DANVILLE — Lara Cottrill remembers when the Danville Salvation Army Family Thrift Shop did a fairly brisk business.
But Cottrill, who manages the store and warehouse, said business has fallen off since the city closed the Fairchild Street subway more than a year ago.
CHAMPAIGN — Local donors opened their hearts and wallets to recession-crunched human service agencies, but there is only so much money to go around.
The United Way of Champaign County is on track to meet, and possibly exceed, its fund-raising total of $3.3 million fundraising goal, says its President and CEO Lyn Jones.
CHAMPAIGN — The cost of feeding hungry people in Champaign-Urbana every day adds up.
And that's even when volunteers do all the work.
"It just blows me away every month," says Stevie Bennett of Champaign, treasurer of Daily Bread Soup Kitchen.
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CHAMPAIGN — The new leader of the Don Moyer Boys & Girls Club won't need a tour of the community when he starts July 1.
Champaign-Urbana is already home to Sam Banks.
The club's board has chosen Banks, the former longtime CEO of the Cunningham Children's Home, to replace the club's current executive director, Andre Arrington.
URBANA — The Eastern Illinois Foodbank will receive a $15,000 grant from the Kraft Foods Foundation to help feed hungry people in 14 counties.
Food bank officials said the money will be used to stock seven "foodmobile" distributions in underserved communities that lack adequate access to grocery stores, food pantries and soup kitchens.
CHAMPAIGN — C-U at Home, the organization working to provide housing for Champaign-Urbana's most vulnerable homeless people, will hold a fundraiser next month.
And the need for participation is "desperate," C-U at Home's founder and leader, Melany Jackson says.
Residents in Champaign and Urbana donated nearly 20,000 pounds of food Saturday in a drive sponsored by letter carriers and the U.S. Postal Service.
Through the Stamp Out Hunger campaign, residents were able to donate nonperishable food by leaving it at their mailboxes to be picked up by letter carriers.
CHAMPAIGN — The Salvation Army of Champaign County will have a change of leadership next month.
Envoys Michael and Kris Fuqua are being transferred to the Salvation Army in Willmar, Minn., after four years of leading the local Salvation Army and pastoring its church here.
CHAMPAIGN — The Champaign County Court-Appointed Special Advocates will have a Mother's Day fundraiser from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Indi Go Artist Co-Op, 9 E. University Ave., C.
CHAMPAIGN — Letter carriers across America will be taking part in the nation's largest food drive of the year Saturday, but they need everyone's help.
For this 20th annual Stamp Out Hunger campaign, the Postal Service is requesting its customers to leave a sturdy bag of non-perishable food next to their mailboxes for letter carriers to pick up on Saturday.