On Wednesday, March 8, the Champaign County Community Coalition hosted their All-Goals Team Meeting. The meeting was packed with 11 speakers in total. Attendees got the opportunity to hear local police department updates and Urbana Mayor, Diane Marlin, discuss exciting initiatives made possible with ARPA funding. April Faulkner with E&E introduced Engage Champaign, a platform that allows citizens to interact with community initiatives and projects. Unit 4 discussed truancy in schools and the importance of making school attendance, and thus youth success, a community issue. We also heard from the That’s What She Said project which is an empowering platform for women to tell their stories. Public Health and United Way touched on food insecurity in Champaign County and how to work together to make food more accessible. Finally, the League of Women Voters brought 2 students ambassadors to highlight their experience working to increase voter registration and how they have grown through the experience.
$300,000 Donated at Victory Over Violence-Spotlight on Solutions Event
On Wednesday, July 13, staff from across City departments supported WCIA’s Victory Over Violence Spotlight on Solutions event at Hedge Pop Park in Champaign. Community members gathered to enjoy music, games, and food provided by local vendors. $300,000 was donated to United Way of Champaign County to be put back into the community through both immediate and long-term solutions to solving violent crime. The donation is comprised of $50,000 donations from the University of Illinois, Busey Bank, Christie Clinic, Carle Health, OSF Healthcare and the United Way of Champaign County.