Government agencies or programs and nonprofit organizations serving Paris and Edgar County, updated 9/23/2014.We do our best to keep this list current, but information is subject to change.

  • Our Elected Officials - contact information for our local, state, and federal representatives.
  • Farmer’s Market, June-September, Saturday mornings on north side of Paris square
  • Alzheimer's Association Caregiver Support Group, Chrisman Christian Church, 4th Monday of the month, 6pm.
  • Chester P. Sutton Community Center for Seniors, 256 W. Court, 217-466-6921
  • Child & Family Connections #19, 1-800-758-2705, early intervention services for children with developmental delays or disabilities
  • Child Care Resource & Referral,  office at Eastern Illinois University, 1-800-545-7439
  • Compassionate Food Ministries  1101 Cherry Point Rd.  8:30-11:30am  1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th Wednesdays of each month
  • Compassionate Clothing Closet, 211 N. Central, Tuesdays 1:00pm-3:00pm (Donations accepted Mondays 1:00pm-3:00pm)
  • Community Kitchen, Mondays 4:30-6:00pm; at Cafe France, 118 E. Court
  • Soup Kitchen, Paris Church of God, 602 E. Wood. Free meal, 11:00am-1:00pm, 2nd and 4th Saturdays
  • Community Nurse and Welfare Association, 217-465-5057
  • Crisis Pregnancy Center of Eastern Illinois 210 N. High, 217-463-7800, 1-800-395-HELP (4357)
  • Cumberland Associates Senior Programs, 825 18th Street, Charleston, IL 61920. 217-348-3011, toll free for seniors 1-888-347-3011. Provides Comprehensive Care Coordination for age 60+.   Care Coordination Unit for the Illinois Department on Aging in Coles and Edgar Counties.
  • DCFS, list of regional offices, closest is Charleston
  • Food Stamps / LINK card, WIC: Illinois Department of Human Services, list of contact offices, Help Line 1-800-843-6154
  • East Central Illinois Area Agency on Aging, information services for Edgar County at 256 W. Court, 217-465-8143 
  • Edgar County Homeless Organization (Echo House)   410 Connelly St  217-466-6054
  • Edgar County Housing Authority, 602 Highland Dr, 217-465-8458
  • Edgar County Legal Self-Help Center, Paris Public Library or access from any computer
  • Edgar County Health Dept, 502 Shaw Ave., 217-465-2212
  • Edgar County Low Vision Group meets quarterly at Paris Public Library. Sponsored by PACE, Inc.
  • ERBA (Embarass River Basin Agency)  local office, 502 Shaw Ave.
  • Faith in Action, 104 E. Washington, 466-6388
  • GED Classes (Fall 2014, begin Oct. 21) HRC (behind hospital), 753 E. Court, Tuesdays and Thursdays 4:00-8:00pm or First United Methodist Church Tuesdays and Thursdays 8:00am-Noon. Call 1-217-238-8292 for more information or to enroll. 
  • GED tests, see Regional Office of Education or Lake Land College Adult Education CenterStudy guide for the Illinois Constitution portion of test.
  • HOPE of East Central Illinois (Domestic violence)  1-888-345-3990 crisis hotline
  • Human Resources Center substance abuse, mental health, respite care services
  • Imagination Library - free monthly book by mail to Edgar County children under age 5. Register online or pick up application at Paris Public Library or Human Resources Center.
  • Illinois All Kids healthcare, 1-866-255-5437
  • Rx for Illinois prescription assistance for low income, uninsured Illinois residents
  • Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance, 415 18th Street, Suite 100, Charleston, IL  61920, 800-747-5523.
  • FCC Lifeline Across America programs, Lifeline provides qualified low-income consumers with a discount on monthly charges for their primary home phone line, even if it’s a cell phone. Link-Up program lowers the cost eligible consumers pay for setting up new home phone service. 1-888-CALLFCC. Contact local phone providers for information.
  • Meals on Wheels, Paris Community Hospital, 465-2606 ext. 254
  • PAL (Partners in Adult Literacy) tutoring - Paris Public Library, 463-3950, for area coordinator's contact information
  • Paris Lions Club, assistance with glasses
  • Paris Ministerial Fellowship, accepts financial assistance applications, as funds allow. 2nd and 4th Mondays, noon to 2pm, at Compassionate Clothing Closet, 211 N. Main.
  • Peace Meals, Chester P. Sutton Center for Seniors    256 W. Court    217-465-8143
  • Rides Mass Transit,  256 W. Court, 466-6921 for Edgar County residents (7am-5:30pm M-F)
  • Senior Care, Paris Community Hospital, 217-465-2606 Ext. 170
  • Social Security, 800-772-1213  closest offices: Terre Haute 812-232-4909 and Danville 217-443-0193
  • Suicide Survivors Support Group, 3rd Monday of the month, 7pm, at St. Mary's Church
  • Support groups: Alzheimers, cancer, caregiver, bereavement, more.  Paris Community Hospital
  • Unemployment services or call 800-244-5631 Offices in Danville and Champaign (Mattoon office closed)
  • Illinois Dept. of Veterans' Affairs, Edgar County Farm Service Agency, 11759 IL Hwy 1, 9:00-4:00 2nd & 4th Wednesdays. 217-465-5325, ext 2.
  • For additional information, try Community Online Resource Directory, listing physical, mental, financial, legal and information services in Coles, Clark, Cumberland, Douglas, Edgar, Jasper, Moultrie and Shelby counties.
  • CFL (compact fluorescent bulbs only) recycling drop-off at Enerstar and Paris Public Library.
  • Used oil recycling by appointment only, contact Enerstar, 217-463-4145.
  • Cooling centers 2012 (for excessive summer heat): Paris Public Library, Pleasant Meadows Christian Village (Chrisman) and the Human Resources Center.