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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!


Enriching perspectives through community engagement

Outreach Weekend Report - November 30-December 1, 2007

Weekend Summary
Elizabeth Andrejasich

Over 100 students and faculty participated in this final weekend of the semester. ARCH571 continued their work with the Village Theater by roofing another building on the property and they presented their design for a community center to the concerned citizens of Precinct 12. LIS451 successfully installed and networked computer labs across the area. General volunteers from ARCH101 worked on various projects for our partner groups. Thanks to everyone who made this a successful weekend!

Dunham Shelf Build

Will Godfrey

This weekend a group of 8 ARCH101 volunteers and myself lent a hand at the Katherine Dunham Center, a non-profit, multi-disciplinary arts organization founded by dance legend Katherine Dunham in East St. Louis Our first day of work consisted of a whole lot of measuring and cutting. Our goal was to build as many shelves as possible for the archived records that our fellow ESLARP'ers have been archiving for the Center. On Friday, the volunteers managed to cut nearly all the wood they would need for the shelves and assemble their first shelf before it got dark and we headed to the hotel. Bright and early Saturday morning we were back at the Center assembling and setting up our shelves, this time armed with two working drills. By lunch we had assembled two more shelving units for a total of three built shelves and stored one to be put together when needed. Our efficiency with the shelves enabled us to then leave for Champaign after lunch on Saturday, and by 4:30 everyone was home and out of the cold.

Eagle's Nest and Catholic Urban Programs

Abby Harmon

This weekend, I had two groups of Arch 101 students in my van. One group's destination was the St. Patrick's church, where the Catholic Urban Programs is located. Pat, from St. Vincent de Paul, graciously offered to site supervise for this group. On Friday, this group went to the St. Vincent de Paul thrift store and Cosgrove's soup kitchen to clean, organize, and most importantly, decorate for Christmas! They set up trees (not real ones), and the trees sold as fast as they could put them together. The store looked so festive when they were finished. On Saturday, the St. Pat's crew split into two groups--one went to decorate the Santa bus, a vehicle that CUP uses to reach the community. They drive around with Santa, gifts and food on board, and each child gets a picture with Santa, a toy, and food when necessary. The other group worked in St. Patrick's Church to organize donations for Christmas. The second group of students traveled with me to Eagle's Nest, where we helped Martha and her board president, George, to clean up the garage. This included working on shelves that we collectively agreed were probably older than the students. We also finished drywalling a closet in the garage and transporting computer equipment to be stored there while construction is going on in the Joseph Center.

Mayor's Clean-up and Audrey Sanders Development

Chris Sharkey

This weekend, I worked with a group of twelve Arch 101 students. On Friday we helped Audrey Sanders at her home for adults with developmental and mental disabilities . The students inventoried the supplies that we had available on the project and organized one of the bedrooms for a painting on Saturday which Sang's group would continue. On Saturday, the students went to the mayor's cleanup in Emerson Park. Upon our arrival, we were enthusiastically met by the mayor and by numerous community members that were out for the day to help with the cleanup. At the end of the day we had cleared more than 50 trash bags of litter from the site along with grown over brush and dead trees. Thanks for the hard work!

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