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EIU Civic Engagement and Volunteerism

Advocacy/Crisis Support Agencies

For more information about these organizations, please contact our office at 217-581-3967 or email

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

CASA of East Central Illinois (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: Kristen Bertrand
Telephone: 217-348-0599

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

American Red Cross

If you like to help people, you have come to the right place. The Red Cross is recruiting volunteers to be trained and ready to respond to disasters. The Red Cross involves annually matching knowledge, skills, interests and experiences of individuals with opportunities to serve their community. Your American Red Cross needs you!

Volunteers are needed to assist with blood drives and local relief efforts.

Contact Person: Valerie Goodwin
Telephone: 217-345-5166

Catholic Charities

Catholic Charities agencies throughout the country are an integral part of the safety net that keeps people from utter destitution. We provide a continuum of services — food, clothing, housewares, medical equipment, and others — that give people a leg up when life has knocked them down.

Volunteers are needed to help with clothes sorting, cleaning, testing electrical, repairing furniture, and general maintenance work. Volunteers are also needed to help with special events and projects.

Contact Person: Debbie Albin
Telephone: 217-235-0420

Habitat for Humanity

The world is experiencing a global housing crisis. According to the United Nations, about 1.6 billion people live in sub-standard housing. Another 100 million are homeless. In the United States alone, 95 million people — one-third of the nation — has housing problems, including mortgage payments making up too large a percentage of their income, overcrowding, poor quality shelter and homelessness. Throughout the world, people live in inadequate housing, and Habitat for Humanity is dedicated to providing decent, affordable homes for those in need.

Volunteers are needed to serve on work-site crews, committees, and assist with various fundraisers.

Contact Person: Melissa McDaniel
Telephone: 217-348-7063

Habitat for Humanity ReStore

Habitat for Humanity ReStores are nonprofit home improvement stores and donation centers that sell new and gently used furniture, home accessories, building materials, and appliances to the public at a fraction of the retail price. Habitat for Humanity ReStores are proudly owned and operated by local Habitat for Humanity affiliates, and proceeds are used to build homes, community, and hope locally and around the world.

Volunteers are needed to help sort donations, stock, etc.

Contact Person: Angela Reed
Telephone: 217-348-7066

Salvation Army

The Salvation Army of Coles and Cumberland Counties is proud to say it has been supplying services to the needy in Mattoon since 1895. From ringing the bell at Salvation Army kettles during the Christmas season to working with young people in character-building activities, Salvation Army volunteers run the gamut of service in every Army program. There are approximately 3.5 million volunteers registered with The Salvation Army in the U.S.

Volunteers are needed to help organize and run the thrift store and assist in the food pantry. Also seasonal volunteers are needed for ringing bells during the holiday season.

Contact Person: Trish Coffey
Telephone: 217-234-3915

Standing Stone / Carpenter's Table

Standing Stone is a local non-profit ministry which provides clothing and other items to people in need. Standing Stone has recently expanded to add a second location which has a food pantry, household items, and furniture. Standing Stone is located at 201 N. 6th St. and Carpenter's Table is located at 375 N. 14th St. in Charleston

Contact Person: Dawn (Standing Stone) and Mike (Carpenter's Table)
Telephone: 217-549-3378 and 217-348-6085

Choices 4 Pregnancy

Choices 4 Pregnancy is available 24/7 to listen to individual concerns and questions concerning pregnancy, abortion and related issues. 260 West Locust Ave., Charleston, IL

Volunteers are needed to help with material needs and secretarial work. Please contact the office to inquire about availability of hours.

Contact Person: Angie Crary
Telephone: 217-345-5000

Sexual Assault Counseling & Information Service (SACIS)

Sexual Assault Counseling and Information Service (SACIS) provides crisis and on-going services to victims of sexual assault, sexual abuse, and sexual harassment. Counseling services are also available to the victims' significant others (parents/guardians, siblings, spouses, etc.). Services include individual and group counseling, medical and criminal justice advocacy, information and referral, institutional advocacy, public education and professional training.

Volunteers are needed for a variety of tasks including: work on 24-hour crisis line, assist with elementary programs, advocacy, fundraising, and much more! Training is required for clients to work on the hotline and is provided. To learn more about SACIS or to view their upcoming training schedule, please contact them or visit their website.

Contact Person: Erin Walters
Telephone: 217-348-5033

Coalition for People in Need

The goal of the Coalition for People in Need (CPN), is to provide faith-based assistance and counseling to those non-students who live in the 61920 zip code. CPN is comprised of eight Charleston churches, and provides assistance with rent, groceries, prescriptions, gasoline, water, gas and electric bills. Specific limitations and protocols exist within each category. CPN has served Charleston residents for over twenty years.

Student volunteer Greeters are always welcome to CPN. CPN Office duties are simple and straight-forward. Volunteers greet and conduct initial screening of applicants, review the applicant's two-page application for accuracy, and refer the applicant to the CPN volunteer Interviewer. Students may serve at their leisure, as frequently or infrequently as desired.

All assistance is conducted during office hours, on site, and in the CPN office, a building which is shared with the Habitat for Humanity and the Charleston Area Churches Food Pantry at 990 W. State St. in Charleston.

Contact Person: Jennifer
Telephone: 345-5099
Website: No Website Available

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