Welcome To Central Illinois Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired



DID YOU KNOW? The original white cane was invented in Peoria, Illinois, CICBVI owns it, and we have it on display at the Peoria Riverfront Museum.  That’s something worth celebrating right?

We are excited to celebrate National White Cane Safety Day at the Peoria Riverfront Museum on October 15, 2022 from 6:00pm – 9:00pm.  The Murray Baker bridge will be lighted in our CICBVI colors red and white.  Cocktail hour is 6:00 – 7:00 so that we can enjoy light entertainment, cocktails, and view the bridge.  We will then relocate to the Gilmore Auditorium for dinner and live jazz entertainment.  Tickets are $100 per person.  There will be a special prize for all registered attendees.  Come join us to learn more about the white cane, mingle with our board, staff, and patrons, and enjoy an evening with us as we celebrate National White Cane Safety Day!


Choice of:

  • Peppercorn Crusted Beef Filet
  • Bourbon Pecan Lacquered Salmon
  • Grilled Italian Stuffed Portobello

Sides: Garlic Mash Potatoes, Roasted Vegetable Medley, Tossed Midwest Salad


Platinum $5000 – 10 Event Tickets, VIP Table, Promoted in Event Program, CICBVI Newsletter, and Social Media

Gold $3000 – 8 Event Tickets, Recognition in Event Program, Mention in CICBVI Newsletter and Website

Silver  $2000 – 6 Event Tickets, Recognition in Event Program

Bronze $1000 – 4 Event Tickets, Recognition in Event Program

Copper $500 – 2 Event Tickets, Recognition in Event Program



CICBVI Impact Central Illinois $20,000 Grant Recipient


Thank You Impact Central Illinois!

June 7, 2022 was the Impact Central Illinois Annual Meeting. Members were able to gather together and hear from 6 local non-profits: Invictus Woods, Central Illinois Center for the Blind & Visually Impaired, Soulside Healing Arts (@soulsidehealingarts), Dream Center Peoria (@dreamcenterpeoria), Lutheran Social Services of Illinois, and Wildlife Prairie Park (@wildlifeprairiepark).  Because of the collective giving of their members and a donation from the Bob Gilmore Foundation, ICI was able to give away 4 grants: 2 INSPIRE grants for $20k and 2 IMPACT grants for $110k. The members voted and the INSPIRE grants were awarded to the Central Illinois Center for the Blind & Visually Impaired and Invictus Woods. The IMPACT grants were awarded to Dream Center of Peoria and Lutheran Social Services of Illinois.
Thank you so much Impact Central Illinois for supporting the efforts of CICBVI with this $20,000 grant.  The grant will be used to upgrade our computer learning center and our kitchen to make them more accessible for our patrons and staff.  We will be posting our progress on our website and social media platforms.  Stay tuned!




Now is a good time to benefit the CICBVI and get something special for spring with an order from Terri Lynn.  They have nuts and sweets that are sure to please anyone and a portion of every sale comes to the center.  Here is the link to order for delivery straight to you or to the recipient of your choice. 

Support our fundraiser at cicbvi.terrilynn.com

Help us by using your Kroger Card

Did you know you can register your Kroger card so a percentage of what you spend goes to the CICBVI? It is super simple: grab your card (or use your alternate Kroger ID) and go to the Kroger website. Look under Community Rewards and find “Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired”. Follow the instructions and your next shopping trip will result in a donation to CICBVI. Thank you so much!

Every Day on AmazonSmile!

Support us on AmazonSmile! Here’s how:

1. Click here to open AmazonSmile.
2. Add items to your “shopping cart” just like you would if you were shopping on Amazon.com.
3. Checkout and pay.

By shopping through AmazonSmile, 0.5% of your total order is donated to the CICBVI! It’s a fast and easy way to support your community!!

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