12 Days of Giving

On the first day of giving, I gave to CMC…

Has the holiday season inspired you to give back? Find out-of-the-box ways to offer hope and opportunity during the 12 Days of Giving (and all year long) below! The 2016 Holiday Food & Supply Drive is sponsored by Amerigroup.


1st-day-of-givingDay 1– Proceeds from my purchases at Amazon Smile!

When you shop at smile.amazon.com and designate CMC as your chosen charity, Amazon donates 0.5% of eligible purchases to the Center.






2nd-day-of-givingDay 2– Items from our Amazon.com wishlist

Help fulfill our greatest material needs while skipping the drop-off. Have your donation shipped straight to the Center!






3rd-day-of-givingDay 3– A visit to the Alternative Gift Market (Cedar Rapids) on Saturday, December 3 at Prairiewoods Franciscan Spirituality Center! 

Get a head start on holiday shopping with MEANINGFUL gifts! Support local and global organizations with honorary donations that have tangible results– $42 buys a workbook and teacher’s guide for a student-tutor pair!





4th-day-of-giving-1Day 4- An hour a week to tutor an adult learner.

On any given day up to 90 students are waiting for someone like you to help them learn English, improve basic academic skills, or study for the U.S. citizenship exam. No teaching experience required! Sign up for a tutor orientation at https://cmc-cr.org/volunteer/new-tutor-orientation/





5th-day-of-giving-1Day 5- An hour to tour the Center!

Come tour our facilities and see the impact up close. Even if you’ve been familiar with us a while, you’ll still learn something new! Double your  impact by bringing a friend. Sign up for a tour at https://cmc-cr.org/tours/





6th-day-of-givingDay 6- Dollars to spare to pay it forward.

Skipping the peppermint mocha just once a week in December could cover a resident’s first week of rent! Every dollar makes a difference! Online giving available here.






7th-day-of-givingDay 7- The gift of leaving a legacy!

Planned gifts like stock, real estate, life insurance, bequests, and more can support the Center years into the future. You’ll be among the many other members of our Mission Society who understand their plans today will help CMC offer hope and opportunity for years to come.





8th-day-of-givingDay 8- Hosting a food & supply drive to fill the pantry shelves!

We have the promotional materials, signs, and collection bins to make it easy! Partner with your church, club, or workplace (like Rockwell Collins employees above) to collect CMC’s most needed items like dried rice & beans, cleaning supplies, and new twin sheets, pillows, & towel sets!





9th-day-of-givingDay 9- Likes and shares, and stories to spread the word!

YOU are our greatest advocate! Students and residents– what have you learned in your time at CMC? Tutors– what is your favorite moment from tutoring? What impact have you seen in our community?

Tell your friends these meaningful stories on your social media accounts, and don’t forget to tag CMC! We’re on Facebook, Twitter (@cmccr), LinkedIn, and Youtube!




10th-day-of-giving Day 10- Time spent welcoming and supporting refugees.

In the coming year we plan to expand the ways we support refugees, many of whom are already students at the Center! Sign up to volunteer to cook a warm meal, provide transportation, help with grocery shopping, teach computer and job skills and more!





11th-day-of-givingDay 11- Hosting a fundraiser for the Center!

Pick something fun that you and your club, church, or other group enjoy– from a pancake breakfast to a charity car show like the Cedar Rapids Corvette Club hosts each year!






12th-day-of-givingDay 12- Stuff for Stuff Etc Quality Consignment!

Use your holiday break to clear out a closet, then bring your gently used clothing, housewares, and other items to Stuff Etc. in Cedar Rapids (Blairs Ferry Rd.) or Coralville in the Catherine McAuley Center’s name.

Call ahead, drop off, request a donation receipt, and CMC will receive the proceeds, which can add up to hundreds of dollars each year!



This post and coordination of 2016 food and supply drive efforts is sponsored by


Questions? Call Kelsey at 319.731.0448

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