You don't have to be old to give to worthy causes. In fact, there is a group in the area known as the Young Philanthropists, which provides grants for various needs in the community. All you have to be is over 21 years old and you can join simply by giving 125-dollars a year.
Micah Roderick, on the Steering Committee of the Young Philanthropists, and Stacy Reed, Vice President of Programs with the Community Foundation for the Land Of Lincoln, spoke with WUIS' Sean Crawford:
UIS Chancellor Susan Koch (standing) addresses a Springfield Citizens Club meeting Friday that unveiled a new countywide survey. The citizen survey is a joint project of the UIS Center for State Policy and Leadership, the Community Foundation for the Land of Lincoln and the United Way of Central Illinois.
While most say the county is a good place to live, work and raise kids, it's not all a rosy picture. It found crime is a concern, most want better roads and additional events like outdoor festivals and farmer's markets. But overall, the reviews were positive.
Dr. Ashley Kirzinger is Director of the University of Illinois Springfield Survey Research Office which called and asked residents more than 100 quality of life questions. She says it was surprising to find younger people have a brighter outlook for Sangamon County.