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The Chambana Volunteer, Sept 22-29

Spotlight on a Cause:

Stone Soup: A Miracle for a Mission Benefit for the TIMES Center

The TIMES Center Advisory Council is hosting a fundraiser of the play Stone Soup: A Miracle for a Mission at the Savoy United Methodist Church on Saturday, October 15, 2011.  The production will begin at 6 PM and a soup dinner and silent auction will follow the performance.  Tickets are currently available for sale at $25 for Adults, $20 for Seniors/Students, $5 for children 5 and under.

All proceeds from this event will go to the benefit the TIMES Center, a program operated by Community Elements, a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization in Champaign County.  The TIMES Center is a Men’s Shelter that houses men in Levels I and II of Transition and offers clients a variety of support services to regain the ability to live independently.  Just last year, the TIMES Center offered homeless men over 19,000 nights of care.  The Center also serves as a soup kitchen and distributes 3 meals daily, 365 days per year, serving almost 67,000 meals last year.

Tickets for the production are now on sale and may be purchased by calling 217-693-4629. For more details on how to get involved, please contact Marsha Reardon at [email protected].

Volunteers Needed:

Chanute Air Museum

Volunteers are needed at the Chanute Air Museum in Rantoul for a variety of tasks. Volunteers help with the everyday tasks at the museum by manning the visitor desk, running the gift shop, answering phones, cleaning and maintaining the building, and working in the office. Other opportunities include setting up exhibits and restoring aircraft and missiles. There is also a current need for museum docents and for library cataloguers.  For more info, please call Robyn York at 217-893-1613.


Frances Nelson Health Center

A volunteer is needed to work with staff to establish an organizational system for various aspects of Women’s Health Programs, (i.e. IL WiseWomen Program, IL Breast and Cervical Cancer Program, Stand Against Cancer, etc.,) and will make appointments with providers for OV and assessment, submit documentation to CU Public Health, and maintain records in patient charts electronically. Volunteers will also help determine a system of balance to ensure service to a maximum amount of women requiring such programs. This unique opportunity is great for a volunteer with a passion or familiarity of Women’s Health issues, and who has good organizational and communication skills-would be great for retired nurses, doctors, or other health care workers. Volunteers will require training, orientation, and must complete necessary paperwork. For more information, please contact Karla Peterson at [email protected].


Upcoming Events: 

University of Illinois iHelp

iHelp is an annual volunteer project that unites Illinois students and alumni by sending them out to volunteer for local agencies. iHelp participants will meet on the Main Quad before being dispersed to volunteer projects. iHelp will be held on September 23, 2011 from 3-6 PM, with a celebration on the main quad following. For more information, please go to


Latino Conexion

Conexion is a free outreach event in Champaign-Urbana that will connect Latinos, area businesses, and service providers. This will take place on Saturday, September 24 form 1-4 PM at the Judah Christian School gymnasium in Champaign. Service providers will be available to assist area Latinos with their needs and questions, and translators will be on site to aid with any language barriers.


“Protect Your Balls” Volleyball Tournament

On Sunday, September 25 from 12-5 PM/, the University’s Colleges Against Cancer program will host the “Protect Your Balls” Volleyball Tournament, an event to raise awareness for prostate & testicular cancer. The sign up for a team of 4-6 people is $15, and the tournament will take place on the South Quad.  Teams can register here:


Disclaimer:  I gather this information based on local community calendars and from colleagues at local service organizations.  Some of the wording is based directly on what I receive and research.  Please feel free to email me if you have any comments, questions, or have anything you would like to see posted.  Thank you.  (MER)

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