The Tree of Hope is an annual fundraising campaign that raises community awareness about intellectual and developmental disabilities and the supports and services DSC offers. This campaign provides an opportunity for individuals to gain a more in-depth understanding of how intellectual and developmental disabilities affect our families, and thus our community. The funds raised during this campaign directly impact the children and adults we serve providing them the opportunity to learn, grow, and reach their fullest potential. As a community, we embrace those on their journey to reach their own personal goals and dreams, thus improving their lives and strengthening the foundation of the community we call home.
The Tree of Hope began in 1994 with the Erickson’s sharing their family story and a campaign goal to raise $40,000. At this time, a tree was planted at the corner of Marketview and Prospect that would become a community-wide symbol of hope for people with developmental disabilities in Champaign, Ford and Piatt counties.
The Tree of Hope campaign runs from November to January 31st. With each $50 donation, a bulb is lit, thus providing the resources and services vital to a brighter future for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
We hope you will consider supporting the Tree of Hope every year! Together we can make a difference!!