Western Avenue Community Center
After School Program Kids!

After School Program

In parts of our community many parents work multiple jobs, and their children do not have a safe, welcoming place to go after school. The Western Avenue story features many of these children, and they are some of the best and brightest kids around!  We're committed to giving them an excellent after school experience.

Western Avenue Community Center's After School Program provides a warm, positive, family atmosphere for 46 low-income, at risk children in grades K-5, weekdays from 3:30 - 5:30 PM.

In addition to providing positive social and emotional mentoring, the After School Program has two academic goals: 1) students are reading on grade level, and 2) students are promoted to the next grade level. Our program offers our precious children a quality, learning-oriented environment that includes:

Do you have a heart for children? Volunteer today and help support our After School Program.

Want to Volunteer?

After School Program Kids!

There is a required one hour Volunteer Orientation Session for tutors. All tutors/volunteers must also fill out three required documents:

All sessions are held at Western Avenue Community Center, 600 N. Western Ave., Bloomington, IL 61701.  Map to the WACC

Please call Jennifer Trimble at (309) 829-4807 ext. 1007 or email if you have any questions.

Volunteer Orientation Sessions

If there are no Volunteer Orientation Sessions scheduled, and you would like to set up a Volunteer Orientation Appointment, please send an email to Jennifer Trimble.

There are other ways to help Western Avenue Community Center support our After School Program if you are unable to volunteer.


Please become a sponsor of the After School Program!

  • Did you know that you can sponsor one book for one youth for $10?
  • One month of healthy snacks is just $50.
  • Be a hero for a gift of $55, which will cover one week of after school programming for one child.

Or, consider making a donation in any amount in honor of a loved one. On our giving page for this school year you can mark your gift in honor or as a memorial to a special person in your life. What better way to remember the past than to impact the future?

Thank you for considering the use of your resources to help in our work with youth in Bloomington-Normal.

Your donation is tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.   Thank you for your support!