Easter Seals looks at options for federal funding

By Denise Jackson

September 24, 2013 Updated Sep 25, 2013 at 9:52 AM CDT

PEORIA,Ill. -- Local Easter Seals officials are hoping to get federal funding to help shore up the organization's programs and services.

Easter Seals President Steven Thompson and parents whose children receive services met with Peoria area Congressman Aaron Schock on Tuesday.

Thompson said the agency relies on diversified funding mechanisms which include fund-raising, a telethon and endowment, but he would also like a $250,000 federal grant.

"I describe this kind of funding as something of a bridge funding," he said. "If we could have some start up to establish some services to the west say in Macomb ranging all the way to Quincy, shore up some of our existing services here."

Thompson said a federal grant could help sustain programs while the agency builds its endowment fund.

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