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OVP will help promote your project through the listserv and social media! Please keep up with our Facebook. To post an opportunity complete the following form

Let the Office of Volunteer Programs help you find a service opportunity that fits your lifestyle, interests, and schedule by filling out our new Volunteer Interest Form! We will research and help you pick out volunteer opportunities for you. Or come to our office in room 288 in the Union (Quad Side) to work with one of our student workers in person! 

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Upcoming Off-Campus Volunteer Opportunities

The Three Spinners Community Resource Center provides refugees, immigrants, newcomers, and all members of the community with support and advocacy services when they are faced with the difficult task of starting their lives over in a new country and culture. Right now we really just need a smiling face to be in the store to greet people and maybe help them find what they're looking for or help keep things organized and tidy. You don't need any special skills or knowledge. One of us will be there with you, at least the first time you're there.

Volunteer shifts are Monday-Friday, 11-2 from now through August 18th. If you have any questions, check out their website here or email for more information!

Location: University YMCA, Room K4 (lower level), 1001 S. Wright St. Champaign, IL 61820

Champaign Park District Volunteers

July 15th Street Fest:

  • Street Fest is a concert where we shut down the streets in downtown Champaign and throw a huge street party. We feature 3 bands from around town, have food trucks, face painting, and balloon art. We mostly need help setting up in the afternoon and tearing down at the end of the night!

July 27th Block Party:

  • See above

August 18-19th Taste of Champaign:

  • 2017 Taste of Champaign-Urbana is Champaign’s biggest outdoor festival! We feature food, arts and crafts, beer, and music from the Champaign-Urbana area. This two day event needs help from volunteers to make it happen! We need help selling tickets, checking in vendors and volunteers, selling merchandise, serving beer, assiting vendors, and much more!

August 19th Pie Run:

  • The Pie Run will take runners on a 2.14 mile course that starts and ends at the Taste of Champaign-Urbana in West Side Park. At the end of the race runners will choose to finish either “pie-free” or “flying-pie”. Those who choose the “flying pie” will have to dodge flying cream pies to finish the race! We need volunteers to help out with various aspects of the race from helping with set up/tear down to throwing pies!

On-going volunteer opportunities:

  • Virginia Theatre needs help with various movie nights and youth theater performances throughout the summer!
  • Champaign-Urbana Special Recreation is always looking for volunteer coaches and assistants to help with their sports!

When college students leave for home. The campus streets have a welcome calm. But hungry neighbors, we still have plenty. And we find our volunteer shifts completely empty!

We are in desperate need of shoppers for our clients at both the locations this summer. We have shifts on Wednesday afternoons, Thursday evenings, and Saturday mornings. This is a great time for high school students to log needed service hours or volunteer to prepare for college applications.

Click here to sign up or follow the volunteer sign up link at

We need your help to sort and repack product for our agencies to distribute to our neighbors in need. 

•    Thursday, July 25

All repacks will be held from 5:30-7:30pm and are held at the Eastern Illinois Foodbank - click here for directions. 

Click here, to sign up to volunteer for a repack.

Eastern Illinois Foodbank and the Champaign Park District are partnering in summer 2017 to bring food distributions to block parties being held in various neighborhoods across Champaign-Urbana. Volunteers are needed to help set up the area (prepare food on tables and pallets for distribution), help clients “shop” and clean up at the end of the distribution.  EIF staff will lead the distribution and will provide an orientation to volunteers upon arrival.  Volunteers are needed from 4:30-7pm (or until food runs out).  To ensure those visiting the food distributions receive the assistance they need, we ask that volunteers stay for the entire distribution. This volunteer project requires volunteers to lift, bend and stand during distribution preparation and throughout the distribution period.

Click here to signup to volunteer.

Summer School Classroom Help in Champaign Schools , Grades 6-12

Volunteers needed to assist in classrooms with 6th-12th grade summer school. Openings available in English, Reading, Math, History and Enrichment. Summer school starts in June and runs through mid-July in the mornings, Monday-Thursday from 8:00am - 1:00pm. Classes end July 13. Volunteers can choose a time and day(s) of the week to help. We'd love to have you!
If you have any questions feel free to email

Locations: Jefferson Middle School & Centennial High School
                  913 S. Crescent Dr, Champaign

Central IL MDA Summer Camp- Male Counselors Needed

Sign up to be a summer camp volunteer counselor for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, and help improve the lives of local kiddos fighting muscle debilitating diseases. Great for selfless individuals who are willing to have fun, be a role model and care for a child 1:1 with a child who as a neuromuscular disease. *all volunteers receive 150 hours of hands on experience.

Time: July 8th- July 14th: Check In at 12 PM on the 8th, Check out 1PM on the 14th

Location: 20 Timber Pointe Lane, Hudson, IL

Contact: Ashley Ester,

Canteen Run

The Canteen Run rely on their volunteers heavily.  Behind the scenes is exceedingly valuable.  If it weren't for you there is a strong possibility that the Canteen Run would not go out very often or at all.  Here are things that we need:

  1. We need sandwiches for July 2nd,11th,17th, 30th, and 31st. 
  2. someone to stock our truck and our supplies, (this is an ongoing need)
  3. someone to organize our storage unit, (this is as needed, i.e. changing the clothing from cooler weather to warmer weather and vica versa), and organizing our second floor

Contact at or call or text at 217 -369-9344 if you have interest!

Harbor Light Hospice seeks to meet the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of patients and families who are facing a life limiting illness. Services are provided by a team of professionals and volunteers who are physician directed and nurse coordinated. Harbor Light Hospice staff are experts in pain and symptom management and strive to provide a caring, supportive environment for patients and loved ones. Volunteers are vital to providing support and companionship through conversation, reading books, listening to music, or giving family members a break while they visit the patient.

For more information, visit them here!

The Phoenix Daytime Drop-In Center is the centerpiece of our ministry, bringing our friends without an address together with our friends from the community. We are open from noon-5pm, every Tuesday-Friday, and we welcome you to join us. 

Located at 34 E. Green Street in Champaign, The Phoenix is a casual, welcoming space with a living room, computers, board games, musical instruments, and most importantly, companionship. We invite you to join us this week. You're sure to make new friends while you lean more about the challenges and victories facing those who don't have a bed to sleep in tonight.

No special training is required. All participants under 18 must have an accompanying parent.

For over 15 years, ProCamps has partnered with some of the best professional sports to give campers around the country a once in a lifetime sports experience with their favorite players and coaches. This will be a fundamental instruction youth baseball camp open to boys and girls in grades 1-8, and our goal is to provide campers, parents, and sponsors with a first class experience. If you’re interested in volunteering, email with your name, number, email, resume (not required), and event that you’re interested in volunteering at.

The Salvation Army is looking for volunteers to work in the clothing store, the Social Services department and to direct people who call the store. They are looking for Saturday volunteers from 9-5. To volunteer, sign up here.

* Adventists in ActionAngel's Youth CenterBooks2Prisoners*Bowl For Kid's Sake *Brookdale Dementia/Alzheimers Unit*Canteen Run * Carle Hospital * Champaign County Nursing HomeChampaign Humane SocietyChampaign Public Library Crisis Nursery * Cunningham Children's Home * DREAAM Volunteer *  Eastern Illinois FoodBank *  His Kid's Closet * The Land Connection *  Money Management ProgramOrphans Treasure Box Bookstore * Orpheum Children's Science Museum * Phoenix Drop In Center* Pop Up Pantries * Presence Health  * RACES * Salvation ArmyTwice is Nice Thrift Shop  * United Way *Urbana Free Library *Urbana Neighborhood Connections Center * Virginia Theatre * Wiley Elementary School * Find more opportunities at 

Seasonal Break Opportunities
PALS Summer Camp

PALS Program is a nonprofit organization that provides sleepaway summer camp opportunities for young adults with Down Syndrome and their peers in ten locations across the country. They are looking for camp counselors for summer 2017! You can find more information about PALS at their website or apply here.

IFRE International Volunteers

IFRE Volunteers is one of the leading volunteer abroad organizations in the world. IFRE offers highly affordable and reputed volunteer abroad, internship abroad, summer abroad, college/university group volunteer program, and alternative spring breaks to over 20 countries across Asia, Africa, and Latin America.  For more information please write to

Internships, Scholarships, and Beyond

OIIR is looking for the Blue members of Global Leaders Orange and Blue Engagement (GLOBE). GLOBE provides opportunity to make connections with Orange members (new international students) and build friendships. For more information, please check here.

Thousands of new students join our community for the first time each year. Serving as an I-Guide is a great opportunity to introduce students and their families to campus and make a real impact. Our tradition of serving the campus began in 1947 and our program is one of the longest-lasting student-run organizations at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. We need volunteers like you to help keep the tradition! To sign up to be an I-Guide click on this link!

Volunteering Journeys is a volunteer organization that specializes in Asia and offerse excellent placement opportunities in places such as, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Cambodia. Their programs range from teaching, construction work, medical placements and community work like NGO and Human rights legal placements that would be suitable for students. If you're interested, check out their website!

Job Opportunies
  • The Office of Minority Student Affairs is hiring for graduate mentors, tutors and more. Check out their website for all job postings!
  • TRIO Upward Bound College Prep Academy is hiring for the 2017 Summer Residential Component. They are looking for instructors and residential assitants. For teaching postions, look here. For residental positions, check out this page.

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 our website and our social media below:


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