Tornado Relief Effort
: On Sunday, November 17, three confirmed tornado touchdowns occurred in Champaign County; the worst was in Gifford where an EF3 tornado destroyed at least 20 homes and heavily damaged at least 20 more, a total of 200 homes damaged. Governor Quinn has declared seven IL counties disaster areas, including Champaign County.
Since then, the Office of Volunteer Programs has received several questions about how to help the local victims.
We have confirmed that at this time, monetary donations are most desired.
- Call the American Red Cross at 1-800-RED-CROSS to donate and specify central Illinois tornadoes.
United Way has created the Gifford Area Relief Fund. 100% of donations will be used to support local nonprofits providing disaster relief in the Champaign County area, including but not limited to the American Red Cross, the Community Service Center of Northern Champaign County, and the Salvation Army. The funds will be used both immediately and in the coming weeks and months to help the community rebuild and recover.
On Wednesday, November 20, 2013, United Way will be at WCIA 3 News (across the street from the Champaign Public Library) from 6AM-6:30PM to accept cash and check donations for their Gifford Area Relief Fund. Donations will also be accepted online beginning immediately at www.uwayhelps.org/Gifford - please note Gifford in the notes box.
- Gifford State Bank has an account set up for Gifford Tornado Relief Fund - all three branches are open and accepting donations. If you want to stay out of the area, call 217-568-7311.
- The Champaign County Chamber of Commerce has established a Business Emergency Relief Grant Program. It is taking tax-deductible donations through the Community Foundation of East Central Illinois to help support affected businesses. More information is available via the Chamber's website.
If you want to donate items, the following places are collecting them (see individual site for details):
- State Sen. Mike Frerichs, a Gifford native, is accepting donations at his two offices: "We are collecting clothing for kids and adults, coats, blankets, non-perishable food items, bottled water, baby items, toiletries, personal hygiene products, dog food, cat food, first aid supplies, over the counter medications, garbage bags, and plastic storage totes. You can drop off donations Monday through Friday at the following locations:
Danville Office: (28 W. North Street, 1st Floor, Danville) from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m.
Champaign Office: (45 E. University St., Suite 206, Champaign) from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
If you are interested in volunteering
in Gifford, you are asked to call the United Way at 217-352-5151
and United Way will keep a list for the American Red Cross. Please note that due to the developing nature of the situation, not all volunteers may be called immediately to assist.
If you or a registered student organization is interested in organizing your own relief effort, please contact the Office of Volunteer Programs at 217.333.7424
and we will be happy to assist you.
Holiday Gift Drive
November 22nd through December 18th
The Holiday Gift Drive collects new, unwrapped gifts (toys, books, games, gift cards) to be distributed to underserved and underprivileged children ages 5-17 during the holiday season. Gifts for toddlers, children and teens will be collected through Wednesday, December 18th. Donate one or more new, unwrapped toys worth $15 or less in the OVP (288 Illini Union Quad Side) between 10 AM and 4:30 PM Monday through Friday.
To Register your intended donation go to: go.illinois.edu/toy
To Register to volunteer for the event go to: go.illinois.edu/holidayvolunteer
Office of Volunteer Programs Service Ambassadors: We are now accepting applications for the Spring 2014 OVP Service Ambassador Program. We are looking for passionate individuals who are interested in learning more about service work, impacting the community in a lasting way, and gaining valuable professional experience. In order to apply you must be a freshman or a sophomore with volunteer experience and a passion for service. The spring semester consists of an 8-week course that combines theoretical, practical, and creative outlooks on service-learning and volunteerism. The spring and fall semesters will have opportunities for leadership activities and participation in volunteer events through OVP.
In order to apply for the OVP Service Ambassador Program please follow the link http://go.illinois.edu/ambassador
Together we donated nearly 1,000 cans to the Eastern Illinois Foodbank (EIF). For more information on Hunger needs in East Central Illinois, visit http://www.eifoodbank.org.
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To find more volunteer opportunities, visit: http://www.cuvolunteer.org/
For more information on any of the above events, contact OVP at email@example.com or (217) 333-7424.
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Please note: due to the overwhelming demand, OVP is unable to use the Volunteer Listserv to advertise fundraisers, drives or philanthropy, unless sponsored directly by the Office of Volunteer Programs.
Agency Information Update Form: OVP is updating agency information in its student handbook. If your community agency has new volunteer management staff, or would like to update your volunteer opportunities, please complete the form:https://illinois.edu/fb/sec/3085249.