Social Services

Social Services

NAMI offers training for caregivers

RANTOUL — A free six-week education series for parents and others caring for children under 18 who have mental illness conditions is being offered by the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

The classes will be held from 6-8:30 p.m. starting Oct. 11 at the Community Service Center, 520 E. Wabash Ave., Rantoul.

Service-arts group to raise awareness of violence against women

URBANA — One People, a local service and arts organization founded in April, will present "The Lounge" at 7 p.m. Sept. 6 at The Hub, 912 W. Springfield Ave.

"The Lounge" is a community event that provides a platform for local performers to raise awareness and support for nonprofit organizations and causes.

Voice of experience coming to symposium on hunger

CHAMPAIGN — Before she had back surgery and couldn't work for a while, Nateka Simmons never thought hunger could happen to her and her family.

"I woke up one day and couldn't walk," she recalls.

Danville restaurant gives portion of sales to youth club

DANVILLE — Buffalo Wild Wings at the Village Mall is teaming up with the Boys & Girls Club of Danville for Youth Support Night on Monday.

The restaurant will donate a percentage of all food and beverage sales to the club to help support youth in the community from 5 to 8 p.m.

Seeds sought for African community during Urbana Sweetcorn Festival

URBANA — This year's One Community Together programming at the Urbana Sweetcorn Festival is reaching out to the community for donated seeds.

Seed, Feed and Flourish: Families Stamping Out Hunger Together is an effort to collect vegetable seeds to send to the eastern Zambian community of Musalila.

Benefit for safe houses Sunday at Hessel Park

CHAMPAIGN — The annual Gospel + Jazz Fest fundraiser that benefits the Men's and Women's SafeHouses will be from 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday in Hessel Park.

The theme this year is "We are Stronger Together." The featured entertainment includes:

— The Fellowship District Choir;

— Nate Banks and Mo Betta Music;

— The Danville Community Choir;

— As One;

Feeding these meters will help the homeless

CHAMPAIGN — If you can spare some change for the homeless, here's a new way to make sure it gets to an agency providing help.

Just feed one of the four new blue parking meters on the sidewalks of downtown Champaign and the University of Illinois campus area.

Habitat to ramp up construction thanks to $2 million grant, fundraising

CHAMPAIGN — Owning her own home is a dream that used to hover out of Tamika Dorris' reach.

That is, until she rolled up her sleeves and started building her own house with the help of Habitat for Humanity of Champaign County and an army of volunteers.

Father, daughter cycle at Indianapolis Speedway

RANTOUL — Thirty-five miles an hour isn't all that fast at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Not in a car anyway.

On a bike? That's another story.

Sara Simpkins got to speed along in the mid-30s on her bike earlier this year. And she got to do it for a good cause.

Common Ground event to benefit food bank

URBANA — The Common Ground Food Co-op will host its second annual Ice Cream Social from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, with all proceeds going to the Eastern Illinois Foodbank.

Guests may build their own ice cream sundaes with Kilgus Farmstead ice cream. Common Ground asks that each guest make a donation to the food bank; the amount will be left to the donor.