CHAMPAIGN – The 3-year-old's brown eyes lit up as she hung another plastic monkey on the string, then turned to her physical therapist: "Good!" she said.
Hazel Rempe-Malekin, a curious, friendly sort, was engrossed in play at Champaign's Early Childhood Center, and she knew she'd just done a good thing.
Looking for some help?
If you want to find out if the Parenting With Love and Limits program is right for your family, contact James Warren Jr. at Community Elements (formerly the Mental Health Center of Champaign County) at 693-4672.
URBANA – Tanya Durst admits she was ready to give up on mothering her teen-age daughter about this time last year.
The 38-year-old single mother of two and her then 13-year-old, Brittianie Jackson, were not seeing eye-to-eye, to put it charitably.
CHAMPAIGN – About 30 people lined up for opening day at the new Daily Bread Soup Kitchen a year ago, then strictly a sandwiches-and-chips operation.
DANVILLE – The Salvation Army needs volunteers for a variety of jobs.
Sharon Sawka, case worker at the Danville Salvation Army, said that her corps of volunteers has diminished.
URBANA – A little less than a quarter of Champaign County children – about 22 percent – are African-American. Yet that ethnic group accounts for 63 percent of out-of-school suspensions in Urbana, 60 percent of child-welfare cases, 81 percent of discipline referrals in Champaign schools, and 82 percent of admissions to the county's juvenile detention center.
Can you spare some time to help older adults who need transportation? Provena Faith in Action will hold two orientation sessions for prospective volunteers at the Provena Center for Healthy Aging wellness room, 410 E. Univerity Ave., C: 6:30 to 8 p.m. Nov. 9 and 10:30 a.m. to noon Nov.10.
Call Linda Tauber-Olson, senior program coordinator, at 337-2022.
URBANA – Once or twice a month, Marilyn Boastick needs to go see a doctor.
And she considers it a blessing that volunteers come and drive her there.
"I don't know what I'd do without them," she says.
CHAMPAIGN – Plans to expand dental services for local low-income families are moving ahead with the help of grant money from the Illinois Children's Healthcare Foundation.
Two Champaign County programs, SmileHealthy and Frances Nelson Health Center, will receive two of the 12 grants being awarded this year.
Marty Williams' garden produced a ton of food this year. Actually, it was more like two tons.
And he donated it all to community organizations.