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In today’s world, your health is everything! Thinking about health, talking about health, and being healthy is important to many people. However, there are a lot of individuals out there who may not be aware of what being healthy is. This is where you can make a difference. By volunteering at some of these agencies, you can contribute to educating others on their health decisions!

For more information about these organizations, please contact our office at 217-581-3967 or email volunteer@eiu.edu.

Lincolnland Hospice of Sarah Bush Lincoln Hospital

The Lincoln Land Hospice is a comprehensive program of care which supports terminally ill patients and their families. Volunteers in hospice find it personally gratifying, intellectually stimulating, and emotionally meaningful to assist those in need at a critical point in their lives. Looking to make an impact in a very meaningful way? Look to Hospice. 1004 Healthcenter Dr. Suite 202, Mattoon, IL 61938

Volunteers are needed for office support tasks including breaking down and building patient charts, constructing informational folders, and assembling nursing admission folders. Training is required and provided free of charge. Training will vary in length according to your volunteering interest.

Contact Person: Jennifer Kirk
Telephone: 1-800-454-4055
Email: jswitzer@sblhs.org
Website: http://www.sarahbush.org/hospice/

I Sing the Body Electric

I Sing the Body Electric combines the arts and prevention in a collaborative program connecting youth with health and education communities in the largest rural geographic educational region in the state of Illinois. 105 Professional Plaza, Mattoon, IL 61938.

Volunteers are needed for a variety of activities including art work guidance, office support, survey assistant, and tutoring. Internships available!

Intern/Volunteer Job Description

Intern/Volunteer Application

Contact Person: Events Coordinator
Telephone: 217-348-4570
Website: www.isbe.org

Passages Hospice

Passages Hospice is dedicated to “family and patient” centered care, focusing on the family’s wants and needs as well as each patient’s best interest. With services extending well beyond those of other hospices, Passages has grown by leaps and bounds since it first started. Most importantly, Passages has given many families and patients the kind of comfort and care they always deserved.

Volunteers are needed for a wide variety of programs! Please contact Passages for more information!

Contact Person: Amy O'Dea
Telephone: 309-660-4953
Email: aodea@passageshospice.com
Website: www.passageshospice.com

Coles County Health Department

The mission of the Coles County Health Department is to provide quality health services through prevention, education, health promotion and protection efforts in a manner that ensures the dignity of each individual served. All programs offered by the Coles County Health Department are free to those who qualify. Some of the services offered include WIC, ten parenting information, help with GED testing, etc. 825 18th St., Charleston, IL 61920.

Volunteers are needed for office support tasks.

Contact Person: Lee Ann Bryant, Health Educator
Telephone: 217-348-0530
Website: http://www.co.coles.il.us/cchd/index.html

Tobacco Coalition

Get Involved! Speak your Opinion! The EIU Tobacco Coalition consists of students, staff, faculty, and community members that meet once a month to discuss tobacco policies in effect at EIU and in the Charleston community, educational outreach, and promoting a smoke-free/tobacco-free campus.  The coalition is always looking for student feedback on current policies, suggestions or concerns, as well as opinions about the smoke-free campus initiative proposal that is currently being discussed. Meetings usually last no more than one hour and always take place at one of the Union meeting rooms. For more information about upcoming meeting times, questions, or how to get involved, you can contact the HERC Substance Abuse Coordinator.

Volunteers are needed to attend meetings and give feedback pertaining to smoking and smoking cessation.

Contact Person: Alcohol/Tobacco Coordinator
Email:herc-alcohol@eiu.edu
Telephone: 217-581-7786
Website: http://www.eiu.edu/herc/tobacco.php

Alcohol and Other Drug Coalition (AODC)

The AODC is a committee of representatives from on- and off-campus departments coming together once a month to discuss alcohol and other drug issues affecting the EIU and surrounding community. The mission of the AODC is to create a safe and healthy environment by encouraging legal and responsible behavior regarding drinking and other drug use. The AODC is looking for volunteers to sit in on a coalition meeting and give feedback about what they are seeing in their groups pertaining to drinking and other drug use as well as any concerns they may have. The AODC meets on campus at the Martin Luther King Jr. University Union once a month for approximately one hour. There would be a one-hour meeting requirement although volunteers are welcome to continue to come to future monthly meetings. Please contact the AODC chair for details on meeting times and locations.

Volunteers are needed to attend meetings and give feedback pertaining to alochol and other drug use.

Contact Person: Eric Davidson
Email: esdavidson@eiu.edu
Telephone: 217-581-7786
Website: http://http://castle.eiu.edu/alcohol/

Sarah Bush Lincoln Hospital

Volunteers are an important element in the total patient-care program at SBLHS. Consider joining the Sarah Bush Lincoln Guild. There are many opportunities for you to use your special skills and abilities to help others!

Volunteers are needed to assist employees and visitors in their day-to-day activities.

Contact Person: Colleen Stoner
Telephone: 217-258-2500
Website: www.sarahbush.org

American Cancer Society

The American Cancer Society is the nationwide, community-based, voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives and diminishing suffering from cancer through research, education, advocacy and service.

Volunteers are needed to help throughout the year on the Relay for Life Planning Committee.

Contact Person: Laura
Telephone: 217-356-4861
Email: laura.hopping@cancer.org
Website: www.cancer.org/involved/volunteer