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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

FAA 291 oct fall 2011


FAA 291 ES1 (October Section)
Civic Engagement Seminar
Instructor: Vicki Eddings
Office: 326 Noble Hall
Phone: 217.265.0202

Enrollment in this course requires attendance in two in-class sessions (one orientation, one reflection/discussion) and one two-day outreach activity (either in Champaign or East St. Louis, IL) Credit hours: 1; Grading: Satisfactory/ Unsatisfactory. In mid-September, registered students will have an opportunity to select their outreach location. I will assign students to their site on a first come first served basis. The course syllabus will be available on this website closer to class time.

October Section Information

On-campus sessions

Champaign outreach:
Tuesday, October 25, 5:00 – 6:30 pm. Room 317 Noble Hall (Orientation)
Tuesday, November 1, 5:00– 6:30 pm Room 317 Noble Hall (Reflection)

East St. Louis outreach:
Wednesday, October 26, 5:00 – 6:30 pm Room 317 Noble Hall (Orientation)
Wednesday, November 2, 5:00– 6:30 pm Room 317 Noble Hall (Reflection)

Off-campus session

Champaign outreach:
Friday, October 28 (9 am through 7 pm)
Saturday, October 29 (9 am through 5 pm)

East St. Louis outreach:
Friday, October 28 (depart 7:00 am)
Saturday, October 29 (return 8:00 pm)

Course description:

Community-based organizations play increasingly important roles in expanding the supply of jobs, affordable housing and social services in many low-income urban communities. Supported by local religious organizations, financial institutions, regional foundations and municipal governments, community development corporations have emerged as the primary organizational vehicles for neighborhood stabilization and community revitalization in many U.S. cities. This community engagement course is designed to introduce students from across campus to community development practices and the participatory approach followed by the Illinois Action Research (IAR). This is a unique opportunity to work alongside residents and neighborhood leaders on vital projects identified by grassroots organizations. A hands-on approach to instruction is employed, as participants will take part in an Outreach Weekend experience in East St. Louis, Illinois or Champaign, IL. Students will tour the area and meet neighborhood leaders before engaging in the weekend projects of physical improvements in the community. As preparation for the trip students will participate in an orientation that highlights the history and partnerships with the University, the East St. Louis Action Research Project and Illinois Action Research. Students will be required to complete two readings and submit a written assignment. Students should be prepared to discuss their weekend experiences during the reflection session.

Course Structure:

FAA 291 follows an open discussion format that fosters lively and thoughtful conversation; questions and comments are encouraged. The course meets twice on campus and includes one two-day outreach experience (Friday and Saturday). Your expenses during these two days are paid by Illinois Action Research.

East St. Louis Readings:

Theising, Andrew J. (2003). "Made in USA: East St. Louis. The Rise and Fall of an Industrial River Town" St. Louis, MO: Virginia Publishing. 7-16.

Reardon, Kenneth M. (1998). "Enhancing the Capacity of Community-Based Organizations in East St. Louis," in the Journal of Planning Education and Research, 17, 323-333.

Champaign Readings:

Keathing, D. & Krumholz, N. (1999). Rebuilding Urban Neighborhoods. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. Pp: 1-6, 14-32

Last updated on 8/15/2011
Action Research Illinois University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign College of Fine and Applied Arts
326 Noble Hall, MC-549 1209 South Fourth Street Champaign, Illinois 61820 (217) 265-0202 Fax: (217) 244-9320