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The Baby Fold will discontinue Horizons Counseling services
June 14th, 2011

From the CEO:

June 2011

Throughout the past year, The Baby Fold leadership has carefully reviewed its services in light of anticipated funding reductions due to our State’s budget challenges. One of the services we have evaluated is Horizons Counseling. Horizons Counseling was created five years ago to address an unmet need in our community by extending The Baby Fold’s expertise to more children and families who fall outside our usual criteria for services. Since 2006, there have been several additional counseling resources that have started or expanded services in our community.

Today, there are considerably more options for those seeking counseling and we would need to invest significant additional resources into this program to remain competitive. In this difficult economic climate, we are committed to directing our resources toward the most vulnerable children and families and staying focused on our core services.

In light of this focus and after thoughtful deliberation, The Baby Fold has decided to close Horizons Counseling by the end of 2011. During the past five years, Horizons Counseling has provided services to many clients. There are currently 19 clients who are being notified of this change. Counseling staff will work with individual clients to complete services or help them transition to another counseling resource as necessary. In the meantime, no new clients are being accepted. Upon closure, current counseling staff will continue to work for The Baby Fold in their primary employment roles.

This has been a tremendous learning experience for The Baby Fold as we created and operated this new business venture. Although we decided not to continue this program, we are pleased to have served all the clients we did, and thank all who have given their talent and time to support this program.

Dale S. Strassheim
President and CEO
“We never give up on a child”

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In the media: The Baby Fold to cut Horizons Counseling in Normal (WJBC-AM 1230 / June 14, 2011)

Festival of Trees announces honorary Co-Chairs
June 8th, 2011

The Baby Fold welcomes Deanna Frautschi and Al Bedell on board as Festival of Trees 2011 as our honorary co-chairs.  Dee and Al have been great friends of The Baby Fold and Festival for many years.

Together, they will serve as mentors and liaisons to our staff and to the Steering Committee members, supporting the works of Festival, speaking on The Baby Fold’s behalf and, finally, joining in all the fun that surrounds our largest fundraiser!

In the past,  Al had served on the Steering Committee of Festival as the Volunteers Chair.  Dee is a current Board Member and serves on the Development Committee.

We are glad to have them on our team!

Two Baby Fold/Festival of Trees Interns Graduate!
June 2nd, 2011

ISU’s Brittany Trussell and IWU’s Amber Spiewak graduated this May!  These special ladies were both volunteer Interns within the Development and Public Relations department, coming to us with a specific desire to serve in the “events planning” realm. For the grand finale of their interning - each Intern served in a leadership role for Festival of Trees and as a liaison to another specialty area or event.  They more than fulfilled their roles at The Baby Fold!  These ladies each served over an extended time, not just one semester!  They loved their roles at work -that business of making a difference and not standing idle is important to volunteers/interns.  We instill a work ownership ethic too:  they need to work around their needs as students…that education comes first and keeping open communication on what’s happening - with commitments and deadlines.  Lastly and more importantly – our interns tell us they love the “why” they do this: they take it upon their hearts and work for the outcome - for our children and families!    We are so proud of these ladies and miss them tremendously!  We wish them well as they have started their “after school” lives and moved on out into the “real” world!

TBF Intern for D&PR, ISU Grad after tonight!
May 6th, 2011

Brittany Trussell graduates tonight, Friday, May 6, 2011 from the College of Communication with ISU - with a Bachelor of Science degree – majoring in Public Relations.  Her bright smile and all of her enthusiastiasm will be tremendously missed at The Baby Fold.  She started out as the Events Coordinator’s intern mainly for Festival of Trees, but soon became a friend and someone the whole department of Development and Public Relations could depend upon.  Thank you Tom Lamonica from ISU for recommending Brittany!  Congratulations and best wishes go out to Brittany as she starts a new journey!!

Getting involved with Festival of Trees
May 2nd, 2011

I love The Baby Fold’s Festival of Trees and the community it celebrates.  How do I get involved?

Each and every year, we hear someone say “I would love to be a part of Festival, but I’ve  never been asked to help.”  Consider this your official call to action!  Festival is successful because of the hundreds of dedicated volunteers, designers, and sponsors just like you.  An event as large as Festival takes year-round planning and we could sure use your help!

Your gifts of varied talents, personalities, skills and creative abilities pull together for our mission statement to ring true: to create awareness of the needs of our most vulnerable children and their families, to raise funding for their needs and to create a wonderful holiday event for our community.

We can use your help for one hour a day, one hour a week, or one hour a year. We are also always looking for volunteers, for Leaders and for new Steering Committee members to bring new ideas to our event to keep it fresh and new. If you are interested in joining our Festival family – please connect by phone: 309.451.7206 or check us out online at www.festoftrees.org or www.Facebook.com/festoftrees.

Annual Foster Care Ice Cream Social
May 2nd, 2011

The Baby Fold’s Foster Care department is hosting their annual Ice Cream Social on Tuesday, May 10th, at the Oglesby Training Center from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.  There will be face painting, balloon art, prize drawings and Karoke with lots of ice cream and toppings!  It is a lot of fun and very rewarding.

We are looking for a few volunteers to help with set-up, serving ice cream, and clean up.  Could you help? Call Di at (309) 451-7206.

Founder’s Day Celebrates Stories of Staff and Volunteers
April 27th, 2011

Approximately 220 attendees celebrated the service and support of The Baby Fold during the 8th Annual Founder’s Day event at The Doubletree Hotel in Bloomington on April 5. The event was an opportunity to recognize the many volunteers and donors of the child and family welfare agency.

Featured speakers at the event included Elena Hinthorn, a former Russian orphan whose American adoptive parents had to give her up due to her developmental hurdles, but who was rehabilitated through the work of The Baby Fold. Elena returned to The Baby Fold as an adult, working with at-risk children in the Residential Treatment Center and giving back to the organization that gave her so much.

Tom Carroll, the Executive Vice President of Human Resources for R.R. Donnelley and Sons Company, also spoke at the event. Mr. Carroll was a former social worker at The Baby Fold whose career path carried him to his current position at a Fortune 250 company, overseeing more than 60,000 employees world-wide.  He credits The Baby Fold for embedding a personal mission of compassion into his work ethic and helping him see the value of never giving up on a child.

Awards were presented during the program in the following areas:

Community Partner:
Family and Consumer Sciences Professionals of McLean County
“The Family and Consumer Science members have helped the Festival in many different ways: they make quilts into jackets and purses, hand towels, flower arrangements and many other things donated to the Festival.  Charlotte Talkington spearheads this group’s main fundraiser for The Baby Fold.  In the past two years, this group has allotted over $8,000 in home-created goods donating 100% of the profits during the Festival of Trees for The Baby Fold.  Last fall they celebrated their 50th year of leadership in this community.”

Corporate Partner:
Walgreens
“Walgreens has worked with students each semester with the skill development program. They allow these students the opportunity to work for them at different sites.  This program is designed to help these students develop different working skills.  Just by the sheer fact that they are so willing to continue through the years dealing with and training the clientele, they are thought of as going above and beyond what other businesses have done.”

 

Friend of Children:
Buffi Kellogg
“Buffi comes to the RTC to provide haircuts on a consistent basis, approximately every other week to the children living here.  She has been on time each visit for nearly two years now.  Buffi has a knack at making the kids smile and gush because of how cute they look with their new hairdos.  It’s a great feeling to be able to see our kids’ self-esteem instantly grow because of something that others take for granted.”

Friend of Children:
Daryl & Rita Miller – Miller Janitorial Supply
“Rita and her husband Darrell have been connected to The Baby Fold for over 20 years. In fact, they were one of our first vendors! They own and operate Miller Janitor Supply. Darrell and Rita have not only been partners in marriage, but have also been working partners in their business all these years.  Through the years The Baby Fold has received numerous supplies and equipment donations and even a one ton Dodge truck from Miller Janitor Supply.  Rita has also volunteered her time every Monday doing laundry so that the housekeepers in the RTC have more time to clean the children’s units.  Rita zips through this task as though she hasn’t a care in the world.  Her generosity does not stop there; she also donates wash cloths and towels on a regular basis.  Mr. and Mrs. Miller have been large supporters all these years and true ‘friends of the Fold’.”

Volunteers of the Year:
Jean Kaufman and Linda Park
“Linda and Jean have been helping make Festival of Trees a success almost every year of the event’s existence.  Their love and understanding of gingerbread creations has been a great benefit to the event.  Their generosity has also extended outside of the Festival, as the two offer instructional workshops every year that teach dozens in the community how to construct gingerbread houses, with the proceeds of those events benefitting The Baby Fold.  It’s safe to say that their contributions have been foundational to the success of the Festival over the years.”

 

Festival Volunteer/Recruitment Party (April 16)
April 14th, 2011

YOU’RE INVITED!

What:  The Festival of Trees Designer/Volunteer Recruitment Party

Hosted by: The Baby Fold and Jeffrey Alans

When: Saturday, April 16th with 2 Sessions: 9:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

Where: The Baby Fold’s Training Center @ 612 Oglesby Avenue, Normal, IL 61761
(with optional tour of The Baby Fold to follow each segment)

Ever wondered how you can get involved with the Festival of Trees? This recruitment event is the perfect chance to learn more about the festival and get ideas on how you can participate.

We will be hosting two sessions: one for those who like to sleep in on Saturday and one for those who can’t wait to get the day started!  You’ll enjoy festive non-alcoholic drinks, door prize drawings, teaching segments, folks on hand to assist… and great fun! You’ll also have a chance to sign up for decorating that tree you’ve had in the back of your mind – or maybe a showcase, wreath, centerpiece or Gingerbread creation.   You can learn how to lend your talents as a volunteer for Festival in a number of ways - become a leader by taking on a project, sign on as a committee member, special event’s chair or dress up in costume and help out in our special area just for kids!

Now is the time. It takes many volunteers to make this holiday event happen and we are looking for you!  Call or email your RSVP today:

Call Di @ 309.451.7206 or email her @ dshepherd@thebabyfold.org

Festival of Trees Designer/Volunteer Recruitment Party (April 16)
March 30th, 2011

YOU’RE INVITED!

What:  The Festival of Trees Designer/Volunteer Recruitment Party

Hosted by: The Baby Fold and Jeffrey Alans

When: Saturday, April 16th with 2 Sessions: 9:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

Where: The Baby Fold’s Training Center @ 612 Oglesby Avenue, Normal, IL 61761
(with optional tour of The Baby Fold to follow each segment)

Ever wondered how you can get involved with the Festival of Trees? This recruitment event is the perfect chance to learn more about the festival and get ideas on how you can participate.

We will be hosting two sessions: one for those who like to sleep in on Saturday and one for those who can’t wait to get the day started!  You’ll enjoy festive non-alcoholic drinks, door prize drawings, teaching segments, folks on hand to assist… and great fun! You’ll also have a chance to sign up for decorating that tree you’ve had in the back of your mind – or maybe a showcase, wreath, centerpiece or Gingerbread creation.   You can learn how to lend your talents as a volunteer for Festival in a number of ways - become a leader by taking on a project, sign on as a committee member, special event’s chair or dress up in costume and help out in our special area just for kids!

Now is the time. It takes many volunteers to make this holiday event happen and we are looking for you!  Call or email your RSVP today:

Call Di @ 309.451.7206 or email her @ dshepherd@thebabyfold.org

Human Resources Internship
March 22nd, 2011

BASIC FUNCTION: The Human Resources Intern provides administrative support to the human resource functions at The Baby Fold while gaining educational experience.

OPEN POSITION: Summer 2013; Fall 2013

WORK HOURS: 10-15 hours a week during open office hours (Monday-Friday 8:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.) Hours to be scheduled with supervisor

LOCATION: 108 E. Willow St., Normal, IL 61761

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

  • Employment: Reviews, tracks, and files all incoming applications; forwards applications to the correct departments; and notifies applicants of receipt and hiring decisions in a timely fashion. Assists in the hiring process by responding to inquiries, scheduling interviews, checking references, and preparing orientation packets, employee handbooks, and ID cards. Assists in the implementation of employee appreciation events. Completes employment reports as needed. Sends reminders to supervisors and staff as assigned. Verifies employment for current and past employees.
  • Recordkeeping: Maintains personnel files, spreadsheets, and databases related to employment records. Maintains records of training attendance and evaluation. 
  • Orientation and Training: Prepares orientation packets, benefit information and employee handbooks for weekly new employee orientation. Assists with preparing training materials for agency-wide and supervisor training sessions.
  • Clerical Responsibilities: Makes photocopies, faxes and files documents, and performs data entry and other clerical functions. Maintains sign-out sheets for assigned agency resources. Picks up mail from the post office and takes mail to the Family Center as assigned; runs other business errands as needed. 
  • Reception: Greets and assists visitors as needed. Provides information to employment applicants. Escorts visitors on The Baby Fold’s Hammitt campus, as needed. Directs visitors to other locations of The Baby Fold and other community locations, as needed. 
  • Special Projects: Assists in human resources projects as assigned. 
  • Quality Improvement: Contributes to quality improvement through active participation in Quality Improvement activities.

 MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

  • In progress of receiving a bachelor’s degree in human resources management, business administration, or related field.
  • Willing and able to maintain high standards of confidentiality.
  • Demonstrated skills in Microsoft Office software programs, database management, and the maintenance of records and statistics.
  • Demonstrated skill in maintaining records.
  • Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Ability to organize efficiently and attend to details.
  • Ability to work cooperatively as a team member with other agency staff.
  • Must pass drug screen and necessary background checks.
  • Valid driver’s license and use of a personal vehicle with adequate insurance to perform business errands for The Baby Fold preferred.
  • Demonstrated competence in serving a culturally diverse population.  Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with a diverse workforce.
  • Mission-oriented and willing to apply The Baby Fold’s standards and beliefs to the performance of job duties.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an intern to successfully perform the essential functions of this position.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this position, the intern is regularly required to read, write, talk, hear, and communicate effectively with staff, clients, and others in person, by telephone, and in writing.  The intern is frequently required to sit.  The intern is regularly required to stand, walk, use hands to type, write, or handle objects, and reach with hands and arms; carry and lift up to 25 pounds; twist and reach to perform essential functions; and reach with hands and arms to obtain or store files. Close vision and depth perception, hand and eye coordination, and manual dexterity necessary to operate a computer keyboard, calculator, stapler and basic office equipment. Must have the physical ability to walk down stairs to work-related environments that are not handicap accessible.

Vision and hearing requirements: Close vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus; visually and assess the condition of donations, printed materials and other items; and communicate effectively with, staff, clients, and others in person, by telephone, and in writing.

Cognitive abilities: Interns must be able to use deductive reasoning to apply general rules to specific problems; demonstrate problem sensitivity to tell when something is wrong or likely to go wrong; demonstrate social perceptiveness by being aware of others’ reactions and why they act as they do; and use self awareness to be aware of one’s feelings and behaviors.

To apply, print an application and send to:
Human Resources
The Baby Fold
108 E. Willow St.
Normal, IL 61761
Fax: (309) 452-0115
Applications are also available at this address.

The Baby Fold is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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