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United Way exceeds goal, sets new record

CHAMPAIGN — Local donors dug deep and helped the United Way of Champaign County exceed its $3.3 million fundraising goal this year.

The organization has finalized its 2012 campaign, and it raised $3,486,000, a new record, its leaders say.

Danville Y hires new leader

DANVILLE — The Danville Family YMCA board has hired a new chief executive officer from the Canton, Ohio, area.

Mike Brown, the former executive director of the Eric Snow YMCA in Canton, Ohio, will become the Danville Family YMCA's executive director Aug. 12, according to an announcement Tuesday from YMCA Board Chairman David George.

New group combatting gun violence in Champaign County

A new group has emerged in the fight against gun violence in Champaign County.

The Champaign County African-American Safety Net has been working since last month to call for an end to the gunfire and to provide opportunities and support for young people that will steer them away from trouble.

Foundation awards grants to agencies

URBANA — Six local community organizations will share in $92,000 in grant money from Presence Covenant Medical Center Foundation's FAITH2 endowment.

The recipient of the largest grant is Champaign County Health Care Consumers, which was awarded $25,000 to help medically underserved patients with direct assistance to access health care services.

Other grants included:

Runners prepare for relay to Peoria

CHAMPAIGN — For Ed and Kathleen Smith of Champaign, an annual relay run from Champaign to Peoria to raise money for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is one way they show their gratitude.

They've got a healthy 6-year-old daughter, Ed Smith said, and the money raised in this run helps sick kids who haven't been so lucky.

For the retirees June 30, 2013

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.

C-U At Home fundraiser set for Saturday

A local group that supports the homeless is hoping a fundraiser this weekend will raise enough money to hire a professional case manager.

Executive Director of C-U at Home Melany Jackson said the second annual One Summer Day event will feature people pushing grocery carts full of items that will later be donated to the homeless.


Kelly Belinger-Sahr: Caring for our veterans

Why should I go to the VA? This is a question asked by active-duty military members to veterans of almost every war. The answer is that EVERY American who has served in any branch of the military for any length of time could have benefits that they are entitled to. Benefits including medical care, financial assistance, education, home loans and more! The VA is growing and changing.

Benefit planned for Vermilion County woman

DANVILLE — A benefit will be held to help a Grape Creek woman who has been battling health issues.

The benefit for Judy Marsh will be held from noon to 7 p.m. Saturday at Cloud 9 Banquet Hall at the Vermilion Regional Airport, 22633 N. Bowman Ave., Danville.

Donations of $8 for adults and $3 for children 10 and under will be taken.

For the retirees June 23, 2013

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.