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UIS/LLCC event will observe National Volunteer Week 2004

April 8, 2004

SPRINGFIELD - The Office of Student Volunteers and Service Learning at the University of Illinois at Springfield and the Community Volunteer Center at Lincoln Land Community College will co-sponsor a Volunteer Recognition program from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, April 22, in the Atrium Lounge of UIS’ Public Affairs Center. The program is free; registration is requested but not required.

The program is being held in conjunction with National Volunteer Week, April 18 through 24, and will feature speakers, refreshments, and presentations on various local volunteers in action.

National Volunteer Week, which this year focuses on the theme “Volunteers Inspire by Example,” is sponsored by the Points of Light Foundation and Volunteer Center National Network. It is designed to recognize the contributions of volunteers across the U.S. and encourage others to join in the effort to solve serious problems through volunteering. National Volunteer Week was established in 1974, when President Richard Nixon signed an executive order designating an annual national celebration of volunteering.

Estimates by the Independent Sector’s Giving and Volunteering Survey indicate that in 2002 83.9 million American adults over age 21 volunteered 3.6 hours per week, or the equivalent of more than 9 million full-time employees at a total assigned value of $256.4 billion.

Robert K. Goodwin, president and CEO of the Points of Light Foundation, noted, “Volunteering is not just nice, it’s necessary.”

For more information about the local program, call Betty McLean at LLCC at 786-2289 or Karin Cotterman at UIS at 206-7716. For more information about National Volunteer Week, go to www.pointsoflight.org/NVW/nvw.cfm.

Lincoln Land and UIS are equal opportunity educators and employers.

    The University of Illinois at Springfield, one of three U of I campuses, is a small, public liberal arts university that offers 40 degree programs – 20 bachelor’s, 19 master’s, and the Doctorate of Public Administration. UIS has a special mission in public affairs and service and is known for extraordinary internships, a wireless campus, extensive online offerings, and a commitment to teaching.
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