The fundraising Battle of the Paddle plays out today outside Hickory Point Bank & Trust on Park Avenue in downtown Champaign, with 30 “celebrities” squaring off in open-to-the-public table-tennis matches from 7 a.m. to noon.

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DANVILLE — Just a few months after opening the doors of its new community center, Soul Garden Recovery Center is launching several new programs for people who are in recovery and trying to maintain sobriety, as well their family members and friends.

In our weekly feature spotlighting area religious leaders, staff writer Tim Mitchell looks at the 28th CROP Walk for Hunger, which steps off at 2 p.m. Oct. 13 outside Wesley United Methodist Church in Urbana.

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To spice up fundraising efforts, the Parent-Teacher Association at Champaign’s Barkstall Elementary decided to ditch the 'catalog' and try something new: coffee.

DANVILLE — After last year’s annual campaign did not quite meet expectations, United Way of Danville Area officials have assembled for this year a group of community leaders who will revive the approach of taking the fundraising message directly to employers, employees and others in the community.

Monday’s appearances at the Champaign Public Library — Meet The Editors at night, Active Senior Republicans in the morning — served as a reminder both for News-Gazette Media and our audience.

It’s Ron Bailey’s favorite day of work, even if it means longer hours. Starting at 7 a.m. today until supplies last, he’ll help hand out 4,000 free roses at his Blossom Basket shops in Champaign, 2522 Village Green Place, and Urbana, 1002 N. Cunningham Ave.

Staff writer Paul Wood chats with the University of Illinois student and entrepreneur who is executive manager at the school's chapter of the socially conscious Enactus program.

Staff writer Paul Wood chats with the Mahomet woman whom friends call a professional volunteer, giving her time and passions to the homeless and those in need within the local community.

Feeding America's recently released Map the Meal Gap study found that the rate of food insecurity — defined by the USDA as 'a lack of consistent access to enough food for an active, healthy life' — in Champaign, Vermilion and Coles counties is higher than Chicago's home county.