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Volunteers Needed for Special Olympics Family Festival

Unique Friend-For-A-Day volunteer opportunity available at annual festival Sept. 23

MATTOON, Ill. – September 18, 2017Consolidated Communications is looking for volunteers to serve as Friends-For-A-Day at the Special Olympics Family Festival (SOFF) on Saturday, Sept. 23, from 8 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. on the grounds of Lake Land College in Mattoon, Ill.

SOFF is a day of non-competitive fun, games and activities for approximately 700 Special Olympics Athletes from central Illinois. The greatest need remains for Friend-For-A-Day volunteers to be paired with Athletes.

“The volunteer position of Friend-For-A-Day is a unique and rewarding experience at SOFF,” said Angelo Rosa, chairperson of 2017 SOFF. At the beginning of the day each Athlete is assigned a Friend to escort them through the tent city at Lake Land College. All activities at SOFF are free for both the Athlete and Friend and there is plenty to do,” explained Rosa. “The day kicks off with our energizing opening ceremony and parade, and continues with games, activities and performances until about 2 p.m.”

Learn more about being a Friend-For-A-Day by watching a video posted at

“I encourage anyone considering volunteering at SOFF to take a few minutes to watch the video,” said Rosa. “You’ll get a small glimpse into the SOFF event and the unforgettable day it is for the athletes and the volunteers.”

SOFF is a non-smoking/vaping event and is not open to the public. All SOFF volunteers must be 15 years of age or older to work as a general volunteer and must be 16 years of age or older to be a Friend-For-A-Day.  Volunteers must sign up prior to the event online at Volunteer t-shirts and lunch will be provided to all volunteers.

Learn more about the event on our Special Olympics Family Festival Facebook page or contact the planning committee at

SOFF was founded by Consolidated Communications in 1984, and is organized by its employees along with community partners from Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center and First Mid-Illinois Bank & Trust.


About Consolidated Communications

Consolidated Communications Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq: CNSL) is a leading broadband and business communications provider serving consumers, businesses of all sizes and wireless companies and carriers, across a 24-state service area. Leveraging its advanced fiber optic network spanning more than 36,000 fiber route miles, Consolidated Communications offers a wide range of communications solutions, including: data, voice, video, managed services, cloud computing and wireless backhaul. Headquartered in Mattoon, Illinois, Consolidated Communications has been providing services in many of its markets for over a century. 


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