Spotlight . . .
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 -
March 9-10, 2007
by Kona Taylor:
On Friday I worked at the St. Vincent DePaul Thrift Store with John Paul. It was the forth time I had worked there, yet when I walked into the store for the first time Friday I was amazed! The store felt open and welcoming. There were St. Patrick’s Day decorations up, the store was clean, and the overall layout lent itself to a more enjoyable shopping experience. All of these things were a major difference from previous visits, especially the first time I worked at the thrift store. The first time I worked at the thrift store, it was in awful condition. It was dirty, cramped, and felt very uninviting. While these problems had gradually gotten better each time I’ve been there, this time there was a noticeable difference. One that I attribute to (1) Matt’s new floor plan, (2) Pat – a energetic woman who works for the church and comes in part time to work on the aesthetics of the store, & (3) ESLARP’s continued support and assistance.
ESLARP volunteers were asked to help clean shelving donated by the local Schnucks, clean a bus that had been converted into a meals on wheels vehicle, and help Pat. The volunteers broke-up into groups to work on the shelving and bus, and I focused my attention on helping Pat. Pat was full of ideas and just needed someone to help her carry out her big plans. I helped move merchandise around, put up more decorations, find seasonal items for display, set up new displays, and do some light cleaning. Overall, it was an enjoyable time (as normal) and I feel that both the volunteers and the thrift store were happy with the results of our afternoon’s worth of work!
By Kona Taylor:
On Saturday I worked at the Village Theater with John Paul again. I had worked at the Village Theater before, yet last time it was to help cover up and protect a garage roof that was leaking on some of their stored furniture. This time ESLARP was needed to help pick up and burn tree limbs that had come down in the various ice storms over the winter. There was a huge amount of downed limbs and trees, but our large group of approximately 15 went to work and were able to get quite a bit done. When I left at lunch time on Saturday the majority of the limbs had been cleared and the only thing left was a large tree that had partially come down, but that needed to be cut down with a chain-saw.
By Sangjun Kang:
We worked on parks signs. Six architecture students and I painted and installed 2 park signs in both Virginia and Jackie Joyner Parks. Students were very energetic, and it was very successful.
By Janni Sorensen:
Students in Arch 401 completed a condition assessment of 6 parks in East St. Louis this weekend. This is a first step towards creating a comprehensive park plan for the East St. Louis Park district. Students also meet with Irma Golliday for an interview to inform the planning process and completed several surveys with residents about their use of the Parks.
By Meg Glynn:
During the March 9/10th ESLARP work weekend, Senait Brown, Stacy Harwood and I met with the church and school groups with whom we will be working on the March 30/31st ESLARP weekend in Brooklyn. On Friday, Stacy met with George McShan at the Quinn Chapel regarding the possible work projects at the church. The work at the chapel would consist primarily of painting and outdoor cleanup. Later that Friday afternoon, Senait and I met with the grounds maintenance manager, a retired counselor and the school supervisor at the Lovejoy School regarding a potential student/parent/ESLARP cleanup day at the school. The day would consist of grounds maintenance work, a community lunch with organized games (basketball between ESLARP volunteers and students) and general cleanup. On Saturday, Senait, Stacy and I returned to Brooklyn to meet with Mary Miller (former ESLARP NTAC staff, Craig Miller's, mother)at the Southern Baptist Tabernacle Church to discuss potential work day projects.
At the conclusion of the meeting, we surveyed the school grounds to assess the number of volunteers and equipment needed to perform the cleanup.
Shilo AME Church
By VP Trinh:
Saturday, Prashant and I assisted the church in installing a door.