It is our goal to make service a part of the experience of every UIS student. Service provides you with opportunities to gain experience in your major field as well as to engage in areas you may be passionate about outside of your area of study. It is a great way to gain new perspective, to become a leader among your peers, and to feel connected to both UIS and the community. Before you begin volunteering through our office we encourage you to familiarize yourself with our guidelines for successful volunteering.
One time service projects are great, but the Volunteer Center urges students to make a longer commitment to service. Our partnerships with Big Brothers Big Sisters and School District 186 allow students to serve approximately once a week for a semester or a year.
The Volunteer and Civic Engagement Center works with many different Student Service Organizations including Alpha Phi Omega Service Fraternity, Alternative Spring Break, Red Cross Club, Black Male Collegiate Society, Christian Student Fellowship, Habitat for Humanity and more.
If you need help finding, starting, or participating in service, we'd love to help. We keep up to date directory of volunteer opportunities in the Springfield area and frequently help students find organizations that match their interests and time commitment. We also keep a directory of non-profit organizations that may have opportunities related to your interests.
Other Departments at UIS offer great opportunities to get involved during your time at UIS. The Department of Service-Learning combines academic learning, community service, and reflection. The Applied Study Term Program offer off-campus internships, projects, and travel opportunities for undergraduates to apply knowledge and explore career options in the “real” world. The Career Development Center connects students to jobs and internships that can help you advance your career before you graduate.