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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

Billie Turner

Billie Gloria Turner

Community Liaison

Having lived and worked in East St. Louis all my life, I am considered family among community members in East St. Louis.  However, my position with ESLARP has taken me to another level in the community-as a helper or someone who is trying to make a positive difference in the community.  As the ESLARP Community Liaison, I attend neighborhood, agency, community and governmental meetings and workshops.  I work with individuals and organizations in East St. Louis to achieve their goals, as well as assist ESLARP in achieving its vision.  I try to understand both the needs of the University and the needs of the community, and then communicate with both.  This position enables me to come in contact with dedicated, committed people at the University and in the community, and their perseverance helps to make me want to go the extra mile.  These two partners are able to work together and bring me into both of their worlds.  The professors, staff, and students are able to gather pertinent research and data, and the community is able to receive services that would not otherwise be available to them.

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