The Simple Room Receives Service Award

The Simple Room Receives Service Award

The Greenville Womens Club presented The Simple Room with a Special Service Award during the Apple Day festivities on Saturday, October 2nd. Lee O'Connor, executive director, and Kaity Teer, resource development coordinator, accepted the award during a ceremony on the courthouse steps. Jerri Davenport, from the women's club, honored The Simple Room for three decades of service to the community's youth.

The Simple Room is very grateful to the Greenville Womens Club for their support.

We have a Cause on Facebook

Causes Facebook App

Now, you can show your support for The Simple Room on Facebook using the Causes application.

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The Simple Room Open House

We invite you and your family to stop by The Simple Room's Open House on Monday, September 13th from 6:30 - 9:00 pm. This is a great time to enjoy refreshments, meet our staff/program coordinators, hear more about our fall programs, and fill out enrollment forms. We are looking forward to a great fall with programs in the digital arts, music, tutoring, mentoring, weightlifting, dance, and more. Check out the programs section of our website to learn more.

This is also an opportunity for college students interested in volunteering at The Simple Room to meet the staff and get a tour.

open house flyer

Triathlon to Benefit the Simple Room

100% of the profits from the first annual Litchfield TriathLOU on September 25th will be donated to The Simple Room. We encourage you to support The Simple Room by participating in this event. The race will be held at the beautiful Lake Lou Yaeger in Litchfield, IL. Events will include a 1/4 mile swim, a 13 miles bike course, and a 3.1 mile run. Click here, for additional race information and online registration. There is a discount for college students - you can even form a team and race with your friends!

Litchfield Triathlon to benefit The Simple Room

Electronics Recycling Fundraiser

Excited about the new iPhone 4 but don't know what to do with your old phone? Is your old iPod nano sitting in a drawer because you got a new iPod touch with your laptop bundle for college? Donate your used electronics to The Simple Room, we'll send them to YouRenew to be reused or recycled and we'll receive cash for your donation. This is a great way for college students with limited cash flow to help support our ministry.

Electronics recycling flowchart.

(Above: YouRenew's electronics recycling flowchart.)

What can I donate?

We can accept the following items whether they are used or broke: cell phones, mp3 players, laptops, game systems, digital cameras, and external hard drives.

Be a Mentor

Last year the Crossroads program paired over 30 local youth ages 8-18 with Greenville College students who served as mentors. A Crossroads "big brother" or "big sister" can have many different roles in a child's life. Sometimes being a mentor means helping with homework or filling out a job application. At other times being a mentor might mean working out together or getting coffee. But at all times, being a mentor means being a friend. It means listening and encouraging and growing together.

Mentors and kids dressing up in silly costumes.

(Above: Newly formed mentoring pairs participate in a goofy photo contest at last year's Crossroad's kick-off.) 

"Mike and Joe's" posts 8th Webisode

If you've been watching "Mike and Joe's The Simple Room Show" this summer, you will be excited to hear that the eighth webisode has been posted on YouTube. In it, Joey practices his MMA skills and gives Mikey a mean left hook. Their little sister, Anne Marie, is the guest star of this webisode.

This is the 8th and final webisode of the first season of "Mike and Joe's The Simple Room Show." Mike and Joe are excited to announce that they will be returning for the Fall 2010 season to work alongside Simple Room staff member, Devin Moroney, who directs and produces the show.

"...reading is like a TV in your head."

This summer we were excited to offer Project 24, our first ever summer reading program.

Thanks to funding from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation our program was in operation three days a week for eight weeks beginning June 14th and ending on August 4th. That means each student was able to participate in at least 24 hours of staff-supervised reading instruction and practice over the course of the summer.

We were also able to offer a lunch program in conjunction with Project 24, which provided at least 240 meals - prepared and served at the First United Methodist Church of Greenville - over the course of the summer. The church made lunch available to over 10 students per day.

Garden Project Update

The Garden Project that began with tilling and planting this spring will continue to bless The Simple Room with a harvest of fresh vegetables through the fall.

This has been one of the most exciting programs for our kids to participate in year-round as they experience what it means to plant a seed, care for it by watering and weeding, and celebrate when they are finally able to enjoy its produce.

(Below: Joey holding up a cherry tomato he picked from the garden. Project 24 and other summer programming participants snacked on these and other vegetables all summer-long.)