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Working together we will become a stronger community

Never underestimate what a group of volunteers can accomplish. With our group of dedicated individuals and organizations, we have and can continue to make a positive change in our community and region.

Over the past year, we have seen what we can accomplish together. Let’s continue this effort to make our community a better place to live. COVID-19 is an unprecedented event. As a community we must focus our efforts to become more robust. 

We have numerous organizations that are working together to help and support our area during this time of self-isolation.  Mattoon in Motion is, and can support our efforts to strengthen our community by building on the framework which we have established.

As the stay in place order is extended; we need to focus our efforts on what Mattoon’s future will become.  As businesses face adversity, there are programs to support them including the Downstate Small Business Stabilization Program, The SBA Disaster Relief Loan Program and the Hospitality Emergency Grant program to name a few.

Action items following the end to the pandemic

How can we make Mattoon a better, more prepared place to live after this is over?

 Mattoon in Motion has been meeting regularly to prepare for the upcoming spring and summer season.

After our first big win with the Robust Economy Committee, we are well on our way to completing Elevate CCIC, Inc. the business innovation center, and entrepreneurial hub. We are working to grow Coles County and the region with the needed resources to start and grow a business. We are working diligently to make sure these resources are in place once the ban is lifted.

The Youth Committee and Energized Partnerships are working to develop a comprehensive plan to support the youth in our community. The Leader in Me initiative through the Mattoon Unit #2 school district is an exciting program being adopted by many in the community. It is our hope that this continues in homes as the students follow the stay in place order.

The Housing Committee is preparing for its next housing project, which will benefit another veteran in our community.

 As a community, we have a great story. The newly formed Connections Committee is hard at work sharing our story.

This summer, the Parks and Recreation Committee will be working on the first part of the Mattoon in Motion butterfly project along the bike trial in Mattoon. The goal of this project will beautify the bike trail.

The Workforce in Motion Committee will be focused on helping local businesses navigate the aftermath of the pandemic. Their goal will be to provide support for our business community to survive and prosper once conditions return to normal.

We need the support of the entire community to endure the pandemic.  If you would like to volunteer and support the Mattoon in Motion initiatives you can contact us.  

  The future of the community is in our hands!    

Consolidated Communications Grant moving us forward.

Consolidated Communications Grant for $1,000 is going to help with capacity building through better communications.

We want to thank Consolidated Communications for their charitable donation to Mattoon in Motion.

With these funds, we will continue to work with our partners and committees to establish effective ways to better communicate within our organization so we can continue to help move our community and area forward.

Consolidated Communication is a pivotal supporter of our community’s commitment to our grassroots development effort.

Thank you.

Mattoon Area Community Works Grant Recipient

Mattoon In Motion wants to thank the Mattoon Area Community Works for their generous grant of $4,500 for the support of our community organization this fiscal year 2020.

With these funds, we will continue to work with our partners to establish a more effective and efficient use of our communities resources. Through this type of commitment, we will push for the continued success of community collaboration projects such as Elevate CCIC, Inc.

Elevate CCIC, Inc is Coles County innovation hub and entrepreneurial co-working space, born out of the forward-thinking Robust Economy committee.

Together we can do more, and this next year with your continued support, we can move our area forward.

Thank you to all the people who make this community great.

If you are interested in the collaborative effort of this community, please consider volunteering for one of our six committees.

Contact us today.

Thank you to our area volunteers

As we commemorate this day of service, we want to celebrate our volunteers who have made Mattoon in Motion a moving force within the community.

We are working to establish a movement that focuses on the citizens and the future development of our area.

We could not have come this far without the volunteers’ who make this community great.

Together we can achieve more than we can alone.

To all the volunteers in the community who are contributing to the positive development of the area…

Thank you.

Grant awarded to MIM Parks and Rec Committee

Representatives and awardees of the Mattoon Community Trust Grant 2019

Mattoon in Motion (MIM) Parks and Rec committee is honored to be awarded $2,200 in grant money from the Mattoon Community Trust Grant.

With this grant money, the MIM Parks and Rec committee will initiate the Mattoon Butterfly Initiative and Beautification project.

This project is going to focus on creating a 1-acre butterfly habitat along the Mattoon Bike Path. The goal of the project is to utilize unused space along the bike path to showcase different flowers and plants that attract pollinators and beautify the already expanding bike path.

The Parks and Rec Committee is committed to work with the city and other organizations to support those who want to diversify our environment and create spaces that entice citizens to utilize our great parks and recreational areas.

Once planted, it will take up to a full year to develop. With the idea that all good things take time in mind, Mattoon in Motion is looking towards the future and thinking about what it means to become a forward-thinking organization.

Last year, the Parks and Rec committee spawned the creation of the Bike path committee and the Tree Commission. Also, with the help of local volunteers, we supported local park clean up days.

Thank you all who continue to support Mattoon In Motion, and it’s goals of creating an environment that spurs innovation and growth.

We want to congratulate all the recipients of the Mattoon Community Trust Grant. We are proud of all the excellent work that each group is doing in and for the community.

Check out the JG-TC article for others in the area who were awarded money from the Mattoon Community Trust Grant.