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monthly newsletter  //  march 2017


This month, Community Choices would like to highlight our newest co-op club, Gillian's Cooking Club.  The club includes Angela B., Mark B., Gillian D., Joueles H. and Daniel K.  Gillian organizes and hosts the club at her house once a month.  The group enjoys each other's company by sharing the cooking responsibilities, followed by eating and watching a movie together. 

Prior to each cooking session, Gillian creates a doodle poll of potential meeting dates for club members to complete.  Gillian sets the meeting date based on member's availability, and assigns ingredients for each person to bring.  The club made tacos in January, and homemade pizza in February.  In March they will be cooking pancakes and sausage. 

Gillian said that her favorite part of cooking club is 'having MY friends over to MY house.'


Community Choices would like to extend a huge thank you to the Tortorellis and the Dabrowskis for organizing and hosting their third annual Gourmet Dinner Benefit! The food and conversation were enjoyed by all. We are so grateful to have such a generous community supporting us. The event was a huge success, raising $5000 dollars for Community Choices. Thank you to all those who gave, attended, cooked, and presented – what an amazing effort!

Are you a member of the Community Choices Co-op? Don’t forget that March is our Annual Member Meeting!

Hear updates from all our staff from the past year, learn about new projects for the new year and connect with your fellow co-op members!
There will be pizza and salad with a $5 suggested donation. We are also looking for people to bring desserts to share!
Hope to see you there!
DATE: Thursday, March 9th
TIME: 7:00-8:30pm
St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 2200 Philo Rd., Urbana, IL

First Thursday Dinner
Community Choices Annual Member Meeting

U of I Softball vs. Bradley
CC Trivia Team @ Jupiter’s @ the Crossing

**Co-op membership and RSVPs are required for social events. To RSVP or discuss becoming a member, contact Hannah Sheets, Membership Coordinator, at, or 271-621-1090.
If you are an artist – of any kind – we want to talk to you! There are many ways for you to partner with Community Choices to showcase your artistic talents in the next couple of months!
We are seeking:
Singers and Musicians!
Visual Artists!
And those who aren’t sure where they fall but want to explore their creative side!
As part of our Open Champaign Project we are looking for folks with and without disabilities to be involved in art-inspired events.
For the first one we are partnering with the Urbana Park District’s theatre community as well as the City of Urbana to have an Interactive Public Theatre Experience as part of the Boneyard Arts Festival. There is no acting experience required!
DATE: April 7th
For the second event, we are partnering with One People CU to host a Lounge Event in late April. We are looking for people interested in performing music, song, or spoken word. Our hope is help artists with and without disabilities collaborate to enhance the talents of both performers!
DATE: TBA - Late April
We want to hear from you so please contact Becca at or Hannah at if you want to get involved or have any ideas or questions.
Not much of performer? We are looking for artists to show or sell their visual art in our Art Show Fundraiser coming up in early May! Contact Becca at to get involved. Additional updates will go out soon!
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