Consider giving to a family this season through the Crisis Nursery, Courage Connection (formerly the Center for Women in Transition), or Garden Hills Elementary School. Please email Pastor Keith (email@example.com) or David Griffiths (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you would like to participate. They will give you a tag at Sunday’s worship service that lists a gift, ranging from $10 to $60. Buy the gift and bring it unwrapped to worship on December 20 or to the church/foundation secretary’s office by Monday, December 21 at noon. Thank you for your continuing generosity in serving God’s people!
Last week was a wonderful week of Thanksgiving for many reasons! The McKinley/Garden Hills Elementary food pantry was very busy, as we had 40 families come on Tuesday, representing 83 adults and 189 people served much-needed food. For the month of November, we served 129 adults and 159 children. Thank you for your continued generosity to the food pantry in funds and volunteer hours. You may remember that we set a goal of providing 15 complete Thanksgiving food baskets—because of your donations, we were able to assemble and deliver 32 baskets!
On Thanksgiving Day, more than 40 people were fed throughout the afternoon. We are grateful for the 11 volunteers who came to help serve and to connect with our guests.
On behalf of many grateful people, thank you for your care and for extending the love of God through these ministries.
McKinley is sponsoring a traditional Thanksgiving meal for students and community members who will be in town for the holiday. The gathering is at 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 26, in the foundation living room.
The McKinley Church and Foundation continues to help to co-sponsor a food pantry at the Garden Hills Elementary School in Champaign, working in partnership with the Unit Four School District and the Eastern Illinois Food Bank. Last month, the pantry served 161 adults, 211 children in two sessions (some repeats), making a total of 372 people receiving much needed assistance. The food pantry is open the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month and will continue through the school year. It is planned to have student involvement as the school year continues. $2000 has been collected by the church and $1,200 pledged by the foundation to help fund the pantry
When: May 2nd, 2015
Where: McKinley Foundation, Westminster Hall (2nd floor)
Who: This years honorees include…
Altrusa Club of Champaign-Urbana
How to attend: Call 217-344-0297 or e-mail email@example.com for more information or to make a reservation.
This award event is the sixth and is sponsored by McKinley Foundation at the University of Illinois. McKinley has long been known for its action in the social justice arena having been one of the first congregations to sponsor refugees from Laos, to offer sanctuary to war protestors, to host a men’s shelter and founded the Marilyn Queller Day Care Center. In 1911 Presby House opened its doors to 20 young women and now Presby House is a Leeds Silver Certified, university approved housing for 262 university students who have adopted several service projects in the community.
Six years ago we decided to reach out to the community and find other individuals and organizations that were working for social justice and reward them with recognition and a small monetary award. Past recipients include Interfaith in Action, Barbara Linder, Hope Community Health Center, Barbara Kessel, Smile Healthy, Engineers Without Borders, Education Justice Project, Aaron Ammons, Books to Prisoners, Dr. Laura Taylor, Champaign County Health Care Consumers, Illini Mentors and others.This year the recipients will be honored on May 2 with a dinner and awards ceremony held at McKinley Foundation in Westminster Hall at 5:30.This year’s awardees are as follows:
Altrusa Club of Champaign-Urbaba – Community Organization Award. Altrusa has been involved in a variety of projects in this community for fifty years. This award recognizes their work with the Eastern Illinois Food Bank, the literacy efforts with Champaign Unit 4 School District with the kindergarten children, providing Spanish to English dictionaries for translation and providing reading material for Books to Prisoners. For the last 10 years Altrusa has taken the children of migrant workers to a local bookstore to select books to take home. The GOALS Project which supports teen parents, has received financial support for MTD passes, and has been able to host a Holiday party supported by Altrusa.
Gus Wood – Student Award. Mr. Wood is a graduate student the U of I and is co-president of the Graduate Employees’ Organization working for the rights of graduate students. He is involved in helping students register to vote, is the co-host of the WEFT Labor Hour and on the board of the AFL-CIO. His work with the CU Citizens for Peace and Justice include organizing a rally following the killing of Michael Brown and is working with a program called Build Programs Not Jails that is to provide long-term solutions to the over-criminalization and targeting of men of color.
Ellen McDowell – Community Individual Award. Ms. McDowell is the founder of the Daily Bread Soup Kitchen. Since 1980 she has been the inspiration and heart of the effort to feed those less fortunate. Last year the organization served 153,295 meals, each served with warmth and respect. At age 90 she continues to impact the mission of feeding the hungry by encouraging volunteers and communicating her spirit and values which include feeding the hungry and offering a generous portion of affirmation and dignity.
Steve Higgins – Community Individual. Mr. Higgins is a social worker at Urbana Middle School. He focuses on empowering students from historically underrepresented groups as well as the LGBTQ community. Examples of his work include coordinating with community partners to provide group-mentoring programs for African American males and females, leading student leadership groups and beginning a Gay Straight Alliance at the middle school. High praise came from several fellow staff members and his principal who emphasized Mr. Higgin’s advocacy for students and their parents, especially those who are least able to advocate for themselves.
Know someone in the community who has made an impact in the realm of equality and social justice? Nominate them for a McKinley Foundation Social Justice Award!
You can obtain a copy of the nomination form in the link below:
Please send the completed nomination form to: firstname.lastname@example.org or to the following address:
Social Justice Awards Committee
809 S. Fifth St.
Champaign, IL 61820
Nominations are due by February 13th.