Who We Are

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Bringing Community Together

SCUC is an organization of Southside neighborhood and homeowner association representatives, neighborhood watch groups, social service agencies, Southside businesses and residents who seek to improve the quality of life for individuals and families living and working in the Southside community of Peoria, Illinois.

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Our Primary Focus

The primary focus of SCUC is to develop partnerships with community stakeholders to educate residents and implement sustainable activities and programs that address neighborhood problems and concerns.

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Building Relationships

Community relationships are formed with residents of all ages and backgrounds.  SCUC is  now and has always been about building community.

SCUC Goals & Objectives


  • Enlighten the neighborhood of the importance of addressing challenges effecting the community
  • Educate residents by conducting forums to express and seek solutions to neighborhood concerns and improving communication with state and local government
  • Empower residents with the necessary tools and resources to affect positive changes
  • Encourage and assist in establishing new neighborhood associations and representation in unrepresented areas


  • Promote change and build neighborhood capacity
  • Establish partnerships to reduce crime.
  • Expand employment and recreation opportunities for young people
  • Obtain grant funding and resources for neighborhood programs
  • Promote advocacy, self-sufficiency, and personal responsibility
  • Promote a culture of wellness, safety and neighborhood beautification
  • Establish and promote a spirit of community unity and the importance of neighborhood participation
  • Identify funds for low-income home improvement projects
  • Tear down or fix up blighted abandoned properties
  • Identify employment and trade opportunities for residents
  • Promote homeownership
  • Identify and eliminate concerns that deter neighborhood economic development (crime, blight, infrastructure, etc.)
  • Identify resources to improve neighborhood sidewalks, streets and lighting
  • Advocate tougher regulations on Liquor stores in high crime areas

Ways to Help

Support the SCUC Community

Your donations will help us continue to reach our Goals & Objectives outlined above.  Every little bit helps!

(Donation information coming soon!)


You Can Move Mountains

One pair of hands is all we need to make a difference in the world. Find volunteer opportunities in our community!


Make A Positive Impact

Find ways to positively impact the Southside Community United For Change, Inc. neighborhood!


SCUC Meets
Every 3rd Saturday of the month (unless noted)
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Lincoln Branch Library
1312 W. Lincoln Avenue

P O Box 5953
Peoria, IL 61602


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