Make it easier for parents to attend their children’s functions and identify opportunities for family volunteering. Youth-related activities are a main form of civic engagement for adults. Encourage employees to make donations to workplace campaigns. Allow flexible working hours so work schedules are more in line with school schedules. Encourage and pay for participation in… Read More »
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 »
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 »
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
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
Thirty-six students for the Springfield Urban League’s Head Start program get to attend live performances in Sangamon Auditorium, thanks to the Arts Start Program sponsored by PNC Bank’s Grow Up Great Initiative. But it’s more than just going to a show. It’s classroom work and teacher training, too.
UIS students and faculty get mentioned in news outlets in the state of Illinois more than 150 times a month, and we do our best to keep track of them. Related links: For more information, contact Blake Wood Visit the UIS Newsroom online
Carolyn Neitzke directs the UIS Conference Center, which hosts hundreds of events every year for external groups and the campus community, is a familiar face because of her many, many contacts. She also provides extraordinary customer service and was named the 2013 UIS Employee of the Year. Related links: Student newspaper account of this award… Read More »
Evelyn Brandt Thomas, a local businesswoman and philanthropist, will receive an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters at the UIS commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 17.
Lowder Governmental Solutions, in business for just a year and led by UIS alumnus John Lowder, is offering internship opportunities (PDF) for UIS students. You probably wouldn’t believed how many places in the region have made similar opportunities. See this list of featured employees that is part of the UIS Applied Study Term.