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League of Women Voters to Explore 'Hidden McLean County'

The League of Women Voters of McLean County will attempt to uncover the facts regarding two critical segments of "hidden McLean County" -- very low-income families that need early childhood services, and victims of domestic violence -- during a Tuesday, January 26 program at the Normal Public Library Community Room.

Members of the 7 p.m. panel discussion will include Jaylene Taubert, Parent Family and Community Engagement Manager for Heartland Head Start; and Senna Adjabeng, director of MCCA's Countering Domestic Violence and Mayors Manor programs.

The program is free to the public. 


Portals to the Communities 1: Conexiones Latinas

Conexiones Latinas de McLean County (formerly Hispanic Families Work Group) is a non-profit organization consisting of volunteers who share a passion for improving and creating opportunities for Latino families in Bloomington-Normal and McLean County, Illinois. Conexiones Latinas is open to the public and members include  representatives from local businesses, non-profits, churches, and educational institutions.

"We focus on creating community through intercultural collaboration and we have been connecting and bringing together Latinos in Central Illinois since 2004," the group's website states. "We are your place to find out what is going on in the Latino community in Bloomington-Normal and McLean County."

Among other projects, Conexiones Latinas board members read bilingual books and spreading helpful information at Saturday's business-labor Christmas party for the unemployed, with the goal of "working with all local unions and the Chamber of Commerce to provide happiness in the holiday season to everyone!" The group also has contributed to the cause of dual language education in the Twin Cities.

For more information on Conexiones Latinas' latest activities, visit its Facebook page.