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Looking for a fun way to give with friends and coworkers? Consider contributing to one of Volunteer Programs donation drives. Our drives have been around for more than a decade as an Illinois tradition! Make plans to participate by viewing our events calendar, and sign-up for OVP NEWS to receive the latest details on these engagement opportunities.

Donation Drives

  • Food Assistance & Well-Being Fall Kick Off: Volunteer Programs partners with the Food Assistance & Well-Being Program at Campus Rec to provide the food pantry with items for students. The drive starts in mid-September.
  • Thanksgiving Meal Drive: Volunteer Programs partners with campus departments at Illinois to support the Big Give at Stone Creek Church. This drive begins in October and runs through mid-November. Campus typically collects more than $5,000 in monetary gifts and 1,700 pounds of food.
  • Holiday Toy Drive: Volunteer Programs partners with students, student orgs, and campus departments to collect toys for the Cunningham Children’s Home. The drive starts mid-November and runs through first week of December.

COVID-19 suspended toy box distribution in 2020. Once we’ve resumed normal operations, partners can work with us to deliver and retrieve your full boxes!

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