Social Services

Social Services

For the retirees, Jan. 24-31, 2016

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.

Excellence honored

URBANA — Marietta Turner tackled the issue of hunger among needy students head-on by establishing a food pantry at Parkland College. And it's partly for that contribution that she was one of nine people and organizations chosen for recognition of exceptional innovation and entrepreneurship in Champaign County.

Area update: Panel hears details on new census

SAVOY — The economic development commission was updated on the special census village staff has requested be held this spring.

Agencies: Situation dire without state budget

CHAMPAIGN — A Champaign rape crisis center will close by the end of April without state funding.

An adult day care center no longer provides services one day a week.

A local autism program will shut down at the end of May without a budget resolution.

Attitude of gratitude

URBANA — For Barbara Linder, the hard part was getting 126 students to line up by height in the cafetorium at Urbana Middle School.

But getting them to show appreciation for their mentors? They nailed that on their first take.

Two men and a truck full of water for Flint

CHAMPAIGN — When employees at Two Men and a Truck in Champaign saw the plea for help, they jumped into action.

Kelly Helenthal, of Tilton, wanted to send bottles of water to residents in Flint, Mich., who had been drinking and bathing in lead-contaminated water.

Horse in neglect case is doing well in program for kids

POTOMAC — While a Vermilion County animal neglect case against a Rossville-area couple drags on in court, one of several horses rescued last spring is recovering nicely in a mentoring program for local kids.

Spotlight on Service, Jan. 19, 2016

A look at area do-gooders. This week: Danville Sunrise Rotary Club

About the club

President: Jen Kruger

Origin: Founded in 1990

Meets: 7 a.m. on Thursdays at Charlotte's in Danville

On tap: Country Companies' Pete Goodwin is set to speak Thursday.

For the retirees, Jan. 17-24, 2016

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.

Area update: Door-to-door soliciting targeted in Paxton

PAXTON — The city council amended its soliciting ordinance to remedy what Police Chief Bob Bane terms groups of solicitors "preying on the elderly."

Those who want to sell products or services door-to-door must register with the police department and pay $50 per person canvassing the town.