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Most work comes with training and orientation to make us best equipped for the job; community service is no different. When we know and understand a community’s physical presence, infrastructure, demographics, history, economy, stakeholders, politics, culture, social structure, and attitudes, we are better equipped to engage in activities that uplift and support that community. Champaign-Urbana is a complex community with simultaneous struggle and celebration, but there is something everyone can do to help it thrive. Volunteer Programs offers the following activities to assist students with learning the Champaign-Urbana area and connecting with like-minded humans who have the community’s best interests in mind.

Change Maker Expo

The expo is a virtual volunteer fair. We’ve complied links to interviews with community organizations that potential volunteers can utilize to learn more about what agencies do, what they need, and how to assist in their work as a volunteer and advocate. Check out the Fall 2020 Organizations and what they have to say about this beloved community.

SAD | Service After Dark

SAD occurs during fall Welcome Week and brings students together for an evening of service education and completion of small yet meaningful service projects with nonprofit organizations. Check the OVP calendar in early August to learn about SAD.

PIT | Point in Time Count

The Point in Time Count (PIT) enable students involved in Volunteer Programs to work alongside the Continuum of Service Providers to the Homeless and staff from the Champaign County Regional Planning Commission. PIT helps ensure that Champaign-Urbana secures state funds to provide services and resources to the most vulnerable population.

For more information about participating in the 2021 PIT, contact Volunteer Programs at OVP@illinois.edu. Event registration for PIT Count posts mid-January of each year.

OWN Illinois | One Winter Night at Illinois

One Winter Night is a long-running awareness and fundraising campaign around homelessness in Champaign-Urbana and is organized by C-U at Home. Volunteer Programs seeks students to join the cause at Illinois each February or take a leadership role with others in building the event with us.

See how to OWN Illinois at go.illinois.edu/OWN-Illinois. Any questions can be emailed to Volunteer Programs at OVP@illinois.edu.

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