Anonymous donors challenge the
community to raise $30,000 for Veteran Tiny Home projects
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[April 29, 2021]
The Central Illinois Veterans Commission [CIVC] seeks support to
match $30,000 pledged by two anonymous donors who want to help
Central Illinois veterans. Any sized gift made to the CIVC - from $5
to $5,000 or more, will be matched up to a total of $30,000. Funds
raised will support the CIVC’s efforts to construct “tiny houses” in
Lincoln, IL designed to provide transitional and/or permanent
housing to homeless veterans.
If the matching challenge is successful, $60,000 will be available
to construct the first two proposed tiny houses on a lot at the
corner of College and Sixth Streets in Lincoln. The CIVC tiny house
initiative is modeled after the Veterans Community Project located
in St. Louis [https://tinyurl.com/yydnfsz2], which features a mix of
single-occupancy, 240-square foot and 320-square foot, fully
Donations can be made a number of ways, including checks written to
the Central Illinois Veterans Commission, via a PayPal account
accessible at CIVC’s website,
by dropping off donations at State Bank of Lincoln at 111 N.
Sangamon Street or or at the Veterans Assistance Commission office,
122 N. McLean Street.
The challenge match will end May 30, 2021, so the public is
encouraged to participate by making donations now, to ensure the
full $30,000 is leveraged.
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The Central Illinois Veterans Commission is a registered 501(c)(3)
not-for-profit organization. Its mission is to provide veterans with holistic
services designed to eliminate barriers in obtaining permanent housing. To do
so, it engages honorably discharged veterans in programs focused on workplace
skills, financial and life coaching, mental health counseling, and housing
assistance. The CIVC Board includes representatives from the Lincoln Salvation
Army, and the Logan County Veterans Assistance Commission. The Board also
includes an ex officio member representing the Logan County Economic Development
Partnership. The CIVC service area stretches north to Marshall County, south to
Fayette County, east to the Indiana border, and west to the Mississippi River,
encompassing over 50 counties.
In addition to donations made to this $30,000 match challenge, the CIVC
encourages the public to consider other ways of support its mission, including
donations of land and through financial estate planning. All gifts will be used
to provide Central Illinois veterans with the tools and support systems needed
to enable them to move forward to obtain permanent housing.