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Financial woes could spell end for Salvation Army men's shelter

CHAMPAIGN — The Salvation Army of Champaign County may be on the brink of closing its Stepping Stone Men’s Shelter due to depleted funding, according to the organization’s major, Tom McDowell.

Area update: Fisher school board hears request for local food

FISHER — A local resident would like to add locally-grown food to Fisher schools' lunch menu.

Spotlight on Service, Nov. 17, 2015

A look at area do-gooders. This week: Farmer City Kiwanis

About the club

President: Jerry Schmitz

Origin: The club got its original charter on Oct. 6, 1936, and was sponsored by the Kiwanis clubs of Clinton and Bloomington.

Meets: 6 p.m. on the second and fourth Mondays of the month at the Farmer City Cafe.

For the retirees, Nov. 15-22, 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.

Toys wanted for kids in need

URBANA — If you'd like to start your holiday gift-giving a little early, you could have a hand in helping thousands of kids in the local community find a present under the Christmas tree this year.

A guide for giving to charities during holidays

CHAMPAIGN — When someone solicits Joan Dixon for a donation by phone and it's not a cause she wants to give to, she politely tells them right away that she's not interested, thanks them for calling and advises them to have a nice day.

Spotlight on Service, Nov. 10, 2015

A weekly look at area do-gooders. This week: Bismarck Women's Club

About the club

President: Cheri Hembrey

Origin: Founded on July 31, 1956

Meets: 7 p.m. on the third Thursday of the month at Bismarck United Methodist.

Community gardens grow small donation into big results

CHAMPAIGN — What impact can $250 have on a community?

Add some dirt, garden tools and motivated 4H-ers — and you might be surprised.

Those are the ingredients in the All Schools 4H Club's Hunger Garden, an annual produce harvest project funded by a $250 grant from Farm Credit Illinois.

It won't be long: Salvation Army seeks bell ringers

CHAMPAIGN — The holiday season must be right around the corner, because the Salvation Army of Champaign County is looking for bell ringers.

The organization's next Red Kettle campaign will kick off Nov. 20, its leader Major Tom McDowell said.