Carbondale, Ill. - Aur Beck, the owner of AES Solar and a long-time community volunteer, says "the hardest thing for me to say is 'no'." His willingness to say "yes" and support others has been a boon for the Carbondale community, where Beck volunteers through numerous organizations. Thanks to his extensive contributions, Beck has received a ‘Neighborly’ Award inspired by Fred Rogers for his service as an educator and all-around great neighbor and community member.

Southern Illinois University

Across campus, spaces are outlined by tape and signs showing Southern Illinois University Carbondale students they can donate their gently used appliances, clothes, and dorm furniture instead of throwing them in the landfill.  

The opportunity is a part of this year's "Give Before You Go" initiative. Coordinated in collaboration with SIU Housing, the Sustainability Office and local stakeholders, the event's goal is to divert unwanted items to a new home instead of the landfill, according to the Sustainability Program Coordinator Karen Schauwecker.

Brian Flath, WSIU

Six area Child Advocacy Centers are getting a financial bump, thanks to the local Rotary District.