Category: Service

8th Annual BNYP/Autism McLean Garage Sale Fundraiser for Autism Camp

BNYPThe Bloomington-Normal Young Professional Kiwanis Club will be hosting the 8th annual Autism McLean Garage Sale Fundraiser on Saturday, October 14, 2017.

All proceeds from the garage sale will be given to Autism McLean for Autism Camp.

Autism Camp is dedicated to providing a valuable experience for children on the autism spectrum in a natural outdoor setting on Lake Bloomington. Children have the opportunity to engage in typical camp activities, including, canoeing, swimming, horseback riding, games, and much more in a safe and supportive atmosphere.

The cost for camp is $225-$250 per child. The money raised by our fundraiser will help pay the way for kids who could otherwise not afford to attend camp. You can read more about Autism Camp here.

Here are the details:

Here’s how you can help:

  • Donate garage-sale worthy items for the garage sale. If you’re interested in donating in advance of the garage sale please contact Craig Luchtefeld, at The more items donated, the more money we can raise, and the more kids we can send to camp!
  • We will have early drop-off on the following dates/times at the garage sale location:
    • Monday, October 9th from 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
    • Wednesday, October 11th from 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
    • Friday, October 13th from 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
    • We’ll have volunteers to help unload and sort your items.
  • If you have items you’d like to donate but cannot make one of the early drop-off dates, please contact Craig Luchtefeld at and we’ll do our best to work out a time to retrieve your items.
  • If you’d like to volunteer to help unload or sort items at any one of the early drop-off times, we’d very much appreciate the help! You can register to volunteer here:
  • If you’d like to make a monetary donation in lieu of donating garage sale items, we’d welcome the donation!

So, please, help us get the word out for this fundraising event and do some garage sale-ing!

Social: Miracle League Baseball Game, Sun, Sept 18

On Sunday, September 18th at 12:00 PM, the Aktion Club of Bloomington-Normal will have a social/service event at the Miracle League baseball game. Free ball park food and beverages will be served as we cheer on the players. Come out and enjoy a great time with the group! Those who would like to do so, can sign up and be a Buddy to one of the players during the game. Sign up to volunteer here:

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Volunteering for Light the Night, Thur, Sept 1

140808LightNite-AWhat: Volunteering @ Light the Night

When: Thursday, September 11, 4:45p – 8:00p

Where: North side of Uptown Circle in Normal, IL

Description: Depending on the weather and people’s interest, the event could have anywhere from 250 – 800 people show up. 1,000 sets of lights to ready to be distributed (front and rear), and anything left over will be distributed via other channels. It’s a really nice way to help cyclists ride more safely at night.

About 12-15 volunteers are needed for the first shift (4:45-6) and about 5 for the second shift (5:45-7).  A few folks are also needed to help tear it all down at 8.

The duties available are:

  1. Putting lights on the bikes  (It’s a silicone wrap-around band, so no skill required!)
  2. Putting air into tires  (We have a couple of people rove around the line of people, looking for poor tire inflation.  It REALLY helps out the bike shop people doing the free bike safety checks.)
  3. Managing the head of the line – generally telling people where to go
  4. Helping Connect Transit teach people how to load their bike onto the front of the Connect bus
  5. Managing the line of people waiting for a bike safety check

To volunteer, please contact Mercy Davison if you’d like to volunteer.

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Volunteering for Kite Fest 2016

  • What: Volunteering at Kite Fest 2016
  • When: Sunday, June 26 from 1:00 PM – 7:00 PM
  • WhereIllinois State University’s Adelaide Street Field
  • More infoFor A Better Tomorrow (FBT) and United Way of McLean County kindly request that members of the Bloomington Normal Young Professionals Club consider serving as volunteers for Kite Fest 2016! Kite Fest is scheduled to be held Sunday, June 26 at Normal Community High School from 3-7 PM.This signature fundraising event aims to raise funds to support local and global causes and is expected to attract 1, 000+ individuals who will fly kites and participate in other fun activities like face painting, kite wars, kite flying lessons, and henna tattoos! Volunteers like you are needed to assist with event check in, staffing the activities listed above and more.

    To sign up, visit the Kite Fest ticketing page and click on the volunteer logo toward the bottom of the page. There are multiple ways to volunteer in shifts that range from 1-2 hours. Volunteers will be provided a t-shirt on the day of the event and free access to Kite Fest 2016.

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