Spread the love this Valentine’s season


Hannah Auten

Volunteers John Neff and Tony Peressini work together to prepare a fresh salad to be served at lunch at the Daily Bread Soup Kitchen on Nov. 10, 2015.

By Madeline Galassi, Supplements editor

As Feb. 14 rolls around, love is in the air, but there are ways to show it other than spending time with your significant other. Giving back to the Champaign-Urbana community can be just as satisfying as going on a romantic date. Here are a few ways to pay it forward this Valentine’s Day season.

Champaign County Humane Society

Instead of being lonely this holiday, find a furry friend to keep you company at the Champaign County Humane Society, located at 1911 E. Main St. On Valentine’s Day there will be specials on adoption prices: $2 for critters, $14 for cats and $17 for dogs. If you aren’t in the market to make a commitment to adopting an animal, you can attend a volunteering orientation on Feb. 9 at 7 p.m.

Daily Bread Soup Kitchen

The Daily Bread Soup Kitchen, located at 116 N. First St., serves lunch to an average of 200 people in need every day. Volunteer opportunities are available beginning at 9 a.m. seven days a week. Volunteers are needed to help prepare food, serve and clean up, and do other activities to aid in preparing meals for guests.

Franklin Middle School

College-level tutors are needed at Franklin Middle School, located at 817 N. Harris St. in Champaign. Tutors for all subject areas, as well as for some after-school clubs and organizations, are needed.

Salvation Army of Champaign County

The Salvation Army is searching for volunteers for its 2212 N. Market St. location. Volunteers perform various activities that help the store run.

Valentine’s Day love doesn’t always need to be shown romantically. Through these organizations, your time and effort can help others and help everyone in the community feel the love.