Macon County Resources

View lists of resources available in Champaign County,Illinois including Job Training/High Demand Fields, Computer Classes, Job Skills/Resume Development, Scholarships, Transportation to Employment or Training, and more.

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Money Saving Programs

CQI Energy Cooperative: Pooling the purchasing power of regional businesses allows members to stabilize their electricity and natural gas costs. By purchasing energy in advance at a set rate, co-op members remove the uncertainty of fluctuating rates and add predictability to their budget projections. All members can participate in the energy savings program, though the savings each business receives will vary based on membership level.

Metro Money: Support the local business community with Metro Money - a gift certificate program sponsored by Kroger and administered by the Decatur Regional Chamber of Commerce. Metro Money comes in $5 and $20 denominations, never expires and can be used just like cash at over 40 locations. Many businesses use Metro Money to award employees for good performance and special occasions - and residents of Macon County purchase it to share with family and friends to help keep spending money local.

New Member Referrals: This is a continuous campaign to encourage chamber members to refer new businesses to join our chamber and to reward current members for each successful referral. This helps create a bigger and stronger chamber which can then provide bigger and better benefits for the ENTIRE membership. Each successful referral will reduce your annual membership dues by $50. Each new business who joins from your referral receives $25 off their annual membership. Click HERE to send a quick email to Membership Development.

Auto Owners Insurance Special Savings Program: Chamber members receive a 10% discount on personal home, auto, and umbrella coverage. Members also receive a 10 % discount on business auto, property, liability, and umbrella coverage. In addition to competitive rates, a complete line of products, and prompt, friendly claim service, you may be eligible for several additional discounts, such as multi-policy discounts, depending upon your individual circumstances.

Certificates of Origin: A certificate of origin is a document used in international trade. In a printed form or as an electronic document, it is completed by the exporter and certified by a recognized issuing body, attesting that the goods in a particular export shipment have been produced, manufactured or processed in a particular country. The Greater Decatur Chamber of Commerce will certify that local goods are produced in Macon County so they can be exported in a timely manner.

Macon County Illinois Free Food Pantries.

250 W Decatur
Decatur, Illinois 62522
Main phone number is 217-423-7783
The pantry is only open Wednesday from 10:00am-12pm.

Decatur Catholic Charities
Address is 239 W. Prairie
Decatur, IL 62523
Dial 217-428-3458
A number of assistance programs are available. The food pantry and clothing closet help low income Macon County families. There is also financial aid, supplies including diapers, hot meals served, and nutritional classes organized.

To See the Full List of Food Pantries Click Here

Macon County Colleges and Universities

Decatur Macon County Opportunities Corporation


For more information on LIHEAP and Weatherization, see the following links:

Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

Weatherization Program

Community Services Block Grants, assist low-income persons in working toward family stability. Persons assisted must meet CSBG income eligibility guidelines and be residents of Macon County to qualify for services.

To schedule an appointment, call 428-0155. No walk-ins are taken. The schedule for many of these activities appears in the Agency calendar.


The program provides information about available community resources and makes referrals to assist families in meeting their on-going needs.

Job Skills/Resume Development

Assistance is provided in developing resumes, applying for jobs on-line, and utilizing Job Search through the Illinois Worknet website.

DMCOC is a partner with the Workforce Investment Solutions for Macon and Dewitt County.

Computer Classes

DMCOC provides basic computer classes that include an introduction to computers, the internet, Microsoft Word and Excel for CSBG eligible low-income persons.

The classes are currently 4 weeks in length and meet for 3 days per week for 3 hours each day for a total of 36 hours of instruction.

Classes are provided throughout the year and you may call 217-428-0155 for information and an appointment.


Skills Training/Education

Transportation to Employment or Training

Transportation assistance is provided for up to 90 days, for low-income persons needing help to get to and from work, work training or school.

Potential participants must provide proof of employment or enrollment, address of employer or training location, contact info, and copies of work/training schedules.

Transportation is provided via bus cards or gas cards.

Equipment / Uniform / Supplies for Employment

Items, such as equipment, uniforms, or supplies can be purchased to ensure low-income persons obtain and/or retain employment.

Uniforms can include any work environment where employees are required to wear specific kinds of clothing.

Equipment or supplies may include tools or steel toed boots.

For more information (217) 428-0155

DMCOC Programs & Services


Once annually, the Agency provides scholarships to assist CSBG eligible low-income undergraduate students with tuition costs.

Students must be undergraduates, residents of Macon County, and attend an accredited school in Illinois. Applications are usually taken in June for the Fall semester.

If possible, scholarships are distributed early, so the funds can be used to cover the initial cost of tuition that must be paid by the student before school starts.

Please call (271) 428-0155

Macon County Industry Recognized Credential Training's

Richland Community College
1 College Park
Decatur, IL 62521

Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, & Refrigeration

The need for heating, air-conditioning, and refrigeration exists all over. Cooling and heating devices help regulate the temperature, humidity, and air quality in residential homes, commercial locations, and industrial facilities. Many items like food and medicine require refrigeration to keep them from spoiling. Technicians carry out repairs, maintenance, and installations of heating, air-conditioning, and refrigeration systems. As these systems are often called HVACR systems, workers are often referred to as HVACR technicians.

Frequently technicians will pick an area of specialization, be it in installation or maintenance and repair, though they are typically trained in both areas. A few technicians work solely with one type of device such as an oil burner, solar panel, or commercial refrigerator. Contracting businesses, manufacturers, and wholesalers often employ technicians. Technicians employed by smaller companies often install and maintain all types of systems.

Career & Technical Education Options

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