Chamber Welcomes Helping Hands Resale Shops

The Pontiac Chamber was happy to welcome Helping Hands Resale Shops to the Chamber and to Pontiac. They are located at 101 E. Madison St., formally Frugality.

Resale Director Matt had this to say, “Helping Hands is open for business! We are a one stop shop for everything you might need. We’ve got something for the whole family! We are open 10 – 5 Tuesday to Saturday. We take donations of clothes, household items, furniture, tools, electronics, you name it.”

He added, “Helping Hands is a non-profit resale shoppe. Every week we share the proceeds from our sales with a different group in Pontiac and the surrounding area. Groups can apply to receive funds from sales of one of the weeks. Also, our shoppes are almost entirely volunteer run. So, if you’re looking to raise funds for a charitable group, or for a place to volunteer, we’re the place for you! You can help us by shopping, by donating your goods and by volunteering.”

Representative Bennett Hands out Help for the Holidays

The Chamber recently held an “Off the Clock” event at Illinois State Representative, Tom Bennett’s new office at 305 W. Madison St. Attending guests brought canned goods, toys, etc… to donate to Pontiac’s Salvation Army. Rep. Bennett, then, donated a part of his salary to the Salvation Army as well. Deb Howard of the United Way of Livingston County and Cat Coppinger from the Pontiac Area Chamber of Commerce were happy to receive the goodies and then deliver it to the Salvation Army at 112 N. Division St. If you or someone you know would benefit from their services they can also be reached by 815-844-5005.

Happy Holidays for Three Lucky Winners

Congratulations to our Holiday Raffle winners! Cody won the jackpot of $1500 worth of Pontiac Chamber Gift Certificates to be used at our local members. The 2nd place prize of $100 in certificates goes to Brad and Debi won our $50 in gift certificates 3rd place prize.

Thank you to our Board members for selling the tickets. The biggest thank you goes to all of you who purchsed tickets. The Chamber appreciates the support of all of our members and our great community.

Chamber Welcomes Julie Moore Vision Homes Group, RE/MAX Rising with Ribbon Cutting

The Pontiac Chamber welcomed Julie Moore to the “family” with a Ribbon Cutting and Open House. Let’s let Julie tell you about her story, “Vision Homes Group, RE/MAX Rising became a team November 13, 2020. We have a highly productive team that serves all of central IL. As of now we have 2 agents serving the Livingston Co area. Julie Moore 815-867-1257 and Aubrey Graves 815-641-3830. A third agent, Trevor Runyon is onboarding soon! You can reach us on our cell phones or stop by our Downtown Pontiac office at 201 W Madison St. Pontiac.”

“I myself have always had a passion for real estate and the timing was right 8 years ago and I made the leap to become a Realtor! Our team’s motto is Relationships Over Transactions. We feel if we take care of people with their largest investment in their lives that all else will fall into place. Vision Homes Group has recently partnered with Guestwork, Property Management also located at our office! We are all very determined to work hard and strive forward to help out in our community,” –Julie MooreRealtor / Vision Homes Group RE/MAX Rising Web: vision Phone: 815-867-1257visionhomesgroup.comPhone:  815-867-1257 Email:

Chamber Welcomes Guestwork with a Ribbon Cutting

GuestWork LLC: A Property Management Company is “specializing in short-term lodging, experiences and retreats; connecting our team, systems, knowledge and expertise to your properties” Our services also include Property Management for long term landlords, investors and tenants; residential and commercial services including cleaning/maid service, IT, lawn care, curbside trash, handyman/maintenance, small moves/short distances, and pool/hot tub maintenance.

Contact Denise Graves GuestWork LLC 815-842-7556

“Off the Clock” Event Tuesday, November 16th

You’re Invited to the Pontiac Chamber of Commerce”Off the Clock” Hosted by Illinois State Representative Tom Bennett. Tuesday November 16th.

Join us for a Ribbon Cutting & Tour to celebrate his new location at 305 W Madison St. 4-6P.

“Give thanks… Give Food” for the local food pantries. Please bring non- perishable food items, toys, etc to help those in need have a wonderful Holiday! Please RSVP to

Chamber Welcomes G.S. Heating & Electric

The Pontiac Chamber welcomed G.S. Heating & Electric with a Ribbon Cutting at their location 205 W. Madison St.. Steven Henry and Greg Stock opened their business to serve the community and get to know people.
Services include duct cleaning, installation of heating/air conditioning units, diagnostic, & repair, all at competitive rates. Their service area currently spans a 30 mile radius of Pontiac, IL. 205 W. Madison St. *

Extraordinary Changes for Evenglow

The Lodge at Evenglow held a groundbreaking ceremony and unveiled the plans to the new Lodge that will be built out at the Inn. Evenglow Senior Living opened in October of 1958 in response for a need for quality care for seniors. Mrs. Ada Swords was concerned about a number of retired people she new living alone who craved friendship and social relationships. Her legacy gift helped to establish a United Methodist retirement community that would be open to all regardless of religious affiliation. And as they say, “the rest is history”.

The new buildings will allow Evenglow to meet the need of residents and the community for generations to come. For more information about giving opportunities, please contact Charlotte Hoffmann, Director of Development at 815-844-6131 ext. 248. 1200 Evenglow Ln, Pontiac, IL 61764 *215 E. Washington St. * *

Joan Bullard Realty Moves In

The Pontiac Chamber has welcomed a new tenant; Joan Bullard Realty has moved in. Joan will still maintain her location in Odell, but now has a “home” in Pontiac; an area she has embraced. Joan also serves on the Chamber Board of Directors among many other Boards. 210 N. Plum St. Pontiac *112 W Tremont St, Odell, IL 60460 * *

The Lodge at Evenglow Goes “Off the Clock”

The rain rain went away and the sun shone for our “Off the Clock” with the Lodge at Evenglow. The evening was beautiful with a nice crowd. We enjoyed refreshments by Chef Shelly and were able to see the plans for the new facility to be constructed next to the Inn at Evenglow. It was great to meet the new President & CEO Cindy Wegner and some of the staff. 215 E. Washington St. *