Carbondale Women’s Center hoping for much needed donations on Giving Tuesday

Across social media, people are using #GivingTuesday to let folks know about ways to give. 

People and businesses are joining the conversation with tweets like:

It’s only been around for four years, but Giving Tuesday covers 68 countries and helps people in need around the holidays. The Women’s Center in Carbondale is joining in on the day, and they say they need your donations now more than ever.

One room sits empty now, but Sandy Ursini with the Women’s Center in Carbondale says it won’t stay like that very long.

"We have a shelter that sleeps 36, which is very often full, and we average 20 people in our shelter every day,” said Ursini.

Like many nonprofits in Illinois, Ursini says the Women’s Center is struggling to stay afloat because approved state grant money is blocked from distribution by the state’s budget crisis. If nothing changes by January, they’ll likely turn to their reserves. By February, they could have to turn to credit and potentially close their doors.

"It’s not like people can find somewhere else to go for these services. We’re it,” Ursini said.

Covering eight counties and taking in thousands of hotline help phone calls, the center is always busy but never more so during the holidays. They say this budget crunch couldn’t come at a worse time.

Instead of giving up hope, the Women’s Center is trying to raise $20,000 on Giving Tuesday to stay open. 

"We don’t want to turn anyone away. We want to make sure that we’re here and that we can keep our doors open, and the generosity of our friends in the community will help make that happen," Ursini said.

She’s hoping people choose to give back this Giving Tuesday and help out right here in their community.

Giving Tuesday runs through midnight on Dec. 1. You can join in the conversation on social media when you donate, using #GivingTuesday.

If you want to donate to the Women’s Center in Carbondale, click here.

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