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Social Services

Clements will be interim CEO at United Way

CHAMPAIGN — Retired University of Illinois Campus Recreation Director Tony Clements will serve as the interim CEO of the United Way of Champaign County after that position is vacated by Lyn Jones at the end of August.

On The Town: CASA Crawl 2012


Fundraisers involving police set for this week

Two popular fundraisers that put local police officers to work will be held this Friday.

One supports breast cancer research and the other Special Olympics Illinois.

The sixth annual "Cops of Coffee" kicks off at 6 a.m. at 16 locations in Champaign, Mahomet, Monticello, Rantoul, Savoy and Urbana.

Heavenly Seven seeks donations for school supply drive

CHAMPAIGN — The Heavenly Seven, a group of local residents who volunteer in the community, need donations more than ever this year for their annual school supply drive.

In the past, the members have been able to purchase large quantities of school supplies at discounted prices at local retailers.

United Way chief takes Carle Foundation post

URBANA — Lyn Jones, president and CEO of the United Way of Champaign County for five years, has resigned to take a new position as vice president of fund development for the Carle Development Foundation.

She will leave her job sometime in August, and a search committee is being formed to find her replacement, she said.

The development foundation is the fund-raising arm of Carle.

More than $12,000 raised for homeless services

CHAMPAIGN — Summer heat didn't stop folks with hearts for the homeless.

C-U at Home raised more than $12,000 for itself and six other local agencies serving the homeless through its June 30 One Summer Day fundraiser in Champaign's Hessel Park, said C-U at Home's leader and founder Melany Jackson.

Salvation Army to close thrift store in Danville

DANVILLE - The Salvation Army in Danville will be closing its thrift store at the end of this month, partly due to a continual decrease in sales, according to Captain Judy Lowder.

Helping heroes feel at home

Illiana system developing own version of program that places veterans in private residences

It has been only a year since Gloria and Jesse Carr invited a Vietnam veteran in need of long-term care to live with them in their home. Six months since they welcomed two more veterans.

But today, the Portage, Mich., couple can't imagine their lives without them.

Johnson pleased by farm bill's food stamp provision

CHAMPAIGN — The House version of a new five-year federal farm bill approved early Thursday includes a provision sponsored by U.S. Rep. Tim Johnson, R-Urbana, that allows food stamp recipients to use their Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program cards at farmers' markets.

Cooling assistance on the way

URBANA — Financial help is on the way to help cover the cost of cooling off from the summer heat wave.

But those who qualify will have to act quickly.

The money is expected to go fast, said Darlene Kloeppel, social services director at the Champaign County Regional Planning Commission.