More than $12,000 raised for homeless services
CHAMPAIGN — Summer heat didn't stop folks with hearts for the homeless.
C-U at Home raised more than $12,000 for itself and six other local agencies serving the homeless through its June 30 One Summer Day fundraiser in Champaign's Hessel Park, said C-U at Home's leader and founder Melany Jackson.
Despite the heat of the day, there were more than 100 participants walking, pushing grocery carts and pulling wagons, she said. Donated items for the homeless brought by onlookers filled eight grocery carts, Jackson said.
The donations, along with the money raised, were shared with the other agencies, she said. They included the Daily Bread Soup Kitchen, the Canteen Run, TIMES Center, Restoration Urban Ministries, Austin's Place and St. Jude Catholic Worker House.
More than 50 volunteers, Jackson said.
C-U at Home is striving to find homes for Champaign-Urbana's most vulnerable homeless people living in the street, and is currently supporting two people in housing, Jackson said.
One or two people more may be housed in August with the potential addition of another house, she said.
C-U at Home plans to hold its next fundraiser, One Winter Night, Feb. 1-2, 2013.