I had the pleasure of speaking with Jesenia Hiraldo, a former VISTA who just completed her service year at Columbia College in November. She served as the Communications department’s communication coordinator and before she left, I had the opportunity to speak with her about how she liked her service year and any plans she has post-VISTA. During her service year, Jesenia got to participate in Columbia’s Giving Tree, a clothes & book drive, she helped out with that hosts showcases for other Illinois based schools. She also helped with electronic compliance binders that help record important information for grants and…
I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Sharonda Simmons, a current VISTA who serves as the Coordinator for National Louis University’s Veteran’s Department. She recently helped with her organization’s Veteran’s Week and I also got to see what else she’s been up to as her service year has progressed. Veteran’s Week is a week that acknowledges this country’s veterans, both living and dead. Agencies and community partners help salute veterans by participating in week-long activities such as Snack and Write and the week also gives civilians a chance to thank veterans for their service. During that week, Sharonda had the…
By Jordan A. Washington (Campus Compact Illinois) Non-profits do a lot of important work and sometimes, as a society, we often forget that. They provide many resources and services to those who may have not had access to them otherwise and they help engage communities and society to help make this country a better, more informed place. Reducing the presence of non-profits within our society will only lead to grim outcomes not only for the present but for the future as well. Non-profits often fill the space between people and the governments that represent them….
As we start the New Year we want to look back at all the success and work done in 2018. Illinois Campus Compact, along with our partners and members, took on new events, launched several new programs, and continued important civic engagement work. At the beginning of 2018, on March 5th, ILCC held the Campus Meets Community Event in collaboration with the University of Illinois at Chicago, America’s Urban Campus, the ABCD Institute, and the University of Chicago’s Office of Civic Engagement. This event gave community based organizations (CBOs) a place to converse about their experiences with higher education institutions….
Campus Compact and Tyson Foods announced the nonprofit organizations that were selected for the 2019 Summer Community Internship Program. Grantees will receive funding to support a full-time college student summer intern. This is the second year of this program, which provides a valuable opportunity for college students to gain professional experience in nonprofits while making a positive impact in local communities. Illinois Campus Compact selected 20 organizations throughout the Chicagoland Area to receive one intern for the summer. Below is a list of the organizations and a description of the intern position. Illinois Tyson Grantees Aurora Area Interfaith Food Pantry: The…
Neighbor2Neighbor (N2N) is a Northwestern University initiative that promotes learning and service rooted in the local community. This initiative started last year and continues to develop and expand thanks to the current Illinois Campus Compact AmeriCorps VISTA, Kaitlynn Durham. This initiative began to help Northwestern become better neighbors to their surrounding communities. The goal of Neighbor2Neighbor is to create ethical and mutually beneficial relationships with communities, the focus being on the North of Howard area within the Rogers Park neighborhood, just south of Northwestern University. Neighbor2Neighbor currently works with seven community partners throughout the North of Howard neighborhood. Using…
This week we spoke to Habacuc Rico, the Illinois Campus Compact AmeriCorps VISTA at McHenry County College. As the Veterans Coordinator it was a big week for Habacuc. On Tuesday his office hosted a Veterans lunch and on Friday, November 9, Habacuc is helping host a Veterans Day ceremony. This ceremony will honor veterans, as well as allow them to mingle during the reception. The keynote speaker is retired Sgt. Major Thomas Morrissey, who served more than 30 years in the U.S. Army Special Forces, with his last 14 years of service with the Illinois National Guard. This week isn’t…
Looking to honor our Veterans? Below is a list of events that you can attend to do so! National Louis University is holding multiple events throughout the week. You can learn more about these events at their site here. The Mission Continues is hold a Veteran’s Day Project, register here. McHenry County College is hosting a Veteran’s Day Ceremony. Learn more about that here.
Illinois Campus Compact, State Matters, BallotReady, and Campus Election Engagement Project teamed up for a Webinar on Campus Voter Engagement. This webinar discussed the tools and resources that these organizations use to engage students voters. You can watch the entire webinar below. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P8wm7ApqQP4&t=43s
My name is Angie Bravo I am the AmeriCorps VISTA at Millikin University. So far my experience as the VISTA has been AMAZING! I am so happy to be doing something important in the Decatur community, but also within Millikin University. With being a 2018 Millikin graduate I hold this university very close to my heart. It is exciting for me to come back and do something I never saw myself doing. As a student I never really understood what the AmeriCorps VISTA did. I knew that we had one every year, but I never found myself searching for the…
Illinois Campus Compact would like welcome our new cohort of VISTA’s for the 2018-2019. ILCC VISTAs will be located at the following universities and colleges, North Park University, Millikin, Governors State University, North Central College, University of Illinois Springfield, Northwestern, McHenry County College, Northeastern Illinois University, Parkland College, National Louis University, Adler, Western Illinois University- Quad Cities, Loyola, Rockford University, Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Knox College, and Illinois Institute of Technology. At these institutions VISTAs will work in civic engagement offices, youth programming, volunteer recruitment, and much more. Follow ILCC on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram to stay updated on…
Not only was Natalie Sanchez a Tyson Foods Summer Community Intern at the Erie Neighborhood House, and a 2018 Civic Newman Fellow, but she also is an intern for Civic Learning at Dominican University. We met with her last week to learn about her position and civic learning at Dominican. As an intern in the Civic Learning Office Natalie works with students to find community organizations that fulfill their community based learning class requirements. Dominican offers students anywhere between ten to twenty five community based learning courses a semester. It is Natalie’s job to make sure students in these…
Last Wednesday, Illinois Campus Compact gathered faculty and staff from colleges and universities to discuss campus voter engagement. Hosted at University of Illinois at Chicago, attendees listened to organizations, BallotReady, State Matters, and Campus Election Engagement Project explain their resources. A representative from BallotReady described their online voter guides. Voters can see what and who will be on their ballot by just typing in their address. Not only can a voter see who is running, but BallotReady also offers information on each candidate. BallotReady has gathered information on candidates from reliable sources so that voters can find all the information…
Campus Compact’s 2018-2019 webinar series takes the great and varied work happening on the ground around the country and brings it straight to your desk. Topics touch on issues of relevance to faculty, staff, students, and their partners in education and community building. Be sure to tune in to each session for information, tools, and resources to support and inspire you. The 2018-2019 webinar series is being offered free of charge, but all attendees must register. Register To learn more details about the webinar series and register please visit Campus Compact’s page here.
Illinois Campus Compact is beginning an AmeriCorps State Program. This program is for college students at ILCC member institutions who are passionate and committed to service. Selected students have one year to service at least 300 hours building capacity for campus and community partnerships . Once these hours are completed the student will receive a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award. If the student completes 300 volunteer hours they will receive a $1,252.91 education award. If the student completes 450 volunteer hours they will receive a $1,566.14 education award. This program rewards students for being civically engaged and giving back to their community….
Position Description – Campus Election Engagement Project Assistant (June –December 2018) This limited term position, 10-15 hours per week during academic year and up to 20 hours per week June – August, will work to engage Illinois Campus Compact member institution students, faculty and staff in the 2018 elections. This non-partisan project will help provide CEEP resources for institutional commitments to election engagement, support faculty and staff programming, and assist college students in registering to vote, getting educated on issues, volunteering in the campaigns, and showing up at the polls. This person will also help recruit and manage student fellows…
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