Social Services

Social Services

Spotlight on Service, Aug. 25, 2015

This week: Rotary Club of Gibson City

About the club

President: Tom Davis

Origin: The club was chartered on June 16, 1964.

Meets: Noon on the first three Wednesdays of the month and at 6:30 p.m. on the fourth Wednesday at Railside Golf Club, 120 W. 19th Street.

For the retirees, Aug. 23-30, 2015

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.

Softball showdown for charity is today

DANVILLE — The Rookie of the Year will take the field in today's Finest vs. Bravest charity softball showdown as the firefighters try to gain a little ground on the police, winners of seven of 11 series.

Only this year's rookie star won't be suiting up for the Finest or the Bravest.

Spotlight on Service, Aug. 18, 2015

A look at area do-gooders. This week: Danville Kiwanis Golden 'K' Club'

About the club

President: Jerry Prideaux

Origin: The club was incorporated in 1982.

Meets: At 2 p.m. Mondays at the CRIS Senior Center, 309 N. Franklin St.

As area suicides rise, so do prevention efforts

DANVILLE — This morning, Rachel Rice will drop off her 5-year-old son, Ethan, for his first day of kindergarten.

She's planning to send him to school with a small, framed copy of their family portrait that her son can pull out when he wants.

It was taken last September, just a few months before Ethan's dad, Jason Rice, took his life.

For the retirees, Aug. 16-23, 2015

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.

C-U at Home looking for new headquarters

A Champaign organization that supports the homeless will soon be on the move.

C-U at Home currently has employee work space and a drop-in center at 215 South Neil Street.  But the group's executive director Melany Jackson said the property owner plans to sell the property by the end of the year. Jackson said there's a desire to stay near downtown or midtown.

Charities get grants from Monsanto

CHAMPAIGN — Three local charities are sharing in $25,000 in grants from the Monsanto Fund to help fight hunger and support after-school education.

McIntire to lead Big Brothers Big Sisters of Vermilion County

DANVILLE — A former child welfare and Danville schools administrator has been tapped to lead Big Brothers Big Sisters of Vermilion County.

Cheryl McIntire will take over as executive director of the youth mentoring organization when Rose Henton steps down later this month.

Event aims to help teen with disease

RANTOUL — Deandra "Dee Dee" Bowen is a pretty typical 16-year-old girl.

She enjoys reading, and she loves to dance.

But she can no longer do the latter due to a physical condition that limits her mobility.

Bowen has Neurofibromstosis Type II, a disorder characterized by the growth of noncancerous tumors in the nervous system.