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Community - Campus Day of Service

April 5, 2014

On Saturday, April 5th, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign kicked off National Volunteer Week with an inaugural Community-Campus Day of Service. Over 60 students, faculty and staff worked with six community partners on seven projects to complete pre-construction projects, community garden spring preparation projects, flyering in the community, reorganizing classrooms at Tap in Leadership Academy, cataloging choral literature, and preparing a Bee Garden. A big thank you goes out to all who helped on April 5!

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Outreach Weekend Report - October 13-14, 2006

Weekend Summary

Outreach Weekend Summary


Introduction to Network Systems: LIS 451


Twenty-four LIS451 students, along with five GA's and volunteers, accomplished the following tasks while in East St. Louis October 13-14:
* Along with Teen Tech students (high school students who are learning technology and entrepreneur skills in an after school program offered by Computer Village), University of Illinois students refurbished 34 computers that will subsequently be distributed to individuals in East St. Louis through the Teen Tech program;
* Performed site surveys at four sites in East St. Louis and Centerville in advance of a return trip December 1-2 to deliver and setup computer labs; and Toured the East St. Louis public library.

Summary by Katherine Duffy, student volunteer


Upon arriving in East St. Louis on Friday, we went on a tour of the area and got to see almost all of the community. This was for me at least, a very eye-opening experience since I never imagined that conditions would be that bad there. Later in the day after eating, all the members of our group worked in the thrift shop doing various tasks. We did various painting jobs in the shop. Also there was a lot of arranging and organizing of furniture and merchandise within the store. We also did other small maintenance jobs and tasks within the shop. Saturday, we ended up back in the thrift store continuing doing the same type of jobs and tasks from the day prior. My group then left the thrift store and met with a park officer and went around to the various parks in the community. We got a general overview of the parks on the tour along with a little history of the area. After that we met with an official in the park district who gave us guidelines and parameters for our park signs.
On our trip down to ESL we took the ride down and arrived at the park. We then took a nice tour of the community on a bus. We were shown many different parts of town. We also stopped by at the Emerson house and talked to the students there. We then returned to the park and had lunch. Afterwards we went to the thrift shop and helped organize and clean the building. Afterwards we checked in to the hotel and had a nice dinner. The next day we woke up and returned to the thrift shop. Before lunch we worked on our buying guide and visited local entertainment locations like Skatecity and the public library. Afterwards we had lunch at some of the local establishments. We then returned to Champaign. the trip formed a very worthwhile weekend.

Park Signs


Upon arriving in East St. Louis on Friday, we went on a tour of the area and got to see almost all of the community. This was for me at least, a very eye-opening experience since I never imagined that conditions would be that bad there. Later in the day after eating, all the members of our group worked in the thrift shop doing various tasks. We did various painting jobs in the shop. Also there was a lot of arranging and organizing of furniture and merchandise within the store. We also did other small maintenance jobs and tasks within the shop. Saturday, we ended up back in the thrift store continuing doing the same type of jobs and tasks from the day prior. My group then left the thrift store and met with a park officer and went around to the various parks in the community. We got a general overview of the parks on the tour along with a little history of the area. After that we met with an official in the park district who gave us guidelines and parameters for our park sign designs.

Oral History

On Saturday, October 14th, we conducted an oral history interview with Mr. Arnold Stuart, a long-time resident of the Rush City neighborhood in East St. Louis. Questions were prepared in advance on a variety of topics concerning Mr. Stuart's experience growing up and living in Rush City. The interview spanned the economic, social and political environment of Rush City and East St. Louis from the 1950's to the present. Additionally, the interview contained pertinent biographical information, as well as Mr. Stuart's involvement in the Rush City Improvement Association (RCIA), a short history of the RCIA and the current status of the RCIA. Mr. Stuart was extremely informative and cordial and the interview was a great learning experience.

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  • Rush City
  • South End


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