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Jumpstart 2 G.I.V.E.

Jumpstart 2 G.I.V.E. is a partnership between the offices of Civic Engagement and Volunteerism and New Student and Family Programs. It is part of the Prowl activities planned for freshmen and transfer students on the Saturday during move in weekend in August each year. 

Participants choose between some 25 service opportunities in Charleston, the surrounding area or right here on campus. Projects range from fundraisers and work for local non-profit organizations to "community aid" trips to nearby towns. Other opportunities involve interacting with local youth as well as work to benefit seniors, veterans and those who are victims of natural disasters and other unfortunate circumstances.

For some students, Jumpstart 2 G.I.V.E. is a life-changing experience.


National Make a Difference Day

Join the action each fall (in conjunction with EIU Family Weekend), for the annual Make a Difference Day, the nation’s largest day of community service. On Make a Difference Day, millions of volunteers will unite to improve the lives of others in their communities. Here in Charleston, we will be hosting a number of opportunities including a community celebration and fun service projects throughout our community. Details will be available beginning in September.



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In 2015, the national poverty rate was 13.5 percent, while Illinois’ rate was 13.8 percent. EIU Civic Engagement and Volunteerism coordinates “EIU Hunger Challenge” as a month-long program to bring education and action to this important human issue. Currently, Coles County's poverty rate is surpassing 18 percent. Eastern Illinois Foodbank, which serves a 14-county area in Eastern Illinois covering just over 8,000 square miles including Coles County, reports that in 2012 one in six people may not have food for dinner tonight.

EIU Civic Engagement and Volunteerism seeks to bring about awareness for hunger and poverty issues as well as hold a canned food collection and Toiletry collection for the entire month of November. All items collected will go to the local food pantries and One Stop Community Christmas.

The goals of this campaign are to provide direct service to our local food pantries and its numerous clients and families, while also helping our community gain a better understanding of the challenges and potential solutions to hunger and poverty.


MLK Day of Service

Come out to EIU's annual MLK Day of Service and make a difference in your local community! The annual event honors Dr. King’s legacy and is an opportunity for Americans to renew their own personal vows of citizenship through service to others. Volunteers are asked to check-in at 12 p.m. in the University Ballroom. Service projects will last from 12:30-3 p.m. Please make sure to bring a sack lunch with you!


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Eastern Illinois University is proud to host the Annual Panther Service Day each April. 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.