Social Services

Social Services

For the retirees, Nov. 16-23, 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 Service of Champaign County.

Annual toy drive kicks off

URBANA — Santa's arrival is still more than a month-and-a-half away, but here's a way to help him in advance.

Just bring a new, unwrapped toy to one of the drop-off locations for the annual Carle/Salvation Army toy drive, and your gifts will help the Salvation Army of Champaign County provide toys for the kids and young teens of needy families.

Savoy church starts raising money to keep food giveaway alive

CHAMPAIGN — Restoration Urban Ministries may be able to hold its food box giveaway for Thanksgiving after all.

Savoy United Methodist Church has begun raising money to pay for the food boxes, after hearing the local charity lacked enough money to take on this event itself this year.

Shoeboxes full of season's spirit

CHAMPAIGN — If you have a shoebox, you can fill it up with small things to help a needy child in the upcoming holiday season.

Several area churches are serving as drop-off sites for Operation Christmas Child during its national collection week Nov. 17-24.

For the retirees, Nov. 9-16, 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 Service of Champaign County.

Restoration Urban Ministries cancels food giveaway for lack of funds

CHAMPAIGN — A local Christian charity is calling off its annual Thanksgiving dinner box giveaway because it can't afford to buy the food.

This will be the first Thanksgiving in 21 years that Restoration Urban Ministries, Champaign, hasn't been able to give boxes to hundreds of needy families, the organization said Thursday.

DSC hands out honors, launches Tree of Hope

CHAMPAIGN — A snowstorm this past January couldn't stop Dante Foster from getting to work.

And not only getting there, but on time, says Marty Miner, human resources representative for Champaign's Rockwell Automation.

"The majority of our employees didn't make it in that day. He made it in," she said.

UI police going scruffy for charity

URBANA — Some University of Illinois police officers are skipping shaving this month, for the sake of charity.

UI police officers— who are clean shaven the other 11 months of the year— have been given permission to grow beards through Nov. 30 as part of the "No Shave November" program.

Illinois Lyric Theatre: Elixir of Love

The Lyric Theatre presents Elixir of Love, directed by Jerold Siena in the Tryon Festival Theatre on Thursday Nov. 6 through Sunday November 9, 2014 at the Krannert Center

For the retirees, Nov. 2-9, 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 Service of Champaign County.