(From left) IMPACT CIL Executive Director Cathy Contarino, GCS Marketing & Business Development Manager Lauren Smith and GCS Community Relations Representative Sarah Gebke.
GRANITE CITY — GCS Credit Union employees joined together to raise $1,125 in February for IMPACT CIL of Alton.
In an ongoing effort to support the community, GCS employees participate in Jeans Days each month. In exchange for a donation of $15 or more, employees were allowed to wear jeans on Fridays and Saturdays during February.
Centers for Independent Living (CILs) exist to empower individuals with disabilities to take charge of their lives and make their own choices and decisions to be as self-sufficient as possible. CILs also lead efforts to break down barriers and prejudices, replacing them with positive attitudes resulting in equal access to society for people with disabilities. Run by people with disabilities who have successfully established independent lives of their own, the staff has a deep commitment to assisting other people with disabilities in achieving independence.
“This check couldn’t have come at a better time,” IMPACT CIL Executive Director Cathy Contarino said. “Our funding continues to get cut and we very much appreciate this donation.”
IMPACT CIL offers helpful programs and services to assist the 1 in 5 people who have disabilities to live an independent life in Madison, Macoupin, Jersey, Bond, Greene and Calhoun counties. IMPACT CIL promotes pride and respect for people with disabilities by sharing tools to take control of one’s own life. IMPACT CIL advocates full community participation, with support, of all citizens.