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 […]
The Community Coalition supported last weekend’s 48 Hours of Peace activities, hosted by the Ministerial Alliance of Champaign-Urbana, with the Interfaith Alliance, Fellowship Baptist District Association, and other faith communities. The weekend began with a Multifaith Anti-Violence Prayer Vigil on June 25, and then featured a Youth Summit at Douglass Park and a block party […]
City Staff Connects with Community to Address Gun Violence On April 21st Mary Catherine Roberson, Community Relations Specialist and Tracy Parsons, Community Relations Manager and Compliance Officer, joined the Coalition’s Community Violence Response Team (CVRT) and Urbana School District #116 for a community conversation about recent incidents of gun violence. Click here if you would […]
Champaign Police Provides Community Update on Gun Violence Consistent with crime trends nationwide, incidents of gun violence in the city of Champaign have increased in 2021, and police are reminding the community of important violence prevention measures and programs that are available for assistance. A shots fired incident is defined as any time police find […]
The City’s Communications Division and Office of Equity, Community and Human Rights recently worked together to begin televising the Champaign County Community Coalition meetings. These popular meetings are held the second Wednesday of each month at the Champaign Holiday Inn and are open to the public. Staff from the Communications Division began recording the meetings […]