Friday, June 10, 2016

10 Ways to help out Dove this Summer!

10.  Get a flyer off the website, ( and go to Bob Evans on the 20th of  each month and dine.  Breakfast, lunch, dinner, in-between for pie, it would all count to help the Homeward Bound Program and their work with individuals and families who were homeless.

9.  Get a group together who is looking for a project to help out at one of the facilities.  Look at the project page on the website for ideas and then work with staff on the specifics to match your groups' skills and resources to the needs of Dove.

8.  Think about your fall schedule and see if the BABES program might be a good fit for you to volunteer.  You need to love children and be want to watch them grow by providing them valuable life skill lesson; be available during traditional school times, about a hour a week for a 6 week commitment.  Learn more about the BABES program from the website

7.  Join us at TEXAS ROADHOUSE, on a Thursday in June (16th) and July (14th), dine there and 10% of the ticket goes back to Dove.  Perfect time to celebrate Father's Day a little early or to get a group together for a fun evening while helping out all the programs at Dove! (MAX, BABES, RSVP, Domestic Violence Program, and Homeward Bound)  flyer needed is on website

6.  RSVP, the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, has SO many volunteer opportunities waiting for those looking to put their time and talents to good use.  To be a member, you must be at least 55 years old, and for Dove, live in Macon or DeWitt County.  From there you can be an amazing help to more than 80+ social service agencies.  Get the enrollment form or check the volunteer opportunities on the website

5.  August 1, Dove will begin registration for the September Domestic Violence Education and Volunteer Training.  This 40 training allows you to help with the program at one or all of the counties we serve, Macon, Moultrie, Piatt, DeWitt and Shelby.  check the website for times, location and details on the training and more about the program

4.  The Macon County Continuum of Care, Homeless Advisory Council is a great place to begin if you are looking to educate yourself of the issues and local needs surrounding homelessness.  The next meeting will be Thursday, July 14, at Homeward Bound, 788 E. Clay, Decatur.  Learn more about Homeward Bound by checking the website

3.    The Clothing Room is open for families to get free, good used clothing for their children.  If you have need for summer clothing, please stop by the room, located inside of Prairie Avenue Christian Church, 2201 E. Prairie, Monday-Thursday, 1:00 to 3:30 p.m.  And of course, the clothing comes from generous families as their children out grown their clothing.  Donating those items to the clothing room is easy - there is a drop off shed located in the parking lot, south side of the church.  and yes, you can learn more at the website

2.  Have we forgotten something?  Probably.  Keep connected with us on by liking us on Facebook or following us on Twitter. 

1.  Contact your State of Illinois representatives and ask them to pass a budget and fund social service agencies.   We need your help this summer - we don't want it to go to the fall session again. 

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