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Bring it Back to Normal is a day of service for Illinois State students.

Get involved: Upcoming civic engagement opportunities at ISU

Here are some upcoming community engagement events and opportunities available through Illinois State University.

Bring It Back To Normal

What: Since 2008, Bring It Back to Normal has provided opportunities for large groups of students to give back to the community that is home to Illinois State University. Students volunteer to work with local residents and nonprofit agencies to help meet the needs of the community through gardening, landscaping, housework, and other small tasks that make a big difference.
When: April 14, 2018
Where: Various locations in Bloomington-Normal
Eligibility: Community partner registration begins in mid-February and closes in mid-March. Students who would like to volunteer can begin registering in mid-February.

For more information, visit CommunityEngagement.IllinoisState.edu/Students/Community-Service/Bring-It-Back-To-Normal or contact Paige Buschman, graduate assistant for community service projects for the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning, at vpsapebusc2@IllinoisState.edu or (309) 438-1100.

Civic Engagement Celebration

What: This celebration will highlight civic engagement efforts and recognize faculty, staff, students, registered student organizations, community partners, and campus units for their civic engagement work and activities.
When: 2:30–4:30 p.m. May 1, 2018
Where: Circus Room, Bone Student Center
Eligibility: The celebration is open to the public.

For more information, visit AmericanDemocracy.IllinoisState.edu, or contact Dean of Students John Davenport at jmdaven@IllinoisState.edu or Associate Professor Noha Shawki at nohashawki@IllinoisState.edu.

Civic Engagement Course Redesign

What: Emphasize the value of citizenship, service learning, and civic engagement in your course. Identify civic competencies that connect with your discipline and course content; design a syllabus, which includes civic engagement components; and develop a plan for a specific course assessment where students demonstrate some aspect of civic learning. This redesign opportunity can be used to develop a course for possible adoption as a civic engagement minor elective. A $1,000 stipend, provided by the American Democracy Project, is available to eligible participants who complete the program.
When: Four sessions will be held in late May and early June 2018 with a presentation at the Summer Showcase in August.
Where: Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology in the Instructional Technology and Development Center
Eligibility: Applications will be available in February and due in March. Tenured, tenure-track, and nontenure-track faculty, and Administrative/Professional employees with teaching responsibilities are eligible to participate. Eight faculty members will be selected.

For more information, visit CTLT.IllinoisState.edu, or contact Dana Karraker, faculty development coordinator at the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology, at dmkarra@IllinoisState.edu or (309) 438-5110.

September Service Saturdays

What: During September, the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning will host several service projects. Transportation will be provided for those who need it. Credit may be offered by certain classes; ask your professor for details.
When: Saturdays in September 2018. Each service project lasts two
to five hours.
Where: Various locations
in Bloomington-Normal
Eligibility: Registration is open to Illinois State students through September until spots are filled.

For more information, visit CommunityEngagement.IllinoisState.edu/Students/Community-Service/Saturdays or contact Paige Buschman, graduate assistant for community service projects for the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning, at vpsapebusc2@IllinoisState.edu or (309) 438-1100.

Illinois State University students create gifts with their Holiday Helper children.

Illinois State University students create gifts with their Holiday Helper children.

Holiday Helper

What: The Holiday Helper program annually provides gifts and parties for over 250 children in Bloomington-Normal in partnerships with the Boys and Girls Club, Western Avenue Community Center, Unity Community Center, and Center for Youth and Family Solutions. Volunteers are needed as gift sponsors, for wrapping and packing gifts, to organize the parties, and to help at the parties.
When: October to December 2018
Where: Various locations in Bloomington-Normal
Eligibility: Illinois State students are eligible to volunteer.

For more information, visit CommunityEngagement.IllinoisState.edu/Students/Community-Service/Holiday-Helper or contact Paige Buschman, graduate assistant for community service projects for the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning, at vpsapebusc2@IllinoisState.edu or (309) 438-1100.

Trick-or-Treat for Change

What: Trick-or-Treat for Change is the annual fundraising event hosted as a collaboration between the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning, the McLean County Habitat for Humanity, and the collegiate chapters of Habitat for Humanity at Illinois State and Illinois Wesleyan universities. Each year, 300 to 400 students trick or treat in groups of four to six around Bloomington-Normal asking for spare change. This change adds up and goes to build a home here in town. In 2017 the event raised over $11,000.
When: October 31, 2018
Where: Various locations in Bloomington-Normal
Eligibility: Preregistration will close October 29. Walk-ins will be accepted. Anyone is welcome.

For more information, visit CommunityEngagement.IllinoisState.edu/Students/Community-Service/Trick-Or-Treat or contact Annie Weaver, student volunteer opportunities coordinator at the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning, at (309) 438-0708 or amweave@IllinoisState.edu.

Serving Those Who Served

What: The Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning engages in a national day of service on Veterans Day called Serving Those Who Served. This program seeks to serve veterans in the community and the United States at large by recording the oral histories of those who have served our country through military enrollment. The center is seeking veterans to be interviewed and volunteers to interview the veterans.
When: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. November 11, 2018
Where: Milner Library
Eligibility: Volunteer registration for veterans and student recorders begins in October.

For more information, visit CommunityEngagement.IllinoisState.edu/Students/Community-Service/Serving or contact Paige Buschman, graduate assistant for community service projects for the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning, at vpsapebusc2@IllinoisState.edu or (309) 438-1100.

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