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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

Community Partners

AR.I Community Partners

AR.I’s service, research and teaching agenda is set by a strong belief in the value of real life experience and knowledge held by the residents of communities. This means that residents are viewed as the real experts on solutions to the problems experienced in the city and as the best instructors students can have for acquiring the skills needed to find effective solutions to pressing neighborhood problems.

Additionally, AR.I strives to enhance the capacity of community organizations to engage in neighborhood development issues and provide students the opportunity to learn about real life dynamics and situations. Our partner organizations are therefore vital for all aspects of AR.I’s work. Below are links many of the partners who work with AR.I, from individuals starting up non-profit service agencies to local government entities.

Don Moyer Boys and Girls Club (Champaign)

The Boys and Girls Club is dedicated to improving, inspiring, helping, and stimulating the minds and lives of children in the community.  The club is a positive space where kids can go to for help, support, guidance, and fun.  It provides a safe and fun place for children to go to after school, no matter what their needs and their financial background.

Prosperity Gardens (Champaign)

The Prosperity Gardens provides nutrition and agricultural education to families in the community.  In addition to its educational programming, Prosperity Gardens sells its produce at the local North First Street Farmers Market.

Old King's Orchard (Decatur)

Old King's Orchard is a community-based organization that addresses a variety of local needs, including local housing and community issues. 

Last updated on 4/1/2013
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