Social Services

Youths taking on project to help homeless

Some local youths are taking on a project to help the homeless.
Children from area churches’ youth groups were scheduled to meet on Jan. 17 at the First Presbyterian Church of Tolono to make no-sew fleece blankets that will be distributed at the One Winter Night fundraiser for C-U at Home when community members stay overnight in a box to help raise money and awareness for the homeless.

The Giving Place undergoing renovations

Renovations have started on the building housing The Giving Place ministry.
Volunteers are replacing the drywall and flooring and adding a new ceiling to what used to be a dishwashing room in the back of the former restaurant at 113 N. Bourne St.
One of The Giving Place’s volunteers has donated shelves she bought from a Tuscola clothing store that went out of business.

Annual dinner raises funds for Good Samaritans Program

The Good Samaritan Programs of Catholic Charities in Champaign and Piatt Counties benefited from their 13th annual steak dinner held on April 30, at the Philo Tavern.
Diane Ducey, a local radio personality, hosted the event, which was sponsored by the Catholic Charities Advisory Board.

Tolono Lions Club members preparing for food collection

Nearly 1,300 brown paper grocery bags will be making their way onto Tolono doorsteps soon, in an effort to help feed the hungry.

Volunteers to sleep in boxes for the homeless

A number of local residents and community leaders will be among those spending the night in cardboard boxes in downtown Champaign on Feb. 5 to raise money for the homeless.

C-U Elks hosting annual Kids' Coat Drive

The annual Kid’s Winter Coat drive runs through Sunday, Oct. 18; volunteers were at the Elks Lodge located at 903 N. Dunlap, Savoy, on Friday collecting at the entrance.

Local residents hit streets for One Winter Night event

Some local residents were among about 100 people who braved the cold for a recent fundraiser to help the homeless.
C-U at Home held its annual One Winter Night event Feb. 6 in downtown Champaign. Participants volunteered to spend the night as “box dwellers” outside with only a cardboard box shelter between themselves and the elements.

Dinner and a show

A meal of soup and sandwiches was served, and country music band Terry Henson and Friends performed at a fundraiser for the Sadorus Food Pantry on Aug. 23.

Post offices collect 1,637 pounds of food for hungry

Area post offices collected nonperishable food items to fight hunger on May 10 during the 2014 Letter Carrier’s Food Drive.
Philo, Sidney, Pesotum and Tolono post offices collected for the food pantry at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Tolono. The total food donated to the Tolono Food Pantry was 1,437 pounds.

Read the full story in the May 22 issue of The County Star.

Provena Covenant Medical Center bringing warmth to the needy through Mitten Tree

The Provena Covenant Medical Center Foundation and volunteers will bring some warmth to the needy this holiday season through the annual Mitten Tree. The Mitten Tree has been a tradition at Provena Covenant since 1996.

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