Social Services

Social Services

Church's latest endeavor to help feed hungry in East Central Illinois

URBANA — Outreach activities at St. Matthew Lutheran Church: bible study, youth ministry, visits to the sick.

And now, farming.

Special needs summer camp rep to be available

CHAMPAIGN — Parents of children with special needs or directors of special needs programs who would like their children to have a summer camp experience are encouraged to attend a meeting at the YMCA in southwest Champaign on Tuesday.

Court advocate training set for April

URBANA — Champaign County Court-Appointed Special Advocates will begin a new training session for potential advocates to speak up for abused and neglected children in Champaign County Circuit Court.

Organizers plan to raise money for community autism agencies

DANVILLE — Tim Welsh, a longtime parent advocate for autism, has seen too many families at the breaking point.

UI students to spend break helping in African nation

CHAMPAIGN — For 15 University of Illinois law students, spring break will be Malawi style.

Early Thursday morning, they'll be heading to the impoverished southeastern African nation to hand out school supplies and other necessities.

They will also study how "micro-finance," or how a subsistence economy without banks or credit, works in communities of Africa.

Anthony Cobb New Police Chief 2012

Anthony Cobb  is sworn in by Champaign mayor Don Gerard as the new Champaign police chief before the start of the Champaign City Council meeting in Champaign, Ill on Tuesday, March 13, 2012. 

2012 Social Justice Award goes to Books to Prisoners program

CHAMPAIGN — The McKinley Presbyterian Foundation has selected Urbana-Champaign Books to Prisoners to honor as the community organization winner of this year's Social Justice Awards.

The awards were presented earlier this month at a dinner and reception.

Secular agency forms to handle child welfare

PEORIA — A new not-for-profit child welfare agency has been formed to take over the adoption and foster care services formerly carried out by Catholic Charities of Peoria in Champaign, Danville and eight other central Illinois communities.

Newly launched this month, the new agency is called the Center for Youth and Family Solutions.

Provena foundation launches grants for nonprofit groups

URBANA — Provena Covenant Medical Center Foundation has launched a new grant program for area nonprofit groups, with the aim of addressing community health problems such as obesity and domestic violence.

The new program, nicknamed "FAITH Squared," is expected to make grants of $5,000 to $50,000.

Merging shelter, humane society might work in Vermilion County

DANVILLE — Last year, nearly 4,000 dogs and cats ended up at the Vermilion County Animal Shelter or the Danville Humane Society's shelter.

Only 556 were reunited with their owners, according to the Illinois Department of Agriculture, which gathers the numbers annually when licensing animal shelters in the state.