Champaign County Resources

View lists of resources available in Champaign County,Illinois including Job Training/High Demand Fields, Computer Classes, Job Skills/Resume Development, Scholarships, Transportation to Employment or Training, and more.


English as a Second Language

Free Classes

Parkland College Adult and Workforce Education
Basic communication skills for everyday life.
2400 West Bradley Avenue, Champaign
217-351-2580

Parkland College Project READ
2400 West Bradley Avenue, Champaign
217-353-2662

Urbana Adult Education
211 North Race Street, Urbana
217-384-3530

Weekday ESL classes
First Presbyterian Church of Champaign
302 West Church Street, Champaign
217-356-7238


Dial 2-1-1 for FREE, confidential, 24-hour information & referral assistance for:

Housing • Shelter • Food • Legal Aid • Clothing • Education • Counseling • Utility Assistance • Health Care • Transportation • Volunteer Opportunities • Employment Programs • Disaster Response

To access your local 2-1-1:
My United Way 2-1-1


For assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic and other resources, click here


Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District
1101 E. University Ave.
Urbana, IL 61802-2009

Phone: 217-384-8188

Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District

MTD helps our communities thrive by offering individuals, organizations, and municipalities what they need to get to what matters. Whether it’s getting you across town to work, or doing our part to change mobility in our region, expand Champaign and Urbana's downtown, and strengthen the connections between the University of Illinois and surrounding communities for good, MTD is a reliable partner and we’re here when you need us.

MTD now has an app, MTD Connect, which is an on-demand transportation service for those who are generally traveling alone at night with no other means of safe transportation within the designated boundaries on or near the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign campus. See our other apps here

For questions on planning a trip, fares and passes etc., check our FAQ page


COMMUNITY EDUCATION PERSONAL & PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

EXPLORE. ENGAGE. REACH. SUCCEED.

Go Ahead. Discover.

It's always the right time to try something new, reach for an advancement, start a new career, or challenge the body and mind! Whatever you are seeking, we have options for you so go ahead and discover!

You will find convenient and high-value personal and professional development opportunities, ranging from career-enhancing workshops to educational travel, youth programs, and personal enrichment classes.


Get Ready For Summer Fun With College For Kids and Summer Discovery Camp!

College for Kids (CFK) Registration is open for Summer 2021! College for Kids (CFK) is a two week enrichment camp where kids, ages 7-13, explore, create, code and imagine! Our small classes offer the opportunity to experience learning in fun, innovative ways with hands-on, interactive classes.

Summer Discovery Program is here! Parkland College offers a number of exciting camps to fill your summer days. We offer a number of camps to choose from during the summer that inspire and challenge students who love to tinker, explore, and develop their talents.

Scholarships are available to qualifying individuals.

Click here for the Summer Discovery Camp and College for Kids Scholarship forms.


For more exciting summer camps to fill your summer days, register at parkland.edu/ceRegister and BROWSE by category Youth and College for Kids.

Click here for Summer Discovery Camp and College for Kids FAQs

Emergency Family Shelter

The Emergency Family Shelter Program provides temporary shelter and intensive case management services for homeless families with dependent children.

Families are eligible to stay in a shelter unit for a temporary period of 30 days with extensions up to 45 days. Families must agree to participate in case management services to remain in the shelter.

If you are a homeless family with dependent children, please contact 217-819-4117 about temporary housing at the shelter.


HOPE CENTER FOOD PANTRY

Wednesdays Only, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM & 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Location: Hope Center, 1802 N Lincoln, Urbana, IL US 61801

Contact: Paula | paula.barickman@thevineyardchurch.us

The Food Pantry is open from 10am-12pm and 5-6 pm

Anyone in the Champaign-Urbana community can simply come to the Hope Center Food Pantry once a month during this time. Requirement: must meet government qualifications for commodities. No ID or appointment required. You will receive a bag of food and two choice items.


MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES

The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District has a list of local resources that can help adolescents in the Champaign-Urbana area find affordable mental health services. If you are going through a crisis, and feel like you need immediate help call Rosecrance’s 24-hour Crisis Line at: (217) 359-4141 or text HOME to 741-741. Online mental health resources are also available for adolescents and young adults.


Senior Services

Connecting seniors to a wide variety of community programs by providing case management and referral services. Senior Services staff collaborate with partner agencies to foster healthy aging, safety, and financial, legal, and housing support.

Central Illinois Senior Resource Guide


Top Posted Occupations in Champaign County (IL)

  1. Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Driver
  2. Registered Nurse
  3. Post-secondary Teachers
  4. First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers
  5. Retail Salespersons
  6. Insurance Sales Agents
  7. Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers
  8. Customer Service Representatives
  9. Software Developers
  10. First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers

STAFF CONTACTS
Mike Hunter
Weatherization Coordinator
mhunter@ccrpc.org
(217) 819-4119

WEATHERIZATION

The Weatherization program provides safe energy-efficient homes to low-income members of our community. The services are comprehensive and include insulating walls, floors, perimeters, and attics; furnace work, including replacing existing low-efficiency furnaces or cleaning and tuning higher-efficiency furnaces; and air sealing. The Champaign County Regional Planning Commission Weatherization Specialists ensure that all homes weatherized meet ASHRAE (American Society of Heath, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers) whole-house ventilation standards.

Eligibility

To be eligible for the Weatherization program, the applicant’s total household income must be at or below 150% of the federal poverty level or have a household member who receives Social Security Income (SSI). Receiving Aid to the Blind, Aged, Disabled would also make them eligible for weatherization regardless of income level.


Learn how to apply for weatherization services here


Champaign Public Library – Main Library

200 W. Green St., Champaign, IL 61820
Mon–Thu 9-8 | Fri–Sat 9-6 | Sun 12–6
217/403-2000

Douglass Branch Library

504 E. Grove St., Champaign, IL 61820
Mon–Thu 10–8 | Fri 10–6 | Sat 10–4
217/403-2090

CHAMPAIGN PUBLIC LIBRARY

WE’RE OPEN with expanded hours and services! We stay open evenings, offer meeting room reservations, and provide seating throughout the Main Library and Douglass Branch. In addition, the FriendShop Bookstore and Launch Business Center are now open. We look forward to welcoming you!

Starting June 14, we’ll stay open until 9 pm, Monday through Thursday at the Main Library.

What’s available at the Library?

• Seating is available throughout the building, including at the café tables.
• Computers are available for 2 hours per day.
• Meeting and study rooms are available by reservation, with reduced capacity.
Curbside pickup is available. Schedule a pickup »
• FriendShop Bookstore is open Wednesday and Saturday, 12–3 pm.

Check out our events here

E-Library
Enjoy ebooks, movies, and more from home! Your Champaign Public Library card gives you free access to 250,000+ titles via your phone, tablet, or computer.

Book-a-Librarian

Schedule a free 30-minute session with a knowledgeable staff member. Fill out the Book-a-librarian request and we will contact you to set up an appointment.







Find your Local Illinois Worknet Center at:

Champaign County Office
1307 N. Mattis Ave.
Champaign, Illinois
Phone: (217) 531-8282
Hours: By Appointment Only

WORKFORCE DEVEOPMENT

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