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Social Services

Small church group pieces together big accomplishment

When it comes to quilting for a cause, tiny Zion Lutheran in Philo acts like a church many times its size.

Today, several of its 35 active members will pack up 220 handmade quilts for a trip to Champaign in what is the first leg in a long journey as part of Lutheran World Relief.

Spotlight on Service, Oct. 20, 2015

A look at area do-gooders. This week: Kiwanis Club of Monticello

About the club

President:Scott Stephenson

Origin: The club was founded in February 2004.

Meets: 6 p.m. Thursdays at Los Toros in Monticello.

Did you know: At one time, the club had 25 members. It now has five.

Georgetown Township sets coat drive

GEORGETOWN — Georgetown Township will hold a coat drive from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. through Oct. 30 at the township building, 1805 N. Main St. 

People can drop off new or gently-used coats, hats, mittens, gloves, scarves and boots for people of all ages.

For the retirees, Oct. 18-25, 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.

Rape victims' service agency threatened by budget impasse

URBANA — The rape advocacy agency based in Urbana will be forced to start layoffs and service reductions next month and will consider closing in mid-December if state money doesn't begin flowing back into its budget again soon, its leader warned Wednesday.

Just 1 question: Why do school supplies for Zambia matter to you?

For the past month, Unit 4 middle schoolers have been appreciating the value of their pencils, folders and books just a little bit more than usual.

Former Viking felt calling to preach

CHAMPAIGN — The Rev. Rickey Parks has always been a builder, an organizer and a leader.

It was how he operated as young as age 12, when he'd recruit the kids on his block in Pine Bluff, Ark., for a football team to compete against other blocks in the neighborhood.

Empty Tomb sets funding events

CHAMPAIGN — Empty Tomb is inviting area Christians to a special cake and pie event to learn more about its Mission Match program and its funding arm, the Discipleship Tree.

Those interested in attending can choose between events Thursday or Friday, both from 6-7:30 p.m. at Urbana's New Life Church of Faith (201 Lincoln Square).

Spotlight on Service, Oct. 13, 2015

A look at area do-gooders. This week: Loda Lions

About the club

President:Darrell Templeton

Origin: Founded in 1959

Meets: At 6 p.m. on the first Thursday of the month at 108 N. Chestnut St.

For the retirees, Oct. 11-18, 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.