Holiday Volunteering - 2018

Volunteers make the winter holidays bright for so many in our community. Here, we'll keep a list of opportunites that your company or family could help with. We hope you'll take some time during this busy season to give back!

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Last updated 11-7-2018

Adopt-a-Family Programs

Adopt-a-Family is a great way for your group, organization or family to make an impact. Each local group organizes their program a little bit differently. Please contact them to learn more about their program. 




Contact Person

Children’s Advocacy Center

201 Kenyon Rd. Suite #1

Champaign, IL 61820

Kari May


Ph: 217-384-1266

Developmental Services Center

1304 W. Bradley Ave

Champaign, IL 61821

Janice McAteer


Ph: 217-356-9176

Cunningham Children’s Home

1301 N. Cunningham Avenue

Urbana, IL 61802

Taylor Tureskis


Ph:  217-337-9074

Northern Champaign County Community Service Center – Rantoul


520 E Wabash Ave, Rantoul, IL 61866

Andy Kulczycki


Ph: 217-893-1530

Salvation Army


2212 North Market

Champaign, IL 61821

Robin Mathis


Ph: 217-373-7832

Group Volunteering and Community Collection Drives

United Way and Subaru #ShareTheLove Book Drive

GIVE THE GIFT OF READING! Build literacy in Champaign County by donating new or gently used children's books (ages 0-5 preferred!) at Subaru of Champaign County. The book drive runs from November 15 through December 31. United Way's early literacy partners will make sure all books are distributed to local families.

Need ideas for books? Visit our Amazon Wish List.

Eastern Illinois Foodbank

EIF will be hosting a Regular & Family Repack on Tuesday, November 27th. The Family Repack is open to families with children 5 years old and older.  The Regular Repack is open to children 10 year's old and older.Children 5 - 13 years old MUST be accompanied by their parent.  

All Repacks are held at our facility located at 2405 N. Shore Dr., Urbana, IL 61802.   

Crisis Nursery

  • Safe Children Program Volunteer: Works directly with childcare staff and children, providing emotional and physical support, while also creating a safe environment for children. Time commitment is typically 2-3 hours weekly for a minimum of 6 months. Must be 18 years of age.
  • Holiday Shop Volunteer: Assist staff with set up/tear down, assisting children with shopping for gifts/wrapping the gifts. Dates for Holiday Shop are December 1-8. We are at a new location this year: 1808 Round Barn Road, Champaign. Groups and individuals are encouraged to help with this fun event!
  • Groups, clubs, or agencies looking to give back? We can work with small groups to coordinate a one-time opportunity to come to Crisis Nursery and assist with cleaning our facility: vacuuming, sanitizing toys, washing windows, etc. Contact the volunteer coordinator at 217-337-2731 

Toys for Tots

The Champaign County Toys for Tots program collects and purchases new and unwrapped toys to deliver to local underprivileged children. We gather these donations at collection sites, fundraising events, and through generous local donations from November 5th, 2018 through December 23rd, 2018. Volunteers are needed! Learn more on their website.

Holiday Meals

Is your group hosting a free or low cost holiday meal? Please let us know so we can add it here. Email Mary Noel Stefan.

Coat Drives

Champaign Unit 4 Schools "Warm A Kid"

To add an opportunity to this list, email Mary Noel Stefan.

Faith-based opportunities may be listed here, as long as a lack of participation in the faith based mission does not disqualify a person from being served or participating.