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Greek Weekend of Service unites campus groups to make a difference


This weekend the 4th Annual Greek Weekend of Service will bring together student groups from across the Illinois College campus to make a positive impact on the Jacksonville community.

Service projects are planned for Nov. 10 - 12 and will touch many areas of the community over three days. On Friday, students will assist the Spirit of Faith Soup Kitchen in serving their traditional holiday feast, volunteer at the Morgan County Animal Shelter, make Veterans Day cards and help the Salvation Army sort donations. Saturday’s activities include organizing a food drive to collect donations and assisting with the Brown Bag Lunch Program at Congregational Church in Jacksonville. On Sunday, groups will again volunteer time at the Spirit of Faith Soup Kitchen. 

Lori Oldenettel, director of community engagement and service, said she is pleased to have so much involvement this year, with about 85 student volunteers representing their organizations to complete these service projects.

I am pleased to have full participation among so many student organizations this year. It highlights what this weekend is about — working together and joining forces to make a greater impact on the community. Students can get more accomplished by combining resources, and it gives them the chance to connect and meet new people at the College.
Lori Oldenettel, Director of Community Engagement and Service

Illinois College is home to many student organizations, and many of these groups include an element of community service. Providing opportunities for service-learning is a strength that Illinois College has been recognized for nationally. 

Student groups participating this weekend are literary societies Chi Beta, Gamma Delta, Sigma Phi Epsilon, Gamma Nu, Phi Alpha, Pi Pi Rho and Sigma Pi and national service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega. 

For more information contact Lori Oldenettel, director of community engagement and service, at 217-370-4597 or at

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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