Unit 4 Celebrates 2,000+ Volunteers During National Volunteer Week

Mon, 04/11/2016 - 11:23am

As Unit 4 celebrates National Volunteer Week April 11th – April 16th, we thank over 2,000 volunteers who volunteer on a regular basis, donating over 20,000 hours of time. A few of our outstanding volunteers are highlighted below.

The U of I Women’s Gymnastics Team has been volunteering at Kenwood for several years. Team members come every other week to work with students that need practice with letter and number recognition, reading comprehension, and writing. The team also volunteers at several school events including the Craft Fair and “Read or Treat” night. They have been selected as a finalist by the Illini Union Office of Volunteer Programs for the work they do in Unit 4 and they will be honored at a luncheon on Thursday, April 14th from 12:00 – 1:30 in the Ballroom of the Illini Union.

Jaylin McClinton, a student at the U of I and a One to One mentor at South Side was recently selected by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs as a recipient of a Student Leadership award and scholarship for the Volunteer work he does with Unit 4 and the U of I.

Noreen Rotramel and Jeff McGill provide countless hours of copying service to the staff at Edison. Volunteering at the school almost every day, they cheerfully make copies for teachers and deliver them to the teacher’s classrooms, allowing teachers to use their planning time collaborating with others and developing creative class lessons.

Emmanuel Smith, Community Outreach Intern at the Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center, has recruited more than 10 U of I students to tutor and mentor students at the Novak Academy. U of I students come once a week and work with Novak students on homework, often sharing encouraging words and life lessons with the students.

Shawn Hampton, Christopher Fuller and Jonathan Westfield, members of the Omega Psi Phi Graduate Chapter, come to Garden Hills twice a month to meet with selected 3rd, 4th and 5th grade boys. These men plan a lesson on character, eat lunch and play basketball with the young men, reminding them that people in the community want them to succeed.  

Say thank you to an outstanding volunteer at your school.

For more information, contact Lauren Smith, Community Outreach Coordinator, 351-3722 or smithla@champaignschools.org.

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