By: Diane Benjamin
A project took place locally last year that I knew nothing about. Start with this information:
Last year, the Tool Library distributed a housing assessment survey to the West Bloomington community. We discovered that, in West Bloomington alone, over 300 children between the ages of 3 and 15 are sleeping on the floor, in kitchens, in basements, and even their parent’s car because they do not have a bed of their own. As a result, these children are going to school exhausted – directly affecting their ability to perform well in their academics. Furthermore, they do not have a warm and cozy bed to look forward too during the cold Illinois winters. Our funding for the first Bed Blitz was enough to provide 42 children with beds of their own. This year, we aim to serve a considerably larger portion of our in-need families. One day soon, Bloomington will be the first town in the United States to proudly say “every child in Bloomington has a bed to lay their head.”
This group plans to do it again this year – but you can help them WIN money to build more beds!
Here’s the story: Bernzomatic.com/Grants
Find Your Fire
The 2016 Bernzomatic Find Your Fire Community Grants program celebrates the creativity and curiosity of makers all across the country who want to use their talents to make a difference. Makers all across the country shared their ideas. Now it’s your turn to help pick the most creative, community-minded projects.
The Bed Blitz project qualified as one of the finalists.
Find them on the link above and cast your vote for them. Then share the information on social media or with friends so they can vote too.
Bed Blitz is on the left side in the third row down.
Let’s help them help the kids and this great organization!