Social Services

Social Services

Documentary looks at hunger in America

DANVILLE — The Eastern Illinois Foodbank will co-host a free screening of the documentary "A Place at the Table" Wednesday evening at St. James United Methodist Church, 504 N. Vermilion, Danville.

The 84-minute documentary examines the issue of hunger in America through the lens of three people and will be shown at 6:30 p.m.

Prairie Center plans Walk for Recovery

URBANA — The Prairie Center, a not-for-profit substance abuse treatment center based in Urbana, is seeking supporters and participants for its fourth annual Walk for Recovery.

The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 21 at Champaign's Hessel Park, with registration starting at 10 a.m.

NAMI offers training for caregivers

RANTOUL — A free six-week education series for parents and others caring for children under 18 who have mental illness conditions is being offered by the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

The classes will be held from 6-8:30 p.m. starting Oct. 11 at the Community Service Center, 520 E. Wabash Ave., Rantoul.

Students create app to track kindergarten readiness

CHAMPAIGN — The United Way has a new app for parents of young children, and it was created this summer by students who were learning themselves.

Working on a strictly volunteer basis — not even for college credit — a total of about 20 Parkland and University of Illinois students built an app this summer to help parents learn about and track their children's kindergarten readiness.

Service-arts group to raise awareness of violence against women

URBANA — One People, a local service and arts organization founded in April, will present "The Lounge" at 7 p.m. Sept. 6 at The Hub, 912 W. Springfield Ave.

"The Lounge" is a community event that provides a platform for local performers to raise awareness and support for nonprofit organizations and causes.

Voice of experience coming to symposium on hunger

CHAMPAIGN — Before she had back surgery and couldn't work for a while, Nateka Simmons never thought hunger could happen to her and her family.

"I woke up one day and couldn't walk," she recalls.

Danville restaurant gives portion of sales to youth club

DANVILLE — Buffalo Wild Wings at the Village Mall is teaming up with the Boys & Girls Club of Danville for Youth Support Night on Monday.

The restaurant will donate a percentage of all food and beverage sales to the club to help support youth in the community from 5 to 8 p.m.

Seeds sought for African community during Urbana Sweetcorn Festival

URBANA — This year's One Community Together programming at the Urbana Sweetcorn Festival is reaching out to the community for donated seeds.

Seed, Feed and Flourish: Families Stamping Out Hunger Together is an effort to collect vegetable seeds to send to the eastern Zambian community of Musalila.

Benefit for safe houses Sunday at Hessel Park

CHAMPAIGN — The annual Gospel + Jazz Fest fundraiser that benefits the Men's and Women's SafeHouses will be from 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday in Hessel Park.

The theme this year is "We are Stronger Together." The featured entertainment includes:

— The Fellowship District Choir;

— Nate Banks and Mo Betta Music;

— The Danville Community Choir;

— As One;

Feeding these meters will help the homeless

CHAMPAIGN — If you can spare some change for the homeless, here's a new way to make sure it gets to an agency providing help.

Just feed one of the four new blue parking meters on the sidewalks of downtown Champaign and the University of Illinois campus area.