Nonprofit Sector

259 9 things the nonprofit sector can do

Ask citizens to support specific events or programs, get their help as board members, or simply ask for their advice. 41% of “unengaged” citizens have not been asked. Structure volunteering opportunities to help people help – small projects, limited time commitments, and giving specific instructions on what to do. Utilize untapped potential by casting a… Read More »

258 8 ways that places of worship can encourage involvement

Appoint, hire or find a volunteer coordinator. If it’s nobody’s task, nobody will do it for long. Establish relationships with groups that need volunteers. Then encourage friends to volunteer together. Create a child care cooperative, providing parents an opportunity to volunteer. Lack of child care is a major barrier to participation of parents. Sponsor gatherings… Read More »

255 8 major civic engagement activities – descriptions

Community Involvement Activities (secular): Such activities include volunteering, membership and participation in organizations, working with others to solve community problems, serving on a board, and attending a committee meeting or a board or council meeting. Almost two-thirds of our respondents (66%) reported volunteering time to at least one type of organization. More than one in… Read More »

254 6 primary ways to get people more involved

Ask people to get involved. Sounds simple, but it’s a huge step. Ask for a limited amount of their time. Teach civic skills. Appeal to people with one of the eight ways that most people get involved. Remember the power of faith-based motivation. Also remember the power of corporate commitment. From Profile of Illinois: An… Read More »

253 8 reasons people don’t get more involved

Time pressure due to family (59%) and job (58%) responsibilities. They were not asked to be involved (32%), or they do not feel a part of the community (13%). They do not know enough about the issues (26%), or they do not know how to get involved (23%). They feel they are already involved and… Read More »

251 68 recommendations on how to get people involved

The Illinois Civic Engagement Project identified 68 ways that people at all levels of society can encourage people to get more involved in their communities. Here is the list of the 68 ways (PDF). Related links: Final report of the Illinois Civic Engagement Project About the Illinois Civic Engagement Project Other resources related to the project

244 More than 50 volunteers, honored as “Good as Gold”

The UIS Volunteer & Civic Engagement Center and the Junior League of Springfield honored more than 50 Sangamon County volunteers and businesses during the annual Good as Gold Ceremony on April 23, 2014. Related link: Some UIS students honored for their service

243 UIS policy center honored for Community Action

The Center for State Policy and Leadership has been honored with the Grey Warrner Friend of Community Action Award from the Illinois Association of Community Action Agencies (IACAA). UIS has worked in partnership with IACAA for more than 30 years. Related links: Center for State Policy and Leadership

242 New alum works at museum and is citizen soldier

Bill Lear has many titles. During the week he’s the curator of the Illinois State Military Museum in Springfield, at night he’s been a graduate student studying public history – with graduation set for this weekend– and one weekend a month he’s a citizen soldier in the Illinois National Guard. Related links: Watch 2-minute video… Read More »

238 A hundred thousand meals for children

More than 500 volunteers gathered in the UIS Recreation and Athletic Center in November 2013 to help assemble Manna Packs for hungry children around the world. It was called the Feed My Starving Children event.