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Social Services

Two men and a truck full of water for Flint

CHAMPAIGN — When employees at Two Men and a Truck in Champaign saw the plea for help, they jumped into action.

Kelly Helenthal, of Tilton, wanted to send bottles of water to residents in Flint, Mich., who had been drinking and bathing in lead-contaminated water.

Attitude of gratitude

URBANA — For Barbara Linder, the hard part was getting 126 students to line up by height in the cafetorium at Urbana Middle School.

But getting them to show appreciation for their mentors? They nailed that on their first take.

Spotlight on Service, Jan. 19, 2016

A look at area do-gooders. This week: Danville Sunrise Rotary Club

About the club

President: Jen Kruger

Origin: Founded in 1990

Meets: 7 a.m. on Thursdays at Charlotte's in Danville

On tap: Country Companies' Pete Goodwin is set to speak Thursday.

Horse in neglect case is doing well in program for kids

POTOMAC — While a Vermilion County animal neglect case against a Rossville-area couple drags on in court, one of several horses rescued last spring is recovering nicely in a mentoring program for local kids.

For the retirees, Jan. 17-24, 2016

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.

Area update: Door-to-door soliciting targeted in Paxton

PAXTON — The city council amended its soliciting ordinance to remedy what Police Chief Bob Bane terms groups of solicitors "preying on the elderly."

Those who want to sell products or services door-to-door must register with the police department and pay $50 per person canvassing the town.

Religion calendar, Jan. 15-22, 2016

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'She lives the mission every day'

CHAMPAIGN — Janice McAteer's job isn't just about raising money for a good cause.

It's personal — a cause that's been part of her life since she was born.

Agency seeking a leader, direction

DANVILLE — Next week, Danville Housing Authority commissioners will begin sifting through applications from those wanting to be the agency's next executive director.

It's the second step in a planned overhaul of the much-maligned agency, which placed its director of 10 years, Greg Hilleary, on administrative leave in November, then let his $70,000-a-year contract expire a month later.

Updated: C-U at Home's new drop-in center now open

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