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Illini Spirit of Service

The University of Illinois and Illinois students have been serving the community for the past 150 years. We are proud to showcase some of the programs, events, groups, and individuals who are demonstrating the 'Illini Spirit of Service' in our Sesquicentennial year. Their impact is felt not only on the Illinois campus and in Champaign-Urbana but is also helping the world make progress towards achieving the United Nations Global Goals.

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Illini Pride - Throughout the year, Illini Pride has led a variety of charitable challenges with the student spirit groups across the Big Ten. In the fall, they partnered with the Marching Illini and collected more than 800 books for Orphan's Treasure Box.

Student Alumni Ambassadors - iHelp brought together more than 1,000 students from 108 campus groups to support the community through 56 different service projects. Students planted, packaged, cleaned up, collected food, helped children and were joined by alumni from nine different Illinois Alumni clubs around the world who took part in service events in their local communities.

Office of Volunteer Programs - OVP offers multiple weekend and one-day service trips throughout the Midwest where they take part in service projects in those cities, along with some sight-seeing...iENGAGE participants volunteered at Stratton elementary school.

Illini Pride - In February, Illini Pride members gathered to make 50 orange and blue Valentines for local senior citizens and to package 50 meals for the homeless.

Colleges Against Cancer - This year, Relay for Life at Illinois turned 16 and more than 1,100 students and community members walked to celebrate life, remember loved ones and to fight back against cancer by raising more than $81,000 for the American Cancer Society.

IlliniThon - More than 1,300 students danced all night and raised an event-record $310,586.17 to support the children and families served by St. John's Children's Hospital in Springfield.

Student Advocacy Coalition - The Student Advocacy Coalition worked with Illinois Connection to orchestrate a student lobby day in Springfield, where students could meet with legislators and ask for their support of the University, and to ask for state funding for Illinois.

Circle K - This year, Circle K members have dedicated 100 hours of service to cleaning up the Quad and volunteering with the Urbana Park District.

Illini Fighting Hunger - With the help of 1,300+ volunteers, the 5th Annual Campus and Community Day of Service provided 180,306 nutritious, boil-and-serve servings of the Illini Fighting Hunger Fast & Hearty Family Rice Casserole meal as well as 6,048lbs. of white rice to local food pantries and the Eastern Illinois Foodbank.

Delta Sigma Omicron - The Holiday Party for Children with a disability celebrated its 44th year in December 2016. Children of all ages who have a disability are invited along with their family to enjoy the afternoon of fun activities: holiday crafts, games, snacks, and a visit with Santa. Typically, there are 170+ children registered; all receive a present picked specifically for them from the wish list submitted at registration.

Horticulture Club - For 62 years, Horticulture Club has operated the annual flower show, a highlight of Mom's Weekend. More than 1,000 students, families, and community members enjoyed the beautiful displays, learned something about horticulture, and had the opportunity to purchase plants.

buildOn Community Team - In March, the buildOn Community Team volunteered with the Urbana Park District and dedicated 16 hours to helping remove invasive species from Weaver Park.

Alpha Phi Omega - APO hosted a spring campus-wide donations drive collecting canned food, snacks, and books to help Eastern Illinois Foodbank, Feeding our Kids, and Orphan's Treasure Box...UniPlace hosts a weekly free, hot meal for members of the community and students. Twice each week, APO brothers help prepare the meal and serve about 30 people...The Champaign Buddy Walk is an annual 1-mile walk that raises awareness for the Down Syndrome community. APO helped set up for the event, staffed the donations table, ran individual table games, supported the event, and also helped with clean up. 

Society of Women Engineers - Each week, three members teach an engineering lesson to two second-grade classrooms of 27 children...SWE volunteers dressed up in Halloween costumes and went door-to-door in the Urbana neighborhood with collection boxes, accepting cash donations for children in need...In December, SWE collected donations of toys, school supplies, and hygiene items that were donated to children through Samaritan’s Purse.

American Advertising Federation - AAF threw a fundraiser for Feeding Our Kids in the form of a concert with performances from local artists, raising $175...AAF raised $200 for Habitat for Humanity by holding a fundraiser which included free food, prizes, and stations where different AAF committees could compete against each other...AAF members participated in a build day at a house in Urbana. The team helped install floors in three rooms and do some overall work on the house.

Colleges Against Cancer - Pink Week is CAC's annual breast cancer awareness t-shirt fundraiser, held in October. They sell nearly 1,500 shirts and are able to donate about $6,000 back to the Relay For Life event and ACS...CAC organized Stories Week to present a full week of nightly speeches from people with a wide variety of perspectives related to cancer, whether they're survivors, caregivers, researchers, advocates, fighters, or something else entirely to showcase the strength of our community and encourage campus to finish the fight. 

Phi Delta Epsilon - Throughout Miracles Week, Phi Delta Epsilon members raised $1,500 for St. John's Hospital in Springfield, IL by holding restaurant fundraisers, selling pizzas late at night, canning in classes, and much more.