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WERC Announces $200,000 "Build a Better Community" Capital Campaign – March 29, 2011

West End Redevelopment Corporation (WERC) continues to make strides in restoration and revitalization in West Belleville. WERC is a 501(c)(3) public charity that serves as a catalyst for home ownership, neighborhood stabilization and community revitalization in the West End of Belleville. True to that mission, WERC has recently completed the renovation of three homes – two on Olympia Drive and one at 20 S. 101st St.

The two Olympia homes have recently sold, and we welcome the new homeowners to the neighborhood. The 101 Street property is for sale with a lease/purchase option possible to a qualified buyer.

Additionally, a two-bedroom home purchased at 110 N. 98th St. is in the planning stage for renovation. WERC also acquired a building at 9700 W. Main St. and uses part of the space for its office. Exterior and interior renovation of the building is also in the planning stages, for aesthetic purposes as well as more efficient use as the organization's office and as a symbol of community vitality.

Going forward, WERC is committed to continuing its efforts at community revitalization,hosting informational meetings and working with neighborhood associations to examineneighborhood concerns and initiating beautification projects in West Belleville.

All of this important work requires considerable resources, both human and financial. A capital fund campaign with a goal of $200,000 is under way and we are looking to you for financial support. Restoration and renovation costs for the 9700 W. Main building, to make it shine as a jewel property and anchor of the West End as well as enhance its appeal for resale or lease, are estimated at $110,000.00. An additional $90,000.00 is sought to cover ongoing operational costs for the organization. Please consider making a donation today. This is an important investment in your community that can directly impact your quality of life and the value of your property. Donations at any level are vital to our efforts.

It is our intention to further promote this capital campaign in the local media and so watch for that. In addition, a member of the organization will be contacting you in the near future to make certain you have received this letter and to answer any questions you might have.

Your fully tax-deductible donations to WERC enable us to continue our mission of community revitalization and stability in West Belleville. So, please help us achieve our goal. You can donate by sending a check to: WERC, 9700 W. Main St., Belleville, IL, 6223, or donate online directly from our website. We encourage you to visit the website and register your e-mail address so we can keep you regularly informed of WERC's progress.

Help us continue building an even better West End, a great place to live, work and play. Donate Now!

Contact: Linda Havlin
Executive Director, WERC
Mobile: 618-792-9091