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IC’s annual service day expanded for 27th event


Around 300 volunteers from Illinois College participated in the 27th Hilltop Day of Service on Sunday, Aug. 29.

The annual service day, previously named Service Blitz, has become a tradition that marks the beginning of a new academic year at IC. First-year students, transfer students, student leaders, faculty and staff from IC completed a variety of service projects. Their community projects included painting, landscaping, general cleaning and other tasks.

Ryan Flynn ’15, director of community-engaged learning, said the annual service day went through a rebranding and was expanded to help students conceptualize their philanthropic service.

“The day of service has become an integral part of the first-year experience for students,” Flynn said. “The community service component of the experience is unchanged, but this year we added a lecture series following the event to give students context to their service and deepen the community connections they made that day.”

Illinois College has been nationally recognized in recent years for its sustained commitment to service, notably earning a top ranking in the Midwest for community service based learning by Washington Monthly.

“IC prepares students to go on to lead meaningful lives of leadership and service, and the Hilltop Day of Service introduces students to the idea of serving their community before they set foot in their first class,” Flynn said. “It’s a great opportunity for them to get to know Jacksonville and learn about the impact they can have during their four years on campus — and beyond as alumni.”

Among the many Hilltop Day of Service volunteer sites for 2021 were PAWS, Presbyterian Day Care, Woodlawn Farm and the Morgan County Fairgrounds.

For more information contact Ryan Flynn ’15, director of community-engaged learning, at 217.245.3630 or

About Illinois College

Founded in 1829, Illinois College is a residential liberal arts college fostering academic excellence rooted in opportunities for experiential learning while preparing students for lifelong success. The college is located in Jacksonville, Illinois. With an enrollment of more than 1,000 students, the college offers over 50 undergraduate programs. In 1932 the society of Phi Beta Kappa established a chapter at Illinois College, and it remains one of only 11 in the state.

Illinois College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association.

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