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