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DANVILLE — Students at South View Middle School in Danville learned a lesson on how every penny counts.
From early November to Dec. 19, students collected pennies and other loose change for a penny drive to benefit Hurricane Sandy relief efforts. And on Friday, they presented an American Red Cross official with a check for $718.48, the amount collected.
MONTICELLO — Michelle Jett of Champaign learned quite a bit during her seven years in the retail industry, including that money isn't everything.
URBANA — Even during lean budget years, the city of Urbana has continued making payments out of city coffers to local nonprofits, and now Mayor Laurel Prussing is asking her counterparts in Champaign to do their share.
CHAMPAIGN — Developmental Services Center is inviting the public to a Tree of Hope tree-lighting ceremony Jan. 15, as it nears the end of its fundraising campaign.
The agency had raised $121,000 as of Wednesday, said Janice McAteer, DSC director of development.
That leaves $9,000 for DSC to raise to reach its $130,000 goal by the end of January.
URBANA — Those interested in Champaign County's affordable-housing issues are invited to attend the January meeting of the League of Women Voters this week.
The meeting is scheduled for noon Thursday in the Urbana City Building, 400 S. Vine St. It is expected to end by 1:30 p.m. and will be broadcast later on UPTV, cable channel 6.
CHAMPAIGN — Following the second-deadliest school shooting ever in Newtown, Conn., last month, one local parent group is hoping to educate residents about mental-health resources.
If the thought of mentoring has ever crossed your mind, this is your chance.
Organizations working within the Champaign Coalition are hoping to recruit 100 new mentors this year, and are emphasizing the different local programs and opportunities for adults to get involved.
CHAMPAIGN — C-U at Home, the organization housing some of the community's most vulnerable homeless folks, will repeat its winter fundraiser, One Winter Night, in which people spend a cold night outside in boxes.
But this year, One Winter Night will be held in two places, in downtown Champaign like last year, and on the University of Illinois Quad.
DANVILLE — Over the past few months, friends and relatives of a local Navy veteran who was paralyzed from a motorcycle accident have come together at a construction site at 921 Chandler St. to help build a Habitat for Humanity house for him.
On Sunday, they will gather there again to see Habitat officials dedicate the handicap-accessible home and turn over the key to its owner.
CHAMPAIGN — The cost of feeding more than 200 people a day adds up, but Daily Bread Soup Kitchen got some help.
AT&T Illinois named the organization the winner of one of its Investing in Illinois awards, and that comes with $2,000 to help carry on Daily Bread's mission of feeding the homeless and poor in the Champaign-Urbana area.