Washington shook her head in amazement that the idea is reality, saying, “I can’t believe it grew legs and it’s up and running.”
A booth will be set up at Taste of Danville in downtown on Labor Day weekend, so people can donate or learn more.
The organization also will be registered with Vermilion Advantage, she said.
Dollars for Danville will be a year-round project; people may donate at any time. Once the $36,000 goal is met and the money disbursed to food pantries, then the officers will set another goal and designate more recipients.
“We’re going to feed Danville first,” Washington said, “but I’m going to love on Danville one dollar at a time.”
She added, “Danville can show the rest of Illinois how to get something accomplished.”
Washington is a 1982 graduate of Danville High School and a recent graduate of Danville Area Community College. She will continue to serve as president of the group, even though she’s going off to college this month.
She’s been accepted into the physician assistant program at Augsburg College in Minneapolis, with the goal of earning a doctorate in osteopathy research and development. She wants to return to Danville and use her skills here. Her long-term dream is to open a children’s wing at Presence United Samaritans Medical Center.
Washington also hopes to start a similar fundraising project in Minnesota, called Money for Minne.
An account has been set up at First Financial Bank. People may make donations in the Dollars for Danville account at any of the brances. For more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.