||The tradition of sharing and caring through service in the Jacksonville area will be on display Sunday, August 31, starting at 1:30 p.m. when teams of Illinois College students, faculty and staff tackle a variety of projects throughout the community.
The college’s 21st Annual Community Service Blitz will have volunteers working on a number of projects which include painting, landscape work, picking up litter and general cleaning to name a few. Over 325 first-year students, returning students, faculty and staff are expected to participate in the service event.
Service work will take place at 8 Points Charter School, Asa Talcott House - Imagine Foundation, Community Park, Heritage Health Nursing Home, Illinois College Alumni House, Jacksonville Theater Guild, Jr. Irish Football Field, Lincoln Elementary School, Morgan County Fairgrounds, Prairieland Heritage Museum, Presbyterian Day Care, Robert Freesen YMCA, Salem Lutheran School, The Nursery School, Turner Jr. High School and Washington Elementary School.
“The Service Blitz is an annual tradition, and our students enjoy participating together for the greater good of the community.” Lori Oldenettel, coordinator of community engagement and service, said. “This event annually averages over 1,000 volunteer hours to local community partners. It’s a day many of these organizations look forward to each year, and they are grateful for the time these students dedicate in assisting them with various tasks. The majority of our volunteers are first-year students so it also provides an additional opportunity to introduce students to the community.”
For more information contact Oldenettel, at 217-370-4597 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.