Adopters, which can include individuals, businesses, community groups and student associations, are asked to clean their adopted shelter at least once each month during their one-year term.
Responsibilities include cleaning the shelter windows, picking and sweeping up litter and ensuring that up-to-date information is posted at the shelter. They are also asked to contact MTD immediately if there is any damage, vandalism or dangerous situation involving the shelter, so the problem can be rectified.
Those who adopt a shelter are also given a one-time Monthly Pass.
MTD officials say while they have a dedicated maintenance team that routinely cares for the shelters, but it is beneficial to have someone who is frequently keeping an eye on the shelters.
“The adopter can readily note day-to-day changes and problems that may arise. It’s extremely important that the waiting environment be safe and tidy for MTD customers and adopters’ neighbors,” MTD said in a release.
Anyone with an interest is invited to apply to adopt a shelter. Those who successfully adopt are acknowledged in MTD promotions and with a sticker affixed to the shelter.
Those interested in applying can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call MTD at 217-384-8188. MTD will be in touch with all the necessary information and send an application and waiver to be completed.