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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

Get Involved

There are a variety of ways faculty, students, community members and not-for-profit groups can get involved with ESLARP's participatory action research activities. 

Students: Take a class working with ESLARP 

These courses work collaboratively with a variety of community partners in East St. Louis and Central Illinois to address critical needs in the community. Recent projects include information and technology, design/build assistance, and local issue research and capacity building.  Most of the courses involve one-on-one community involvement in area not-for-profits, giving students an opportunity to work hands-on with community members and leaders.

Faculty: Involve your class with ESLARP 

Faculty from accross campus are working with ESLARP in different capacities from serving on our Campus Advisory Committee to involving their class work in the community.

ESLARP offeres a uniqe structure to support faculty engaging in service learning activities in the community. We can assist in making the right connections with individuals or groups and provide logistical support for outreach efforts. We also encourage faculty to talk to us about the possibility of an ESLARP funded Graduate Assistant to assist the faculty in their community engagement activities. Email us at for more information.

Community Members: Work with ESLARP 

ESLARP partners with a broad group of residents and organizations in Illinois and globally. We encourage your involvement and appreciate any learning opportunities our students are afforded through our partnership within the community.

There are several ways you can get involved. We encourage you to work with a non-profit organization in your local community to formulate a request for assistance such as a neighborhood or faith-based group. If you do not know of any groups you can work with we might be able to help you make the appropriate contact for your idea/need. Email us at or call 217/265-0202).

Examples of ways we work with partners:

  • Outreach Weekends - students work side by side with neighborhood residents and not-for-profit groups on beautification and clean up projects.
  • Community Engagement Projects - several Professors at the University of Illinois work with local agencies and neighborhood groups to address needs in the community ranging from grant writing to design work and other projects as needed.

Everyone: Make a gift to ESLARP


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