Social Services

Social Services

Humane Society of Danville making changes

DANVILLE — With guidance from the Champaign County Humane Society and University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, staff and board members of the Humane Society of Danville spent eight hours on a recent Sunday rearranging how animals are housed — all according to best practices gleaned from other shelters, research and studies.

Holiday-grief program set Nov. 19

DANVILLE — The pastoral care department at Presence United Samaritans Medical Center is sponsoring "Handling the Holidays" for people who may find the holiday season a special challenge because of the death of a loved one.

The program will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 19 in Conference Room 5 (third floor) of the medical center, 812 N. Logan Ave., Danville.

Event to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters

CHAMPAIGN — More than 75 Champaign County kids are on a waiting list for caring adults to play a special role in their lives, and the local community can help by coming to an event where there's going to be a lot of chocolate.

Food pantries to see increased demand with SNAP cuts

CHAMPAIGN — Local food pantries will soon begin seeing increased demand from families struggling with cuts in food stamp benefits, Eastern Illinois Foodbank Executive Director Jim Hires says.

Georgetown Township event to help with power bills

GEORGETOWN — Southern Vermilion County residents can sign up to receive assistance with their power bill through Georgetown Township later this month.

The township will host a power blitz from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 19 at the township office, 1805 N. Main St., Georgetown.

CMS sets talent show to benefit agencies

URBANA — Campus Middle School for Girls is hosting its annual talent show fundraiser at 7 p.m. Nov. 7 in the great hall at the Wesley Foundation, 1203 W. Green St., U.

The talent show will raise money for Disabled American Veterans and the Wesley Evening Food Pantry. It is organized by the school's eighth-grade class and all students participate.

Georgetown Township launching coat drive

GEORGETOWN — Georgetown Township is launching a two-week coat drive to benefit needy families in the Georgetown-Ridge Farm school district.

People can drop off new or gently used coats, hats and gloves for people of all ages at the Georgetown Township Municipal Building, 1805 N. Main St., from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday and Nov. 4 through 8.

For the retirees, Oct. 20, 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.

Group aims to help provide food for schoolchildren

CHAMPAIGN — That children sometimes go hungry at home hit Champaign parent Jenelle Keene when she was volunteering on a Robeson School field trip. A kindergartner asked Keene to hold onto her lunch so she could take it home, adding that she would feed the cup of applesauce to her baby sister.

Drawing offers chance to win free groceries

DANVILLE — People have a chance to win free groceries through a raffle drawing sponsored by Covington Foods' County Market stores and the Festival of Trees.

Tickets are $1 apiece.