We are fortunate to have many local resources - you can browse our community resources anytime.  Are you wondering "Where do I start?" or "What should I do?" Let me know!  I can help connect you to the right resources at the right time. 

Whether you are looking for food pantries, local housing programs, or need help finding other community resources, I am here to help!

Hannah Bowermaster 815-224-0575

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If you’re thinking about suicide, are worried about a friend or loved one, or would like emotional support, the Lifeline network is available 24/7 across the United States.Si está pensando en suicidarse, está preocupado por un amigo o un ser querido, o desea apoyo emocional, la red Lifeline está disponible las 24 horas del día, los 7 días de la semana en todo Estados Unidos.



IVCC Resources

Click on In This Section on the top left to navigate to the specific Special Populations pages.


College Resource Guide
    This guide helps students know who to contact on campus depending on what resource or service they need.

Support for Single Parents (PDF)
    Services and resources to help single parents and displaced homemakers

Transformative Growth Counseling
     Mental Health Counseling and Resources

Set up your free YOU @ IVCC account!
    Explore resources, such as articles and videos, that promote overall well-being for the mind, body, and academics.  Watch the YOU @ IVCC Orientation.

     The Lactation Room is located in the E-building. This room is locked at all times.
     To use the room, students must contact Campus Security at 815-224-0314.

Student Services
     Departments & information

Safe Journeys
     Support Services for Survivors of Domestic and Sexual Violence - office on IVCC's campus Tuesdays & Thursdays and Mondays, Wednesdays, & Fridays by appointment. Hotline phone# (815) 673-1555


Student Help Desk
    Help in setting up your Student Technology or accessing those accounts

Learning Resources Skills Development
     Brush up on Math, Reading, & Writing Skills

Tutoring & Writing Center
   For help on any course or at any stage of the writing process   

Jacobs Library
   For borrowing materials, asking a research question, technology loans, and more!

Center for Accessibility and Neurodiversity
   For learning differences, time management, and how to be a good student

Student Success Coaching
   For organization/time management/tips

    PrepStep is a database that is focused on study skills and test prep materials for colleges and universities. 

Financial Assistance & Community Resources


Illinois Valley Community Resource Guide (PDF)
     A listing of Illinois Valley Community Resources including counseling, health, substance abuse, disability services, basic needs, child care, food pantries, employment, & transportation.    

Single Stop
    Single Stop is a Federal & State Benefits Screener. Discover the convenience of obtaining immediate eligibility results for up to 21 essential federal and state benefits, all within just 15 minutes!

Get Connected. Get Help. (211)
     211 is the most comprehensive source of information about local resources and services. United Way 2-1-1 helps residents find fast, free, and confidential help for locating and connecting with essential community services by simply dialing 2-1-1. You can also text them at TXT211.  
For Putnam, Marshall, Tazewell, Stark, Woodford, & Peoria counties, call the Heart of Illinois branch at 309-999-4029.

Illinois Department on Aging (IDOA)

Alternatives for you
    They offer support for anyone caring for a senior, an individual with a diagnosis of dementia, and for grandparents raising grandchildren.  They currently offer supportive counseling, resource information and linkage, and access to available grant funding for respite and supplemental needs.

     Student Resources Beyond Financial Aid: Food, Housing, & Medical Care

Valley Immigrant Advocates
     Providing a pathway for immigrants to full participation in our communities and our country.
     Facilitando un camino para los inmigrantes hacia la plena participación en nuestras comunidades y en nuestro país.

Illinois Assistance Programs and Services

"Possibilities- Where the Journey Begins" Peer Support Group
The Peru Public Library are pleased to offer a new support group called "Possibilities- Where the Journey Begins" at their library. This adult peer support group is for those experiencing depression, anxiety, panic disorders/attacks, PTSD, and bipolar. This group will meet on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month beginning on Tuesday, July 18 at 6-7:30 pm in the Lower Level Meeting Room. If you have any questions, contact Don, Lead Facilitator at

Food insecurity

     Resources for those experiencing food insecurity, such as local food pantries, assistance in applying for SNAP, etc. 

Child Care

Child Care Assistance Program through IDHS

IL Cares for Kids (IDHS)

Child Care Locator & Other Resources


BEST (Business Employment Skills Team)
     Tuition assistance, career development, & job search tools for those eligible
     Located on IVCC's campus: C-328, (815) 224-0370

Apply for Financial Aid (FAFSA®)
    Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form to apply for financial aid. 
Why you should complete the FAFSA®

Apply to Project Success
     Those accepted into the program will have an assigned academic advisor, priority registration, scholarship assistance, computer lab, workshops, and more! First-generation, low-income, or students with a documented learning or physical disability may be eligible for services from Project Success.

Internet Access
  Your internet company may be able to assist you in staying connected. Consumers should reach out to their internet company to see if they offer alternative low-cost internet plans.

GetCoveredIllinois - Medical Insurance Assistance
    You may qualify for Premium Tax Credits and Cost Sharing Reductions to help lower your monthly health insurance premiums for ACA Marketplace plans.

Illinois Emergency Homeowner Assistance Fund (ILHAF) application
     The Illinois Emergency Homeowner Assistance Fund (ILHAF) 
program provides up to $60,000 in mortgage assistance to eligible homeowners — paid directly to the servicer, taxing body or other approved entity. If you need immediate assistance with housing expenses due to a pending foreclosure, or assistance completing an application, please contact Prairie State Legal Services right away (888-966-7757;
     Financial assistance, food pantries, medical care, and other free or reduced-cost help

Salvation Army
     Emergency assistance with bills; Contact 815-433-0798 for more information and to set up an appointment.
    The Salvation Army’s Pathway of Hope program

    College Scholarships & Resources for Military Veterans

Helpful Videos

YOU @ IVCC Orientation: What resources are available?

Academic videos

Learning Strategies Every Student Should Know

Preparing For Final Exams

Other resources

The OSF phone line for Illinois Valley Residents to call for information on care options or to set up a new patient appointment is 844-673-2778.

OSF King Care-A-Van
   The OSF King Care-A-Van is a mobile health center, operated by OSF HealthCare, that has been serving communities within Bureau, Henry, LaSalle and Putnam counties since spring 2019. Aimed at serving primarily rural residents, the OSF King Care-a-Van works with employers, churches, schools and community organizations to connect individuals - who might otherwise be unable to access care - to area health resources. Click the link above for more details and to view the next mobile health center drive.

Digital Resources
     General tips on using computers

Optimize your resume
     Enter your resume to extract skills and skill opportunities by the job title that you are applying for

Mental Health/Substance Abuse

LaSalle County Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Agencies
    LaSalle County residents can access services for mental health and substance use issues from a variety of agencies. 

Arukah Institute
  Arukah is compassionate behavioral health care that focuses on the whole person through wellness, prevention, treatment and recovery approaches, and journeys with people long-term during their healing.

Maitri Path to Wellness
    Maitrī Path to Wellness is a supportive environment for people with addictions, post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, depression, grief, & life transitions.

The Trevor Project
    The Trevor Project provides information & support to LGBTQ young people 24/7, all year round: (866) 488-7386.

Queer-Oriented Rural Resource Network
    The Queer-Oriented Rural Resource Network (QORRN) is dedicated to helping LGBTQ+ individuals in rural communities access the resources and services they need.

Visit Mental Health Counseling and Resources for mental health counseling, mental health screenings, referral services, and resources.


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