Reaching Stellar through the Public Good

The Public Good

UIS contributes to the Public Good not only through the many and important contributions of alumni through their professional and volunteer service.  Current students also contribute through their volunteer service, internships and service learning projects. These activities connect students to the world beyond UIS and to the real needs of people in our own community and State and even around the world. You can support these students with a gift to the UIS Volunteer and Civic Engagement Center.

UIS also contributes to the Public Good by the following important outreach programs:

Use the links to learn more about these endeavors and to come forward and add your individual contribution to these important programs for the Public Good.

For information on other programs that contribute to the Public Good, please contact the UIS Office of Advancement at 217.206.6058 or by email at

A Story of UIS and the Public Good

Headstart-PNC childrenFor the past six years, approximately 600 local Head Start children have attended two shows at Sangamon Auditorium thanks to a grant from the PNC Foundation “Grow Up Great” initiative. Prior to the performance, Auditorium staff go to all 36 Springfield-area Head Start facilities to prepare children for the performance and leave a book of the play being performed. The program also provides training in the arts for Head Start teachers, and brings Head Start families for an evening performance at the Auditorium. Teachers appreciate the program, as do the families, who have had responses like this to the evening performance:

  • “The kids were full of excitement and wonderment.”
  • “My grand-daughter loved it all.”
  • “Thank you for the opportunity to bring my family.”