I’m originally from the Champaign-Urbana area in IL and there is a women’s shelter there that is desperate need of money. Thanks to the State of Illinois being over $110,000 behind in its funding to A Woman’s Place–formerly called A Woman’s Fund, and the only shelter of its kind serving Champaign, Douglas, Piatt and Ford counties–the shelter is now against the ropes and very badly needs your help. They’ve had to lay off the bulk of their staff, and have others working with no real idea of when a paycheck might arrive. Things are as dire as they’ve ever been for them.
A Woman’s Place is the area’s only domestic violence shelter. Among the services provided are things like transitional housing, court advocacy, a 24-hour hotline and counseling for both women and children. These services are provided at no charge.
I would like to ask for monetary donations to take back with me when I go for Christmas. There is a benefit event on the 18th that I will be attending and you can opt to use your money to buy raffle tickets at that event, or I can just donate the money for you. If you put it in an envelope with your name and address, a receipt will be sent to you for tax purposes, if you so desire. You may also mail your donations directly to 1304 E. Main St., Urbana, IL 61802 and this method will also produce a receipt mailed back to you. You can also donate through the AWF website, but that route results in a percentage being taken out of the total donation (by the online payment company), so you can do more with your dollars by getting it directly to the shelter.
Here is a list of the prizes for the raffle so far:
-Grand Prize: 42″ LG 1080p LCD HDTV
-Large steel Red Bull Chiller (wall plug in)
-2 Dinners for 2 at Chili’s (Champaign)
-Dinner for Two at JT Walker’s (Mahomet) – includes 2 entrees, 1 appetizer and 2 soft drinks.
-$50.00 Gift certificate, t-shirt and coffee mug from Reynold’s Towing
-$40.00 Gift card to Crane Alley (Urbana)
-$25.00 Gift card to any El Toro resturant
-$25.00 Gift card to V. Picasso (new tapas bar and lounge in Urbana)
-2 Movie posters from Beverly Cinemas
Obviously the bulk of the prizes are local so I will purchase them off of you if you win since I can actually use them.
All of this information can be found here:
And of course, if anyone is feeling like a road trip, I will be in the area most of Dec so you are welcome to join for some events if you want but I have a feeling none are so appealing that you’d want to make the 2hr trip