#AuroraChamber News for Week of Jan. 22, 2018

January 22nd, 2018

Economic Pulse Survey will be released
Wednesday.

Aurora Chamber

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Member News »
Public Policy Update »
Elite Members »
New Members »
Calendar of Events »

Leadership Academy 2018 Apps Available

The Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce Leadership Academy is offered to representatives of member businesses and organizations and is designed to prepare a select group of qualified candidates for future leadership roles in the Aurora area.Established in 1979, the Aurora Chamber’s Leadership Academy has a rich history of providing confidence, knowledge, professionalism, and strong leadership skills that not only benefit the attendee but also their employers. The goal is simple: To create a development opportunity for graduates to serve and enhance themselves, their employers, and the community.Over the past 35 years, more than 800 community leaders have participated in the program. Many have gone on to lead local businesses and organizations. Some have gone on to public office. All have left their mark on the community.

Our community needs you! Realize your potential to make a difference in the Aurora region. The program begins Friday, March 2.

Class size is limited. Applications and tuition will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. Applicants must possess a sincere interest in serving the community.

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2018 Economic Pulse Survey, Lunch Scheduled

The third annual Aurora Regional Economic Pulse Survey will be released Wednesday. Your input is invited to help gauge the economic pulse of our region and help identify trends and opportunities to partner with business organizations to support regional employers.If you have not received the link, please let us know.Results of the survey will be shared at the third annual Economic Pulse Lunch on Thursday, Feb. 15, at Stonebridge Country Club. Sponsors of the annual program include Old Second National Bank, Dolan & Murphy, Invest Aurora, Konen Insurance Agency.

For details, please contact Maureen Gasek.

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Member News

If you have news to share with your fellow members, please forward to info@aurorachamber.com. Be sure and check out our blog and social media for what’s happening in our region.
Make One Call, Begin the Journey »
Feb. 2: Wear Red to Show Support for Women’s Health »
Experienced and Energetic Team to Lead City’s Economic Development »Prisco Center Renovations Resume with $2 Million State Grant »
VNA to Host Volunteer Open House Jan. 17 in Aurora »
Cervical Cancer Awareness Month: VNA Health Care Offers Screening »Library to Host Job Fair for Youth »
Section of River Street to Close Until 2019 »

Public Policy Update

For the latest in public policy news, be sure and like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter. Visit the Chamber blog:
Ill. GA Session Cancelled this Week »
IDES Reports Unemployment Insurance Rate Cut »
Illinois Rolls Back LLC Fees »
Ill. Budget Revenues Up »
Illinois Higher Education »
Illinois Budget, Bonds »
Illinois Jobs »
Your Help Is Needed; Please Take Survey on Industry, Employability Competencies »

Elite Members

 +Intention      95.9 The River      Aaron’s      Above Board Indoor Environmental 
 Accurate Personnel      Advance Auto Parts      Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.      Aurora Bank & Trust      Aurora Limousine      Aurora University      Baird & Warner – Holli
Thurston 
     Beans Greens Proteins      Caterpillar, Inc.      Chicago Steel Hockey Team      City Segment      ComEd      Company 251      Comprehensive Prosthetics and
Orthotics 
     Copy King Office Solutions, Inc. 
 Country Financial – West Aurora      CyrusOne      Do or Dye Designs      Dolan & Murphy      Downtown Auroran Magazine      Eagle Digital Marketing      Endiro Coffee      First Secure Community Bank      Gateway Mortgage Group      Jiffy Lube Multi-Care      Kluber Architects + Engineers       Konen Insurance Agency, Inc.      Magick Woods, Inc.      Magnetrol International, Inc.      MedCom Group, LLC      Meyer Wealth Advisors      Midwest Coach Limousine, Inc.      Mitutoyo America Corporation      Mooney & Thomas P.C.      Old Second National Bank      OnLight Aurora      Painters District Council 30      Palo Creative, PLL      Paramount Arts Centre      Pilmer Real Estate      Plum Landing Retirement Community 
 Presence Mercy Medical Center      Pure Skin Solutions, LLC      R.C. Wegman Construction Company 
 Rasmussen College      Rich Harvest Farms      Rush Copley Medical Center      S&S Metal Recyclers II      Scientel Solutions      ServPro of Aurora      Sign*A*Rama      SmithAmundsen, LLC      Staffing Network, LLC & QPA  
 Staffmark      Steffes & Associates Language and Translation
(SALT) 
     Stonebridge Country Club      Two Brothers Roundhouse      Valley Fastener Group, LLC      VivirMED, LLC      The Voice      Waubonsee Community College      Weldstar Company      Woodforest National Bank      World Finance Corporation      WSPY 

New Members

Elkins Technologies, Inc.
Mark Elkins
Aurora, IL
(630) 499-0198
Contractor Services

Calendar of Events

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, Jan. 25, 8 – 9:30a.m.
Pomegranate Restaurant, 55 S. Commons Dr.
Sponsored by World Finance CorporationGrand Re-Opening: Balderas Beauty Salon
Friday, Jan. 26, 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
25 N. Broadway, Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 4 p.m.2018 Economic Pulse Luncheon
Thursday, Feb. 15, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Stonebridge Country Club, 2705 Stonebridge Blvd., Aurora

Leadership Academy Applications Due
Friday, Feb. 23, 8:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce
43 W. Galena Blvd., Aurora

Grand Re-Opening: Comprehensive Prosthetics & Orthotics
Tuesday, Feb. 27, 8:30 – 10 a.m.
66 West Miller Drive, North Aurora

Ribbon Cutting @ 9 a.m.

Leadership Academy Kick-off
Friday, Mar. 2, 8:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce
43 W. Galena Blvd., Aurora

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Feb. 2: Wear Red to Show Support for Women’s Health

January 22nd, 2018

The first Friday of February is National Go Red for Women Day, when we encourage folks to wear red as a way to show support for women’s heart health. This year, February 2 is the date, and it’s a great way to kick off National Heart Month.

It is no coincidence that National Heart Month is celebrated during February: The heart is the very symbol of the month’s most celebrated holiday, Valentine’s Day. We know that heart disease is the leading cause of death in Kane County, which is why the Health Department’s Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) identifies chronic disease as one of the major threats to community health and well-being.

According to the American Heart Association, heart disease and stroke cause 1 in 3 deaths among women each year, killing approximately one woman every 80 seconds. That’s why we say “Go red for women!” Don’t forget to make your heart health a priority. Schedule your prevention check-up so your doctor can measure blood pressure, check cholesterol and look for signs of heart disease, stroke and other illnesses.

Heart disease doesn’t affect all women alike, and the warning signs for women aren’t the same in men. What’s more, these facts only begin to scratch the surface. There are several misconceptions about heart disease in women, and they could be putting you at risk. The American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women movement advocates for more research and swifter action for women’s heart health for this very reason.

Ill. GA Session Cancelled this Week

January 22nd, 2018

The House was the only chamber that was scheduled to come in this week (Tuesday and Wednesday only).  However, the Speaker’s chief of staff put out a memo to lawmakers this afternoon advising members and staff that they would not be convening session next week.  Both the House and Senate are scheduled to be in session the following week for the governor’s state of the state address (Jan. 31).  However, little is likely to be done that week.

Jan. 15 2018 Member News from #AuroraChamber

January 15th, 2018

Leadership Academy 2018 Apps
Available

Aurora Chamber

  In This Issue  

Leadership Academy 2018 Apps Available »
2018 Economic Pulse Survey, Lunch Scheduled »
Premier Investors »
Member News »
Public Policy Update »
Elite Members »
New Members »
Calendar of Events »

Leadership Academy 2018 Apps Available

The Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce Leadership
Academy is offered to representatives of member businesses and
organizations and is designed to prepare a select group of qualified
candidates for future leadership roles in the Aurora area.

Established in 1979, the Aurora Chamber’s Leadership Academy has a rich
history of providing confidence, knowledge, professionalism, and strong
leadership skills that not only benefit the attendee but also their
employers. The goal is simple: To create a development opportunity for
graduates to serve and enhance themselves, their employers, and the
community.

Over the past 35 years, more than 800 community
leaders have participated in the program. Many have gone on to lead local
businesses and organizations. Some have gone on to public office. All have
left their mark on the community.

Our community needs you!
Realize your potential to make a difference in the Aurora region. The
program begins Friday, March 2.

Class size is limited.
Applications and tuition will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve
basis. Applicants must possess a sincere interest in serving the community.

DETAILS»

2018 Economic
Pulse Survey, Lunch Scheduled

The third annual Aurora Regional Economic Pulse Survey
will be released Wednesday. Your input is invited to help gauge the
economic pulse of our region and help identify trends and opportunities to
partner with business organizations to support regional employers.

If you do not receive the link on Wednesday, please let us know.

Results of the survey will be shared at the third annual
Economic Pulse Lunch on Thursday, Feb. 15, at Stonebridge Country Club.
Sponsors of the annual program include Old Second Bank, Dolan & Murphy,
and Invest Aurora.

For details, please contact Maureen Gasek.

Premier Investors

Premier Investors

Member News

If you have news to share with your fellow members,
please forward to info@aurorachamber.com. Be sure
and check out our blog and social media for what’s happening in our
region.
Experienced and Energetic Team to Lead City’s Economic Development »
Prisco Center Renovations Resume with $2 Million State Grant »
VNA to Host Volunteer Open House Jan. 17 in Aurora »
Cervical Cancer Awareness Month: VNA Health Care Offers Screening »
Library to Host Job Fair for Youth »
Section of River Street to Close Until 2019 »

Public Policy Update

For the latest in public policy news, be sure and like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter. Visit the Chamber blog:
IDES Reports Unemployment Insurance Rate Cut »
Illinois Rolls Back LLC Fees »
Ill. Budget Revenues Up »
Illinois Higher Education »
Illinois Budget, Bonds »
Illinois Jobs »
Your Help Is Needed; Please Take Survey on Industry, Employability Competencies »

Elite Members

 +Intention      95.9 The River      Aaron’s      Above Board Indoor Environmental 
 Accurate Personnel      Advance Auto Parts      Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.      Aurora Bank & Trust      Aurora Limousine      Aurora University      Baird & Warner – Holli
Thurston 
     Beans Greens Proteins      Caterpillar, Inc.      Chicago Steel Hockey Team      City Segment      ComEd      Company 251      Comprehensive Prosthetics and
Orthotics 
     Copy King Office Solutions, Inc. 
 Country Financial – West Aurora      CyrusOne      Do or Dye Designs      Dolan & Murphy      Downtown Auroran Magazine      Eagle Digital Marketing      Endiro Coffee      First Secure Community Bank      Gateway Mortgage Group      Jiffy Lube Multi-Care      Kluber Architects + Engineers       Konen Insurance Agency, Inc.      Magick Woods, Inc.      Magnetrol International, Inc.      MedCom Group, LLC      Meyer Wealth Advisors      Midwest Coach Limousine, Inc.      Mitutoyo America Corporation      Mooney & Thomas P.C.      Old Second National Bank      OnLight Aurora      Painters District Council 30      Palo Creative, PLL      Paramount Arts Centre      Pilmer Real Estate      Plum Landing Retirement Community 
 Presence Mercy Medical Center      Pure Skin Solutions, LLC      R.C. Wegman Construction Company 
 Rasmussen College      Rich Harvest Farms      Rush Copley Medical Center      S&S Metal Recyclers II      Scientel Solutions      ServPro of Aurora      Sign*A*Rama      SmithAmundsen, LLC      Staffing Network, LLC & QPA  
 Staffmark      Steffes & Associates Language and Translation
(SALT) 
     Stonebridge Country Club      Two Brothers Roundhouse      Valley Fastener Group, LLC      VivirMED, LLC      The Voice      Waubonsee Community College      Weldstar Company      Woodforest National Bank      World Finance Corporation      WSPY 

New Members

Comfort Inn & Suites
Nehal Patel
308 S. Lincolnway, North Aurora
(630) 897-7695
Hotels

Calendar of
Events

Coffee & Connections Networking
Tuesday, Jan. 16, 8:30 – 10 a.m.
Painters District No.30, 1905 Sequoia Drive, Aurora
Sponsorships Available

Fox Valley Networking Professionals
Thursday, Jan. 25, 8 – 9:30 a.m.
Pomegranate Restaurant, 55 S. Commons Dr.
Sponsored by World Finance Corporation

Grand Re-Opening: Balderas Beauty Salon
Friday, Jan. 26, 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
25 N. Broadway, Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 4 p.m.

2018 Economic Pulse Luncheon
Thursday, Feb. 15, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Stonebridge Country Club, 2705 Stonebridge Blvd., Aurora

Leadership Academy Applications Due
Friday, Feb. 23, 8:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce
43 W. Galena Blvd., Aurora

Grand Re-Opening: Comprehensive Prosthetics & Orthotics
Tuesday, Feb. 27, 8:30 – 10 a.m.
66 West Miller Drive, North Aurora
Ribbon Cutting @ 9 a.m.

Leadership Academy Kick-off
Friday, Mar. 2, 8:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce
43 W. Galena Blvd., Aurora

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43 W. Galena Blvd.
Aurora, IL 60506
Phone: (630) 256-3180
Fax: (630) 256-3189

www.aurorachamber.com

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Experienced and Energetic Team to Lead City’s Economic Development

January 15th, 2018

In his first monthly Facebook Live chat of the new year, Mayor Richard C. Irvin called them the “dynamic duo” as he introduced the new team leading the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development.

“We have established the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development as we partner with Invest Aurora to take development in Aurora to the next level,” said Irvin. “I’ve been saying our goal is to have more shovels in the ground, cranes in the sky, ribbons cut and doors opened. David Dibo and Donald Hughes certainly have the experience and energy to help us do just that.”
Both approved by the Aurora City Council at the end of last year, Dibo serves as Director of Economic Development and Hughes serves as the Downtown Development Coordinator.
Dibo

A seasoned real estate professional and development consultant, Dibo brings more than three decades of experience to the table.

A graduate of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in economics, his breadth of economic development success spans New York to Washington DC to Chicago. Dibo worked for VMS Realty Group, which was the second largest hotel owner in the United States at the time, with a portfolio of Four Seasons, Hyatt and Holiday Inn Hotels as well as major office, residential, retail, industrial and land holdings. There, he purchased and sold the company’s most profitable assets. He also led the restructuring and sale of a hotel portfolio for a Xerox affiliate that soon transitioned to Morgan Stanley.
Most recently, Dibo made his Aurora connections during his tenure as Senior Vice President at Centrue Bank, a recently-sold one billion dollar publicly traded bank based in Illinois. Recruited by the executives of the bank to help turn the bank back to profitability, Dibo used a proactive entrepreneurial approach to negotiate, reposition, sell assets and help finance creative transactions, such as the transformation of the Comfort Suites to the Holiday Inn & Suites on Broadway in Aurora. Dibo has been a guest lecturer on the industry at the University of Pennsylvania, Cornell University and Northwestern University.
 “What I’ve learned about doing real estate throughout the world is that people have different perspectives,” said Dibo. “You have unique insight from those who grew up in an area.  On the other hand, sometimes it’s good to have someone from an outside perspective. I have the latter and look forward to working collaboratively with those who have the former.”
Hughes

Hughes also brings a fresh perspective, but he is very familiar with Aurora through his work with the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP).

After working for more than two years to help develop the Downtown Master Plan for Aurora, which won the Kane County 2017 Plan of the Year Award, Donald Hughes transitioned from his position at CMAP to join the City of Aurora as Downtown Development Coordinator.
“I fell in love the first time I drove through downtown Aurora,” said Hughes. “Broadway is one of the most amazing views. So many communities have lost those good bones in their downtown. Aurora still has it. It has so much greatness and potential.”
A native of Peoria, Illinois, Hughes earned his Bachelor in Sociology from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and his Masters of Urban Planning from the University of Illinois where he focused on community development for social justice.
He developed neighborhood revitalization strategies and collaborated with neighborhood organizations on community revitalization efforts in Peoria. His desire to implement change in communities took him throughout the country where he served as market research analyst in Dallas, Texas and the senior planner in Garland, Texas. Hughes returned to the Midwest, where he continued his real estate, market analysis and economic development work at CMAP. Hughes is a member of the International Economic Development Council, the Urban Land Institute, the Commercial Real Estate Development Association and the International Council of Shopping Centers.
“These two gentlemen have a strong history in and passion for economic and community development,” said Irvin.  “Without question, Aurora is open and ready for business.”
The Mayor’s Office of Economic Development will collaborate with Invest Aurora and the Aurora Economic Development Commission, which will be relaunched this year, to focus on new development opportunities in Aurora.

Prisco Center Renovations Resume with $2 Million State Grant

January 12th, 2018

Fitness center expansion will triple current space amid new amenities

After a three-year hiatus, the Prisco Community Center is back in line for a major overhaul that will include expansion of the fitness center and increased capacity for youth and adult programming.

The project is made possible by a $2 million grant award the Fox Valley Park District received from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR). It’s part of the Park and Recreational Facility Construction (PARC) program that provides state funding for renovation/construction of indoor recreation facilities.

Fox Valley was originally awarded the grant in 2014. However, shortly thereafter, the state froze all such grants as part of a state-wide budget review.

The project will essentially create a new fitness center in Prisco and triple the current space (about 1,500 square feet) to over 5,000 square feet. The added space will allow for greater group and senior fitness facilities, renovated locker rooms, accessibility improvements and flexible space opportunities with multi-purpose rooms for program activities, events and rentals.

It also meets growing demands at both ends of the demographic spectrum, bringing early childhood/youth programming and senior/active adult programming to an area where such opportunities are needed.

A recent District-wide survey of residents indicated a high demand for adult fitness, as well as early childhood programming.

“We’re thrilled to move forward with this project that will address many of our residents’ wishes,” said Executive Director Jim Pilmer. “We are thankful to the state for the funding assistance, and to our residents for their input that guides our planning.

“It’s essential that we meet the fitness needs across all age groups and demographics in our communities, and this project will allow us to do that.”

Centrally located – just north of downtown Aurora – the Prisco Center is a hub of activity in a busy area, with an approximate population of 60,000 residents living within a two-mile radius.

Completion of the project is expected in July 2018.

IDES Reports Unemployment Insurance Rate Cut

January 9th, 2018

IDES reports major unemployment insurance rate cut. The rate cut comes in the form of lower taxes imposed on Illinois wages through mandatory contributions to the state Unemployment Insurance (UI) trust fund. In prosperous times, the State is required by law to reduce the rate of contributions that it imposes on employers as a tax. With the State’s economy relatively prosperous, the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) at year-end 2017 is asking for $1.8 billion/year in mandatory (i.e. tax) contributions, a decline of $800 million/year from the $2.6 billion/year demanded by IDES four years ago at year-end 2013.

UI contributions are not officially counted as “taxes,” but employers have to pay them; they are a supplemental cost to the Illinois economy and are imposed on the employer/employee relationship. Furthermore, to the extent that employees are paid market rates for their labor, UI taxes are a hidden tax upon labor. Instead of paying money to an employee as wages or benefits, the employer is required to pay part of the money to the State to create the fund that pays unemployment benefits. The drop in Illinois UI contributions/taxes reduces this burden throughout the state. This trend could, however, be reversed upon the next economic downturn that requires substantial UI payments to be made to unemployed workers. News of the UI contributions cut was shared with the business/labor community at the fourth-quarter 2017 meeting of IDES’ Employment Security Advisory Board.

Illinois Rolls Back LLC Fees

January 9th, 2018

State rolls back LLC fees, slashing filing costs for small businesses. Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed legislation that substantially reduces startup, annual filing and other fees for limited liability companies (LLCs), the organizational structure preferred by many of Illinois’ 1.2 million small businesses.

The new law will encourage more businesses to form in Illinois rather than go to other states to escape high fees. Effective immediately, the filing fee for new LLCs drops to $150 from $500 and annual report fees drop to $75 from $250. Previously, Illinois charged fees that were among the highest in the nation.

“This is a step in the right direction for our small businesses,” Rauner said. “The new rates are more competitive with other states. By easing the fee burden for LLCs here, we are sending a message to entrepreneurs and small business owners in Illinois: Start here and stay here.”

The governor signed the bill in the presence of dozens of small business advocates gathered at Level Office, an LLC that provides shared office space for startups. Level Office began in Chicago and now has facilities across the country.

“This is a clear win for business in Illinois,” Rauner said as he penned the legislation into law to rounds of applause.

Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity Director Sean McCarthy said reducing LLC fees sends a positive signal.

“We support businesses that are looking to grow, invest and create new jobs in our state, regardless of their size,” McCarthy said. “SB 867 helps alleviate unnecessary burdens to allow Illinois businesses to thrive.”

State legislators also hailed the action.

“It’s about time,” cheered Rep. Mark Batinick, R-Plainfield, a chief co-sponsor in the House. “This should be just the first step of many to make Illinois a more business-friendly place.”

“This legislation provides some relief for the small business owners, who drive the Illinois economy,” added state Rep. David S. Olsen, R-Downers Grove. “It sends a clear message to those who provide jobs in our state that we want to ease their burden so they will remain and expand their businesses here. I look forward to continuing to work with my colleagues to find more comprehensive measures that will provide tangible relief for business owners across our state.”

State Rep. Peter Breen, R-Lombard, said landing a more competitive stance with neighboring states on the LLC fee front is a key step for Illinois.

“We need further significant reform to our state’s business laws and regulations to help small businesses create more good-paying jobs in our state,” he added.

Ill. Budget Revenues Up

January 9th, 2018

Revenues up, but overall budget picture clouded by poor retail spending numbers. The December 2017 State revenue report by the Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability (COGFA) shows that State revenues rose by $438 million over comparable levels in December 2016, an increase of 15.4%. This increase is helping to pay off some of the $8.7 billion backlog of unpaid State bills.

However, the Commission’s economic team has called the General Assembly’s attention to areas of weakness within the revenue numbers. Sales tax receipts declined by 4%, or $34 million, on a year-over-year basis within the overall revenue increase. The poor sales tax numbers were attributed by economists to the continuing challenges faces by participants in the U.S. retail sector.

The Commission also briefed General Assembly members on the overall performance of the Illinois economy, relative to other states, during the 10 years that have taken place since the start in 2007-08 of the “Great Recession.” Illinois’ economy has underperformed its Midwestern neighbors and has not grown as fast as the U.S economy as a whole. Declines have been concentrated in: (a) construction, and (b) the manufacturing of durable goods such as machinery and fabricated metal products. Within the overall decline in manufacturing have been bright spots in the manufacturing of nondurable goods such as chemicals and refined oil products.

VNA to Host Volunteer Open House Jan. 17 in Aurora

January 9th, 2018

VNA Health Care is hosting a volunteer open house on Wednesday, January 17 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at its location at 400 N. Highland Avenue in Aurora.

“Our volunteer program is expanding and offers many interesting opportunities for community members looking for ways to give back,” says Johnna Mortenson, outreach and philanthropy associate.

Volunteer opportunities include working in the Healthy Lifestyle Center & Wellness Kitchen, the heart of VNA’s community wellness program. This area includes a commercial kitchen for preparing and demonstrating healthy cooking and a classroom space for wellness and fitness programs. Volunteers are an important part of VNA’s wellness program and are needed to assist with food prep, assist with class organization, lead walking clubs and more. Other volunteer roles include patient greeters, clerical workers, storytime readers, and bilingual community outreach. For more information about volunteering, call (630) 892-4355, extension 8382.

VNA Health Care provides affordable health care to 65,000 women, men and children living primarily in Kane, DuPage, and Will counties.  VNA runs ten community health centers and is nationally ranked as a top performing health center as a result of patient outcomes such as prenatal care, adolescent weight screening and counseling, vascular disease treatment, blood pressure control, healthy birthweights, and asthma care. VNA’s combination of convenience (by appointment or walk-in), patient-centered technology and expert care delivered with respect and compassion have led to these results. VNA is accredited by The Joint Commission.