Social Services

Social Services

Marathon food drive set

DANVILLE — Each month, Chuck Brooks sees 65 to 70 new families in line at the Danville Area Food Pantry.

It's troubling, he said, especially because many of the new faces are seniors and the newly unemployed.

"I thought that number would level off at some point, but it hasn't yet," said Brooks, the pantry's chairman.

Food bank schedules collection for Tuesday

URBANA — The Eastern Illinois Foodbank hopes to raise enough money Tuesday to provide thousands of meals to feed the hungry.

The food bank is holding a drive-through collection set for 6 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at WCIA's back parking lot on Randolph Street across from the Champaign Public Library.

Tree of Hope asks for help

CHAMPAIGN — Developmental Services Center hopes to drive up participation in its annual Tree of Hope fundraiser with a live radio broadcast at a local restaurant Tuesday.

LGBT equality index puts Champaign in middle of Illinois cities

CHAMPAIGN — The city scores roughly in the middle in Illinois when it comes to equal rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals in town, according to a new report from a national interest group.

Donations start flowing to those in need

GIFFORD — The United Way of Champaign County announced Monday more than $82,000 has been collected in the past week for its Gifford Area Relief Fund.

United Way President and CEO Sue Grey said donations to the fund were being distributed Monday to local organizations assisting with the tornado recovery efforts in Gifford.

Daily Bread seeks backpacks for annual giveaway

CHAMPAIGN — Daily Bread Soup Kitchen hopes to be able to give away at least 1,000 backpacks full of clothes, snacks and other items to its needy and homeless lunch guests this holiday season.

And the agency will need a lot of generous people to help by donating the filled backpacks, board member and volunteer Gina Stocking said.

Pantry at Parkland will focus on helping college students, their families

CHAMPAIGN — There's a bag of food in Parkland College Dean of Students Marietta Turner's office, and she keeps it there because she knows some students are going hungry.

Not just because they're skipping a meal now and then, but hungry because their cupboards at home are darn near empty.

For the retirees, Nov. 24, 2013

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.

Blanket drive scheduled in Danville

DANVILLE — The Robin Hood Foundation of Danville will hold its fifth annual blanket drive on Nov. 29.

The group will collect new or gently used blankets from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Kmart parking lot, 2721 N. Vermilion St., Danville.

The blankets will be distributed to needy people the following week at the Abundant Life Pentecostal Church of God, 400 Logan Ave., Danville.

Supportive programs welcome donations

CHAMPAIGN — The Champaign and Urbana schools currently have several ongoing programs that support their students, others in need and teachers.

The Champaign Schools Family Information Center is again collecting coats, hats and gloves for its annual Warm-A-Kid Program. The collection drive is in its 15th year and is funded completely by the community.