Social Services

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.


Walk to raise awareness for mental illness

The local chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness will host their annual NAMI Awareness Walk from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 14, at Crestview Park in Urbana.


Church providing free clothing to needy families

The Living Hope Fellowship Church in Villa Grove (1206 Industrial Drive/Route 130, about 1 mile south of Villa Grove) has started a clothing mission for families in need. 


Frerichs holds food, fund drive to benefit local foodbank

In conjunction with Hunger Action Month, State Sen. Mike Frerichs is hosting a food and fund drive to benefit Eastern Illinois Foodbank through Sept. 28. 
“This fall, I wanted to find a way for the community to come together to help those who need a little extra help this week,” Frerichs said.


Local businesses to host Girls Night Out Evening to raise money for A Woman’s Fund

From 4 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 25, independent consultants from Mary Kay Cosmetics and “It Works,” along with many area businesses, will host an evening of pampering to raise awareness and money “A Woman’s Fund” at Champaign School of Music, 1712 S. Duncan Road (behind County Market at Duncan and Kirby).


Law enforcement officers carry torch for Special Olympics Illinois

Law enforcement officers across Illinois are taking to the streets, highways and roads of the state, carrying the torch (“Flame of Hope”) to help raise funds for their hometown sports heroes — the athletes of Special Olympics Illinois. About 3,000 officers representing every branch of law enforcement will cover the 23 legs of the Illinois Law Enforcement Torch RunÆ.


Auction to benefit CASA

From 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday, June 14, Connect FM 93.5 and 95.3 will be holding an auction with proceeds benefiting Champaign County CASA, Court Appointed Special Advocates — a not-for-profit organization advocating for abused and neglected children in the community. The winner will receive two sets of four tickets to see the St.


Trees grow future for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Champaign County

The saying goes “from acorns do mighty oaks grow,” and that’s exactly what Jonathan and Clair Kaye from Cedar Ridge Nursery have in mind for the children of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Champaign County.


Letter carriers food drive on May 12

On Saturday, May 12, Campbell Soup Company will join forces with the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) to help Stamp Out Hunger in Champaign-Urbana and surrounding areas. Now in its 20th year, the annual food drive has grown from a regional to a national effort that provides assistance to the millions of Americans struggling to put food on the table.


Agencies collaborate during Child Abuse Prevention Month

April is nationally recognized as Child Abuse Prevention Month, and three local agencies are collaborating to raise awareness for the cause. Crisis Nursery, CASA and the Champaign County Children’s Advocacy Center are hosting various activities throughout the month and invite community members to attend and take a stand against child abuse in the area.


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