Campus Life

Community Service Blitz

Since 1993, new students at Illinois College have engaged in a Community Service Blitz during their first week of school. New students and faculty members spend a day immersed in the Jacksonville community making a difference and joining in the tradition of sharing and caring. It is a great chance to build bridges and become engaged in the surrounding community.
 
First-year students are also encouraged to participate in the community service program throughout the school year. A variety of different service opportunities are planned with a wide range of groups and agencies - Special Olympics, National Down Syndrome Society, American Heart Walk, the Underground Railroad site - Woodland Farm, Habitat for Humanity and many more. 
 


Fall 2015 Community Service Projects

September

National Day of Remembrance and Service
Students living in the halls teamed up with Residential Life to prepare 350 appreciation bags to first responders and those serving in the armed forces. Appreciation bags were filled with candy, snack bars, and notes of appreciation to the Jacksonville Police and Fire Departments, Morgan County Underwater Dive and Rescue, Morgan County Sheriff’s Office, Office of Emergency Services, Passavant Area Hospital, Air Evac, South Jacksonville Fire and Police Departments, Life Star Ambulance and American Ambulance.  Students also attended a 911 ceremony where first responders and military were recognized for their heroic efforts and offered words of appreciation.
 


International Day of Peace
This campus-wide event is devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, within and among all nations and all people.  Our festivities begin with a Chapel service on Peace followed by a short presentation about the purpose of this event. Students were then invited to say the word peace in different languages. A free peace picnic was held on the Baxter patio and students were invited and encouraged to participate in various activities promoting peace including face painting, making origami peace doves, hula-hooping for peace, walking the labyrinth, viewing books on peace in the library, wearing white ribbons and getting pictures in the peace selfie station.  Each student was also given a pinwheel with a peace message.
 


Student organizations and campus offices supporting this event include:  Art Club, CEA, Circle K, Gamma Delta, Gamma Nu, Japanese Club, the Modern Languages House and OXFAM. We would also like to thank the following offices and individuals for supporting this event:  Chartwells, the Center for Student Involvement, the Office of Diversity & Inclusion, the Office of Community Engagement & Service, the Office of Religious Life & Katrina Jenkins, Facilities, Marketing & Public Relations, the Schewe Library, the Office of Student Life and Almut Spalding Director of Study Abroad & BreakAways.

October

Walk for Water
Twenty-four students and several community members came together to raise awareness about water insecurity around the world. This activity organized by CEA (Coalition for Ethnic Awareness) and OXFAM is an awareness-raising event where students are invited to walk 1-mile to a clean watering source fill a 5 gallon bucket with water and then make the return 1-mile trip carrying the water. This activity demonstrates what women and girls in developing countries walk every day in-order to get clean water. 
 


Town Brook Clean-up
Thirty-eight students participated in the City of Jacksonville’s Town Brook Shoreline Clean-up.  Students worked along city officials and community leaders to remove trash and debris from a portion of the three-mile brook which meanders through the center of the city. Students helped to fill a 10-yard dumpster with unwanted items from the brook. Professor Zettler’s class and students from APO, ICE, Circle K and Sigma Pi participated in this community project.
 
 
Greek Weekend of Service
Greeked Lettered Organizations (APO, Chi Beta, Gamma Delta, Gamma Nu, Phi Alpha, Pi Pi Rho, Sigma Phi Epsilon and Sigma Pi) worked together in the community to fill 120 volunteer spots and gave over 172 volunteer hours to six different community organizations. Activities including purchasing and making Brown Bag Lunches, sorting clothing for the Salvation Army Thrift Store, releasing sandbags on the levee in Meredosia, painting fences at Community Park, helping with Rotary Oktoberfest and preparing Starhill Forest Arboretum for fall weather.
 
 
 

November

Project Clean Plate Project Clean Plate is designed to demonstrate how much food is wasted on a daily basis and how food waste has financial, environmental, nutritional and societal implications. This project is led by Chartwell's student intern in partnership with the Office of Community Engagement and Service and Chartwell's Dining Services. Each day for a week, students are asked to scrape unwanted food remaining on their plates into a bucket to visually show students how much food is wasted on a daily basis. Students also receive educational handouts on topic which organizations on campus are passionate about. This year, OXFAM, Colleges Against Cancer, IC Environmentalists, Real Deal Finance and Peer Health Educators participated.
 
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