Event and Volunteer Specialist
Colleen Combes joined Cunningham Children’s Home as Event and Volunteer Specialist in October 2019. She oversees Cunningham’s signature fundraising events, the Festival of Quilts and Kendall Gill Golf Benefit, from both event logistics to volunteer management. Colleen also organizes Christmas at Cunningham, connecting donors with client’s wishes.
Colleen has more than 12 years experience working with both small businesses and nonprofits in the Champaign-Urbana area. Knowledgeable in marketing and sales, Colleen has helped effectively communicate an organization's mission and helped businesses grow in their market and beyond. She works with a focus on digital and social media and how they can help businesses achieve their goals and strengthen their digital footprint. Her experience in event planning and volunteer recruitment began at a young age and continued into her adult life, through her work at event venues and her own volunteering efforts. Colleen enjoys finding people’s passion and helping them find ways to serve others.
Colleen has a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from the University of Illinois Springfield. She enjoys spending time with her husband and two children as well as biking, gardening and the arts.