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For the retirees Feb. 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.

Project a push to help youths take responsibility

From The News-Gazette's Black History Month 2013 section, published Feb. 10, 2013.

AMBUCS' area chapters do whatever they can to give the disabled the gift of mobility

MAHOMET — Getting in and out of her home used to be quite an ordeal for Ruth Funsch.

Junior League celebrating 80th anniversary

The Junior League of Champaign-Urbana has a long, rich history of helping women and children in the community.

The group was involved in starting a long list of community nonprofits you're probably familiar with, including what is now Developmental Services Center in Champaign and Crisis Nursery in Urbana

'Homelessness has changed'

DANVILLE — As the previous director of the Boys and Girls Club of Danville, Rickey Williams Jr. worked with hundreds of impoverished families in town.

But he had never seen the face of homelessness in his hometown until three summers ago, when two such faces turned up in the club's backyard.

United Way aims to open emergency shelter soon

CHAMPAIGN — Though the United Way of Champaign County missed the opening Dec. 1 date, officials said they're still hoping to open a new family emergency shelter soon.

Volunteers needed for cupboard-building project

CHAMPAIGN — More than 1,000 church-going people willing to volunteer one Saturday morning in March are still needed to help the Christian service organization Empty Tomb with a project intended to help needy children.

Poverty simulation scheduled Thursday

CHAMPAIGN — The Champaign schools' Social Justice Committee and the United Way of Champaign County are hosting a poverty simulation Thursday evening.

It's scheduled from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the Mellon Administrative Center, 703 S. New St., C, and members of the public are invited.

Volunteers prepare for fundraiser to fight homelessness

CHAMPAIGN — Sleeping bag: Check.

Long underwear: Check.

Cardboard box: Check.

The temperatures are on their way down for the weekend, and dozens of volunteers are preparing for a cold Friday night sleeping outside in boxes in downtown Champaign and on the University of Illinois Quad for C-U at Home's annual fundraiser for the homeless called One Winter Night.

Auction to raise money for Peer Court

DANVILLE — A plane ride, a combine ride and a weekend getaway to Chicago are just some of the items that will go on the auction block at the 14th annual Peer Court Auction.

The auction will be held on Feb. 8 at Turtle Run Banquet Center, 332 E. Liberty Lane, Danville. An auction preview will begin at 6 p.m., and the live auction will begin at 7 p.m.