Items tagged: Gun Violence

Champaign Coalition’s CVRT Hosts Violence Response Meeting

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 […]


Champaign Coalition’s CVRT Hosts “Healing Communities” Open House

On Monday, September 20th, the Champaign County Community Coalition’s Community Violence Response Task Force hosted a “Healing Communities” open house at the American Legion for community members interested in assisting in efforts to address community violence. Community Relations Specialist Mary Catherine Roberson facilitated the event with Karen Simms of CU Trauma and Resilience Initiative (CU […]


Mayor and City Staff Attend Country Brook Cookout

On Wednesday, July 14 the Neighborhood Services Department hosted its first block party of the summer for the residents of Country Brook Apartments. NSD partnered with the Country Brook Cares neighborhood group to organize the block party with neighborhood residents. The goal of the event was to promote community solidarity and unity in response to […]


City Staff Hosts Neighborhood Safety Meeting

On Monday July 19th Mary Catherine Roberson, Community Relations Specialist, facilitated a Champaign County Community Coalition – Community Violence Response Task (CVRT) neighborhood safety meeting at the American Legion. City staff, church and community members came together to discuss solutions for safety and to hear about available resources. WCIA and WILL attended and covered this […]


City Staff Attends “Put The Guns Down” Peace Rally

On Thursday, May 20, HV Neighborhood Transformation hosted a “Put the Guns Down” peace rally in Hessel Park. City Manager Dorothy Ann David, Deputy City Managers Joan Walls and Matt Roeschley, Community Relations Manager Tracy Parsons, and Community Relations Specialist Mary Catherine Roberson were in attendance. In addition City of Champaign Council Members Alicia Beck, […]


City Staff Connects with Community to Address Gun Violence

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

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 […]


HACC Dedicates David C. Sankey Center for Youth and Community Development

On January 19, Office of Equity, Community and Human Rights staff (Mary Catherine Roberson and Tracy Parsons) joined the Housing Authority of Champaign County (HACC) for the dedication of the David C. Sankey Center for Youth and Community Development. This HACC EnVision Center was established to promote education and leadership in Champaign County. In partnership with CU […]


City of Champaign Issues a Plea to the Community to Stop Gun Violence

The City of Champaign makes a plea to the community to end the senseless gun violence that has taken the lives of two people and injured eight others over the past two weeks. These shootings also resulted in property damage to homes, an MTD bus, and other vehicles, jeopardizing the lives of residents and innocent […]


NSD Hosts Virtual Neighborhood Leaders Meeting

The Neighborhood Services Department Coordination Division hosted its monthly virtual leaders meeting on Wednesday, August 5th.  The meeting provided an opportunity for the Champaign Police Department to share information regarding gun violence within the Champaign community.  It also provided an opportunity to share how neighborhood groups could assist in addressing this issue in a proactive […]