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For more information about these organizations, you can also contact Student Community Service at 217-581-6048 or volunteer@eiu.edu.

HOPE of East Central Illinois (Coalition Against Domestic Violence)

HOPE of East Central Illinois is a private, non-profit domestic violence advocacy organization serving the counties of Coles, Clark, Cumberland, Douglas, Edgar, Moultrie and Shelby. HOPE stands for housing, outreach, prevention and education.

Volunteers are needed to answer basic phone calls, informing callers of services and coordinating plans with the caller.

Contact Person: Angie Hunt
Telephone: 217-348-8815
Website: http://www.hope-eci.org/

CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates)

CASA is the only volunteer organization to empower everyday citizens as officers of the court. In an overburdened social welfare system, abused and neglected children often slip through the cracks among hundreds of current cases. CASA volunteers change that. Appointed by judges, CASA volunteers typically handle just one case at a time — and commit to staying on that case until the child is placed in a safe, permanent home. While others may come and go, CASA volunteers provide the one constant that children need in order to thrive.

Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age. Volunteers are needed to work with programs, special projects, fundraising, and letter writing campaigns.

Contact Person: Susan Bulla
Telephone: 217-348-0599
Website: www.nationalcasa.org

CACECI (Children's Advocacy Center of East Central Illinois)

Provides a child-friendly environment that serves as a central location for providing the many services needed by children who are victims of sexual and/or physical abuse in order to minimize the trauma to the child victim in the aftermath of their ordeal. 616 Sixth St., Charleston, IL.

Volunteers are needed to put together family packets and sort items, among other office support tasks.

For more information:
Contact Person: Pam Riddle, Director
Telephone: 217-345-8250
Email: childadvocacy@consolidated.net
Website: www.caceci.org