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Social Services

Annual event scheduled for Feb. 22 at I Hotel

CHAMPAIGN — The Annual Keller Williams Realty Cash Bash and gala to benefit The Chez Family Foundation Center for Wounded Veterans in Higher Education is set for 6 p.m. Feb. 22 at the I Hotel Conference Center.

Illinois men's basketball coach John Groce is the honorary chairman for the 2014 gala. The keynote speaker will be Jeffery Mittman, a retired master sergeant in the Army.

Charity for homeless switching tactics

CHAMPAIGN — A local charity that set out to find homes for people living in the streets of Champaign-Urbana is heading in a new direction, looking to open a daytime drop-in center for the homeless and a halfway house for recovering drug addicts.

For the retirees, Jan. 19, 2014

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.

Mental illness group offers education, support

The National Alliance on Mental Illness will offer a basic education program in Rantoul and a new support group in Tuscola.

For the retirees, Jan. 12, 2014

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.

Begley to address energy conference

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MATTOON — Actor and environmentalist Ed Begley Jr. will be the keynote speaker for Lake Land College's seventh annual Energy Innovation Conference, scheduled March 5.

Updated: Two charities short of goal

CHAMPAIGN — Two local charities nearing the end of their holiday fund-raising campaigns are still short of their goals.

Red kettle donations rang up short for the Salvation Army of Champaign County, but its corps officer Major Tom McDowell says it might still be possible to meet the organization's overall goal by the end of January.

Few places in C-U for homeless to escape elements

CHAMPAIGN — Jason Easterly spent Monday afternoon on a cot in the hallway of the Salvation Army Red Shield Center. He was comfortable.

"This is nice. Warm," Easterly said.

It was 8 degrees below zero outside. Easterly doesn't know where he'd be had he not gotten a ride to the Salvation Army's warming center.

"Probably in the hospital with hypothermia or dead," he said.

Soup kitchen, shelters provide respite

CHAMPAIGN — After spending Sunday night sleeping on the floor of a friend's one-bedroom apartment, Kevin Love on Monday morning slipped on his boots, gloves and knit hat, and headed into Campustown.

It was 15 degrees below zero.

And no buses were running.

"I'm dressed for it, and I know how to use my resources," Love said.

Roller Derby league seeks charities to help

The Twin City Derby Girls roller derby league is seeking partner charities to receive a portion of the proceeds from its 2014 home season and to benefit from publicity, advocacy and volunteerism provided by league members.

The application deadline is Jan. 12; to request a form, email twincityderbygirls@gmail.com.