Social Services

Social Services

For the retirees, Nov. 23-30, 2014

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 Service of Champaign County.

Drive for Habitat pits Urbana, Centennial, Central

The only thing sweeter than beating Central? Beating Urbana.

That's what members of the Key Club at Centennial High School are saying at the midway point of a fundraising contest among the three schools.

Red kettle drive launches

CHAMPAIGN — One of the signature sights and sounds of the holiday season is set to return this morning, with the Salvation Army of Champaign County launching its annual red kettle drive at more than two dozen stores throughout the community.

Crisis Nursery temporarily closes after water pipe breaks

URBANA — An agency that provides emergency care for children from families in crisis temporarily closed on Thursday after a water pipe broke.

Crisis Nursery Executive Director Stephanie Record said that either a sprinkler system or a pipe in a wall burst at the facility at about 2:45 p.m.

Younger Generation: Celebrating the achievements of young adults

Team raises awareness

The Champaign Edison Middle School girls' basketball teams recently held a Cancer Awareness Night.

In 2012, then-coach Kelly Koller organized this event as the community project for the Comets. This year, Koller, eighth-grade coach Roni Dixon and seventh-grade coach Kelly Lomas all helped organize this event.

Food bank hopes you'll help ease hunger for thousands

URBANA — Before you begin shopping for turkey and all the trimmings, here's a chance to help put some food on the table for more than 100,000 people dealing with hunger in East Central Illinois.

Salvation Army short on bell ringers

The days are getting colder, but the need for Salvation Army bell ringers this year is greater than normal.

The Salvation Army of Champaign County said only 10% of its bell ringer positions have been filled in the area, and there's still plenty of time to give some of your time this holiday season.

Christina Gann, Volunteer Operations Manager for Gifford Recovery

Christina Gann, Volunteer Operations Manager for Gifford Recovery: Play now!

WDWS reporter Scott Beatty visits with Christina Gann, the volunteer operations manager in the Gifford recovery efforts.  She reflects on what happened on Nov. 17, 2013, and where the progress the town has made in one year.

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For the retirees, Nov. 16-23, 2014

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 Service of Champaign County.

Annual toy drive kicks off

URBANA — Santa's arrival is still more than a month-and-a-half away, but here's a way to help him in advance.

Just bring a new, unwrapped toy to one of the drop-off locations for the annual Carle/Salvation Army toy drive, and your gifts will help the Salvation Army of Champaign County provide toys for the kids and young teens of needy families.