Basic Info

Join Us
for the Fourth Annual
Community & Campus
Serving 147,000
149 Years Of
Public Engagement
April 9, 2016

About the Community & Campus Day of Service

The Day of Service was a great success! In the course of 4 1/2 hours, we packaged 145,902 meals, which were delivered to Eastern Illinois Foodbank. Learn more on The Food Packaging Project page.

Last year's Day of Service was a great success! In the course of 3 hours, more than 1,500 volunteers packaged 160,722 meals, which were delivered to Eastern Illinois Foodbank. Additionally, hundreds of volunteers participated in dozens of other projects across Champaign-Urbana. This year, members of the local community and University of Illinois faculty, staff, and students will join forces once again to kick off National Volunteer Week 2016, which will take place from April 10-16. Our primary project, The Food Packaging Project, involves packaging 149,000 meals - one thousand for every year of public engagement since the University was chartered - for local foodbanks to be distributed to needy families in Champaign-Urbana.

Hundreds of volunteers are needed for the food packaging project as well as a number of other projects being planned to benefit the local community. Several volunteer shifts will be available during the day.

Sign up for the Food Packaging Project now!

Or plan your own community service project and let us know about it!

If you have questions about the Food Packaging Project, you can contact us.

Agencies interested in providing a project for volunteers can contact Darcy Sementi.

Check out some footage from last year's food packaging project!

Supporting the Community & Campus Day of Service

If you’d like to support the Community & Campus Day of Service but you can’t be there on the day of the event – or even if you can! – the University and Illini Fighting Hunger need financial support to cover the cost of ingredients used in the meals for this and future events. You can make a tax deductible contribution in the following ways:

You can send a check to:
Illini Fighting Hunger
1203 W Green St
Urbana, IL 61801

Or you can donate via PayPal:

Interested in helping publicize the Community & Campus Day of Service on your website or Facebook page? Check out our Banners page!

NEW! Companies and individuals looking to sponsor the Community & Campus Day of Service and get a little name recognition at the same time can sponsor the Day of Service!

Other Service Projects

Here are a few other service projects going on during Volunteer Week (and beyond!). If you know of others, please let us know about them!

Illini Veterans 4th Annual Memorial 5k Run/Walk


April 10: 10am-2pm


The Veterans 5k is seeking volunteers to help guide runners on the course. A flyer for the event can be found here. If you're interested in running or walking, you can register at If you're interested in volunteering, please contact Rachel Eng and include your name, email, phone number, and shirt size.



April 13-16


Ebertfest needs volunteers from April 13-17, 2016. If you are interested in volunteering for Ebertfest, please e-mail Casey Ludwig at Also, please complete the Virginia Theatre application located at and be sure to mention Ebertfest in the other information section.

Boneyard Creek Community Day


April 23: 9am-noon


Help restore the beauty of natural waterways by volunteering for the 11th annual Boneyard Creek Community Day on Saturday, April 23. Individual and team registration is open at Everyone can participate as work sites vary from projects in the creek to those more suitable for families and seniors.

For more information, visit

Stephens Family YMCA 1st Annual 3-On-3 Spring Basketball Tournament


April 16: 9am-5pm


Stephens Family YMCA
2501 Fields South Drive
Champaign, IL 61822


The Stephens Family YMCA is excited to announce our first annual 3-On-3 Spring Basketball Tournament for boys and girls, grades 3-8, on Saturday, April 16, with games going from 9am-5pm. In order to make this event a success, we are looking for 8-12 volunteers. Volunteers would be in charge of checking in players, by signing them in and collecting their paperwork, then keeping the score for games by simply flipping the scoreboard. Ideally we are looking for volunteers who can work 9am-5pm, however we understand people have time commitments and are open to volunteers working any time they are available on April 16. YMCA's are volunteer founded, volunteer based and volunteer led. For 150 years, YMCA's have depended on the strength and passion of our volunteers. You can do so much and you are the person who can do what you do! For more information or if you want to help out at the event, please contact Spencer Barclay by email at or by phone at (217)239-2812