Contact Us

Laura Holland
Program Coordinator, 4-H Youth Development Metro/Unity
University of Illinois Extension
UNITY Community Center
632 Orlando Avenue
Normal, IL 61761
Phone: 309-862-4041
FAX: 309-663-8270
laurarh3@illinois.edu

Elizabeth Repplinger
Program Coordinator, 4-H Youth Development -Unity Community Center
University of Illinois Extension
UNITY Community Center
632 Orlando Avenue
Normal, IL 61761
Phone: 309-862-4041
FAX: 309-663-8270
pegg@illinois.edu

Afiwa Tete
Program Coordinator, 4-H Youth Development -Unity Community Center
University of Illinois Extension
UNITY Community Center
632 Orlando Avenue
Normal, IL 61761
Phone: 309-862-4041
FAX: 309-663-8270
amensanh@illinois.edu

Carolyn Hansen
Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, Metro - McLean County
University of Illinois Extension
UNITY Community Center
632 Orlando Avenue
Normal, IL 61761
Phone: 309-862-4041
FAX: 309-663-8270
cshansen@illinois.edu

UNITY Community Center

UNITY Community Center

Unity Wish List

UNITY Wish List

This list has big items and small items. Some of the items can be gently used hand-me-downs. Many items are also available on Amazon.com at lower cost.

ON-GOING NEEDS: PAPER TOWELS, PAPER/PLASTIC PLATES & CUPS, disposable FORKS & SPOONS

KITCHEN SUPPLIES: Please ensure products have NSF rating. Click here for retailers/products.

·         KitchenAid Stand Mixer

·         Food processor

·         Kitchen knives

·         Stainless steel mixing bowls

·         Cleaning towels

·         Cloth towels

·         Pot holders.

ACTIVITIES/PROGRAM MATERIALS:

littlebits* "The LEGO of the future." Help us develop an Innovation Hour with magnetic blocks that help teach about electronics, programming, and logic.

Roominate* - Develops young girls' confidence and enthusiasm for math, science, and learning through fun hands-on play. Roominate is a kit of building pieces and circuit components with which a child can use her creativity to design, build, wire, and decorate her own unique interactive room. Encourages women in technology.

Ozobots or Sphero Robots – Classroom kits available. These robots are leaders in STEAM programming for schools and after school programs. Working in STEAM programs helps youth understand math, science, and literacy concepts in new and exciting ways. Learning programming and coding surpasses common language boundaries and provides access to concepts for all age and ability levels.

FLASH CARDS: Kid-friendly: (AT THIS TIME WE HAVE SUFFICIENT SUPPLIES OF BASIC MATH FACT FLASH CARDS)

  • French-English
  • Spanish-English
  • American Sign Language
  • English vocabulary/grammar
  • ACT/SAT preparation flash cards

BOOKS:

Toon Books - Comics are a gateway to literacy, especially for reluctant readers. Many titles are now available in paperback for around $5. Available from Amazon or your local book seller.

ESL/ELL Books – This site has book lists for all ESL/ELL grade levels to benefit all our students!

New CHAPTER BOOKS – books that will engage our older readers. Check out the ALA Best of the Best Lists for ideas!

Chapter and Picture Books to teach acceptance and diversity. K-8 list. These books help youth understand their cultural, ethnic, and individual differences while encouraging them to embrace the diversity in their worlds.

GAMES:

CLASSIC GAMES: Helps students develop cognitive skills, motor skills, and emotional-regulation skills.

LANGUAGE/VOCABULARY GAMES: Helps students increase vocabulary and literacy skills; great for ESL, struggling/reluctant readers, and students with learning disabilities.

·         Scrabble Slam

·         Scrabble Jr.

·         Balderdash (great for our teens!)

·         Upwords

·         Funglish

·         You've Been Sentenced!

·         Banangrams

·         Scattegories (great for our teens!)

·         Rory’s Story Cubes

TECHNOLOGY/COMPUTER SCIENCE GAMES: These games develop problem-solving, creative thinking, social skills, cognitive skills, and teamwork. Programming and software engineering careers are in high demand, especially for our young women!

·         Code Monkey Island

·         Code Master Programming Logic (Minecraft concepts)

·         Robot Turtles

·         Mastermind

OUTDOOR GAMES: Increase physical dexterity, gross motor skills, physical health, teamwork, social skills.

·         Parachute 20 FT

·         Parachute Balls

·         Swing Ball

·         Pop Up Badminton Set

·         Scoop Ball

·         Hula Hoops and Storage Bag

RAINY DAY INSIDE GAMES: Benefits physical dexterity, gross motor skills, physical health, teamwork, and social skills. The best part? We can play inside when it’s cold, rainy, or snowy!

·         Twister Hop Scotch

·         Toss Across

·         Jigsaw puzzles (all levels)

·         Puzzle board/storage (great for work to be ongoing!)

DVDs: Kid-friendly/educational for Friday Fun Night and teachable moments. G or PG rated

Musical instruments: (drums, bass guitar, keyboards, etc.) for our teen group to learn and practice.

Electric pencil sharpener: currently have a hand crank one and a battery operated one

Headphones: Over the ear style for kids to use during homework time. Kid size Teen size

Bean Bag Chairs: Great seating for our youth during reading time! “Big Joe” brand on Amazon has many designs and colors at reasonable options; including sports themes and polka dots!

Storage Drawers: To organize hygiene products in teen bathroom.

Collapsible Wagon: This will enable us to transport jugs of water, cups, snacks, first aid kit, sunscreen, and other necessary items for the students when we visit community areas for field trips/events.

Water Carrier: Will be used to take water on local trips and outdoors for our students during field trips/outdoor play.

Reusable water pouches: for summer camps/youth activities

Ice packs

Gift Cards: To purchase fresh fruits and vegetables to serve students and distribute in monthly food boxes.

iTunes Gift Cards: Any amount - for interactive educational games for youth and data-collection and community-management tools for staff