AFS-USA volunteers support high school-aged foreign exchange students during their program year in central Illinois. We are always looking for more interested volunteers to help plan and run the activities and orientations we organize for them during their time here.
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Inspire cultural diversity and tolerance within your community. In this role, you’ll help make it possible for more than 2,300 international students from 90 countries to come to the U.S. each year and live with local host families. This life-changing experience for students and families enriches our communities by encouraging diversity and dialogue in a uniquely personal way.
Guide students and families through the international exchange experience while developing your own cross-cultural communication skills. As a key part of the AFS support network, you’ll work directly with international high school students and their U.S. host families to foster a life-changing journey for both parties.
Helping to bring the people of the world together is exciting, interesting, and rewarding work. For 70 years, AFS Volunteers have given their time to empower students, families and communities to overcome cultural barriers through increased understanding. Our volunteers come from every pocket of America, and their impact is felt on both a local and global scale. The AFS Greater Illinois Area Team is a group of dedicated volunteers working toward a more just and peaceful world.
Money Mentor volunteers build financial capacity in our local communities by providing financial education and coaching to individuals. Mentoring consists of working one-on-one with people who have asked for help with their personal finances and community outreach through displays, community talks, or other projects.
The Parade of Lights is Champaign's annual lighted holiday parade taking place in downtown Champaign on November 25, 2017. Special entertainment preceeds the event that includes visits with Santa at Big Grove Tavern, carolers, live music, performances and kids' craft activities. The parade concludes with a tree lighting ceremony in One Main Plaza.
Connection’s Resale Store in Lincoln Square Mall is the go-to place to find great clothing and household items at incredibly affordable prices.
Volunteer are exspected clean sales floor, hang clothing and sort donations.
The ability to lift boxes of donations and piles of clothing is required. Must possess an appreciation for apparel, home goods and have a desire to work with the public.
East Central Illinois Youth for Christ serves Middle School and High School Students through a Friday Night Midnight Basketball Program. Every Friday night from 8 to 11 pm YFC has 2 different local gyms open where up to 75 urban teens join us for an organized basketball tournament. YFC is looking for volunteers to partner with us in this exciting ministry.
Students for High Impact Charity (SHIC) is dedicated to helping students answer the question ‘how can we use our lives to most improve the world?’.
We envision an entire global network of students with the technical ability to thrive in the real world and the vision to make it a better place for others.
Safe Children program volunteers work directly with childcare staff and children, providing emotional and physical support, while also creating a safe environment for children to express their feelings and emotions safely. Safe Children program volunteers are asked to make a 2-hour weekly commitment. Student volunteers are encouraged to work during the semester, for at least a year. Community volunteers should commit for six-months time or during Spring, Summer or Winter break at the University. All volunteers must be at least 18 years of age.