Category: Equity & Engagement Department News

City Hosts Enforcement Education and Resource Fair at Providence at Thornberry

On August 17, 2023, staff from the Equity and Engagement, Neighborhood Services, Police, and Fire Departments partnered to host an Enforcement Education and Resource Fair for neighbors of Providence at Thornberry. The resource fair was held as part of a coordinated response to neighborhood concerns and issues reported to the City. Approximately 150 Providence neighbors […]

CU Days 2023!

On August 12, 2023, the Equity and Engagement Department participated in CU Days at Douglas Park by distributing school supplies, City information, and engaging with residents to inform them of upcoming City events. This could not have been accomplished alone; the Champaign Police Department, Champaign Fire Department, Neighborhood Services Department, METCAD, Human Resources, Public Works, […]

Innovation and Self-Determination Webinar

On August 16, 2023, the Equity and Engagement Department participated in Innovation and Self Determination: Creative Programs to Spur Black Business Development in Your Community. This webinar hosted by Matthew Simpson of the Illinois Office of Minority Economic Empowerment, was an opportunity for community leaders to share creative initiatives that have worked and been implemented […]

City Facilitates Game Night at Providence at Thornberry

On August 10, 2023, the Neighborhood Services Department returned to Providence at Thornberry to host another game night where families enjoyed games, music, a bounce house, and frozen treats. This game night is in preparation for the August 17, 2023, targeted engagement event for the Providence neighborhood. The event was hosted in partnership with the […]

Fire Department Partners with the Park District to Host Movie Night

On August 10, 2023, the Fire Department partnered with the Champaign Park District to host movie night at Fire Station 5. While Thursday Night Flix is typically hosted at Champaign parks, the fire station was the perfect setting to see Disney’s animated movie, Planes: Fire & Rescue. In addition to the movie, families were able […]

Designated Procurement Initiative Event

On August 7, 2023, the Equity and Engagement Department introduced the Designated Procurement Initiative to interested small business owners. The Designated Procurement Initiative is a program in which the City of Champaign will set aside contracts for small, local, and low-income business owners. DPI was designed to increase the capacity of local economically disadvantaged contractors […]

New Champaign City Profiles Features April Faulkner

In the latest episode of Champaign City Profiles, Station Manager Brian Paris talks with April Faulkner, a Community Relations Specialist in the Equity and Engagement Department. In the podcast, April provides some examples of what her department does and how her role is to help drive the department’s important work forward. One project that she […]

Your Journey Back-to-School Begins

On Monday August 7, 2023, Justice Victim Advocates with the Equity and Engagement Department attended the ‘Your Journey Back-to-School Begins’ event at Promise Healthcare of Champaign. In celebration of National Health Center Week, Promise Healthcare was offering Back-to-School assistance such as school physicals, dental exams, and enrollment assistance. Promise Healthcare also collaborated with local vendors. […]

Neighborhood Services Supports Neighborhood Based National Night Out Events

On August 1, 2023, several registered neighborhood groups hosted National Night Out events using up to $500 in small grant funds to cover costs. The $500 is in addition to the $5,000 per year registered groups can access to host neighborhood clean-up, beautification, and social events. Police, Fire, Equity and Engagement, and Neighborhood Services Neighborhood […]

Neighborhood Services Hosts Game Night

On August 3, 2023, Neighborhood Services hosted a game night at Providence at Thornberry. Typically held in neighborhood parks, this game night was held at the Providence club house. Families enjoyed games, music and a bounce house. Staff also invited the Providence neighbors back to the clubhouse for an education and resource fair planned for […]