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15th Annual Panther Service DayPSD

April 1, 2017

It’s not an April Fools joke! We need YOU to help make Panther Service Day a success! We will be sending over 200 Panthers out into the community to help complete 2 hour service projects for local non profits like One Stop Community Christmas, a Mobile Food Pantry, HOPE, Douglas Hart Nature Preserve, 5 Mile House and MORE!! Help us make our community stronger AND if you register by March 23rd- you will be guaranteed a t-shirt in your size!

This annual day of volunteering and service began in 2003, when EIU Student Government initiated an effort to improve the relationship between EIU students and the citizens of Charleston through encouragement of acts of volunteerism and service in the community.

Individual Volunteers for April 23: CLICK HERE to register for all events! Just look for the projects that say “Panther Service Day.” See descriptions of projects below. We can be the difference!

Group Volunteers (Teams of 5 volunteers or More): Please CLICK HERE to register your group today! See below for choices!

Panther Service Day Volunteer Options

  • First Fruits Homestead: This agency will give you an opportunity to work outdoors at a farm and garden. This unique site will give you a place to observe sustainable gardening and livestock techniques in action. Volunteers will help with general farm clean up, rebuild a cattle fence, transplant plants, plant seeds, and work on improving the aesthetic detail of the First Fruit Homestead site. Close-toed shoes or work boots and clothes you don’t mind getting VERY MUDDY or DIRTY are necessary.
  • Community Aid - Ashmore: (FULLVolunteers will be assisting the community in a variety of ways from painting, cleaning the fire station, weeding the flower beds around town, etc.
  • Choices 4 Pregnancy: Volunteers will be assisting with yard work, sorting baby items and clothes, etc. 
  • Standing Stone: Volunteers are needed at to help sort donations, move boxes from storage, and work the clothing sale that will be going on during this time. This is a local agency that provides food, clothing, and furniture to people in need. Please wear clothes you don't mind getting dirty and closed toed shoes. Come volunteer and support this important grassroots agency!
  • Historical Society: Volunteers will be helping with general cleaning, upkeep, and yard work at the Greenwood School and Dudley House.
  • Mobile Food Pantry: Volunteers will set up the mobile food truck, preparing food packages, be welcoming and friendly while we distribute food to adults and families, help carry the food packages to vehicles, and will make a MAJOR impact on our community by feeding approximately 125-150 families in just 2 hours! *This project takes place from 8am-1pm.
  • Douglas Hart Nature Center: Volunteers are invited to join Douglas Hart in helping the Earth. Leaders will help you plant trees, remove invasive plants like honey suckle bushes, and improve the forest at the Douglas Hart Nature Center. We recommend wearing long pants and closed-toed shoes as pending good weather, you will be working outdoors. 
  • Car Wash Fundraiser: Volunteers will be setting up and running a car wash in town to raise money for the One Stop Community Christmas Program. This program provides over 900 families across 7 counties with a better December for the whole family!
  • 5 Mile House: Volunteers will be helping with grounds maintenance, general house cleaning, light garden work, scraping old porch paint, and measuring ingredients for cooking. This is a neat opportunity to see one of our local historical sites.
  • HOPE: (FULL) Volunteers will be either helping with the annual spring clean out of the storage units or working at the children's center doing various projects such as staining the fence, putting together the picnic table, moving the basketball hoop, general cleanup, and possibly tearing down old playground.

CLICK HERE to register for any of the above events!