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13th Annual Panther Service DayPSD

April 25, 2015

The Latest? Join us this year for a fantastic celebration of service and care for our great community! We will have a special kick off ceremony starting at 11:30 a.m. featuring a youth dance presentation and a welcome from various leaders! We will recognize outstanding volunteers from throughout this semester! So cool!

Individual Volunteers for April 25: 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 6 volunteers or More): Please CLICK HERE to register your group today! See below for choices!

Celebrate and Serve With Us!

Legacy of Service

With 10 different volunteer sites (and the potential of more), all volunteers can find a fun, enjoyable way to give back! This year, a free cookout is provided for all volunteers by the EIU Alumni Association. The cookout is a great way to meet other volunteers and celebrate service. This year, we will have special guests and performances! This FREE cookout is from 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. outside of Blair Hall. All volunteers are encouraged to check-in between 11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. and enjoy a free cookout. Departure for service projects will start at 12:00 p.m. and all projects will be complete at 4 p.m. 

Join The Fun

Panther Service Day is happy to provide transportation to all service sites and a free T-shirt to the first 200 volunteers that check-in. Alumni, students and staff are all encouraged to participate in this exciting day! Over 500 volunteers are expected to attend! We are "Volunteers On the Prowl!"

Panther Service Day Volunteer Options

  • First Fruits Homestead: This new agency will give you an opportunity to work outdoors at a farm and garden. This is a brand new service opportunity that is a unique opportunity for students. This unique site will give you a place to observe sustainable gardening and livestock techniques in action. Volunteers will help rebuild a cattle fence, plant seeds, and work on improving the aesthetic detail of the First Fruit Homestead site. Close-toed shoes and clothes you don’t mind getting dirty are necessary.
  • Community Aid - Arthur: The heart of Amish country needs your help! Volunteers are needed to provide upkeep to the public spaces and parks of the city. This beautification project will provide a unique opportunity to work in proximity to the Kaskaskia River and contribute to quintessential small town USA.
  • Mattoon Trash Bash: Students will travel to Mattoon and help with an organized trash pick up. This is a fun way to get to see more of our community while helping out!  Dean from the City of Mattoon is a great leader and will make the day fun!  Want to be outdoors?  Come and help bash the trash from our sister city of Mattoon.  
  • Standing Stone: Volunteers are needed at Standing Stone to help sort donations and work on other projects. Standing Stone 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!
  • Mark Twain Elementary (FILLED): Volunteers are needed to assist with projects at Mark Twain, the local elementary school. While the Mark Twain students are away EIU volunteers will help to clean around the school and assist with other projects. This is a fun way to give back to our local community and to our local students! 
  • Williams Elementary School (FILLED): Volunteers will travel to Mattoon to assist with projects at Williams Elementary school. While the Williams students are away EIU volunteers will work on projects that include planting and post painting. This project is a great way to help support students in our local community! 
  • Douglas Hart Nature Center (FILLED): Plant a tree in honor of Earth Day! Volunteers are invited to join Douglas Hart in helping the Earth. Leaders will help you plant trees, remove invasive plants, 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. If the weather is cold or rainy, they will have inside work.
  • LifeSpan Center Cleaning (FILLED): Volunteers are needed at the LifeSpan Center which provides a variety of service to senior citizens in our local community. Come help with cleaning, painting, and other projects to help spruce up and prepare the LifeSpan Center for the spring. Please wear clothes you don't mind getting dirty and closed toed shoes. 
  • Whiteside Garden (FILLED): The Whiteside Garden is a showpiece that covers 5 acres and contains over 700 species or cultivars of plants, many of which are rare, threatened, or unique. Volunteer are needed to help at the garden doing various tasks such as mulching, trimming, removing brush, or whatever else the garden needs. Be a part of Charleston and Eastern Illinois University legacy project. We recommend wearing long pants and closed-toed shoes as pending good weather, you will be working outdoors.
  • Greenwood School (FILLED)Did you know that we have a historic site right here on campus?  Come and join us on Panther Service Day to help give the Greenwood School on campus a great face lift! Volunteers will help scrap and paint this historic property!  What a fun way to spend your afternoon! Grab a paint brush and join in!

CLICK HERE to register for any of the above events!

Who We Are

Eastern Illinois University is proud to host the 13th Annual Panther Service Day on Saturday, April 25, 2015. 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.

Since then, Panther Service Day has evolved into a large-scale event allowing EIU students, staff, alumni and community members to work side-by-side through volunteerism and service in Charleston and the surrounding area. Panther Service Day was awarded the prestigious Governor's Hometown Award in 2004 for its contributions to our community.