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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

Jennifer Milazzo


Jennifer Milazzo
The Shoulders Project

Recreation Sport and Tourism

I am currently a graduate student in the Recreation, Sport and Tourism department working towards my Master’s degree. I recently graduated from the University of Georgia with my Bachelor’s in Speech Communication.
During my time at the University of Georgia, I worked in special events with the Red Cross, the Multiple Sclerosis Society, and the Special Olympics. I worked in marketing for a public relations firm and was an account executive for advertising at a newspaper. 
While working with the Special Olympics I was introduced to and became interested in the play of children. In my graduate studies, I am focusing on the developmental play of special needs children. Play therapy and playground design are of particular interest to me. While attending school I am a nanny. One of the four children that I watch has special needs. She has inspired her mother to open an inclusive facility called “Larkin’s Place,” which has partnered with the YMCA. I am thrilled to be allowed to see what goes on behind the scenes of opening and running such a facility. 
This is my first semester working with ESLARP and I am very excited to be a part of such a great outreach program. I am eager to learn from my colleagues and their different expertise areas. I also hope to share my insight into the world of special needs whenever possible.
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