Social Services

Social Services

C-U At Home fundraiser set for Saturday

A local group that supports the homeless is hoping a fundraiser this weekend will raise enough money to hire a professional case manager.

Executive Director of C-U at Home Melany Jackson said the second annual One Summer Day event will feature people pushing grocery carts full of items that will later be donated to the homeless.


Kelly Belinger-Sahr: Caring for our veterans

Why should I go to the VA? This is a question asked by active-duty military members to veterans of almost every war. The answer is that EVERY American who has served in any branch of the military for any length of time could have benefits that they are entitled to. Benefits including medical care, financial assistance, education, home loans and more! The VA is growing and changing.

Benefit planned for Vermilion County woman

DANVILLE — A benefit will be held to help a Grape Creek woman who has been battling health issues.

The benefit for Judy Marsh will be held from noon to 7 p.m. Saturday at Cloud 9 Banquet Hall at the Vermilion Regional Airport, 22633 N. Bowman Ave., Danville.

Donations of $8 for adults and $3 for children 10 and under will be taken.

For the retirees June 23, 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.

Township to distribute fans

CHAMPAIGN — The City of Champaign Township will be giving away free box fans to qualified recipients as temperatures are expected to hit 90 degrees on Saturday and Sunday.

Food bank gets more than $30,000 in donations

URBANA — The Eastern Illinois Foodbank says it will be able to expand its school food pantry program in the upcoming school year with the help of a new donation.

The $29,882 donation from Project Goodstart was one of two the food bank announced Tuesday, along with a $5,000 gift from Ameren Illinois.

Philo home that TV show built still attracts attention

PHILO — Nearly four years after "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" built the Montgomery family a new house in Philo, people still occasionally drive by to take a look at it.

Nathan Montgomery said he and his family just take it in stride.

There were only so many of these houses built, after all, and nobody has been overly intrusive, he said.

Salt & Light dilemma: Helpers need a hand

CHAMPAIGN — The line for free groceries at Salt & Light's food pantry stretched well outside the front doors, and volunteers inside were prepared for a crowd.

"The people who come in the doors, this is our opportunity to be Jesus to them," said Scott Rapp, a 61-year-old retired police officer who helps every week with the food distribution. "It doesn't get any better than that."

Big Brothers Big Sisters seeking mentors

DANVILLE — Big Brothers Big Sisters of Vermilion County has plenty of "littles."

But the organization is in need of "bigs": volunteers who can mentor area youth, ages 6 to 13.

C-U at Home approved as tax-exempt charity

CHAMPAIGN — C-U at Home is now an official tax-exempt charity, its Executive Director Melany Jackson says.

The organization, which houses Champaign-Urbana's most vulnerable homeless, was notified by the Internal Revenue Service on Thursday that it's been approved as a 501(c)(3) charity.

"This is a game-changer for us," Jackson said.