Social Services

Social Services

Training begins this month for new CASA volunteers

URBANA — The Champaign County Court-Appointed Special Advocates program is in need of volunteers to speak up for the more than 350 abused and neglected children in Champaign County Circuit Court.

Cities get look at details on CU Fresh Start

CHAMPAIGN — CU Fresh Start, a new approach to stopping gun violence that's based on the "Don't Shoot" book by David Kennedy, will be presented to city leaders next week for feedback.

Religion calendar, April 8-15, 2016

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Deadline is noon Tuesday before Friday publication.


Just 1 question: What can a quilt teach you?

A quilt and a couple quotes can go a long way. That's what about 28 Urbana Middle School eighth-graders learned while spending the last several weeks of their advisory class period working on a service project for the Cunningham Children's Home.

Decades of activism designated for honor

CHAMPAIGN — When the nurses of Champaign's old Burnham City Hospital were fighting to form a union and went out on strike, and some lost their jobs for good, Janet Anderson was one of them.

When Anderson saw the need for countywide public health services, she not only worked to help get voter approval, she ran for the Champaign County Board herself to help carry out voters' wishes.

Board to vote on next steps to make DHS better

DANVILLE — School board members will vote Wednesday night on whether to approve a plan aimed at continuing improvements that have come as a result of Danville High School's $6 million School Improvement Grant.

She's in a league of her own

DANVILLE — It was the beginning of the 2003 baseball season, and organizers of the Tom Jones Challenger League in Champaign were looking for some worthy opponents.

Spotlight on Service, April 5, 2016

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

About the club

President: Bill Hensch

Origin: The club was founded in 1956 and will celebrate its 60th anniversary on April 30.

Meets: 6:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month at the Sidney United Church, 501 E. Main St.

For the retirees, April 3-10, 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.