New fundraiser for Compass for Kids in Springfield

A new fundraiser has been organized to raise money and collect non-perishable food items for Compass for Kids in Springfield. The inaugural Junk In Your Trunk For A Cause will take place at Marine Bank 3120 Robbins Road, Springfield IL 62704 on September 9th from 8am to 1pm.

Organized by Gemma Long, CEO of Gem PR & Media, and Cheri Plummer, of Lee O’Keefe Insurance Agency, the pair is involved in a number of charitable organizations in the city. As volunteers for Compass for Kids, they decided to create a new event to raise funds for the nonprofit. 

“We wanted to create a fundraiser that was out of the ordinary here in Springfield, one that people could be involved with on all levels, whether they are selling unwanted items from their trunks, or shopping for a bargain and contributing $3, or making non-perishable food item donations, to Compass for Kids,” said Gemma, 34. 

Compass for Kids provides academic and social-emotional support to empower at-risk children and families in Springfield School District 186 with an after-school program, a summer program, and a backpack feeding program. “The after-school program provides snack, a social-emotional curriculum lesson, academic time, life skills classes, and a healthy, family-style dinner. The charity’s work is invaluable to these youngsters,” said Cheri, 41, who also sits on the board of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Illinois.

Compass for Kids summer program, Camp Compass, which runs from June to August focuses on preventing summer learning loss by providing daily academic instruction by licensed teachers. Camp Compass also provides breakfast, lunch, enrichment activities, swimming, and field trips to create an engaging camp experience. Molly Berendt, executive director, and founder said “We at Compass for Kids are grateful for the initiative taken by Gemma and Cheri to organize this unique and fun fundraiser. The proceeds from Junk In Your Trunk will go towards our programs this year which will benefit low-income children and families in our community.” 

Parking lot spaces for Junk In Your Trunk For A Cause are available for people to bring all of their ‘garage sale items’* to be sold from their trunk. Spaces are priced at $15 each and the event is limited to 30 sellers.

Those who wish to reserve a spot should send their check to Cheri Plummer at Lee O'Keefe Insurance Agency, Inc., 2501 Chatham Rd Ste. 100, Springfield IL 62704 by August 25th (please make the check payable to Compass for Kids). Sellers are invited to set up from 7am and the car lot must be cleared by 2pm. Entry to the fundraiser will cost $3 per person (Kids 12 and under are free) or the donation of two non-perishable food items for the Compass for Kids backpack feeding program.  

For more information visit or email Gemma Long at or Cheri Plummer at or by phone 217-528-5679 ext. 111. 

*Only items permitted by law can be sold. No guns, car seats, or baby cribs etc.