Empty Tomb seeks more than 1,000 volunteers

CHAMPAIGN — Empty Tomb, a Champaign Christian service organization,still needs more than 1,000 people to sign up for its next Mega Work-A-Thon fund-raiser set for March 1.

The organization needs 1,200 people to sign up, and so far only 11 have registered, says its Coordinator Shannon Cook.

Empty Tomb requires its volunteers and participants in its work events to belong to or attend a Christian Church.

People are being asked to sign up and donate $80, or obtain the money through sponsors, for the event that will take place from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 1 at several churches and other locations.

Some participants will read the Gospel of John to children of lower-income families who are being invited for readings, games and food.

Some participants will focus on building 25 clothing cupboards for kids in the community who don't have a place to store their clothes and some will deliver donated furniture and do maintenance projects at area homes.

Cook said readings will be done at seven area churches, and people signing up will be assigned locations for various tasks.

Empty Tomb is hoping to raise more than $40,000 to reach its total goal of having a $120,000 reserve fund to pay its bills on time during months when donations are slim.

The organization's staff of 15 wasn't paid Feb. 1, and employees could be facing another payday without checks come Saturday, depending on the financial situation, Cook said.

For more information on the Mega Work-A-Thon and to register, see the organization's website: http://www.emptytomb.org

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wayward wrote on February 13, 2014 at 11:02 am

Empty Tomb requires its volunteers and participants in its work events to belong to or attend a Christian Church.

Well, I guess they can set any kind of criteria they want, but I won't feel much sympathy for them if they can't get the 1000 volunteers they're seeking.

shurstrike wrote on February 13, 2014 at 12:02 pm

Don't take it personally.  Christ's biblical commands for his followers to help others wasn't directed to non-believers.  Empty Tomb is merely adhering to the biblical mandate and, as in the past, many less fortunate in the community will benefit from it.  How can that be a bad thing?

Heather J. wrote on February 13, 2014 at 12:02 pm

I guess I just don't get it. If you have a bunch of able-bodied volunteers who want to give their time and effort to help others in OUR community, why does it matter if they attend a Christian church or not? 

Emtpy Tomb is happy to accept monetary donations from anyone whether they attend a Christian Church or not. Why are people's time and labor not good enough of a donation UNLESS they attend a Christian church? 

I have volunteered for Catholic Charaties doing the same thing, basically. I went and did yardwork at several homes of elderly people. They sure as heck didn't care if I went to a church or not. (I'm not Catholic either) I was happy to help out in the spirit of community and charity. 

When it comes to my yearly business and personal donations, Empty Tomb will not be on my list.