Social Services

Social Services

If you scream for ice cream, here's the event for you - and the food bank

URBANA — The Common Ground Food Co-Op is holding its third annual ice cream social from 2-4 p.m. Sunday as a fund-raiser for the Eastern Illinois Foodbank.

Held outside in the parking lot, it will feature build-your-own sundaes with local Kilgus Farmstead ice cream and an organic toppings buffet.

All in the Jeans Day turns 17: five bucks for dressing down

DANVILLE — Presence United Samaritans Medical Center's Foundation is asking local businesses, schools, and civic organizations to participate in the 17th annual It's All In the Jeans Day Oct. 3.

For a $5 donation, employees and students can buy the right to wear denim on this day at participating locations.

Harvest sweetens pantry giveaways

Freshly picked sweet corn a bonus for pantry families

DANVILLE — Each summer, Madison Smith looks forward to sinking her teeth into ears of hot, buttered corn.

But she realizes that not all kids have a chance to eat fresh produce.

That's why the 14-year-old Danville girl enjoyed helping with a project to bring free sweet corn to them and their families.

For the retirees, Aug. 10-17, 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.

Donated-clothing agency plans fundraiser

CHAMPAIGN — His Kid's Closet will hold a fall fashion show Saturday to help raise money to serve more families.

It will be held at 2:30 p.m. at Grace Community Church, 2901 Watterson Court, C, with a suggested admission donation for adults of $3. Kids get in free.

NAMI offers program for families of veterans

CHAMPAIGN — The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is offering a new, free program for family members of veterans affected by major mental health conditions.

Called NAMI Homefront, it is based on the organization's family-to-family education program and adapts the curriculum to veteran issues such as post-deployment and post dishcharge transitions.

For the retirees, Aug. 3-10, 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.

Veterans group raffles restored 1954 pickup truck

DANVILLE — Hundreds of motorcycles are set to ride in to the Vermilion Regional Airport on Saturday to raise awareness about and money for homeless veterans.

And one lucky person will ride away in a fully-restored vintage truck.

Change is slow for those in extreme poverty

CHAMPAIGN — Could you live on $5,800 a year?

Hundreds of thousands of people in Illinois squeeze by on that much or less, and a member of a statewide organization chipping away at extreme poverty said changes for the better are taking time.

Homeless drop-in center up and running in Champaign

A new daytime drop-in center already in operation for homeless residents in Champaign will celebrate a grand opening in two weeks.

The Phoenix at the northwest corner of Neil and White in downtown Champaign opened two weeks ago. It's run by C-U at Home, an organization serving the homeless.