On May 12, City staff from the City Manager’s Office, the Equity and Engagement Dept., Police Dept., and the Neighborhood Services Dept. participated in a Champaign Community Coalition Walk As One event in partnership with United Way’s Read, Talk, Play Everyday Initiative. This initiative stresses the importance of playing and reading with children at a […]
On April 9, 2022, the Community Coalition Race Relations Committee hosted a facilitator training workshop – “Facilitating Contentious Issues.” The Committee encourages conversations regarding race and race relations and assists community members with skills to continue the discussion. Equity and Engagement Department staff participated in the training alongside twelve community members.
On April 13, 2022, the Champaign County Community Coalition hosted its monthly meeting at the Holiday Inn in Champaign. Law enforcement leadership from the City of Champaign, U of I, and the Sheriff’s Office shared updates regarding community violence, as well as community engagement and employment opportunities. Presenters shared information regarding the Youth Employment Services […]
On March 9, 2022, the Champaign County Community Coalition hosted its monthly meeting in person at the Champaign Holiday Inn. Law enforcement leadership from Champaign, Urbana, Champaign County Sheriff’s Office, University of Illinois, and Parkland Police Departments shared updates and events, including Coffee with a Cop. Retiring Urbana Police Chief Bryant Seraphin participated in a […]
On October 27, 2021, ECHO Community Relations Specialist Mary Catherine Roberson, CU Trauma and Resilience Initiative Executive Director Karen Simms, and Youth and Family Peer Support Alliance Executive Director Regina Crider presented virtually to the Champaign County Mental Health Board about the work of the Champaign County Community Coalition’s Community Violence Response Team.
On October 26, ECHO’s Community Relations Specialist Mary Catherine Roberson joined Rev. Willie Comer’s Jefferson Middle School “lunch crew” to share information about the Community Coalition and to invite the youth to participate in Coalition messaging initiatives. Over 50 students learned about Coalition resources and opportunities!
The Champaign County Community Coalition, in partnership with WCIA-TV, hosted a special Community Coalition meeting and Victory Over Violence Town Hall on October 13, 2021. WCIA Anchor Jennifer Roscoe moderated the Victory Over Violence panel discussion featuring these panelists: · Sheriff Dustin Heuerman, Champaign County Sheriff’s Office · James “Tygar” Corbin, First Followers (Provider of […]
On October 7, the Champaign County Community Coalition’s Community Violence Response Task Force hosted a Violence Response Meeting to support the residents in the neighborhood where 17-year-old Jonathon McPhearson was killed last week. Community Relations Specialist, Mary Catherine Roberson facilitated the event with CU Trauma and Resilience Initiative (CU TRI). City staff, church, and community […]
The Community Coalition and Neighborhood Services Dept. hosted a Walk As One event at the John Lee Johnson Clubhouse in Bristol Place on Thursday, August 26. Staff and partners canvassed the nearly 100 units, talking with residents and sharing resource packets with information from CU Trauma and Resilience Initiative (CU TRI), Champaign Park District, Champaign-Urbana […]
On August 19, 2021, the Neighborhood Services Department, Office of Equity, Community and Human Rights, and the Community Coalition partnered with Hip-Hop Express to host a Lovin’ U Block party/concert in Downtown Champaign. The Downtown Lovin’ U tour event was held from 9-11 pm in the heart of Champaign. Event participants were treated to hip […]