The month of June means sunny weather, outside activities, and summer. It is also #RedbirdImpact Month at Illinois State University. As the weather grew warmer, it did not stop Redbird alumni and friends from making a difference for their communities.
The month started with about 25 Chicago Redbirds flocking to the Northern Illinois Food Bank to sort, clean, and label canned food. Their efforts resulted in 4,256 pounds of canned food used for 3,546 meals for the community. Redbirds in Peoria felt giving back through their local food bank would make a great #RedbirdImpact as well.
Redbirds also had the opportunity to participate in a full day of service in Bloomington/Normal where their day began working at the ISU Horticulture Center and ended at the local Habitat for Humanity ReStore, where volunteers sorted and shelved hundreds of books and merchandise for the community to later purchase.
“Each impact a Redbird makes, regardless of the size, shows communities across the country and the world what makes Illinois State great,” said Stephanie Duquenne ’04, M.S. ’15, director for Alumni Engagement overseeing advocacy and civic engagement opportunities. “After graduation, our alumni continue to uphold our core values and educate others on their importance, especially this month. The impact is important, but what we hear a lot from our alumni finding ways to make a #RedbirdImpact are the stories about the connections that they make. Whether that be with a fellow Redbird, an organization, or members of their community.”
A #RedbirdImpact can be made any time of the year. Find ideas through Illinois State University’s Center for Civic Engagement website.