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 147,162 meals, which were delivered to Eastern Illinois Foodbank. Learn more on The Food Packaging Project page.
Last year more than 1,500 volunteers participated in more than 20 volunteer projects across Champaign-Urbana for the Community & Campus Day of Service. 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 2014, which will take place from April 6-12. Our primary project, The Food Packaging Project, involves packaging 147,000 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.
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 at firstname.lastname@example.org. Agencies interested in providing a project for volunteers can contact Todd Salen at email@example.com.
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!), we need financial support to cover the cost of the ingredients in the meal. Donate online here! Or send a check to: Illini Fighting Hunger at 1203 W Green St, Urbana, IL 61801. Your donation is tax deductible.
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 a table!
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!
FAA Month of Service
The College of Fine and Applied Arts is holding a Month of Service throughout April 2014. You can register for most of the events below at https://illinois.edu/fb/sec/201493 Some of the events are part of the University course FAA 291. You can register for this course at my.illinois.
April 5, 2014: Campus Day of Service
- Prosperity Gardens, Champaign, IL (15 volunteers needed)
- Lierman Neighborhood Garden, Urbana, IL (25 volunteers needed)
- Multi-Cultural Center, Rantoul, IL
- Champaign-Urbana Boys and Girls Club, Champaign, IL
April 11-12, 2014: FAA 291 James Scholars Service Trip "The Citizen Artist"
- 14th Street Artist Community, St. Louis, MO (FAA 291)
- The Village Theatre and Community Concepts, East St. Louis, IL (FAA 291)
- Kings Orchard Community Center, Decatur, IL (FAA 291)
- Multi-Cultural center, Rantoul, IL (FAA 291)
- Lierman Neighborhood Garden, Urbana, IL (10 volunteers needed)
- General site coverage (assigned where needed) (5 volunteers needed)
Vans will depart from the Temple Buell Hall Parking Lot (E2) at 8:45 AM for all dates and all project sites. Please plan to arrive at 8:15 AM for check-in and instructions. Lunch will be provided on site. Vans will return volunteers to TBH by 5:00 PM (sooner if the work finishes early).
4/5: Tree Planting in Gifford
150 volunteers will be helping Champaign Rotary plant 238 trees (300 lbs each) in the Gifford community. They are partnering with a number of local organizations for this all-day project.
4/6-4/12: Biomedical Sciences Eyeglass Collection
4/6-4/12: Christians On Campus Coat Drive
Christians On Campus will be holding a coat drive throughout Volunteer Week. The coats collected during this week will be distributed in fall 2014 to University of Illinois graduate students and their families who need a coat for winter.
4/11: EIF Community Tours & Repack
Ever wonder what goes on at the Eastern Illinois Foodbank warehouse? See behind the operations during our Community Day. We will offer hourly tours and repacking from 7am-1pm (tentative) for groups or individuals. Pre-registration is required. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up for this volunteering event.
4/12: EIF Kid's Day at the Foodbank
2-hour shifts, times TBD
Volunteering is a wonderful way for kids to learn about the Eastern Illinois Foodbank and the issue of hunger. During Kids Day, kids ages 5-17 (under 13 must be accompanied by an adult) will tour our warehouse and participate in an age-appropriate food sorting project. Kids Day is a great opportunity for families and groups of all sizes! Space is limited. Pre-registration is required. Please contact email@example.com to sign up for this volunteering event.
4/12: Boneyard Creek Community Day
The ninth annual Boneyard Creek Community Day is scheduled for Saturday, April 12, 2014 from 9 a.m. until noon at Scott Park. This event brings together campus and community volunteers to clean up litter and invasive plants from sites all over Champaign-Urbana. Lunch, music, and educational displays at Scott Park follow the clean-up.
For more information, visit the Boneyard Creek Community Day Facebook event page. To participate, please register via the Boneyard Creek Community Day website. Registration ends Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at 5 p.m.