Social Services

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.

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.

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