Social Services

Social Services

One Winter Night fundraiser returns

CHAMPAIGN — More than seven years after a former boyfriend shot her in the chest, Indea Dorsey is struggling to make a life for herself and her 9-year-old daughter.

But at 29, she's homeless, suffering from multiple health conditions and unable to work.

She and her daughter, Zaniya, live on $313 a month from a state assistance program, plus food stamps.

Homeless fundraiser has education component

An official with the Urbana Police Department said when the agency comes into contact with someone who is homeless, officers are looking to find ways to help that individual.

Full transcript: Rauner's State of the State address

Today marks a new beginning for Illinois.

And a new partnership between the General Assembly and the governor.

Last November, voters made it clear they want bipartisan government. They want a government where people come together to solve problems and get things done.

Auction winner will take home 'The Fridge'

DANVILLE — Chicago Bears fans who still can't get enough of the "Super Bowl Shuffle" might want to buy tickets to the annual Peer Court Auction.

Bidders will have a chance to bring home a restored 1945 Kelvinator-brand refrigerator that plays the 1985 Super Bowl champion's hit rap song when the door opens.

Spotlight on Service, Feb. 3, 2015

A weekly look at area do-gooders. This week: Greater Champaign County AMBUCS

About the club

President: Keith Jamieson

Origin: Part of a national organization founded in 1922, GCC AMBUCS was chartered in 1981. Originally called the American Business Club, the acronym AMBUCS was adopted in 1961.

For the retirees, Feb. 1-8, 2015

For information about services available to older adults, contact Karen Graves, 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 Service of Champaign County.

Charity update

A roundup of news from non-profit organizations:

CHAMPAIGN — Here's a chance to donate, sell or buy a used prom dress next month through the Say Yes to the (Prom) Dress sale and help a local agency at the same time.

The dress sale, a fund-raiser for Courage Connection, will be held for 2-4 p.m. Feb. 28 at Emmanuel Memorial Episcopal Church (102 N. State St., Champaign).

Paltry donations via downtown, campus meters

CHAMPAIGN — If you've never fed any of the blue parking meters in downtown Champaign and Campustown — or don't know their special purpose — you're far from alone.

For the retirees, Jan. 25-Feb. 1, 2015

For information about services available to older adults, contact Karen Graves, 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 Service of Champaign County.

Third fundraiser raises stakes for Center for Wounded Veterans

URBANA — As a veteran himself, Kyle Kostelecky has seen what can happen to wounded veterans trying to adjust to college life, or life in general, and the pride that prevents them and their families from asking for help.

They've been trained by military life to pull up their bootstraps and stand on their own.