Welcome To Central Illinois Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired


We are very thankful for the wonderful turn-out and support shown at the 1st Annual White Cane Day Banquet.  We are so appreciative of the Peoria Riverfront Museum for sharing their venue, the City of Peoria for the beautiful lighting of the Murray Baker Bridge, the committee who put it all together, the ladies of Impact Central Illinois for volunteering and, most of all, our friends and family who attended.  We hope you all enjoyed yourselves, too, and learned a little about the history of the long white cane and the latest technological advances as shown by Lance’s demonstration of the WeWalk cane. 

A heartfelt thank you to our sponsors:

       GOLD:  Illinois Eye Center and the Ufrting AutoGroup

       SILVER:  Deb Conklin

       BRONZE:  Peoria Production Solutions and David Vaughn Investments

       COPPER:  Terry Knollenberg/Pekin Lions, Matthew and Lesley Vonachen and Darlene Violet

Thank you, also, to our basket donors and those who bid on them. 

Now, get your calendars out and save the date for next year: October 15, 2023


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.




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!

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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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