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Panther Service Day

We need YOU to help make Panther Service Day a success! We will be sending over 200 Panthers out into the community to help complete 2-hour service projects for local non-profits like Ashmore Community, Douglas Hart Nature Preserve, and Hazel Anne Farms!! Help us make our community stronger! Register by April 5 to guarantee yourself a spot!

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 the encouragement of acts of volunteerism and service in the community.

PSD 2024 will take place on Saturday, April 13 in the morning. Check-in will be at 9:15 am in McAfee North Gym. All projects will be back on campus by 12:30 pm. Transportation will be provided for all participants. See descriptions of projects below. 

Individual Volunteers: CLICK HERE to register for all events! Just look for the projects that say “Panther Service Day.”

Group Volunteers (Teams of 5 volunteers or More): Please CLICK HERE to register your group today! 

Panther Service Day Volunteer Options


  • (**Now Full) Aikman Wildlife: Project details coming soon.
  • (**Now Full) Camp New Hope: Light groundswork including cleaning, painting, raking &picking up sticks, and getting ready for summer camps. 
  • (**Now Full) 5 Mile House: General clean-up in the yard, garden, house, and barn. Possibly some painting/paint scraping and spreading mulch.
  • (**Now Full) Choices Pregnancy & Health: Spring cleaning inside, sorting through donations, outside work including painting, cleaning, and yard work.
  • (***Now Full) Community Aid - Ashmore: Ashmore is a small and rural community located just east of Charleston.  Although small, Ashmore is full of hardworking, community-focused people.  You will be working outside planting flowers, cleaning up the local park, painting picnic benches, helping wash the fire trucks, and more!
  • (**Now Full) Douglas Hart Nature Center: Volunteers are invited to join Douglas Hart in helping the Earth. Leaders will help you with trail cleanup, planting trees, removing invasive plants like honeysuckle bushes, and improving 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. 
  • (**Now Full)Embarras Volunteer Stewards: Volunteers will be helping with the Urban Butterfly Initiative at Reasor Park. 
  • (**Now Full) Fit-2-Serve: Helping expand the garden to include a vine portion. This will require garden bed prep and cage installation for vine plants. Installing an irrigation system. At headquarters, creating a sensory garden. Closed-toed shoes and dirty clothes are recommended.
  • (**Now Full) Grand Prairie Friends: Garlic Mustard is an invasive plant that spreads very rapidly in the woodlands.   It is easy to pull up from the root and bag.   During the Garlic Mustard Hunt season, we tramp through the woods looking for this plant to pull while enjoying spring weather in a beautiful environment.   No experience necessary. Long pants and closed toed shoes required.
  • (**Now Full) Hazel Anne Farm: is a local farm that helps support organizations dealing with hunger, and food insecurity, which is why we like to help them out when we can! Volunteers will be spreading mulch and prepping for the summer growing season. Closed-toed shoes and work/winter gloves are strongly recommended!
  • (***Now Full) Whiteside Garden: Volunteers will be working in the garden doing weeding, spring garden prep, and other hands-on projects.

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MLK Jr. Union 3rd Floor
Charleston, IL 61920

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