Social Services

Social Services

Danville Habitat needs help to finish Patriot Day house

DANVILLE — Habitat for Humanity of Danville is reaching out to the local community and beyond to finish funding its Patriot Day house build.

The organization already raised about $40,000 for the three-bedroom, ranch-style house at 1109 N. Robinson St. that's being built for Kimberly Bryant and her two sons, Spurgeon and Trenton Barber.

On the Town: Stories for a Cure

Images from the American Cancer Society Stories for a Cure event in Champaign on Saturday January 12, 2013

For the retirees Jan. 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.

Piatt County group to help in Dominican medical mission

A group of five Piatt County women are headed to the Caribbean next month, but their week in the Dominican Republic will be far from a vacation.

Christian group seeks volunteers to build 400 clothing cabinets for needy

CHAMPAIGN — Some folks think they just don't have enough storage space.

But there are low-income kids who don't even have one dresser drawer to call their own.

Empty Tomb, the Champaign Christian service organization, wants to change that by building hundreds of clothing cupboards for these kids.

Champaign County has third-highest poverty rate in Illinois

URBANA — Darlene Kloeppel, community services director for the Champaign County Regional Planning Commission, said the percentage of impoverished people in Champaign County as reported by the Chicago-based Social IMPACT Research Center isn't surprising.

The center reported that Champaign County has the state's third highest percentage of residents living in poverty.

Volunteers sought for census of homeless

Volunteers are needed later this month to help count the homeless in parts of Champaign and Vermilion counties.

Crisis Nursery launches fund drive with restaurants

URBANA — More stressed families have been turning to the Crisis Nursery for help, but by dining at some local restaurants, you can help this Urbana agency start serving more children, possibly by later this summer.

South View students make pennies count for Red Cross

DANVILLE — Students at South View Middle School in Danville learned a lesson on how every penny counts.

From early November to Dec. 19, students collected pennies and other loose change for a penny drive to benefit Hurricane Sandy relief efforts. And on Friday, they presented an American Red Cross official with a check for $718.48, the amount collected.

Former Champaign shelter worker takes Monticello post

MONTICELLO — Michelle Jett of Champaign learned quite a bit during her seven years in the retail industry, including that money isn't everything.