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Training of service dogs called first on college campus

CHAMPAIGN – As Bridget Evans heads from class to class at the University of Illinois, her constant companion is a fuzzy 11-year-old black Labrador retriever named Coal.

Champaign County mental health center changing name

CHAMPAIGN – The Mental Health Center of Champaign County is changing its name, but its services will remain the same.

The new name, Community Elements, was chosen to reflect that this organization's mission and services are broader than mental health, Chief Executive Sheila Ferguson said.

Saturday bags tourney to aid Boys & Girls Club

CHAMPAIGN – The third annual Community Bags Tournament to benefit the Don Moyer Boys & Girls Club is scheduled for Saturday in downtown Champaign.

Program will help those interested in learning about mental illness

URBANA – Here's an opportunity to learn more about living with an illness that strikes one in four U.S. families, often starts in young adulthood and often goes untreated: mental illness.

Generations of Hope founder honored

WASHINGTON – Brenda Eheart, founder of Generations of Hope in Rantoul, was honored in the nation's capital Wednesday as an "Angel in Adoption."

U.S. Rep. Timothy Johnson chose Eheart for the award based on her advocacy of adoption and foster-care issues.

Roundhouse loses major funds, will narrow program

CHAMPAIGN – Roundhouse, a shelter for homeless and runaway children and young teens in Champaign, will refocus its program to serve young adults because its major federal funding source for younger teens and adolescents isn't being renewed.

Clothing drive set for those seeking employment help

Cleaning out your closets? Suits don't fit anymore?

The United Way's Emerging Community Leaders group is organizing a professional-clothing drive and a job-tips booth to help people who need jobs or clothing to wear to work.

The clothing drive is scheduled from Oct. 11 to Oct. 16 and will benefit the Center for Women in Transition and the Salvation Army.

University of Illinois students get hands-on lesson on poverty from United Way

URBANA – Nearly 1.7 million Illinoisans, or 13.3 percent of the state's population, live in poverty.

In Champaign County, the number is far higher: 21.3 percent. Next door, in Vermilion County, nearly a quarter of the residents are considered poor, living on $24,000 or less for a family of four.

Food for Families kicks off at Illini game with challenge from Columbus

CHAMPAIGN – Football and food fights are being enlisted to help with the 24th annual Food for Families Drive, which starts this weekend.

The two-week campaign by the Eastern Illinois Foodbank kicks off at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Illinois-Ohio State football game at Memorial Stadium.

Group providing teddy bears for children in crisis

CHAMPAIGN – The Champaign Exchange Club is providing teddy bears to children involved in traumatic situations in Champaign.

Members this week provided 100 teddy bears to be placed in patrol cars to help police better communicate with children by giving them something to hold during a time of crisis.