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April 19, 2018
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A group of 45 students spent a day in the city of Indianpolis volunteering with the Keep Indianapolis Beautiful 7-year program where students and OVP Staff planted trees along the roads. Later, students visited local landmarks like the Indiana Catacombs and the Indianapolis Zoo! To read more about their exciting day, check out the blog here


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OVP Service Saturdays!!

OVP Staff will lead a local service trip to Delight Flower Farm in Champaign to plant seeds and do field work. Delight Flower Farm is an evironmentally friendly flower farm providing the community with a local, chemical free flower grower that helps aid in land and pollinator restoration. 


For a full list of opportunities, check out our Events Calendar

Community Volunteer Opportunities
Regularly Needed Volunteer Opportunities

SOAR tutoring is schedule for TWR from 2-3:15pm for 10 weeks from 2/13 to 4/26. Illinois students are paired with a child during that time and are asked to commit once a week during that time, but can choose to volunteer more than once a week if they want to. SOAR tutoring includes reading, homework assistance, and social activities with the child. Spanish-speaking skills are not necessary in order to participate. Tutors will need to complete a background check through the Champaign School District. The SOAR program coordinator will provide the clearance form for the tutors. This opportunity is especially interesting to Illinois students who want to gain cross-cultural awareness and relationship skills. Volunteer will need to find own transportation to International Prep Academy Elementary (Champaign, IL). Questions? Contact Maria Lang at

The Society for the Advancement of Hispanics/Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) collaborates with the Urbana Dual-Language Program to host an outreach program called Cena y Ciencias. We are looking for who are passionate about teaching science, serving the community, and can speak Spanish fluently. (This volunteer opportunity is suitable for those fluent in Spanish and from a STEM background.) Sign up here! Questions? Contact

"Parent Life" program outreaches to young moms between ages of 13- 25. This program will help the young moms design their new vision. While the young moms come to class, they typically bring their kids along to the session. Volunteers will help take care of the children. If you are interested, please sign up here! This volunteer opportunity is with Volunteer Illini Projects. Questions? Contact

Assist members of the public with collaborative ("do-it-together") troubleshooting and minor repair of electronics and small appliances. Work with IGG staff to research problems and diagnose solutions. Opportunities to assist with regular appointments/open hours and special pop-up events. The location of activities will vary. You may assist with appointments at our workshop at 1833 S. Oak St. in Champaign, or at "pop-up" events in various public spaces on and off campus (e.g. UGL Media Commons or a public library off-campus), and IGG will provide transportation. If you have questions, contact! Sign up here!

The Champaign Farmers' Market is looking for volunteers to help set up,  pack up, and keep the market running smoothly. Volunteers are needed Every Tuesday. Shifts are between 1:30pm-7:30pm (different shifts available) from May 15-October 30. Volunteers must provide their own transportation. You can sign up by clicking here! Contact Sarah Simeziane with any questions or to sign up.

Reflections Memory Care - until 12/31

Volunteer during the days and on weekends to do activities with residents that have Alzheimer's and Dementia. The location is off campus past the Walmart in Savoy (62 E Airport Rd, Savoy, IL 61874) and the volunteer will need to provide their own transportation. If you have any questions, contact

Internships, Scholarships, and Beyond

Earn national recognition for the good you do and distinguish yourself when applying for jobs, scholarships and awards by showing other the difference you're making for the causes you care about. Start your service profile at - share a few details and a photo each time you volunteer and your InnerView service resume will build dynamically. Students with at least 20 hours of service across a minimum of 4 activities will earn a national Inspiring Service Award. Last year 81 Illini earned Inspiring Service Awards. Get started today! Contact

Project Directors for Volunteer Illini Projects

Volunteer Illini Projects (VIP), one of the oldest and largest service groups on the UIUC campus, is looking for interested individuals that are passionate in service and leadership to apply for a position as a Public Relations director for our volunteering group. If you are looking into a career in marketing and/or design, and/or have such experience, and/or are interested in working with a service group that inspires students toward philanthropy, please e-mail us at We are also looking for project directors that may be interested in organizing and planning service events revolved around the Animal Allies or Arts and Outreach projects.