Social Services

Social Services

Salvation Army still seeking donations in final week of campaign

     The annual Christmas Fund Drive for the Salvation Army of Champaign County has less than a week remaining, and the agency says it's still in desperate need of donations.

Area men plan to help on Uganda water project

HOMER — Two men associated with a Homer business are planning to travel to Uganda this month to take part in a rainwater-harvesting project for a school and medical facility.

Anti-bullying group to meet in Danville

DANVILLE — The Vermilion County Anti-bullying Support Group will hold its monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the CrossRoads Christian Church, 3613 N. Vermilion St., Danville.

The guest speaker is Leslie Sconce, who has a master's degree in counseling and is the mother of two children who have been bullied.

CASA sets next training

URBANA — Champaign County Court-Appointed Special Advocates will conduct training for potential new advocates to speak up for the more than 500 abused and neglected children in the Champaign County court system.

More than 750 backpacks given away during holidays

CHAMPAIGN — On Tuesday, when temperatures topped out in the mid-40s, a man walked into the Daily Bread Soup Kitchen with no coat.

Volunteers handed him a jacket donated during the agency's backpack drive in December, which brought in more than 800 backpacks full of cold-weather gear and other supplies — twice the amount collected in 2010.

Habitat of Danville seeks applicants

DANVILLE — Habitat for Humanity of Danville officials are holding an application drive for people who are interested in owning a home built by the organization.

"We've still got folks on the waiting list for our 2012 builds," Executive Director John Graves said. "But we're looking for folks for 2013 and beyond."

People can apply one of two ways.

Essay contest melds with teacher's requirement for student service

When Jefferson Middle School social studies teacher and content area chairwoman Christine Adrian heard last spring about Rotary's plan to start an essay contest for eighth-grade students, she realized it would work well with her current class requirements that students volunteer.

She requires students to volunteer four hours each semester and then write about their experiences.

Essay winner puts words into generous action

CHAMPAIGN — Hannah Shinew won two awards with the essay she wrote about how one person can change the world.

But the eighth-grader took it a step further — instead of keeping the $200 gift card she won for winning first place at her school, she donated it to Edison Middle School.

Organizer returns to help Paxton holiday giveaway

PAXTON — When Sally Marshall moved to Ohio with her husband, Chad, last spring, she knew she would be back in Paxton for the holidays. As the organizer of the local Project Bright Star toy and clothing giveaway each Christmas, the lifelong Paxton resident had to see the program continue.

Veteran first to benefit from new effort to fight homelessness

CHAMPAIGN — Vern Chounard is moving into a home of his own with everything he owns in the world:

A sleeping bag and blankets, a CD player, a bible, a ragged pair of tennis shoes and the clothes on his back.