Volunteer Opportunities in the Champaign-Urbana Community

Volunteering is one of the most selfless ways to get involved with your community, and Champaign-Urbana is a great area to find a multitude of volunteer opportunities. Today, I will give you a few incredible suggestions, some of which I have participated in myself. Keep in mind that there are tons of other ways to get involved with volunteering on campus of in the area! Check out CUVolunteer for more opportunities!

  1. SOAR
    SOAR is a program held at the International Preparatory Academy. Typically, University of Illinois students will get paired with a student at IPA. Once a week (or more), the university students head over to IPA and help the elementary students with their homework and English skills. I personally participated in a semester with SOAR, and I loved every moment of it.
  2. Salvation Army Volunteer
    The Salvation Army in Champaign holds a thrift store full of donated goods. The store often seeks a volunteer to work the thrift store, much like any other retail position. This is a great way to get involved with the Champaign community while helping the ones around you.
  3. Champaign Public Library
    The Champaign Public Library seeks volunteers to help library members with basic internet searching and technology information. The library asks volunteers to contribute 2-3 hours per week, so the times are very flexible.

    If none of these options are your cup of tea, there are hundreds of other opportunities in the area. Believe me when I say there really is something for everyone! Feel free to leave comments below for more suggestions and volunteer opportunities!


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