Monday, March 22, 2010

UIS Students help out on spring break

A record number of UIS students returned after a 20 hour trip from Galveston, Texas Saturday night as part of Alternative Spring Break.

The volunteers spent 5 days helping to cleanup homes damaged by Hurricane Ike, which hit in 2008.

While that might not seem like an ideal way to spend spring break, they say the personal satisfaction of helping others was well worth it.

The trip was featured by WAND-TV during a report on March 21, 2010.

Watch the story online on WAND's website

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Monday, March 15, 2010

UIS students leave for volunteer spring break

A record number of UIS students and three advisers left Friday night for a week of volunteering in Galveston, Texas, helping with recovery efforts following Hurricane Ike. The hurricane washed over Galveston Island and Bolivar Peninsula on Sept. 13, 2008.

More than 300 college and university students from across the country will stay 20 to 25 in a room at Alamo Elementary School for the week. They will be bused to several sites to do a variety of work, said Kelly Thompson, director of the Volunteer and Civic Engagement Center at UIS.

“When you do service for an entire week with someone, you can see the change you’ve made in someone’s life,” said Jaleesa Earthely, a UIS junior from Bolingbrook who is making the trip. “That gives me joy.”

The story was featured in a March 13, 2010, article in the State Journal-Register.

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20100313-SJR-UIS-students-leave-for-volunteer.pdf

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Friday, March 12, 2010

UIS students to spend spring break helping Hurricane Ike victims

A record number of students from the University of Illinois Springfield will spend their spring break volunteering in Galveston, Texas helping with recovery efforts following Hurricane Ike.

The 45 students and 3 advisers will leave Springfield on Friday, March 12 and return to campus on Sunday, March 20. The group will stay at a local elementary school in Galveston with other students from across the country, volunteering for eight and a half hours each day. The students will be primarily helping with rebuilding and refurbishing homes that were damaged by the storm. Volunteers will also be doing community outreach, visiting home-bound residents, helping to feed the homeless and assisting in other community-related activities.

University of Illinois Springfield student volunteer Jaleesa Earthly says that a program like this is valuable not only for the students involved, but for the university as well.

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The UIS students are taking on the project as part of the One Mission Initiative, a faith-based organization. The group’s mission is to bring volunteers to Galveston to not only provide much needed help, labor, and support to the community here, but to also provide love, hope and encouragement.

Earthly adds that a program like this will also benefit the citizens of Galveston as well.

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The UIS Alternative Spring Break student organization was formed last year, when students took their first trip to Mandeville, Louisiana to help build homes for Habitat for Humanity following Hurricane Katrina.

This report on Alternative Spring Break was filed by WTIM Radio in Taylorville published online on March 10, 2010.

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20100310-TDN-UIS-Alt-Spring-Break.pdf

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Friday, March 5, 2010

UIS wins national award for community service

The University of Illinois Springfield has been named to the 2009 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement.

The Corporation for National and Community Service, which administers the annual Honor Roll award, recognized more than 700 colleges and universities for their impact on issues from poverty and homelessness to environmental justice.

According to the UIS Volunteer Center director Kelly Thompson, receiving this award shows how involved the university is involved with the community.

The award was featured in a report by WTIM radio in Taylorville on March 5, 2010.

Download a PDF of the article:
20100305-WTIM-Presidents-Honor-Roll.pdf

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Thursday, January 14, 2010

Martin Luther King Jr. march, service planned

Clarice Ford, director of the Diversity Center at the University of Illinois Springfield, will be the keynote speaker Sunday for the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative March and Memorial Service.

The march will begin at 3 p.m. at Freedom Corner, the statue of Martin Luther King Jr. at Second Street and Capitol Avenue. The UIS Student Gospel Choir will sing at the statue and lead the singing as marchers proceed to Union Baptist Church, 1405 E. Monroe St., where the service will be held. The march is expected to last about 20 minutes.

The story was featured in a January 14, 2010, article in the State Journal-Register.

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2010014-SJR-MLK-march.pdf

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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Lending a hand: Holiday season volunteering

Chris Maxey, a junior double major in political science and sociology/anthropology at the University of Illinois Springfield, said he recently began volunteering at the breadline to fulfill 20 hours of community service required by his Poverty, Law and Justice course.

Maxey, 21, said he soon found volunteering is much more than just putting the hours down on a piece of paper. He said he was shocked to find the standard of living some coming for meals withstand.

“I was surprised how many elderly, homeless people there were (at the breadline),”Maxey said.

Maxey's comments were featured in a December 22, 2009 article in the State Journal-Register.

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20091222-SJR-Lending-a-hand.pdf

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Monday, December 7, 2009

UIS donates to Central Illinois Foodbank

UIS collected a record 6,209 pounds of food — 40 percent more than last year — for the Central Illinois Foodbank as part of the 2009 Holiday Stars Project.

The news was featured in the December 5, 2009, State Journal-Register.

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20091205-SJR-HolidayStarscollection.pdf

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Friday, December 4, 2009

UIS collects food for Central Illinois Foodbank

UIS collected 6,209 pounds of food for the Central Illinois Foodbank as part of the 2009 Holiday Stars Project, which was an increase of more than 40 percent over last year.

The news was featured in a story from WICS-TV on December 3, 2009.

To watch the news clip, go online here.

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Monday, November 16, 2009

Good Deeds: UIS canned food drive

"I want to thank the people of Springfield for their generosity this Halloween. I was captain of a team of students from the University of Illinois Springfield that spread throughout the city on Halloween collecting canned goods for the Central Illinois Foodbank. There were 14 teams total, and together UIS collected more than 4,000 pounds of food!"

UIS student Jaleesa Earthely was featured in the Good Deeds section of the State Journal-Register in a November 14, 2009 edition.

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20091114-SJR-Good-Deeds.pdf

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Friday, November 6, 2009

UIS' Glogovsky gets it done on and off basketball court

Erin Glogovsky is a college sophomore, but that didn’t stop her from trick-or-treating last weekend.

It was for a good cause. Glogovsky and her teammates on the University of Illinois Springfield women’s basketball team weren’t going door-to-door wanting candy. The players collected canned goods for a Trick-Or-Eat competition with the products going to a local food bank.

Glogovsky, a 6-foot center from Gurnee, has involved herself with community service for years. At Mundelein Carmel Catholic High School, she dedicated herself to 20 service hours each semester.

Glogovsky was featured in an November 6, 2009 State Journal-Register article.

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20091106-SJR-UIS-Glogovsky-gets-it-don.pdf

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Friday, October 30, 2009

Trick-or-Eat competition to collect canned goods

The Volunteer and Civic Engagement Center at the University of Illinois Springfield will sponsor a Trick-or-Eat competition to collect canned goods Saturday.

The event is part of the UIS Holiday Stars Project. The overall goal is to collect 4,500 of pounds of food for the Central Illinois Foodbank by Dec. 3.

Teams of UIS students have been assigned to neighborhoods where they will collect non-perishable food items. The teams have already canvassed the neighborhoods, distributing collection bags, along with door hangers that explain the project.

The article was featured in an October 29, 2009 edition of the State Journal-Register.

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20091029-SJR-Trick-or-Eat-competition.pdf

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Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Fire Safety Grant at UIS

The University of Illinois Springfield now has more money for fire safety on campus. The school received a $10,000 grant from State Farm Insurance.

WICS-TV 20 interviewed Volunteer and Civic Engagement Center Director Kelly Thompson about the grant and how it's being used in an October 6, 2009 report.

Watch a video of the report online:
http://www.wics.com/newsroom/top_stories/videos/wics_vid_672.shtml

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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

UIS students respond to volunteer fair

Representatives of two dozen non-profit groups and organizations set up on the concourse of the Public Affairs center as part of UIS’ first-ever “Fall into Volunteering Fair.”

“It was an idea developed by students who wanted a volunteer fair,” said Kelly Thompson, director of the UIS Volunteer & Civic Engagement Center. The center and UIS Housing got together to sponsor the fair.

The fair was featured in a September 23, 2009 article in the State Journal-Register.

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20090923-SJR-UIS-students-respond.pdf

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Friday, April 24, 2009

UIS hosts Good as Gold Ceremony to honor local volunteers

The first ever Good as Gold Ceremony, a partnership between UIS and the Junior League of Springfield, drew about 275 people to honor more than 50 local volunteers who have made an impact on the community.

Members of the UIS community were among those being honored with UIS Student Star Award, UIS Staff Star Award, Heart of Gold Awards and awards for outstanding community service.

The ceremony was featured in an April 24, 2009, article in the State Journal-Register.
20090424-SJR-goodasgoldceremony.pdf

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Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Students enjoy living in LRH service wing

Opportunities for community service abound for residents in the Leadership for Life Service Wing in UIS' Lincoln Residence Hall. These first- and second-year students are finding that volunteering not only helps them make connections, it changes they way they look at a variety of things.

An article in the November 17, 2008, "Voice" section of the State Journal-Register looks at the LLSW and some of the residents.

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20081117-sjr-LearningtoLead.pdf

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Thursday, September 11, 2008

UIS receives grant for mentoring program

On September 10 the Women for Women initiative of the Sangamon County Community Foundation awarded its first-ever grant of $10,000 to a joint mentoring program of the UIS Volunteer and Civic Engagement Center and UIS Athletics.

In the Girl to Girl DreamSpeakers Program, UIS female athletes will serve as mentors to approximately 120 female students in grades 8 through 10 in Springfield public schools.

An article in the September 11, 2008, State Journal-Register profiled the award and related events UIS is planning.

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20080911-SJR-WomensGroupAnnouncesAwardforMentoringProgram.pdf

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Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Student focuses on helping others

UIS junior Shana Stine has a "contagious enthusiasm" for helping others.

An article in the Springfield, Illinois, weekly newspaper Illinois Times December 6-12, 2007, edition profiles Shana's work with Springfield's homeless population and how her efforts are inspiring other students to change their own outlook as well.

Download a PDF file of the article:

20071206-IT-StudentGivesHerTime.pdf

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