American Red Cross Blood Drives

American Red Cross Blood Drives

The American Red Cross Missing Type campaign continues to generate awareness of the need for new donors to help fill the gaps with much needed A’s, B’s and O’s, which make up the main blood types. Many new and lapsed donors have been inspired to make an appointment to give. However, there continues to be a critical need for donors of all types to give now. 

How to donate blood:

Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

 

Jefferson County Food Pantries: Updated MAY 2020

Jefferson County Food Pantries: Updated MAY 2020

Is food security an issue for your family? There are resources that can help! Although they may be following different protocol right now, food pantries are still open. Here are the Jefferson County area food pantries that are open and ready to help you:

 

 

Angels on Assignment: 1200 Broadway in Mt Vernon. Open Fridays from 9a-11a. You can come every 4 weeks. For questions please call 242-1108.

Central Christian Church: 301 N 10th St in Mt Vernon. The first Friday of the month, but you must call [242-4185] 2 weeks in advance to sign up. Every Thursday they hold a community dinner from 4:30p-6:30p please go to Door 7-for the Café.

Epworth United Methodist Church: 401 Main St. Mt Vernon. 3rd Thursday of the month, but you must call 242-5394 to sign up.

Feed my Sheep Ministries of So. Illinois: 175 S. Campground Rd in Bonnie. Tuesdays/Thursdays/Saturdays 9a-11a. For more information, please call 618-302-7661.

First Baptist Church of Woodlawn: N Central St in Woodlawn. First Friday of the month at 8a. For more information please call 618-735-2191.

His Hands Food Pantry: 1611 S 10th  St in Mt Vernon. Monday/Friday hours are from 8 am- 10:30 am. please bring a box or something sturdy to carry your food and products in. We have volunteers to help you carry if you are unable too. We ask that everyone wear a mask if possible. For more information please call 618-816-2036.

Mt Vernon Church of Christ: 4304 Illbery Rd in Mt Vernon. The 4th Wednesday of every monthat 6p. For more information please call 244-2905.

Park Ave. Baptist Church Food Pantry: 1100 Partridge Place in Mt Vernon. Monday/Wednesday/Friday 1p-3p. May come as often as needed. For more information please call 242-5068.

Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

 

 

 

 

 

 

About LIHEAP

The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) helps keep families safe and healthy through initiatives that assist families with energy costs. We provide federally funded assistance in managing costs associated with:

  • Home energy bills
  • Energy crises
  • Weatherization and energy-related minor home repairs

LIHEAP can help you stay warm in the winter and cool in the summer through programs that reduce the risk of health and safety problems that arise from unsafe heating and cooling practices.

LIHEAP Fact Sheet

Contact Us:

Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program
HHS, Administration For Children and Families
Office of Community Services, Division of Energy Assistance
Mary E. Switzer Building, 5th Floor West
330 C Street, SW
Washington, D.C. 20201

Phone Number: (202) 401-9351
Fax Number: (202) 401-5661

https://www.acf.hhs.gov/ocs/programs/liheap?fbclid=IwAR0BIjdsXoFV5uzqp2hA0XoMGxjimfh0XBuUfRxHWx7BI2WnXfMX5VX0iEw

JUNE 12: 6th Annual CASA Golf Outing-MT VERNON

JUNE 12: 6th Annual CASA Golf Outing-MT VERNON

Please join CASA for a four person Golf Scramble set for June 12, 2020 at Green Hills Golf Club in Mt. Vernon, IL.. Registration opens at 9:30 AM with a tee off scheduled for 10:30 AM. The price per a four person team is $350. This covers a hole sponsor, green fees, cart fees, lunch and all water, soda, and beer.

JUNE 20: BLUES & BREWS 10 YR ANNIVERSARY-MT VERNON

JUNE 20: BLUES & BREWS 10 YR ANNIVERSARY-MT VERNON

The Happening presents Blues and Brews 10 year celebration featuring an extended lineup of musicians from the past 10 years!

• Craft Beers
• Food Concessions
• Art & Merchandise

Stay tuned for the Music Lineup plus exclusive VIP opportunities

Mitchell House at Cedarhurst – Back Patio
Saturday, June 20th

Must be 18 to attend | CASH ONLY | No ATM on-site
Bring your lawn chairs | No coolers

Sponsors: Crossroads Community Hospital | Edward Jones – Michael and Tami Kroeschen | First Mid Bank & Trust Mt. Vernon | WSIU Public Radio & WSIU Public Television

JULY 1: CEDARHURST ART & CRAFT FAIR CALL FOR ARTISTS- MT VERNON

JULY 1: CEDARHURST ART & CRAFT FAIR CALL FOR ARTISTS- MT VERNON

The Cedarhurst Art & Craft Fair, a southern Illinois tradition, is celebrating its 44th year! Join us the weekend after Labor Day on the picturesque grounds at Cedarhurst Center for the Arts where the Fair attracts approximately 5 to 7,000 visitors. Our Fair is supported by the City of Mt. Vernon, the Mt. Vernon Convention / Tourism Bureau, plus regional, enthusiastic communities. We invite you to be a part of the weekend festival as we celebrate the finest in American hand-made craftsmanship. Our jury committee is looking for quality artisans in a variety of mediums. In addition to traditional artists and crafters, we welcome applications from Indie crafters, DIY crafters, and those with a unique or unconventional sense of aesthetics. Cedarhurst, a nonprofit arts foundation, hosts one of the longest running craft fairs in the country and we are proud of our long history of supporting the local fine craft movement and promoting growth and creative expression for all artists. In addition to shopping the quality artisan booths, our weekend festival features food vendors, beer tent, music, and a Kid Zone with make-and-take crafts. Visitors to the weekend Fair are encouraged to experience our 80 acre sculpture park and visit our indoor art museum galleries. Apply to the Cedarhurst Art & Craft Fair and see why our post-event artist surveys offer rewarding comments like: “what a beautiful setting for a craft fair!”; “A+ for hospitality”; and “we LOVE coming to Cedarhurst!” Artist Application and Instructions can be found at https://www.cedarhurst.org/ArtistsApplication.html OR Apply directly on Zapplication at https://www.zapplication.org/event-info.php?ID=8043

JULY-SEPTEMBER: MARKET DAYS- MT VERNON

JULY-SEPTEMBER: MARKET DAYS- MT VERNON

 

 

Market Days returns for its 7th season. Join us this summer! NEW this season, Market Days will be held on the SECOND Saturday of each month May through September. Market Days are Mt. Vernon’s very own flea market and vendor fair. Located at Veteran’s Park, 800 S. 27th St, Market Days offers both outdoor AND indoor booths each month. At Market Days, a variety of vendors sell diverse items such as antiques, collectibles, handmade items, plants, jewelry, blacksmith, flea market finds, produce, baked goods and more! Admission is FREE and kids inflatables are provided. The first 200 visitors to the market each month receive a free reusable tote bag. Visit, shop, and enjoy the fun atmosphere at Mt. Vernon’s Market Days! For more information on how to become a vendor please email grace.payne@mtvernon.com or call 618-242-3151.

AUGUST 1: ASH BASH 2020-MT VERNON

AUGUST 1: ASH BASH 2020-MT VERNON

Ash Bash is a Music Festival filled with tons of entertainment for the whole family ! Music , Live Auction , Raffles , Fun for the kiddos , Great Food , Alcohol Beverages & much more ! 100% of proceeds helps local cancer patients & Siteman Cancer Center . The event will be held at Roadhouse Harley Davidson located at 205 N 44th Street.

AUGUST 21-23: BALLOON FEST 2020- CENTRALIA

AUGUST 21-23: BALLOON FEST 2020- CENTRALIA

Centralia Balloon Fest is a three-day festival with 35 hot air balloons scheduled for 4 races and 2 balloon glows – with live concerts, food vendors, craft vendors, kids activities, car shows, and more!

$3 per person. $6 for a three-day pass. Kids under 6 are free!
More information coming soon!

AUGUST 22: Homebrewers Festival 2020- MT VERNON

AUGUST 22: Homebrewers Festival 2020- MT VERNON

Mt. Vernon’s hottest new festival is back for for 2020! Stay tuned to this event on Facebook at Mt. Vernon Homebrewers Festival for announcements and updates. This event sold out quickly last year, so you won’t want to miss your opportunity! The Mt. Vernon Homebrewers festival showcases the art of homebrewed beer, produced by local…Continue Reading

SEPTEMBER 25 & 26: FALL FEST 2020-MT VERNON

SEPTEMBER 25 & 26: FALL FEST 2020-MT VERNON

Get ready for the 9th Annual Mt. Vernon Fall Fest September 25-26. From Friday at 5 p.m. until Saturday at 10 p.m. entertainment at Fall Fest will return in full swing. Enjoy FREE live entertainment both days on the main stage. The Kids Zone, DMDC Cruise-In, Tri-State Treasure Hunt for Kids, Mt. Vernon Business Women’s…Continue Reading

OCTOBER 10: CELEBRATE CENTRALIA-ART/WINE/MUSIC FESTIVAL- CENTRALIA

OCTOBER 10: CELEBRATE CENTRALIA-ART/WINE/MUSIC FESTIVAL- CENTRALIA

A festival of Art, Wine and Music! Local artisans, musicians, crafters, wineries, craft brewers, and food vendors fill downtown Broadway Street. Enjoy visiting with old friends, jive to great music, and make new acquaintances as you stroll the various vendor art and craft booths. Enjoy local food and drink at this festival around the Carillon…Continue Reading