CCAR Industries is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization that was founded by a local parents’ group in 1969. Our mission is to provide community-based services and supports that enhance the quality of life of East Central Illinois citizens with developmental disabilities and/or other functional limitations throughout their lifespan. Our team is dedicated to providing high quality, individualized services to program consumers and their families. Please feel free to contact us if you have any ideas or if you would like more information about our agency!
FISCAL YEAR 2016 BUDGET UPDATE! UNKNOWNS REMAIN
Governor Rauner and Legislators have until July 1, 2015 to agree on a budget for the 2016 fiscal year. If a budget isn’t approved before July 1st, the Comptroller’s office won’t have the legal authority to make payments unless the workers and entities are classified as “essential”. (Services for individuals with developmental disabilities are not classified as “essential”.) This has led many to predict a temporary shut-down of several state agencies. When speaking at a recent Charleston Chamber of Commerce event, Senator Dale Righter stated it could go as long as September until we see a finalized budget. No one knows how long it will take. For now, social service providers don’t have a definitive answer about their continued level of funding or when this will be resolved. What is certain is that Department of Human Services and Medicaid payments for developmental disability services will not be issued for services rendered after July 1st until there is a budget in place for FY16.
On July 18th, the CCAR Board of Directors approved the continuation of all current services through the end of August. The state budget situation will be analyzed at that time and further decisions will be made.
Did you know that our Recycling Program recycled 1,170,882 pounds of material during the 2014 fiscal year? That’s the rough equivalent of 146 adult elephants or 195 Ford F150 trucks. Did you know that program participants earned $71,860.98 during that same year? In many ways, CCAR Industries’ Recycling Program is one of Charleston’s best kept secrets!
We sort and bale cardboard, newspaper, office paper, magazines, books, calendars, brochures, and more. We’ll even shred your documents! The program also accepts aluminum and plastics (#1 and #2) which are processed at a different location. If you aren’t sure what kind of plastic you have, the number is usually located on the bottom of the bottle. We just ask that you please rinse your bottles before dropping them off. It makes the baling process a lot less messy. Community members are welcome to drop off items on Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm at our 1600 Lincoln Avenue location. If you can’t make it to us, we’ll come to you. To schedule a pick-up time, please contact the program at 217-348-0127 ext. 702 or 703.