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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

Organizational Capacity Building

Two to three times each semester, ESLARP organizes weekend trips that bring between 40 and 100 students to East St. Louis to help implement many of the ideas identified in plans and design proposals. Volunteers collect data for neighborhood planning, rehab and remodel for non-profit organizations, cleanup vacant lots and parks as well as provide landscaping improvements. In addition to course work and outreach weekends, ESLARP staff and graduate assistant support community-based organizations in a variety of ways, for example, through grant writing assistance, nonprofit training, sponsoring community leaders so they can participate in training and attend conferences,  review of construction documents and contracts and facilitating networking between community leaders and organizations with university faculty, staff and students at the University of Illinois and elsewhere.

Examples of Past and Present Projects:

•    CCP12 Clean-Up
•    Eagles Nest
•    Opal’s House
•    Village Theater
•    St Vincent DePaul Thrift Store
•    ESL Park District
•    Farmers' Market

Last updated on 7/22/2011
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