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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Champaign-Urbana: Use Your Spanish with "Extreme Home Makeover" Recipients

by Ann Abbott

Did you watch the most recent episode of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition on ABC? It featured the Montgomery family who live near Champaign-Urbana and run "Salt & Light," a local food pantry that offers a few other services. There were lots of viewing parties on Sunday evening, including one at the I-Hotel. I first met Nathan Montgomery (the founder of Salt & Light) when he participated in the University of Illinois' Social Entrepreneurship Summer Insititute.

Now here is your chance to use your Spanish to further their mission of providing necessities to all members in our community. See this message:

"The Salt and Light, 1512 W. Anthony Dr., Champaign is looking for volunteers to help translate and communicate with the Hispanic people coming in to pick up clothes and food. The hours needed for volunteers would be Mondays and Wednesdays from 1:00-5:00 p.m. Please email Melissa Jackson if you are interested in helping to meet this community need."

SPAN 232 students can work here to make up any missing hours.

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