The Holiday Stars Project for 2009 finished December 3, as Chancellor Ringeisen once again thanked and congratulated the UIS community for their efforts to eliminate hunger here in Springfield. You can read more and watch a video about the final celebration here.
Final collection amount: 6209 lbs!
This is 1897 pounds more than last year's collection, an increase of 44%.
The top five campus collection points were:
Total amount collected on campus: 1759 lbs
Total collected during the Trick-or-Eat competition: 4450 lbs
This truly was a total community effort; hundreds of students, faculty, and staff gave their time, effort, and resources to make this second year of the project even more successful than the first one. The Holiday Stars committee extends a sincere thank you to all who helped turn the University of Illinois Springfield into a positive force for good.
Though we often pay more attention to it during the holidays, hunger is a problem that is with us year round. If you'd like more information on hunger in Illinois and how you can help people in need, please go to http://www.feedingillinois.org/ or download the CNCS Anti-Hunger Toolkit (.pdf file).
The Volunteer & Civic Engagement Center is here to help. If you've got an idea or a plan to take action in the Springfield community, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What a night! The Holiday Stars Project got off on the right foot this year. On Halloween night, fourteen student groups from UIS collected 4450.1 pounds of food, smashing last year's total. The top three teams were:
The Volunteer Center would like to thank all the groups for their time and effort. Well done! Many, many people will benefit from your generosity.
Remember, this is just the beginning of great things to come! Continue to check back during the month of November for further updates on this year's project.
In 2008, a campus-wide committee met to create a tradition, one that would bring focus to what the University of Illinois Springfield could do to strengthen our community during the holiday season. The committee eventually developed the Holiday Stars Project, a month-long food drive for the Central Illinois Foodbank.
Look for Holiday Stars collection bins all around campus, every year during the month of November. You can download a Holiday Stars promotional flier here. See below for the list of preferred donations.
Be sure to check back here throughout November to see updates on the collection!
You can read about the first Holiday Stars Project below.
Making a difference in people's lives
The students raised a massive amount of food from this event, already exceeding our initial goal! The committee set a new goal of 4,016 pounds, double the original target.
The Volunteer & Civic Engagement Center also conducted a "Hunger Study" in November in cooperation with the Central Illinois Foodbank. This study was part of a broader, national survey on food insecurity in the United States.