CHAMPAIGN -- If you've never had to navigate a curb cut in a wheelchair, you can experience the challenge firsthand Saturday at Parkland College.
The fourth annual Wheelathon sponsored by PACE Center for Independent Living is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. to noon at Parkland, 2400 W. Bradley Ave., C. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m.
DANVILLE -- The Vermilion County Handicapped Association has launched its 19th year of building wheelchair ramps for qualified residents in the county.
The organization will build ramps on the second and fourth Sundays of the month, weather permitting, from now through October.
CHAMPAIGN -- The city council on Monday night unanimously supported the continuation of the CommUnity Matters program, which city officials say has been improving conditions in lower-income neighborhoods while encouraging students to pursue college.
URBANA -- About 2,600 people each year call on Anh Ha Ho and her colleagues with questions about schools, taxes, housing, jobs, medical care you name it. And most of them don't speak much English.
The East Central Illinois Refugee Mutual Assistance Center functions as a mini-social services agency, helping immigrants and refugees adjust to life in Champaign County.
URBANA -- A $15,000 grant from Kraft Foods will sponsor seven Foodmobiles in coming months for the Eastern Illinois Foodbank to fight hunger in underserved communities.
URBANA -- Remember those crutches tucked away in the closet, along with Grandma's old walker?
They could gather dust a few years longer, but Provena hospitals in Urbana and Danville would like you to consider donating them and other home medical equipment you're no longer using to help needy people around the world.
CHAMPAIGN The Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon needs more course team volunteers for this year's races, which are set for April 29-30.
URBANA -- Things haven't gone exactly as planned for Rachel Ziegler.
She moved to the Mahomet area several months ago from Colorado with her fiance, who had just gotten out of the Army after combat duty in Iraq. The plan, she says, was to live with his parents for a few weeks until they found a place, as he had a lead on a job at Kraft.
URBANA -- Researchers say the first few years of a child's life are critical for brain development, and what babies learn in the first nine months can affect the rest of their lives.
Supportive living an Illinois overview
What they are: Apartment-style housing that offers 24-hour assistance with personal care and other services. Residents live independently in a private apartment with a kitchen, private bathroom and lockable entrance.