LeeAnn Porter, founder and CEO, Loving Bottoms Diaper Bank
In the mid-1980s, a successful local artist, Len G. Everett, left a large part of his estate in the form of an endowment to our local United Way. In addition to being able to give 100% of every dollar we raise, we have been able to focus on regional needs. Over the last six years in particular, we have been able to bring numerous programs to the region that never before existed.
When our previous lease was up, our board of directors decided to invest in community again. There was a great need for a convening space, where nonprofits and the community could gather. A decision was made to expand our office to a place for everyone and our executive director got to work and secured numerous grants and donations to get this done.
We designed something that would feel comfortable, warm, accessible, accommodating, and productive. In addition to providing functional offices for nonprofits who serve our residents but do not have an office locally, or who needed a temporary setting away from the office for more focused work.
The Len Everett Center for Community Enrichment does not just house United Way's office, where a great deal is already taking place. In addition, we are home to Forefront's West Central Illinois office (one of only three in the state), two meeting rooms, a nonprofit resource center/library, and a public space for local groups and businesses to gather.
The following is available to all by appointment:
Whether it is a board meeting or a special gathering, the Center provides a place central to the region, free of charge, to any nonprofit or community business that needs it.
The nonprofit library provides a quiet, productive space for meetings, with free access to internet, a board room, and interactive meeting tools and educational opportunities.
Monmouth is now one of only a few destinations in the state to access a comprehensive link, free of charge, to area groups or nonprofits looking for additional grant opportunities. For those who need help, appointments can be made with specialists who can help those who may need extra assistance.