URBANA – A little less than a quarter of Champaign County children – about 22 percent – are African-American. Yet that ethnic group accounts for 63 percent of out-of-school suspensions in Urbana, 60 percent of child-welfare cases, 81 percent of discipline referrals in Champaign schools, and 82 percent of admissions to the county's juvenile detention center.
Can you spare some time to help older adults who need transportation? Provena Faith in Action will hold two orientation sessions for prospective volunteers at the Provena Center for Healthy Aging wellness room, 410 E. Univerity Ave., C: 6:30 to 8 p.m. Nov. 9 and 10:30 a.m. to noon Nov.10.
Call Linda Tauber-Olson, senior program coordinator, at 337-2022.
URBANA – Once or twice a month, Marilyn Boastick needs to go see a doctor.
And she considers it a blessing that volunteers come and drive her there.
"I don't know what I'd do without them," she says.
CHAMPAIGN – Plans to expand dental services for local low-income families are moving ahead with the help of grant money from the Illinois Children's Healthcare Foundation.
Two Champaign County programs, SmileHealthy and Frances Nelson Health Center, will receive two of the 12 grants being awarded this year.
Marty Williams' garden produced a ton of food this year. Actually, it was more like two tons.
And he donated it all to community organizations.
CHAMPAIGN – As Bridget Evans heads from class to class at the University of Illinois, her constant companion is a fuzzy 11-year-old black Labrador retriever named Coal.
CHAMPAIGN – The Mental Health Center of Champaign County is changing its name, but its services will remain the same.
The new name, Community Elements, was chosen to reflect that this organization's mission and services are broader than mental health, Chief Executive Sheila Ferguson said.
URBANA – Here's an opportunity to learn more about living with an illness that strikes one in four U.S. families, often starts in young adulthood and often goes untreated: mental illness.
WASHINGTON – Brenda Eheart, founder of Generations of Hope in Rantoul, was honored in the nation's capital Wednesday as an "Angel in Adoption."
U.S. Rep. Timothy Johnson chose Eheart for the award based on her advocacy of adoption and foster-care issues.