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The Chambana Volunteer Aug 18-25

Spotlight on an Organization:

Crisis Nursery

Every day, the Crisis Nursery works to provide an “Island of Safety” for the children in our community. By providing emergency care for children, the Nursery is preventing child neglect and promoting safety. There are many ways to get involved at the Crisis Nursery, either working directly or indirectly with the children. All volunteers working directly with children must complete a physical, TB test and background check. Volunteer needs include working with childcare staff and children, providing emotional and physical support, helping with Parent Child Interaction groups and support groups, general maintenance duties, beautifying the facility, and assisting staff with general office duties. Volunteer information and applications can be found at Questions may also be directed to Volunteer Coordinator, Rebecca Freeman at 217-337-2731 or

Volunteers Needed:

Prairie Village Assisted Living Facility in Rantoul

Friendly volunteers are needed to staff the Country Store by taking care of sales, running the register, greeting guests, etc. Must make change for customers and fill out item forms and receipts. Store is open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, 10 AM to 1:30 PM. Prairie Village is also seeking a piano player to play for residents, (scheduling flexible). Contact Roberta Fisher at 892-2800.

More information on Prairie Village can be found here:

Alzheimer’s Association Walk

Join the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s and unite in a stand against the devastating disease, September 17th at Hessel Park. Walkers do their part to fundraise for the cause in teams. All proceeds go to Alzheimer’s care and research. Registration begins at 8 AM and the walk begins at 9:30 AM. Call Rachel McCameron at (309) 319-9066 for more info.

More information on the Alzheimer’s Association can be found at

Preservation and Conservation Association (PACA)

The Preservation and Conservation Association (PACA) researches local historic properties, conducts historic building surveys, campaigns to save significant local buildings, and lobbies for the creation of local historic preservation commissions. They currently have several needs for volunteers: To help salvage old buildings, keep shop in their warehouse, write newspaper articles, sort reference items, and to garden/landscape historic buildings. If you would like to learn more about volunteering with PACA, please call 359-7222.

 For more information on PACA, please visit


Upcoming Events: 

Community Blood Drive

Community Blood Services of Illinois is hosting a blood drive at the Marble Slab in Savory Saturday, August 20 2-5 PM. All donors will receive a free regular ice cream with one mix in. Donors will also receive a free t-shirt and will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win an iPad 2.

For more information on Community Blood Services of Illinois, please go to


Downtown Festival of the Arts

The Champaign Park District hosts the 8th Annual Downtown Festival of the Arts on Saturday, Aug. 20, from 10 AM-6 PM on Neil and Main streets in downtown Champaign. There will be live performances, art activities, and local artists will have their work on display and for sale.

For more information on this event, please go to


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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