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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

Neighborhoods and Planning

Over ten neighborhood plans have been developed in partnerships between neighborhood organizations and ESLARP. After meeting with neighborhood leaders, urban planning student gather historical material and document existing conditions – land use, current zoning, housing conditions, parks and open space, flooding areas, etc. – to be analyzed through GIS mapping.  Through participatory processes, residents are engaged in dialogue that clarifies local problems, draws out a shared vision for the future, and identifies key actions necessary to achieve short- and long-term goals. Students generate interest in the neighborhood planning process by meeting with leaders, surveying residents door-to-door and organizing neighborhood-wide meetings. These activities build the capacity of organizations to utilize existing internal resources and identify outside support sources. The final plans typically include both physical design and programmatic recommendations. 

Examples of Past and Present Projects:

•    Neighborhood Environment Assessment in Olivette Park (2010)
•    East St. Louis Food Security Study (2010)
•    South End New Development Organization Neighborhood Plan
•    Emerson Park Neighborhood Revitalization Plan
•    Strategic Plan for Concerned Citizens of Precinct 12
•    Community Assessment Project for the C. Lee Carey Neighborhood Association

See a List of Completed Plans
Neighborhood Planning Documents


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