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EIU Civic Engagement and Volunteerism

Physical/Developmental Disabilities

Work with those who are different from you! Volunteer with local organizations to make a difference in the lives of people with developmental disabilities and take the chance to learn something new about yourself.

For more information about these organizations, please contact our office at 217-581-3967 or email

Camp New Hope

Camp New Hope, Inc. is a non-profit organization founded by families of people with developmental disabilities. The camp runs some of the best recreational programs available for those with special needs. Volunteers built Camp New Hope, and volunteer opportunities are plentiful here. Many people volunteer to be a "friend for the day" and find themselves wanting to come back again and again.

Volunteers are needed to work with campers on Saturdays. A volunteer form is available in the Office of Student Community Service for this opportunity.

Contact Person: Jenifer Bawcum
Telephone: 217-895-2341

Charleston Transitional Facility

Provides residential, vocational, and developmental day programming services and supports to individuals with developmental disabilities. It currently has a day program and a senior program. 521 Seventh St., Charleston, IL.

Volunteers are needed to aid in programs as well as office support tasks.

Contact Person: Pam Price
Telephone: 217-348-8798, EXT. 123

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Eastern Illinois University
MLK Jr. Union 3rd Floor
Charleston, IL 61920

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