Social Services

Social Services

2 UI groups join war on disease

CHAMPAIGN — Africans battling the growing Ebola outbreak are getting help from two organizations based at the University of Illinois.

The University YMCA announced an "Ebola Relief Campaign" on Wednesday, hoping to raise $10,000 for humanitarian relief and another $10,000 to develop educational videos to help stop the spread of the disease.

Charity funding prompts discussion in Urbana

URBANA — A relatively small gift from the city to two local nonprofits prompted a discussion on a larger issue this week as city council members continue to use public funds to support area charities.

Food giveaway set at Parkland

CHAMPAIGN — Free groceries will be handed out to low-income people in need of food from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the food pantry at Parkland College.

The Eastern Illinois Foodbank and Birkey's Farm Store are joining for the event, in which a truckload of food will be distributed.

People coming for food are asked to bring their own boxes or bags.

Firefighters to raise money for MDA

CHAMPAIGN — Area firefighters will conduct their annual Fill the Boot fund-raising campaign to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association and children and adults with muscle disease.

For the retirees, Sept. 14-21, 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.

For the retirees, Sept. 7-14, 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.

Habitat, Home Builders Association hold joint fundraiser

CHAMPAIGN — Habitat for Humanity of Champaign County and the Home Builders Association of East Central Illinois will co-host a joint fundraiser called "Dare to Dream, Dream to Build" from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Sept. 19 at the I Hotel and Conference Center, 1900 S. First St., C.

Peace Meal to restore fifth day of service

MATTOON — The Peace Meal program will resume hot lunch deliveries and congregate meal service five days a week starting Oct. 1 for seniors in a 14-county area, according to Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center, which administers the program.

Peace Meal had reduced its service to four days a week due to funding cuts in 2011.

Walk MS Sunday at Meadowbrook

URBANA — Walk MS, an awareness and fund-raising walk sponsored by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society Greater Illinois Chapter, will be held Sunday afternoon at Urbana's Meadowbrook Park.

Registration opens at 11:30 a.m., opening ceremonies will begin at 12:45 a.m. and the walk will start at 1 p.m. at the park at Windsor Road and Race Street.

Businesses to compete in United Way campaign kickoff

DANVILLE — Ten businesses are set to compete in the United Way of Danville Area's first Corporate Cup challenge at Lincoln Park today to kick off the agency's 2014-15 campaign to raise $625,000.