Drive-Thru Food Distribution

Saturday, Aug 15th 10am-noon, Shelby County 4H/Junior Fairgrounds, behind Shelby County Farm Bureau.  Open to everyone, no income guidelines, no registration required!

 Charleston Library

Closed to the public through Phrase 3. Curbside service currently available Monday-Friday 11am-5pm. Summer Read Program running through July 31st.  Visit

Douglas-Hart Nature Center 

All programs, events and volunteer opportunities cancelled through July 5th. Small, all-day summer camps held in July. To register, visit Trails remain open, please follow social distancing guidelines.

18th Street Farmers Market

Saturdays 8am-Noon through September 26th at the Coles County Center for Human Services building parking lot in Charleston. Entrance to the market from Harrison Street. No pedestrians or bikes. Drive-thru pickup service only. Customers asked to wear masks.

Fairview Drive-In

16045 E Hwy 33, Newton. June 26th- The Wizard of Oz and Twister, June 27th- Garth Brooks in Concert, June 28th- Hotel Transylvania and Spider-Man:Into the Spiderverse. For list of movies or to purchase tickets, visit

Lincoln Log Cabin

Open to the public. Shelters, playgrounds, historic buildings and visitors center remain closed for the time being. Visitors will be able to hike trails, fish in the pond and tour the outdoor portions of the historic farms.

Mattoon Farmers Market

Fridays through early Fall at Lytle park from 8am-11am. Entrance along South 32nd street. Social distancing guidelines in effect. Customers asked to wear masks.

Mattoon Library

Currently open to the public Monday-Friday 9am-5pm and Saturday 9am-1pm. Summer reading 2020 program underway through July 31st. Register at

Mattoon YMCA

Entering next phase of reopening June 29th. Open 5am-1pm and 3pm-8pm Monday-Friday, 7am-5pm on Saturday, and Noon-4pm on Sunday. The number of people in the facility will be limited by the state. Pool hours available, reserve your time at Virtual workouts and other events available at

 Cruisin’ on Broadway

During this crazy Summer of 2020, we are organizing monthly “Cruising Broadway” nights like what many of us used to do every Friday/Saturday night in the 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s! We hope everyone will enjoy these community “cruises”! Please practice social distancing (which is super easy in your car) and wear masks/bandanas if you choose to stroll down Broadway, gather together in small groups for conversations, etc. You can also participate by riding your motorcycle, bicycle or tricycle! Bring your lawn chairs! Sit on the hood of your car or in the back of your pickup! Bring a picnic! Eat outside! Bring your favorite music! Enjoy yourself! For more details, check out

 Lucky Strike Bowling Alley

1310 E. Street in Charleston. Open now.

Mattoon Lanes Bowling Alley

On North US Hwy 45 in Mattoon. Now open.

Zax Trax Go-Carts

1120 Old State Rd. in Mattoon. Open now.

Planet Entertainment Arcade

1513 Old State Rd. in Mattoon. Offers a variety of virtual car racing games, claw games, and arcade games. Now open.

Silver Star Skate Center

1505 N. US Hwy 45 in Mattoon. Will open August 1st on Saturdays initially and then start offering Friday nights and Sunday afternoons in September.

Lytle Park 

The playground area at Lytle Park in Mattoon is now open to the public. Equipment will not be sanitized. Visitors will use the equipment at their own risk and should utilize hand wipes/sanitizer at their own will. (Most parks and playgrounds in Mattoon/Charleston are back open to the public but will not be sanitizing the equipment.)

 Effingham Public Library
The library is open 9 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.  Library visitors will be limited to 35 at a time, all visitors should wear a mask, all visitors should come to the doors facing our East parking lot.  The first floor is now open for browsing and we have brought down a selection of items from the second floor as well.  There is no access to study rooms or the second floor at this time.  Digital resources continue to be accessible anytime/anywhere. Visit to learn more!

Ballard Nature Center
Visitor center exhibits remain closed.  Trails, kids’ fishing pond, and pavilions are open.  Weekly self-led trail activities.

Parks and Playgrounds
Effingham Parks and Playgrounds are open to the public, Rec Center is closed.

Workman Sports & Wellness Complex
We are now open with safety restrictions in place!  Please remember to adhere to local guidelines and maintain social distancing throughout your visit.

TREC Trail
Open, Please remember to follow guidelines and maintain social distancing.

 Effingham County Case Manager
Available to help with unemployment, government phones, food assistance and so much more!  Monday-Thursday 9am-1pm at 200 N 3rd St, Suite 2, Effingham.  Call 224-209-6638 or email  The Case Manager also visits communities near you, so contact for their schedule!