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EIU Civic Engagement and Volunteerism

Youth Mentoring

A great way to help out today's youth is to just spend time with them. Many young people today lack that connection to someone else (whether it be a mentor, relative, or close friend) to help through the difficult times of growing up. As a college student, being able to directly influence youth about something that you have recently experienced is impactful and another way to make a difference!

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

Big Brothers Big Sisters

Being a mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters is one of the most rewarding things you can do. Whether it's becoming a school based mentor and seeing your "Little" during their lunch hour or being a community based mentor and taking them to the park, you'll find that the time is well worth it. Becoming a Big does require a commitment to developing a friendship. Located at 825 18th St., Charleston, IL.

Volunteers are needed to become mentors or assist with other programming offered through this agency.

Contact Person: Stacey Rios
Telephone: 217-348-8741

Amigos and Friends

Amigos and Friends is a volunteer opportunity coordinated through the Student Volunteer Center at Newman Catholic Center. Come help a Latino student or community member while making a new friend at the same time! Volunteers are needed on Mondays and Tuesdays from 10-11:30 pm.
Contact Persons: Emily Davis/Doris Nordin Telephone: 217-348-0188 Website:

Mattoon YMCA

The YMCA (Young Men's Christian Association) celebrated its 150-year anniversary in 2001. Our Mattoon YMCA opened its doors in February 1988 after being chartered in 1982. The YMCA has a rich heritage, a Christian mission, and a tradition of values.

Volunteers are needed as youth sport coaches, help coordinate teen programming, fold and label newsletters and assist with special events.

Contact Person: Blake Fairchild
Telephone: 217-235-YMCA (9622)

Charleston Parks and Recreation

Provides skills, instruction and games that allow boys and girls to participate in a team-oriented sport in order to promote sportsmanship, cooperation, self-improvement, and self esteem. Includes many different programs including but not limited to: Charleston Baseball Association, Charleston Girls’ softball Association, Kids Wrestling, and a Dog Activity Club. 520 Jackson Ave, Charleston, IL.

Volunteers are needed as youth sport coaches, help coordinate teen programming, aid in special events, and additional office tasks.

Contact Person: Diane Ratliff, Director
Telephone: 217-345-6897

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MLK Jr. Union 3rd Floor
Charleston, IL 61920

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