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Fifth-graders' building project a benefit for dogs and the community

Two fifth-graders from South Side Elementary got the chance to turn hard work into an act of giving, and it's been a learning experience they won't soon forget. Termarion Howard and Dequan Newell worked with adult mentors to build two solid, well-insulated, large doghouses for local outdoor dogs that needed protection from East Central Illinois' extreme temperatures and wind.

For the retirees March 17, 2013

For information about services available to older adults, contact Karen Bodnar, director of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) and Helen Mary Stevick Senior Citizens Center, 48 E. Main St., Champaign, IL 61820, phone 359-6500.

RSVP and the Stevick Senior Center are administered by Family Services of Champaign County.

A closer look at C-U agency helping homeless

CHAMPAIGN — The first year the Rev. Terry Strom spent a cold February night in a box in downtown Champaign to raise money for the homeless, it rained.

And he told himself, never again.

Yet there he was again last month, spending another cold night in a box for the second annual One Winter Night fund-raiser.

Formerly homeless, man now determined to stay off the street

CHAMPAIGN — Doug Gritmacher holds up a paycheck in his living room with pride.

He'd just gotten it that day, the first check he's earned in four years, he says.

But it was a bittersweet day for him.

Classes set for Champaign County CASA program

URBANA — The Champaign County Court Appointed Special Advocate program will conduct training classes for potential new advocates to speak up for the more than 350 abused and neglected children in the Champaign County court system.

Home care agencies to keep providing services despite state shortfall

SPRINGFIELD — Illinois' Community Care program, which funds home care services for the elderly, was set to run out of money Friday.

For the retirees March 10, 2013

For information about services available to older adults, contact Karen Bodnar, director of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) and Helen Mary Stevick Senior Citizens Center, 48 E. Main St., Champaign, IL 61820, phone 359-6500.

RSVP and the Stevick Senior Center are administered by Family Services of Champaign County.

Couple plans to build shelter to guarantee a future for the pets of hospice patients

PENFIELD — Scott Stewart has witnessed the anxiety hospice patients suffer when they don't know what's going to become of their beloved pets.

Unfortunately, he said, too many dying patients have to give up their pets when they go into hospice care and don't see them again.

Volunteers sought for program that helps older adults

DANVILLE — Faith in Action, an outreach program of Provena United Samaritans Medical Center that helps the older adults, is recruiting new volunteers.

Volunteers through this program help people age 60 and over with transportation and home repair needs and build wheelchair ramps in the Danville area. The program also helps with emergency assistance.

Buttons being sold to raise money to vaccinate kids against measles

URBANA — University of Illinois students are hoping to help the American Red Cross raise money to vaccinate more children in developing countries against measles.

The UI American Red Cross Club will continue selling measles buttons on the UI Quad from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. through Friday for $1 each.