C.E.F.S. Economic Opportunity Corporation recently awarded the Community Service Excellence Award at their 2019 Annual Board of Directors meeting. Mindy Mars, left, accepts award for Shelby County Salvation Army and Board Chairperson Jean Finley.

C.E.F.S. Economic Opportunity Corporation recently showcased their 54th year of accomplishments that demonstrated that community action helps people and changes lives.

During the 2019 annual meeting some very special people and organizations were recognized as valuable community partners who enhanced the level of service to those in need. According to C.E.F.S. Chief Executive Officer Kevin Bushur, “Without community partners like Shelby County Salvation Army it would have been difficult to attain and achieve the agency outcomes and successes.”

Shelby County Salvation Army has proven to be an outstanding partner in serving the needs of low-income households, seniors, and persons with disabilities. They provide a variety of services many of which are possible due to collaboration with community service organizations and volunteers.

Shelby County Salvation Army has only been present in the community since October 2018 and has already made a huge impact on Shelby County families.

C.E.F.S. Economic Opportunity Corporation provides outreach and referral services in our field offices in the seven county service area. Staff members at the local offices are trained in basic information and referral to assist with problems relative to social services.

The staff provide intensive case management services to individuals and families. The local C.E.F.S. Outreach Office personnel are usually the first contact made with the agency for assistance. Some major programs offered directly by the offices are LIHEAP, weatherization, tax assistance, emergency food and shelter, budgeting, literacy, senior services and housing counseling. If the Outreach staff cannot assist directly, a referral will be made to other programs and providers.

The Community Services Block Grant Program is funded by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.

The mission of C.E.F.S. is to provide opportunities for people in our communities through education and support to achieve and maintain stability. C.E.F.S. Economic Opportunity Corporation has been providing effective social services for low-income persons for over fifty-four years in their service delivery area.

C.E.F.S. Chief Executive Officer Kevin Bushur noted, “Our agency was extremely proud of what has been accomplished in 2019 and it would have been difficult to attain our positive outcomes without great community partners like Shelby County Salvation Army.”

C.E.F.S. is a comprehensive human service provider in the service delivery area providing direct services, referrals and linkages to address the issues facing low-income residents and providing local community solutions to meet those needs. For more information about the community action agency or program please contact the local C.E.F.S. Shelby County Outreach Office at 217/774-4541, the central office at 217/342-2193 or visit the agency website at or the agency Facebook page at

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