Midwest Food Bank Volunteer Night

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This is a volunteer opportunity on Thursday, July 18th from 6-8pm. We will meet at the Food Bank where we will learn our task for the evening. A typical night at the warehouse consists of doing one or two of the following: repackaging individual food items, putting bulk items in smaller bags, or marking out labels on packages so the items can be shipped off to a place of severe need. We usually set up in an assembly line format and each person chooses a desired role. Drinks will be provided to keep us hydrated as we work. This is a great way to serve our community. We greatly appreciate your willingness to give a helping hand. Space is limited to the first 30 volunteers who sign up. Register here.

Urgent Flood Recovery in Grafton

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The IGRC Disaster Response (ERTs, VIMs, and others) has been requested by the Jersey County ETSB to take the lead on flood recovery in Grafton. We are being asked to send teams Monday through Friday as they typically get a lot of spontaneous volunteers on the weekend. Here's what is needed: teams of at least 2 ERT trained (one to be team leader, the other safety officer) and any others willing to work. 

Place: Grafton 

When: as many days as possible, Monday through Friday. 

The work: Muck out, debris removal. 

Point of contact: Sara Brown, 217-370-8403 call/text or email hashbrown2147@msn.com, for particulars.

New Prayer Shawl Ministry

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Knitters and crocheters of all levels are invited to join us as we work to create shawls to be given to people in need of comfort. No experience is required. All materials are provided, including yarn, patterns, and needles/hooks. We are meeting every 2nd and 4th Tuesday from 9-11am in Room 111 to spend time together knitting, crocheting, and praying. Sign up here or for more information, contact Linda Ferrence.

Calvary Blood Drive

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This summer, the American Red Cross is thrilled to team up with Blood Program partners like Calvary to help replace the #MissingTypes – the blood types of A, B, and O. Kids fighting cancer or battling sickle cell disease, accident victims being raced to trauma centers, and moms with complicated childbirths are all depending on volunteer blood donors to help make sure that blood is there when they need it most. Only 3 out of 100 Americans donate blood. That’s an alarming statistic – but it’s one that we can help to change. 

The next Calvary Blood Drive will be July 15th with appointments available from 9am to 6pm. Please support the American Red Cross and the people in need of blood by signing up for the July 15th blood drive. Contact Nancy Behrens at 309-261-6407 to sign up, or you can go directly to redcrossblood.org and sign up for the Calvary Blood Drive.

Mom & Me Camp

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Mom & Me Camp and East Bay Camp offer a camp for 7-12 year old children whose mothers are incarcerated at Logan and Decatur Correctional Centers. The children and their mothers participate in a day-camp at the prison. The children return each evening to EBC for the fun and the fellowship of summer camp. Forty-five children are given this time to be with their mothers, playing games, doing craft projects and renewing their relationships. Prayers, volunteers and donations are key needs for this special ministry that brings inmates and their children together in a supportive Christian experience. This year's camp is July 21st - July 28th. Stop by the kiosk in the atrium to learn how you might be involved in this wonderful ministry.