Social Services

Social Services

Bank analyst organizes drive to take diapers to orphanage in Haiti

CHAMPAIGN — Thousands of diapers will be on their way to an orphanage in Haiti next month, thanks to local donors.

The diapers will be taken to God's Littlest Angels orphanage in Haiti by a group of 11 women set to make a mission trip there Jan. 12-19.

"We wanted to not go empty-handed," said the diaper drive coordinator, Crystal Odoms, 33, of Champaign.

12 stories of Christmas, Day 3

URBANA — A lot goes into running a community-wide toy drive every year, but Dana Hagerstrom knows what it means to the families that benefit from it.

"I think, now that I have a daughter, it's even more special. I can't imagine not being able to buy her a gift," said Hagerstrom, the toy drive coordinator and community benefits specialist for the Carle health system.

For the retirees, Dec. 14-21, 2014

For information about services available to older adults, contact Karen Graves, 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.

12 stories of Christmas, Day 1

CHAMPAIGN — When Beth Wendling sold a handful of her books online, she was just looking to get rid of some household clutter.

Then she got a life-changing idea: Why not try to sell a whole bunch of used books to raise money to help orphans and other vulnerable kids?

Gift rings red kettle's bell

CHAMPAIGN — A woman's diamond ring slipped into a red kettle Thursday night has added some sparkle to the Salvation Army of Champaign County's holiday fund drive.

The ring, a gold band with three small diamonds, was placed in a kettle outside the Savoy Wal-Mart store, along with an unsigned note from the anonymous donor, according to Salvation Army Corps Officer Major Tom McDowell.

Affordable senior housing proposed in Gifford

GIFFORD — The Gifford Village Board is considering a proposal from local developers to build affordable senior housing on the north end of town.

Mitten tree back at Covenant

URBANA — The JoAnne Caring Mitten Tree has returned for another holiday season at Presence Covenant Medical Center.

A mitten is placed on the Christmas tree just off the hospital lobby for every $5 contribution, which represents a gift of mittens, a scarf or hat to someone in need this winter.

Spotlight on Service, Dec. 9, 2014

A weekly look at area do-gooders. This week: Kiwanis Club of C-U

About the club ...

President: Richard M. Schoell

Winter shelter opening for women

CHAMPAIGN — Shelter from the cold winter nights will once again be available to homeless women in the area, at least for a few months.

Austin's Place, the temporary winter emergency shelter for women at First United Methodist Church in downtown Champaign, will reopen for the season Monday.

In a giving mood? Check things out before writing a check

Maybe you're feeling generous as the holidays approach.

Maybe you're interested in a tax deduction as the end of the year approaches.

Maybe you've seen an interesting post on Facebook about a charity that matches your interests.

"It's a season where people are looking to give back," said Maura Possley, a spokeswoman for the Illinois attorney general's office.