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Local Service Projects

Child Abuse Prevention – The Prevention of Child Abuse is our National Project. Adopted at the 1979 National Convention in St. Louis, Missouri, Exchange Clubs have now opened over 100 Prevention of Child Abuse Centers across the United States to work with families to break the cycle of Child Abuse. In Illinois there are Exchange Centers located in Joliet and Naperville. Locally we distribute five different brochures that help Prevent Child Abuse – Shaken Baby Syndrome – Fetal Alcohol Syndrome – Learn The Crying Code – KidCode – Cyber Tip Line – and we also support the Crisis Nursery.

A.C.E. Awards – A.C.E. is an acronym for Accepting the Challenge of Excellence. The purpose of the program is to honor deserving high school seniors who have overcome either physical, emotional, or behavior obstacles in their life and will graduate. We have honored one or more seniors each year since 2000.

Book of Golden Deeds Award – Since 1933 our club has honored over 65 Champaign citizens at a banquet for their unselfish service to the members of our community, many times unbeknownst to many in our community.

Boys & Girls Club Snacks for Kids – Twice a year we purchase and donate 1,000 snack packs and fruit drinks for the 300 children that are served by the Don Moyer Boys & Girls Club of Champaign County .

Campaign for Kids – Each year local Exchange clubs raise money to support the Prevention of Child Abuse. Exchange has over 100 community-based Child Abuse Prevention centers across the Nation that have trained professionals and volunteers that provide free support and counseling to families through Parent Aid programs. Over 790,000 families and 1,850,000 children have been served.

Crisis Nursery – We supply the Crisis Nursery with coloring books, activity books and crayons that they can provide the children they service. We also provide four sizes of diapers for the children.

Eastern Illinois Food Bank – Each year in December we raise money and donate it to the Food Bank. Each dollar donated purchases $10 worth of food for needy families in our area.

Firefighter of the Year Award – Since 1975 we have honored one or more Champaign Firefighters as the Firefighter of the Year at a noon luncheon.

Freedom Shrines – The Freedom Shrine is an impressive, permanently mounted collection of 30 of the most important and historic American documents, including the Declaration of Independence, Constitution, and the Gettysburg Address. They are placed in schools, libraries, and public places. Some of the locations we currently have Shrines are Champaign Central, Centennial, and Mahomet-Seymour High Schools, and Parkland College.

GiveAKidAFlagToWave – Since 1985 we have presented small American Flags to the Kids at the Fourth of July Parade for them to wave. We also started presenting flags at the Labor Day Parade in September 2009. To date, we have distributed over 155,000 flags to kids.

National Day of Service – Each year on the third or fourth Saturday in October we carry out a volunteer program in Champaign to better the conditions of the residents of our community.

Nursing Scholarships – Each year since 1974 we have awarded one or more Nursing Scholarships to graduating high school seniors from Champaign, a student at Parkland College, or the University of Illinois, who are enrolled in a Nursing Program. The program was designed to encourage high school seniors to follow the nursing profession as a career.

One Nation Under God – Each year on the Monday before Thanksgiving we hold a prayer luncheon to increase public appreciation of the important roles religious faith and freedom have played in our nation's history. We have a local minister or historian as the featured speaker. We also distribute to local restaurants pamphlets describing the American Flag's history and flag etiquette.

Police Officer of the Year – Since 1975 we have honored a Champaign Police officer as our Police Officer of the Year at a noon luncheon.

Proudly We Hail Awards – Each year we honor six Champaign families at a luncheon who proudly fly the American Flag at their homes in the appropriate manner.

Salvation Army Bell Ringing – Each year on the first Saturday after Thanksgiving members of our club staff a kettle, ring the bell, and take donations for the Salvation Army at the entrance of a local business establishment.

Seniors Vial of Life – We distribute to Senior Citizens Centers and Seniors Groups a kit that contains a plastic vial, a medical information sheet. refrigerator magnet, and a sticker for the front door or window. The recipient simply records all their medical conditions and prescriptions on the sheet, folds and puts it in the vial, and places it inside the refrigerator. The sticker on the front door or window tells first responders that the medical history is inside and the magnet tells them it is in the refrigerator.

Time Out Teddy – We supply Time Out Teddy Bears to the Champaign Police and Fire Departments to be carried in patrol cars and fire trucks. Frequently officers and firefighters come into contact with children who have been abused, involved in serious car accidents, fires, or domestic violence episodes. The program helps firefighters and police officers better communicate with a child who is under stress, upset, and fearful. These warm, soft, safe, loving teddy bears serve as a calming tool in a time of crisis. We also distribute Time Out Teddy brochures to parents that provide insights on developing positive and effective child-rearing skills.

Youth of the Month/Year Awards – This program recognized hard-working high school seniors who attain high levels of scholastic achievement, community involvement, and leadership. Since 1975 six youths are honored each year at a monthly luncheon and one is selected and honored as the Youth of the Year (YOY). Each receives a plaque and small remuneration. The YOY is entered in the district contest and the district winner into the national contest. The district YOY receives a $2,500 cash scholarship and the National YOY receives a $10,000 cash scholarship.