Voice Through Art has allowed Olivia to gain confidence, make friends and think outside the box. Through the class, she has been able to explore various materials, which has shown her how to look at the world differently.
Olivia’s communication skills have also improved as she becomes more comfortable asking for help, sharing materials and complimenting others’ work. She even carries on conversations with her peers as they complete their artwork.
But most importantly, her mom explains, “she feels a part of something. She feels important.”
Our Voice Through Art, a local program providing art classes for teens and adults with disabilities, will now be offered through MRI.
Our Voice Through Art began when Jarrett Sekosky, who is on the Autism spectrum and has very little verbal communication, discovered he was able to express himself through art. Since then, Jarrett, his family and his supporters have been working hard to share this connection with other individuals with disabilities in the community. Our Voice Through Art offers multiple six-week sessions per year, with the next session starting February 7. Each session is led by Argenta-Orena art teacher Jodi England with her assistant Terri Ellis and varying guest artists. Each week, the class focuses on a different form of art ranging from drawing to sculpting and more!
Follow Our Voice Through Art on Facebook to stay connected with what we’re doing. For more information or to register for the upcoming session call MRI at 217-875-8850 or email MBilbrey@maconresources.org.