Category: Neighborhood Services Department News

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 […]

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 […]

‘Thank You’ Celebration!

Through the University of Illinois and Champaign Community Unit 4 School District, the City welcomed 19 interns and Youth Employment Services (YES) students to join our staff this summer. These students were able to see the ins-and-outs of how the City works while getting hands on experience in eight different departments. On July 20, the City hosted […]

BPM² Neighborhood Groups Hosts BBQ and Clean Up Events

The BPM² (Bradley, Prospect, Mattis & Mimosa) neighborhood group hosted a neighborhood social event on Friday, July 8, 2023, at Willis Park. The event was organized by the group to build neighbor to neighbor connections. NSD staff were on hand to support the engagement effort which included food, music, and games. The social event served […]

Neighborhood Services Hosts Game Night in Hedge POP! Park

On Thursday, July 13, 2023, Neighborhood Services hosted a game night in Hedge POP! Park. Game nights are hosted in various parks throughout Champaign to encourage residents to gather outside for an evening of fun and engagement with one another. The Hedge POP! Park game nights are part of a series of events planned through […]

HOA Improves Curb Appeal Along Section of Bradley Avenue

On July 8 and 9, 2023, the neighbors of the Sawgrass HOA completed clean up and mulching of trees in their commons area along Bradley Avenue. This project was completed utilizing small grant funds as part of Neighborhood Services’ 43:43:43 neighborhood engagement campaign. The campaign encourages the City’s registered neighborhood groups to complete neighborhood engagement […]

Neighborhood Services Hosts Quarterly CommUnity Matters Meeting

Neighborhood Programs staff met with representatives from Champaign Park District, Unit 4, and Don Moyer Boys and Girls Club on July 11, 2023, for the first Quarterly Meeting of FY 2023-24. These agencies shared information on their active summer youth programming, such as success and areas for opportunity, upcoming events, and emerging issues amongst the […]

City Staff Attends Annual National Community Development Association Conference

Community Development Specialists Betsy Barclay and Shelby Mammano of the Neighborhood Services Department attended the Annual National Community Development Association (NCDA) Conference in June. Each year, the NCDA hosts a conference for agencies that receive federal funds for community development activities. The NCDA Conference provides attendees with the opportunity to attend a variety of sessions. […]

STEM Day at Hedge POP! Park

On June 23, 2023, the Equity and Engagement Department was joined by staff from multiple City Departments to host a STEM Day at Hedge POP! Park. This event was hosted to promote STEM activities, engage children in the Garden Hills neighborhood, and provide educational resources to residents in the community. The event was supported by […]