URBANA — Local lawyer John Thies has challenged his fellow attorneys to help take a significant bite out of hunger in Illinois, and he's given them two weeks to pull it off.
Thies, president of the Illinois State Bar Association, launched Lawyers Feeding Illinois, a competitive food and fundraising campaign among lawyers and legal organizations across the state, this week.
CHAMPAIGN — The Champaign County Health Care Consumers are among four winners of the 2013 McKinley Foundation Social Justice Awards.
DANVILLE — Vermilion County men are invited to step into pair of high heels this spring and walk a mile — or attempt to — to raise awareness about and put an end to sexual violence.
URBANA — City council members are trying to decide how they should go about distributing $313,000 to local nonprofit organizations, and Mayor Laurel Prussing has proposed new ways that the city might deliver social services.
That discussion is one of several items on the council's agenda this week. It will meet at 7 p.m. Monday in the Urbana City Building, 400 S. Vine St.
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.
CHAMPAIGN — Empty Tomb, the Christian service organization, says it still needs nearly 1,000 church people to sign up to build clothes cupboards for needy children.
The deadline to sign up is Feb. 19, says Shannon Cook, Empty Tomb coordinator.
DANVILLE — In the wake of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., in December, the Vermilion County Mental Health 708 Board is organizing a town hall meeting to discuss improving the area's mental health safety net to prevent school violence as well as suicide and other forms of self-harm among adolescents and young adults.
URBANA — More than one in five Champaign County kids were living in poverty in 2011, according to the new Kids Count report released this morning.
The county's child poverty rate nearly doubled in 12 years, growing from 12 percent in 1999 to 23 percent in 2011.
The child poverty rate in Vermilion County also grew in that same time span, from 19 percent to 35 percent.
URBANA — Students at Urbana High School are seeking donations so they can make fleece blankets to give to patients at a local dialysis center.
Students hope to make 120 blankets for Champaign-Urbana Dialysis Center patients and are asking for donations of fleece and money to buy materials to make blankets.