Category: Neighborhood Services Department News

National Night Out

The Neighborhood Services Department partnered with the Champaign Police and the Champaign Park District to host the 2013 National Night Out Celebration. The theme for this year’s event was “Own the Night, Own your Community”. This year, it was decided to revise the approach from previous years and give the Annual National Night Out Celebration…
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CommUnity Matters Extension Request: Don Moyer Boys and Girls Club

The Don Moyer Boys and Girls Club requested rolling forward their remaining FY 2012/13 funds in order to continue activities into FY 2013/14. This extension allows for staff support, additional training for character and leadership development activities, continued our healthy living and life skills training, and provides positive recreational activities for youth throughout the City…
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Neighborhood Cleanups – Final Report

On Saturday July 13 and 20, the Neighborhood Services Department Coordination Division implemented the 2013 Neighborhood Cleanup. The neighborhood cleanup event is held annually and provides an opportunity for residents in low-income neighborhoods to discard unwanted household items. Neighborhood Services Department staff members Cliff Peete, Colleen Madera, David Oliver, Jason Greenly, John Ruffin, Mya Clements…
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Town Center Association

Neighborhood Coordinator John Ruffin assisted Town Center residents to organize and establish a registered neighborhood group addressing ongoing neighborhood health and wellness issues. The group identified the following concerns as key issues they would like to address in order to improve neighborhood livability within the apartment complex: public safety, after school enrichment programs for youth,…
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Habitat for Humanity $2 Million Award (Attorney General’s National Foreclosure Settlement)

In February 2013, Habitat for Humanity of Champaign County applied for the funds as a team with the cities of Champaign and Urbana as well as local lenders. Habitat currently partners with these agencies in their community development and neighborhood revitalization initiatives. The Attorney General announced the statewide awards on July 16, 2013 with $2…
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Town Center-Potential New Neighborhood Group Meeting

John Ruffin, Neighborhood Coordinator and Colleen Madera, Administrative Assistant met with Town Center residents Dellrae Lawrence and Latricia Johnson and Douglass Square Association leader Jinnie Coleman on Thursday, June 20 regarding information on starting a neighborhood group. Dellrae met Jinnie Coleman, leader of Douglass Square, and really liked what she did with Douglass Square and…
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