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Conversation with dentist sparked United Way donation

CHAMPAIGN – Over the last four or five years, at least two dozen employees at Jimmy John's have received free dental work courtesy of their boss, founder Jimmy John Liautaud.

Liautaud gives $50,000 for dental clinic

CHAMPAIGN — A new dental clinic for low-income families is getting a $50,000 boost from Jimmy John Liautaud, founder of Jimmy John’s.

The United Way of Champaign County announced the gift today in advance of its board meeting at 3 p.m.

Vermilion County surveys homeless population

DANVILLE – His eyes lit up when they handed him a sleeping bag.

Efforts redoubled to count homeless in Champaign County

An intensified effort to count the homeless in Champaign County will begin this evening, part of a federal survey conducted every two years.

Organizers are taking extra steps to ensure they don't miss anyone in this year's count, which helps determine how much federal funding the community receives to fight homelessness.

How state taxpayers donated to charities

Taxpayer donations from 2009 Schedule G

Alheimers Disease Research: $135,864

Penny Severns Breast, Cervical and Ovarian Cancer Research: $157,381

Child Abuse Prevention: $158,284

Crisis Nurseries: $44,771

Diabetes Research: $100,113.

Homeless Assistance: $159,599

Hunger Relief: $100,246

State behind on paying tax-return donations to charities

Illinois taxpayers donated more than $1.3 million to 10 nonprofit causes last year, but many charities have yet to see the money.

The Crisis Nursery of Champaign County is still waiting to get its share of $44,771 donated to a statewide Crisis Nursery Fund on 2009 tax returns. It's supposed to get more than $6,300, said Executive Director Stephanie Record.

Court advocates program offers training for new volunteers

DANVILLE – Court Appointed Special Advocates of Vermilion County is offering a training class for prospective advocates.

Agency plans fund-raiser in wake of state budget cuts

DANVILLE – The board of New Directions Treatment Center will hold its first Community Partnership Banquet at 6 this evening in the Bremer Conference Center at Danville Area Community College.

New Directions is a community mental health center that works with people who are experiencing problems from substance abuse and recovering from addictions.

Shelter use started rising in the fall as weather worsened

The area's homeless didn't wait for this week's subzero weather to seek shelter indoors, advocates say.

Directors at several Champaign shelters said they noticed a bump in traffic in late fall, especially during the unusually snowy month of December.

Agencies want to find a place for families

Stories of families living in cars, homeless schoolchildren and waiting lists at shelters have dogged Champaign County social services providers for years.

Efforts to establish a new emergency family shelter might be moving ahead finally, spurred by rising numbers of homeless and new studies of community housing needs.