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Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2006 05:30 am

Lend a hand

Springfield area nonprofits share their holiday wish lists

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Illinois Times invited local nonprofit organizations to tell our readers what’s on their wish lists, other than financial support, for the holidays. The first list of groups was published Nov. 23; other organizations will be featured in coming weeks.

Contact Ministries
1100 E. Adams St., 217-753-3939
Contact Ministries is a crisis/intervention agency that serves individuals and families who are facing crises. The organization requests donations of meals for its homeless shelter, food for its Christmas Assistance Program and food pantry, diapers, bus passes for low-income workers, and volunteers to enter data and sort clothing.

Ronald McDonald House
610 N. Seventh St., 217-528-3314
Ronald McDonald seeks volunteers, including volunteers to prepare meals for families, and food for its pantry.

Rutledge Youth Foundation
534 W. Miller St., 217-525-7757
The mission of the Rutledge Youth Foundation is to help abused and neglected youth become productive, independent members of society. The foundation seeks donations of winter coats for group-home residents (2XL or larger); bedding sets for twin beds that include a comforter, sheets, and pillowcases for both boys and girls; twin-size blankets; DVDs for agency training, and cab vouchers for TLP/TIL clients.

Senior Services of Central Illinois
701 W. Mason St., 217-528-4035
Senior Services of Central Illinois is a not-for-profit organization serving individuals age 60 and older living in Sangamon, Logan, Mason, and Menard counties. SSCI’s mission is to provide older adults with nonmedical services that enhance quality of life and promote independent living. The organization seeks food vouchers ($5 or $10 gift certificates at Cub Foods or Shop ’n Save so clients can buy perishable food items occasionally); cash donations for emergency funds (we desperately need these for utility and pharmaceutical assistance and shelter); a weatherproof unloading zone to keep ice from forming in the winter where we load and unload seniors at the north door; blankets; nonperishable food (canned meat, vegetables, fruits, soups, ravioli, boxed potato flakes, regular and sugar-free flavored gelatins, dry biscuit and roll mixes); hats, gloves, scarves, and skid-proof socks; vouchers for public transportation, Goodwill, and the Salvation Army; paper products and toiletries; video/TV for the new addition; a 15-passenger van for senior-center activities; 39-cent and 23-cent postage stamps; four pool cues, chalk, and supplies; and sponsors for SSCI-program advertising on TV and radio and in newspapers.

Sparc
232 Bruns Lane, 217-793-2206, ext. 167
Sparc supports children and adults with developmental disabilities, including autism, mental retardation, cerebral palsy, and epilepsy primarily in Sangamon, Menard, and Morgan counties. Every individual with a developmental disability has the right to learn, to grow, and to thrive in the community. The organization requests a laminator for its respite summer camp, labor and materials for a privacy fence at a group home, a new minivan, lawn furniture, six computer systems (please contact the agency for specifications), bus passes, fall landscaping cleanup around the Epilepsy Resource Center, and a new tabletop display board.

Triangle Center
120 N. 11th St., 217-544-9858
Triangle Center is a not-for-profit community-based behavioral health-care and prevention and education service provider. The organization serves more than 2,500 clients each year. The center welcomes the donations of a new phone system; photocopiers; educational materials, including books, workbooks, and audiovisual materials; furniture for counselors’ offices; bedding and linens for residential clients; client transportation to and from treatment services, home, and job sites; personal-hygiene items for clients; and routine nonprescription client medications.

United Cerebral Palsy Land of Lincoln
130 N. 16th St., 217-525-6522
UCP Land of Lincoln assists individuals with cerebral palsy and other disabilities from birth through adulthood by maximizing independence and facilitating opportunities for full participation in the community and by raising the standard for quality programs, service, and advocacy. The organization seeks volunteers ages 14 and older to assist in a holiday campaign Dec. 27-29, antibacterial wipes, individual-serving juice boxes, board games for children 6 years and older, books for children up to 10 years of age, plastic shoebox-size containers, puzzles for various age levels, and Kleenex.

Youth Service Bureau
2901 Normandy Rd., 217-529-8300, ext. 203
The Youth Service Bureau diverts young people ages 10-21 from the juvenile-justice or child-welfare system by providing access to needed comprehensive community-based services aimed at prevention, diversion, or treatment. The bureau also serves the homeless adolescent population. Requested donations include school supplies, disposable diapers and baby wipes, twin-size sheets and blankets, pillowcases and pillows, toothbrushes, hairbrushes, laundry bags and clothes baskets, white socks and underwear, gloves and hats for teenagers, sweatshirts, and a volunteer to paint a mural in the youth shelter.

Sojourn Shelter & Services
1800 Westchester Blvd., 217-726-5100, ext. 213
Sojourn Shelter and Services was founded in 1975 with the goal of providing a safe place in which to help victims of domestic violence. Sojourn currently provides 24-hour emergency shelter and hotline services, court advocacy, prevention and education services, and volunteer opportunities and operates Sojourn Westside Fashions. Sojourn requests donations of holiday meals; everyday meals (pasta dinner, pancake-and-sausage breakfast, pizza dinner, soup-and-sandwich lunch); cleaning supplies, a baby monitor, alarm clocks, umbrellas, DVD and VCR players, towels and washcloths, backpacks, gas cards, grocery gift certificates, board games, over-the-counter medications, and baby supplies (bottles, pacifiers, teething rings, sippy cups, and baby food).

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