Social Services

Social Services

United Way commits funds to 53 programs

CHAMPAIGN — More than 50 programs run by dozens of local nonprofit agencies have received a two-year funding commitment from the United Way of Champaign County.

Those programs include such community services as Meals on Wheels, employment help for the developmentally disabled, child and family support, community-based mentoring, counseling for seniors and dozens more.

Habitat dedicates 70th house

Habitat for Humanity of Champaign County will dedicate its 70th house this evening in Urbana, a "Signature Build" project celebrating the chapter's 20th anniversary.

It's a big day for homeowner Diane Sexton, 57, who is living a dream she thought had passed her by.

Demand rising at food pantries in wake of SNAP cuts

CHAMPAIGN — The demand has been way up lately at Angela Bradley's church food pantry, so much that twice recently it ran out of the major foods families need to put meals on the table.

"Some people might think this is kind of kooky, but we prayed," she recalls.

For the retirees, May 18-25, 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.

Building confident handywomen

For the most part, I am the handyperson in our family, but tools are not always my friend.

I like home projects. I have even completed some, with help from family and friends.
Others, not so much. Take the recent toilet-seat conundrum.

Walk to raise money for water purification project

MAHOMET — Organizers of next month's "Walk for Water" hope to help participants reflect on the distance that people — mostly women and children — must travel to access clean water in developing nations.

"That's hard to comprehend, for us," said Pastor Allan Oman of New Beginnings Lutheran Church. "We just turn the tap and have clean water."

For the retirees, May 11-18, 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.

Food bank launching program aimed at seniors

URBANA — The golden years are arriving with bare cupboards for some older adults, but help is on the way.

The Eastern Illinois Foodbank is launching a senior grocery program today with $40,000 in funding through the Community Foundation of East Central Illinois, and plans to use the money to get more food to seniors in a 14-county area.

Letter carriers' food drive is Saturday

CHAMPAIGN — Usually it's your letter carrier who leaves things for you, but on one day this weekend you can make it the other way around and help reduce hunger in your community.

The National Association of Letter Carriers will hold its annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive Saturday.

Stevick Foundation awards $55,000 in grants

CHAMPAIGN — Four nonprofit organizations are sharing in $55,500 of grant funding through the Marajen Stevick Foundation.