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Employment & Career Assistance
The Champaign County Regional Planning Commission provides quality integrated services to income-eligible families in Early Head Start which serves infants, toddlers, and expectant parents and Head Start which serves three to five year old children. Head Start services are designed to meet the needs of the children and families within the cultural context of their family, school, and community. Families participating in the program receive assistance with early childhood education and disability services, social services, connection to community resources, health services (medical, dental
With your assistance, Three Spinners provides clothing, food, support, language training, and job preparation for refugee families being resettled in the U.S. After fleeing persecution or violence, refugees go through an 18-24 month screening process before arriving in our community. Since more than 50% of all refugees are children, these displaced families need help with their first steps.
The GOALS Project was founded in 2010 by Tasha Thompson. As a teen parent, Tasha was faced with the overwhelming challenge of raising a child while trying to accomplish her own educational goals. After overcoming her struggles and achieving success, Tasha, along with a team of mentors and volunteers, now provides support and empowerment to other teen parents through the GOALS program.
In recent months the Wesley Evening Food Pantry has expanded to include a second branch located at Parkland college to accommodate its students as well as the greater community. The Wesley Pantry at Parkland is run by volunteers under the direction of Katie Thomas every Wednesday of each month and every 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month. Volunteer opportunities happen throughout each month.
Food Distribution. Volunteers needed to assist clients with registration and personal shopping. There are also opportunities for cleanup. Food Distribution requires a one-time orientation.