C-U at Home cancels fundraiser
CHAMPAIGN — C-U at Home has canceled its next fund-raiser, One Summer Day, that was set for June 28.
Melany Jackson, executive director of the nonprofit organization, said the cancellation was driven by low participation and a need to focus all attention on the opening of the Phoenix, a daytime drop-in center for the homeless, that is coming up in August.
When the event was canceled 12 days beforehand, Jackson said, sign-ups were in the "single-digits."
Participants in One Summer Day, held at Champaign's Hessel Park, raised money by walking around the park pushing grocery carts, strollers or pulling wagons, and people attending the event were asked to bring donated items for the homeless that were shared among other local agencies.
Jackson said there may have been more people signing up closer to the event, but it was taking too much time trying to stage One Summer Day plus get the Phoenix ready for its grand opening and open house set for 2-5 p.m. Aug. 16.
Many details remain to be taken care of for that opening, she said.
The organization still needs some donations for the drop-in center in the way of a couple of office desks, some music equipment, such as hand drums, and art supplies, Jackson said.
The biggest need is for financial donations to cover the cost of operating the drop-in center, she said. The open house will include tours and a chance for people make donations that day, she added.
C-U at Home has signed a one-year lease on a former bar space at 215 S. Neil St., C, where its daytime drop-in center will be located. It is intended to serve as a shelter out of the elements and place for services for the homeless.