Social Services

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.

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.

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