Bellwood Creates Nonprofit To Return Taste Profits Back To Community

Sunday, January 6, 2019 || By Igor Studenkov || @maywoodnews

Featured image: Attendees take photos of a ride during last year’s Taste of Bellwood. | File

On Dec. 19, 2018, during the final board meeting before the new year, the village of Bellwood’s Board of Trustees voted to create the Bellwood Cares nonprofit organization, which  will be responsible for distributing any profits generated by the annual Taste of Bellwood to local community organizations, school districts and institutions.

Bellwood Mayor Andre Harvey said that the nonprofit is something that he’s been thinking about putting together since the Taste of Bellwood first happened two years ago. Although the Taste hasn’t been profitable yet, Harvey said that he wanted to create the nonprofit, so that it will be in place when the event does turn a profit. 

Harvey said that he has seen other west suburban events donate their profits to charities, and that local nonprofits often ask the village for money. 

“In the Village of Bellwood, we are all about the community, we are all about family,” he said. “We have a great community within the village of Bellwood and we want to contribute to that.”

Harvey explained that Bellwood Cares will be run by a five-member board that will include himself, a village trustee, a village employee and Bellwood resident. 

The mayor said that he hasn’t settled on whether that fifth member would be another village resident or a representative of some other constituency. The board will decide how to allocate the money on case-by-case basis. 

Harvey said that there will be an application process, and instructions will be posted on the village website. He did emphasize that “you’re not going to have someone of the street” walking in and asking for money; rather, it would be geared toward Bellwood organizations. Harvey cited the Boys and Girls Club, the local Boy Scouts and a local football program as specific examples. VFP

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