DANVILLE — A new community project is to connect those who can help with those who need help in Vermilion County.
The Neighbors Helping Neighbors Project will kick-off Monday with a free meal.
Downtown Danville, Inc. has signed on to be a part of the planning committee to get this new community project up and running. Organizers will start the new project with a free meal starting at 1 p.m. Monday at the Downtown Danville Banquet House, 38 N. Vermilion St.
Chef Mary Lewis will cook a variety of items to help launch the project. The meal is open to the public, and food will be served until 4 p.m. or until supplies run out.
If anyone knows someone in need of a hot meal or maybe some company from a new neighbor, let them know they can stop in. No reservations are necessary.
In 2013, DDI will focus more on helping neighbors as part of this new community initiative.
The initiative started this fall with several volunteers coming together with the goals of establishing a volunteer database for the Vermilion County area and to connect those who can help with those who need help.
The group’s first project is collecting items for the Crosspoint Domestic Violence and Transitional Shelter Services. Items needed include twin set bedding, new pillows, plastic pillow covers, bath towels and wash cloths.
DDI also is conducting a food drive through the end of the month. Food contributed during the annual drive will help stock the shelves at the Danville Township Food Pantry, located in downtown Danville.
Drop non-perishable food items off from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at the DDI office at 149 N. Vermilion St. through the end of January.
Schaumburg said the Neighbors Helping Neighbors Project started out with her and a friend talking about how some agencies have specific needs and people are willing to help and volunteer on several projects throughout the year.