FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                    Date: March 21, 2003

            Contact: Karin Cotterman, 206-7716


“UIS Cares” will focus on neighborhood revitalization

SPRINGFIELD The University of Illinois at Springfield’s Office of Student Volunteers and Service Learning and the Community Outreach Partnership Center will join together to sponsor “UIS Cares” – a campus-wide service event for UIS faculty, staff, students, and friends – on Saturday, April 5.

The half-day event will bring an estimated 50 volunteers from the UIS campus to the Mather-Wells neighborhood on Springfield’s east side to complete the final phase of initial revitalization efforts. The area involved is in the 1600 and 1700 blocks bordered by Cook and Jackson Streets. These blocks have not been adopted by other community groups and, while volunteers may also work on other areas of the neighborhood, major attention will be directed to areas not addressed in previous clean-up and enhancement efforts.

Karin Cotterman, coordinator of the Office of Student Volunteers and Service Learning, and Sandra Mills, COPC associate director and assistant professor of Social Work, are coordinating the project.

The session will begin with breakfast at 8:30 a.m. (volunteers should meet at Stark’s Garage, corner of 14th and Jackson streets) and will conclude with lunch.

Participants should wear heavy shoes and bring heavy work gloves and gardening tools, if possible.

To sign up as a volunteer, contact Karin Cotterman at 206-7716. For other information, contact the COPC office at 206-7819.