Social Services

Social Services

Daily Bread seeks backpacks for annual giveaway

CHAMPAIGN — Daily Bread Soup Kitchen hopes to be able to give away at least 1,000 backpacks full of clothes, snacks and other items to its needy and homeless lunch guests this holiday season.

And the agency will need a lot of generous people to help by donating the filled backpacks, board member and volunteer Gina Stocking said.

Pantry at Parkland will focus on helping college students, their families

CHAMPAIGN — There's a bag of food in Parkland College Dean of Students Marietta Turner's office, and she keeps it there because she knows some students are going hungry.

Not just because they're skipping a meal now and then, but hungry because their cupboards at home are darn near empty.

For the retirees, Nov. 24, 2013

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 Services of Champaign County.

Blanket drive scheduled in Danville

DANVILLE — The Robin Hood Foundation of Danville will hold its fifth annual blanket drive on Nov. 29.

The group will collect new or gently used blankets from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Kmart parking lot, 2721 N. Vermilion St., Danville.

The blankets will be distributed to needy people the following week at the Abundant Life Pentecostal Church of God, 400 Logan Ave., Danville.

Supportive programs welcome donations

CHAMPAIGN — The Champaign and Urbana schools currently have several ongoing programs that support their students, others in need and teachers.

The Champaign Schools Family Information Center is again collecting coats, hats and gloves for its annual Warm-A-Kid Program. The collection drive is in its 15th year and is funded completely by the community.

Red-kettle goal set at $428,000 this season

CHAMPAIGN — The Salvation Army of Champaign County hopes to raise $428,000 through its annual holiday red-kettle drive that launched Monday.

Maj. Tom McDowell urged volunteers to sign up for bell-ringing duty at the 22 kettle locations throughout the county.

Ameren to rebuild Gifford's power system on Tuesday

GIFFORD — Personnel from Ameren are expected to be in force on Tuesday in Gifford to start work rebuilding the community’s power system, which was left devastated by Sunday’s tornado.

Toy drive for kids starts Thursday

URBANA — Families in need can have a tough time buying gifts at the holidays, but generous folks can help the Salvation Army of Champaign County make sure more local kids get a new toy.

A 29th annual toy drive that is a community service project of the Carle health care organization and WDWS/WHMS/WKIO radio will get underway Thursday and run through Dec. 12.

Community rallies for food pantry

BEMENT — The Bement Food Pantry is used to helping those in need.

But when the facility suffered its own crisis, it was the community that gave back in a big way to help keep the pantry's doors open.

Salvation Army lowers red kettle goal

CHAMPAIGN — The Salvation Army of Champaign County will roll out its red kettles for the holiday season at 11 a.m. Monday with a fundraising goal a bit more modest than last year's.

This year's goal amount will be announced at a Champaign Rotary Club meeting set for noon Monday, said Corps Officer Major Tom McDowell.