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The Illini Union Office of Volunteer Programs (OVP) is accepting nominations for its annual Volunteer Service Recognition Awards. Each year, students, RSOs, and campus employees are recognized for their volunteer and service efforts on-campus, in the community, and around the world. This is your chance to recognize those who volunteer and serve on campus or in the community. Submit individual, group, and self-nominations by Sunday, March 5 at


Join the OVP, OIIR International Education, and International Student and Scholars Services (ISSS) on a one day service and sightseeing trip to St. Louis on Saturday, April 1. Students will volunteer with Helping Hand Me Downs and visit the City Museum and Forest Park. The trip costs only $45 per individual. Complete an application by 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, March 5 at


Summer OVP Staff Positions

Summer student employees will assist with office duties, work on fall semester programs, and answer questions about how students can get involved in service projects. Applicants must be enrolled as an undergraduate student for Fall 2017 classes. For more information and learn how to apply go to

Graduate Assistant (GA) 2017-2018

Graduate students in Educational Policy, Organization & Leadership (E.P.O.L.) are invited to apply to serve as the OVP Graduate Assistant for the 2017-2018 year. Please send a letter of interest, resume, contact information for three references, and E.P.O.L. notice to For full details about the position, visit


Volunteer at the 5th Annual Community & Campus Day of Service. Sign up individually or with a team to help package 150,000 meals for Eastern Illinois Food Bank. For more information go to


Join service projects on Saturdays during the academic year to give back to the Champaign-Urbana community. Volunteer opportunities provided through Service Saturdays are easy-access and typically one-time projects. The projects are organized by either OVP, campus groups, or community agencies. See upcoming Service Saturday opportunities at  

Last Month's Recap

Serve to Lead

Thirty-five participants networked and discussed ways to plan and execute a successful fundraiser or philanthropy event.

iENGAGE: Springfield

As part of an iENGAGE one-day service and sight-seeing trip, 44 participants set out for Springfield, IL, and volunteered either at Habitat for Humanity or Sisters Mission Hospital outreach during the morning. In the afternoon, the combined group visited the Illinois State Capitol building and the Lincoln Presidential Museum. View pictures from the event in our Facebook album.

iENGAGE: Service Saturday 

Thirty-nine participants volunteered at Stratton Elementary School in Champaign and helped youth from the school with color painting for their coral reef project, and learned about the volunteering opportunities in Champaign-Urbana area during the reflection activity after the service. Check out our pictures from the event!

Office Resources

Come visit the Office of Volunteer Programs! The office is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Get information on volunteer opportunities and guidance on choosing activities based on your interests. Make an appointment by emailing, or walk-ins are always welcome.


Volunteering is a great way to meet new people, develop skills, and learn outside of a classroom. There are thousands of ways to get involved, but finding the right one to match your skills, desires, and schedules is tricky! Let OVP help you find a service opportunity to fit your lifestyle, interests, and schedule by filling out our Volunteer Interest Form.


Check out this resource that provides a creative connection between the Office of Volunteer Programs, students, and the community. The latest blog features:

Be sure to subscribe to the blog, share articles on social media, and share your insights with OVP through commenting. Check it out at

Campus Connections
Night Music: Donal Fox's Invention In Blue

Fluency across genres, ravishing technique, and a vast repertoire define the innovative amalgam of Guggenheim Fellow Donal Fox's acclaimed work as a composer and pianist. In Inventions in Blue, audiences will relish Fox's glorious improvisational flights up close, seated on stage in the round in the splendor of the Foellinger Great Hall.

Enjoy a fabulous performance on March 30 at 9 pm. For more details (tickets) please click here


On March 12 from 6 - 11 p.m., the University YMCA & the International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS) present the 34th Annual International Dinner & Performance Night. Come for a fun-filled night with family and friends, featuring food from all over the world and entertaining performances from community and campus members.


Stay connected to our office throughout the year to help you find, plan, and collaborate on service projects and volunteer opportunities. OVP is located on the second floor on the Illini Union on the Quad/South Side and is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Contact us at or (217) 333-7424. Check out ourwebsite and our social media below:


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