Social Services

United Way: Stuff The Bus 2011

They United Way held it's 2nd annual "Stuff the Bus" event in late August of 2011.

Robin Scholz

Stuff the Bus starts Wednesday

With diapers, copy paper and other donations rolling in, the second annual Stuff the Bus drive is set to commence Wednesday morning.

Schools, agencies get state funding for at-risk family programs

The Danville and Urbana school districts, the Center for Children's Services in Danville and the Developmental Services Center in Champaign are a few of the local entities that have won state funding, aimed at helping at-risk infants and toddlers get a leg up on their education and in life.

Program seeks more advocates for children

URBANA — The Champaign County Court Appointed Special Advocate program will conduct training for potential new advocates to speak up for the more than 500 abused and neglected children in the Champaign County court system.

Charity harvest brings 3 tons of corn to food bank

URBANA — A charity harvest this summer yielded 3 tons of sweet corn for the Eastern Illinois Foodbank.

For the second year, Provena Covenant Medical Center and the food bank teamed up to provide fresh produce to hungry families from Provena's "Garden for Every Table" on the Bucher Farm in Savoy.

More than 250 in area affected by battle between Catholic Charities, Illinois

The battle between the Catholic Church and state of Illinois over foster care and adoption services has real-life ramifications for more than 250 East Central Illinois children.

Currently, about 135 children in Champaign County are in foster care homes managed by Catholic Charities, according to state figures. In Vermilion County, the agency oversees 125 foster cases.

State has had previous foster-care changes

Illinois has been through similar foster-care transitions in Chicago and Rockford.

Vermilion County seeks more advocates for children

DANVILLE — CASA of Vermilion County has about 40 "dedicated" volunteers advocating for about 65 local abused and neglected children.

But, agency officials said, they need more court-appointed special advocates, particularly men.

New food pantry to open in mid-October in Paxton

PAXTON — Seeing a need to create one more resource for feeding the hungry, local churches are combining efforts to start a new food pantry in Paxton.

The Hands of Christ Food Pantry is tentatively scheduled to open Oct. 15. It will be operated out of the Upper Room Bible Church, 425 W. Orleans St.

Don't shred safety net, Durbin says

URBANA — U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin wants his colleagues on a deficit-reduction "supercommittee" to think of people like Mike Short and Terri Daniels as they debate deep spending cuts in the federal budget.

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