#GivingTuesdayNow is a new global day of giving and unity that will take place on May 5, 2020 – in addition to the regularly scheduled Dec 1, 2020 #GivingTuesday – as an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19. Generosity gives everyone the power to make a positive change in the lives of others and is a fundamental value anyone can act on. People can show their generosity in a variety of ways during #GivingTuesdayNow – whether it’s helping a neighbor, advocating for an issue, sharing a skill, or giving to causes, every act of generosity counts.
Show your generosity to some of the non-profits in Champaign. Learn more, share love, give back, and support local during #GivingTuesdayNow.
The Community Foundation has partnered with the United Way of Champaign County, establishing a local COVID-19 Relief Fund. This fund is granting resources — quickly and efficiently — to community-based organizations directly supporting residents most affected by emerging health, economic and social impacts.
Thanks to both this local relief fund and a grant from the Illinois COVID-19 Response Fund, 35 local nonprofit organizations have received more than $260,000 to provide vital resources in our area.
For more information or to donate, visit www.cfeci.org.
The Conservatory of Central Illinois | Downtown
The Conservatory is a not-for-profit community music school providing quality music education and experiences and transforming lives while building community through music. The CCI is modifying its lesson formats to provide musical experiences so important to its students by using online interactive music lessons through video and audio connections. The power of music is especially important during these times.
All are welcome to contribute to the CCI to assist in expanding our online program by supporting a student or teacher make and share music! A donation of any amount will be gladly accepted and can be mailed to 100 N. Chestnut, Suite 310, Champaign 61820.
Emmanuel Memorial Episcopal Church | Downtown
Numbers of local residents facing hunger are increasing, and you can help. Even in this difficult time, Emmanuel Church still daily gives out 24 sack lunches to the homeless and working poor. Only $60 buys a day of sack lunches, or you can choose a food or personal care item to ship via our Amazon wishlist.
Give and learn more at http://www.emmanuelmemorialepiscopal.org/sack-lunch-ministry.html
Illini Media Company | Campustown
Student Run since 1911 Illini Media’s mission is to provide a unique experiential learning environment to complement UIUC’s academic areas; to prepare Illinois students for future careers in print and digital media, broadcast, marketing, public relations, sales, fundraising and business.
Visit http://illinimedia.org/ for more information.
The Land Connection | Downtown
The Land Connection continues to connect our community to fresh local food, provide educational resources for farmers and the general public, and support farmers and producers in these difficult times. We’ve made a lot of changes during the pandemic, but we still remain committed to supporting local economies and creating new opportunities in the local food movement. We couldn’t do this without your generous support, and many of you have been stepping up in these unprecedented times to support The Land Connection and Champaign Farmers Market.
Share and contribute to The Land Connection’s #GivingTuesdayNow fundraiser at www.facebook.com/donate/233467204382220/
Orpheum Children’s Science Museum | Downtown
The Orpheum Children’s Science Museum is a community resource for learning and fun. At the OCSM, we continue to provide online services like an activity of the day, which can be found on our Facebook Page. Starting next week, we will begin doing a live version of our Animal Encounters program on both our Facebook and Instagram pages. Each week will focus on a different animal, and these will be held on Thursdays at 11:30 am.
Donations can be made by mailing check to 346 N Neil St Champaign, IL 61820 or through PayPal.
Written by Xander Hazel, Executive Director of the Champaign Center Partnership. Updated May 4, 2020.