SERVING CAMPUS AND COMMUNITY
ACTIVE CITIZEN CONTINUUM
Student Leadership Development and Volunteer Services uses the Active Citizen Continuum to help students make meaning of, and transition through, their service and community engagement. The continuum has four stages:
- Member: Not concerned with their role in social problems.
- Volunteer: Well-intentioned but not well-educated about social issues.
- Conscientious Citizen: Concerned with discovering root causes; asks why?
- Active Citizen: Community becomes a priority in values and life choices
SLDVS service programs cover all ends of the continuum with the goal of moving students from unconcerned members to active citizens of society. Providing a variety of educative programs and service opportunities with community partners in the many neighborhoods of Chicago, SLDVS pushes students to make sense of each step in the continuum with the goal of personally defining what it means for them to be Active Citizens.
Student Leadership Development and Volunteer Services is happy to help in posting volunteer opportunities for our students to connect with your organization. We have put together an easy to complete form to collection all the necessary information to post your opportunity to our online database. Through this database, students are able to view details about your opportunity and sign up to volunteer.
To submit a service opportunity, visit go.uic.edu/serviceopps.
To add your agency to our database and stay updated about future partnership opportunities, visit go.uic.edu/addagency
LOOKING FOR A SERVICE OPPORTUNITY?
Are you a student looking to volunteer or provide service in the community? We are constantly updating our list of service opportunities and encourage you check back often as we regularly receive requests from our community partners.
For students to find service opportunities: go.uic.edu/findservice
Are you looking for a volunteer experience in a particular area of Chicago or surrounding community? We have developed an interactive map to help you connect with our community partners in your local neighborhood. This map will help you find a service opportunity close to you!
For a map of local service opportunities: go.uic.edu/localservice
PRESIDENT VOLUNTEER SERVICE AWARD
The President’s Volunteer Service Award recognizes United States citizens and lawfully admitted, permanent residents of the United States who have achieved the required number of hours of service over a 12-month time period or cumulative hours over the course of a lifetime.
How it Works:
Individuals that meet the criteria are eligible for the PVSA.
- Recipient(s) must be a United States citizen or a lawfully admitted permanent resident of the United States.
- At UIC, awards are issued for service hours served within an academic school year or over the course of a lifetime.
- Awards are issued for volunteer service only; additional levels of participation with the organization (i.e., charitable support) are not a factor considered for the award.
- Court-ordered or Dean of Student sanctioned community service does not qualify for the award.
- Awards are issued by approved Certifying Organizations.
Eligibility at UIC
Hours are measured over an academic school year (Fall and Spring Semesters) and awards are designated based on cumulative hours. The awards are offered in multiple levels and are designed to recognize each milestone of your service achievement. Levels include bronze, silver, gold and the highest honor, the President’s Lifetime Achievement Award for those who contribute more than 4,000 hours of service in their lifetime.
|Hours by Award||Bronze||Silver||Gold|
|Young Adults (16-25)||100 – 174||175 – 249||250 +|
|Adults (26 and older)||100 – 249||250 – 499||500+|
|President’s Lifetime Achievement Award: Individuals who have completed 4,000 or more hours in their lifetime|
Along with the ultimate honor of presidential recognition, recipients will receive a personalized certificate, an official pin and a congratulatory letter from the president of the United States.
Submission of Hours
Only hours submitted and verified using UIC Connection, connect.uic.edu, will be used in awarding of this honor
Individual Submission of Service Hours
- Log on to UIC Connect at connect.uic.edu using your netID and password.
- Go to the Bookmarks section at the bottom left of the home page.
- Click Service Hours.
- Add your service participation to get your service hours on your co-curricular transcript!
Special Notes: Please note that you will need to establish a point of contact at your place of service as they will need to verify your service hour submission. This verification will be completed using email, so be sure to collect the necessary contact information.Group Submission of Service Hours or Philanthropic Fundraising
In an effort to help make submitting service hours or philanthropic fundraising easier for large groups, SLDVS has developed a process for one person to submit this information on behalf of student organizations, organizers of large multi-group projects, UIC classes, and other large groups.
The form can be located at go.uic.edu/submitservice.
- Only one form per project should be completed for each student organization, large multi-group project, UIC class, or other large group.
The group or student/faculty/staff member hosting the event is responsible for submitting the form of behalf of those who participated.
- For example: Student Leadership Development and Volunteer Services is responsible for submitting all the information connected to the UIC Day of Service
- For example: The Service Chair is responsible for submitting all the information for an all fraternity or sorority event.
- Please note those responsible for submitting service hours will need to submit the first and last names, netID, number of service hours, and group/organization/department of all who participated.
- You will also need to establish a point of contact at your place of service as they will need to verify your service hour submission. This verification will be completed using email, so be sure to collect the necessary contact information.
Service and Community Engagement Programs
WELCOME SERVICE PROJECT
The Welcome Service Project is an annual event that first year students are encouraged to participate in. Occurring the week or weekend before the start of the fall semester, the project gives students an opportunity to provide service as a class, build a UIC community, and kick-off their journey to becoming an active citizen.
LEADERSHIP AND SERVICE EXPO
The Leadership & Service Expo is an event that occurs at the beginning of both the Fall and Spring semesters. All of UIC is invited. Community agencies and organizations come to campus to recruit volunteers and discuss their missions. A wide variety of agencies are represented, focused on youth, the environment, the arts, animals, human rights, community development, health, and more! Students, faculty, and staff can find service and volunteer opportunities that match their interests, learn about the needs of Chicago-area communities, and find ways to get involved.
GET INVOLVED WITH VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCES (G.I.V.E.)
Monthly G.I.V.E. events offer students the opportunity to come together and serve local communities on a regular basis. Past G.I.V.E. events have included beach clean-ups, Greater Chicago Food Depository repack shifts, improving area schools, contributing to food drives, and more! Students can indicate an area interest and staff will try to set up a related G.I.V.E. event sometime during the academic year.
SPEAKING OF SERVICE (S.O.S.)
Speaking of Service is a series of lectures and discussions about service and the intersections with local communities, privilege, cultural competency, issues related to social justice, and more. Students engage with moral and ethical issues around service while striving to improve their contributions to campus and communities.
MAKE MONDAYS MATTER
Taking place the first Monday of each month, in partnership with the Commuter Student Resource Center, this regular service opportunity allows students to give back without having to leave campus. Projects vary from month to month and have included making fleece blankets for hospital patients, assembling craft kits for Children’s Miracle Network, and making valentines for veterans. Make your Mondays Matter!
PAY IT FORWARD
Pay it forward is an initiative to increase the little acts of service that students partake in on a daily basis. We encourage students to do simple things such as, “listen without interrupting”, “leave pennies lying heads up”, “hold the elevator for the person running late”, and “say thank you to a CTA driver”. The goal of this initiative is to break down the idea of service as a giant lifesaving act and to show that everyone performs acts of service daily. If we, as a campus, can pay it forward, we will all benefit.
DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY OF SERVICE
The Dr. MLK Jr. Service Day takes place on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day every January. Since there is no class held on this day, we characterize it as “a day on, not a day off”. Efforts are made to collaborate with other Chicago events and community areas.
UIC DAY OF SERVICE
The UIC Day of Service is an annual event that takes place in April, typically during the Global Youth Service Day. The Day of Service, with partners from multiple sites and community organizations across Chicagoland, brings together the entire UIC community to give back to Chicago. The Day of Service is the year’s largest service event.