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August 20, 2013

'Dollars for Danville' project up, running

DANVILLE — Cozetta “Cozy” Washington can barely contain herself: Her dream, “Dollars for Danville,” is up and running.

“I’m so excited about everything. I can’t believe it,” she said last week.

The project asks each local resident to donate $1, and that money will be given to a good cause. The first goal is to raise $36,000, which will be divided among food pantries at St. James United Methodist Church, Second Baptist Church and Danville Township.

In the meantime, Dollars for Danville has all of its credentials as a non-profit 501-c (3) charity.

Washington said attorney Frank Young offered his services to do the paperwork for the non-profit status, and an account has been opened at First Financial Bank. Safety measures have been set up — an accountant is in charge of the money and three signatures are needed on checks, she said.

“Everything has taken off,” she said. “Dollars for Danville is its own entity.”

A handful of people showed up at an informational meeting last month, but that was enough to show there is interest in the project, Washington said.

She is president; Tamarai Red is vice president; and Renee Gaines is secretary.

Gaines said, “I think it’s a good way to bring the community together so we can make Danville a better place on our own.”

Although not many people attended the informational meeting, she said, “The more people we talked to, we got a positive response. People are willing to join us in our campaign to make Danville better.”

The idea for Dollars for Danville popped into Washington’s head while she was watching “The Twilight Zone” one night. The idea was: If every resident of Danville donated $1 to a local good cause, that would go a long way to making the city a better place.

She then launched the idea through the Facebook page, “You Know You’re From Danville When …,” and it was an instant success.

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