Giving Tuesday!

“2:30 – 6:30 p.m. daily”

Dear Friends,

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, children are at a greater risk of being victims of a violent crime between 2:30 p.m. and 6 p.m.  These are dangerous hours for city youth; hours “mayhem” might disrupt a child’s life, stealing their future success.

For over 50 years, Common Place Family Learning Center has provided a welcome resource for young people in grades Kindergarten through 8th and their parents.  Common Place offers an after school snack and dinner meal, homework help, community activities and outreach opportunities.  From 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and on Saturdays, Common Place staff and volunteers support academic and emotional needs helping youth to increase confidence, improve interaction with others, and reach their academic goals.

To meet the need this Giving Tuesday 2017, our Common Place goal is $20,000.

Giving Tuesday 2017 is your opportunity to help Common Place Family Learning Center.

  • Your gift of $250 to Common Place will support one student’s After School experience for an entire month.
  • Your gift of $2500 will support an academic year and summer activities!
  • Financial gifts of any size are always welcome and appreciated!

Please participate in Giving Tuesday 2017.  Share your financial gift with Common Place! 

To donated online simply click on the Donate Now button located in the tab section at the top of this page.

Warm regards,

Pamela Rumba, Executive Director

Meet Charles…

Charles is 20-something young man with a bright smile. He is struggling with math – and admits it. With the additional understanding of math, he believes that he can take and pass his GED.  Every job he has applied for has required a high school diploma and he believes obtaining his GED is the ticket to a successful future. Charles arrives early to Common Place every morning. He is always outside the building by 7:00 a.m. and sometimes earlier. When the ED arrives at 7:30 a.m. , he comes on inside to begin working on his math and has a cup of coffee.  While we do not know too much about Charles’ background, he is committed to becoming a part of the fabric of Common Place and more than once has been encouraging of other student’s often twice his age or older.  If we continue to mentor Charles and remain available to assist his educational goals, we believe along with Charles that he will succeed.

Common Place Family Learning Center is currently interviewing for the following positions.  All qualified individuals should apply. 

Please direct questions to

Common Place Adult Literacy Program Director

Common Place Youth Program K-1st Grade Lead Teacher

Common Place Youth Program 5- 6th Grade Lead Teacher

Common Place Youth Program 7th 8th Grade Lead Teacher



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Thank you Bradley University students for a day of volunteering!

Want to help an adult learn to read and write, or improve their literacy skills?  Contact our Adult Literacy Program today to learn how you can help!

Common Place employee, Kathryn Hines greeting a group of volunteers at our latest Tutor Training Workshop.
Common Place Board of Governors member and volunteer tutor, Roberta Koscielski talks about begin a tutor at our recent Tutor Training Workshop.





Welcome to Common Place!

Common Place is a social service agency on Peoria’s South Side changing lives through the mission to:

 Embrace diversity and improve lives through education and family support

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At Common Place, educational programs start with our Youth Programs, grades K-12. Our Youth Programs offer academic assistance, life skills, and cultural enrichment to build self esteem and success in school.

Common Place literacy programs help adults learn reading, writing, and math skills and acquire

self-esteem and self-confidence needed to obtain employment.

Browse our website to learn more about what Common Place is doing for the community!



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