CHAMPAIGN — C-U at Home is seeking about 100 volunteers to help with its upcoming fund-raiser for the homeless, One Winter Night, set for Feb. 3-4.
The event will be held in downtown Champaign along Neil Street, as more than two dozen people spend the night sleeping out in the cold in cardboard boxes.
C-U at Home hopes to raise awareness about the community's most fragile homeless and money to house more than a dozen homeless people in the local community who have been identified as most vulnerable to dying in the streets.
Participants who will be spending the night in boxes include Champaign Mayor Don Gerard, Champaign-Urbana Public Health District Administrator Julie Pryde, several area pastors and others.
C-U at Home founder Melany Jackson said volunteers are needed to help with a variety of tasks, such as helping receive donations and serving as warming station hosts between 5 p.m. Feb 3 and 7 a.m. Feb 4.
Help is also needed with setup beforehand and tearing down afterward.
Each participant will be in his or her cardboard box from 5 to 9 p.m., and then will remain in the box for an additional hour for every $100 raised on his or her behalf for up to 10 additional hours or $1,000 raised.
For more information about One Winter Night or to make a donation, see the website at http://www.cuathome.us .