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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 - September 25-26, 2009

Weekend Summary
All students departed from Temple Hoyne Buell Hall by 7am on the chilly morning of Friday September 25th, 2009. En-route to East St Louis were four UIUC classes: FAA 291, FAA 391, LIS 451 and ARCH 576. With 80 students, faculty and staff in attendance, the Fall 2009 semester’s first ESLARP Outreach Weekend was underway.

Everyone arrived at the Mary Brown Center in the heart of East St Louis to join a Community Partner Forum hosted by Billie Turner (ESLARP Community Liaison), Christina Fisher (Village Theater), Martha Watts (Eagle’s Nest), and Irma Golliday (East St. Louis Park District). The students had the opportunity to learn a little bit about some of the projects that ESLARP has dedicated its efforts toward in the past years. After a delicious pizza lunch, Billie Turner took the students on a bus tour of East St Louis, where they learned about the City’s history, MORE and MORE. Following the tour, the students dispersed to their project destinations.

Friday’s projects included landscaping at Opal’s House, Centreville’s Golden Gardens, Eagle’s Nest and the Village Theater, led by FAA 291 and 391 students. LIS 451 continued their efforts to complete the technology centers at the Eagle’s Nest, as well as at various area churches. ARCH 576 began their surveying efforts in the Olivette Park Neighborhood. FAA 391 students also completed various tasks at Eagle’s Nest in preparation for the Shelter’s grand opening on November 13th, 2009.

Everyone reconvened at a group dinner Friday night at the Ramada in Fairview Heights, IL. ESL Community guests included Essie and George Calhoun (Opal’s House), Billie Turner, Reverend Richard Freeman and Kathleen O’Keefe (Attorney-Catholic Urban Programs). After a productive day, we indulged in salad, lasagna, veggies, brownies and ice cream. Jenna Goebig, Outreach Weekend Coordinator, headed up the recap conversation by having each team share their day’s activities. Following dinner, a group of about 40 students, faculty and staff headed to the Village Theater for the monthly Community Concepts Talent Show, hosted by Christina Fisher. The show featured local youth that performed an array of acts including singing, dancing and musical skits.

Saturday, all teams departed the hotel to their projects for the day, which included painting and staining at Virginia Park (Bruce Wicks, FAA 291 students), further grand opening preparation at Eagle’s Nest (FAA 391), continued technology center work by LIS 451 students, landscaping at Opal’s House and Sunken Gardens, and property surveying by ARCH 576 students. The East St Louis Park District hosted a cookout lunch at Virginia Park in celebration of the recently constructed KaBoom playground on the premises. Community members, partners and ESLARP volunteers braved the rain and thunder and enjoyed burgers, hot dogs, chicken wings and chili.

The rain put a halt to the outdoor projects and many teams packed up and headed back to Champaign. That is, after a trip to Pirtles for the BEST Ice Cream in East St. Louis!! Overall, it was another successful trip to East St Louis. Another enlightening and encouraging Outreach Weekend for the students at the University of Illinois @ Urbana-Champaign. -JG

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