PROJECT SHINE - It is often in the darkest skies that we see the brightest stars.

CUMULUS MEDIA and VolunteerMatch bring you PROJECT SHINE. Today, you have the power to shine. To help our country find its way out of the darkness. Your good deeds can light up the sky and shine light into the world.

In the wake of COVID-19, America’s non-profits need our support more than ever. Sure, it feels good to donate money, but when you VOLUNTEER, you truly give of yourself, and the world and your soul are richer for it.

PROJECT SHINE believes that everyone should have the chance to make a difference. That’s why we make it easy for good people and good causes to connect.  You’ll be amazed at the world of volunteer opportunities that exist in your area through VolunteerMatch – the largest online volunteer engagement network.

There are currently 3.2 million volunteers needed by the non-profits on VolunteerMatch. Over 700,000 of those openings are for virtual volunteers, and many postings are for safely-distanced activities. Find your dream volunteer opportunity right now at VolunteerMatch.org.

Give what matters most—your time, effort, and love—as a volunteer in your community. Let the light shine down, and let your light shine brighter too!

*If you know of a non-profit that needs help recruiting volunteers, we can help with that too! Find out more HERE.

We’ve partnered with Collective Soul who have recorded a brand new, exclusive 2020 version of their hit song, “Shine,” created just for Project Shine. It is all about bringing some light back into our world this season. Take a listen…

 

 

Blogs

Labor Day – Expanding voting rights for all

By Mike Matejka Because of COVID, there is no Labor Day Parade this year.  It’s always a great event for our everyday workers to march proudly down the street and enjoys the festive crowd. If there had been a parade, this year’s Labor Day theme was to be “150 years of struggle: your right to vote.” …

Is federal mobilization the answer?

By Mike Matejka As President Donald Trump threatens to send federal marshals into Chicago, over the objections of Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker, recall another Illinois Governor who protested the incursion of armed federal personnel into the city.   Those federal troops, rather than calming, escalated the situation, leading to deaths and violence. Illinois poet Vachel Lindsay…

In these troubled times, to my fellow white Americans

By Mike Matejka Our nation is at a unique watershed in human relations. African-Americans have been killed too many times in the past before George Floyd, but the response to this man’s death is international and all-encompassing. I was a grade-schooler during the Civil Rights 1960s. I watched Birmingham demonstrators hosed and the Selma – Montgomery…

Workers’ Memorial Day – Remember those whose job took their life

Looking around our community, when we say employer, most will respond to State Farm, Country, or Illinois State University.   We too often forget those who are building our roads, serving our food, or our public employees. COVID-19 has made us more aware of the risk.  Going to work every day for some people means…