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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

VIP Social Empowerment

Just wanted to send out an event update for the Women's Resource Center. Today from 4:00pm to 6:00pm the WRC will be hosting a 4th annual reception event. They will have cake and refreshment for those who are interested in attending. They will be discussing sexual violence  creative expressions through art, open mic (poetry), relaxation and well-being, celebration on women accomplishments, etc. 

Email for questions & concerns 

Special Projects: Fun Volunteer Opportunity!

Looking for a fun volunteer opportunity this weekend? Help promote the importance of reading by volunteering with Read Across America this Saturday, March 2 from 11:30a.m.-1:30p.m. at the Lincoln Square Mall! There are two shifts available, so please use the GoogleDoc (RSVP Link) to sign up. Transportation details will be provided after sign-up

For any questions regarding the event, please email

VIP Blood

Hello volunteers,

The American Red Cross is holding a blood drive today (2/27) at Wesley Church on 
1203 W Green St, Urbana, IL from 11-3. I encourage you all to donate blood or volunteer. All presenting donors will be getting a free t-shirt! Also please keep your eyes peeled for our March blood drive that we are hosting with the American Red Cross when we get back from spring break.

Who: The American Red Cross
What: Blood Drive
Where: Wesley Church
When: Today 11-3
Why: To be awesome and save 3 lives!

Email for any questions and concerns

VIP Special Projects

Hi volunteers!

We have an awesome opportunity coming up THIS SATURDAY volunteering for Read Across America.  The event will take place from 9:30am-1:30pm, and will be broken up into two shifts (9:30-11:30 & 11:30-1:30).  If you are able to help out with either shift, please fill out the GoogleDoc below so I can get an accurate count of volunteers.  They really need our help, so it would be great if we could get a good turnout!

The event will take place at Lincoln Square in Urbana, and we will be taking the 13N Silver bus from the Union to get there.  The bus times are as follows:  (Please plan on arriving at the Illini Union bus stop at least 5 minutes early)
  • 1st Shift: 9:13am
  • 2nd Shift: 11:13am

What: Volunteering with Read Across America
When: Saturday, March 2 - Bus leaves at either 9:13am or 11:13am
Where: Meet at Illini Union Bus Stop
Why: To show kids the importance of reading!

Email vip.special.projects for any questions & concerns

VIP Social Empowerment

Updates for this week:

2/27: WEAR ORANGE!!! to show your school pride (11am - 1pm)
2/28: Celebrate U of I's Birthday on the Quad (11am- 1pm) // 
                  also a BAGS tourney at the multipurpose room 7 of the ARC (7pm - 9pm)

Next week will be LGBT week, so be on the lookout for those events!

Email for any questions & concerns 

Monday, February 25, 2013

VIP Senior Citizens

Hey volunteers!

Here is the plan for this week.

Monday, 2/25  Bingo at Champaign County Nursing Home, meet at the Union Circle Drive at 6:15pm, look for the blue mini van

Thursday, 2/28  Bingo at Prairie Winds, meet at the Union Circle Drive at 6:25pm, again look for the blue mini van

Email for any questions & concerns

VIP Enviromental

New service opportunity for next Saturday, March 2nd, 1-3pm!  It would be at Allerton Park, trimming trees and possibly stacking wood.  If you have work gloves please bring them, and dress for the weather!  If you are interested, send me an email so that I can add you to the list.  Also, if you have a car please let me know!

Email for any questions & concerns

VIP Animal Allies

Hello Animal Allies volunteers!

If you would like to be added to our Catsnap email list please let me know! Catsnap is a part of Animal Allies but we focus primarily on cats! We volunteer with the cats at PetSmart, as well as a few other organizations. Email me if you're interested!

Email for any questions & concerns 

Monday, February 18, 2013

VIP Senior Citizens

Hey volunteers!

Hope everybody had a relaxing weekend and is ready for some Bingo this week.  Here is the agenda for the week (and I really encourage you all to consider coming on Mondays if you are available because we would love to have more volunteers on Mondays!)

Monday, 2/18  Bingo at Champaign County Nursing Home, meet at the Union Circle Drive at 6:15pm, look for the blue mini van

Thursday, 2/21  Bingo at Prairie Winds, meet at the Union Circle Drive at 6:20pm, again look for the blue mini van


VIP Animal Allies


I would like to set up a volunteering event for Saturday, February 23rd with SHARE--Society for Hooved Animals' Rescue and Emergency. We would be taking the van there around 1:00 pm. Let me know by Sunday, February 24th if you would like to come. As always, spots in the van are based on a first come first serve. 

Email for any questions & concerns

VIP Arts Outreach

Hey volunteers!

Here is a list of what is going on this week. 
Rides are provided for all events on a first come, first serve basis. We will always meet at the front of the Union (Greet St. side) unless specified otherwise.
Please e-mail me if you are interested in volunteering for any event!


Canterbury Center from 3-4:30
Assist some friendly seniors with fun card games! 
Meet at the front of the Union (Green St. side) at 2:40.


Boys and Girls Club from 4-5
Work with kindergartners to 2nd graders and do some fun arts and crafts!


Circle of Friends from 4-5
Chat with seniors and help them do some simple crafts!

Email for any questions & concerns 

VIP Environmental

First official VIP Environmental event!

Saturday, February 23. 1-3pm.
Perkins Road Wet Prairie, Urbana.  
We will be helping out with park maintenance/whatever they need us to do.

This is a great way to get service hours and do something for the environment!

Please email me if you plan on attending, and let me know if you have a car to get there.

Email for any questions & concerns 

Thursday, February 7, 2013

VIP Animal Allies Coordinator Application

Volunteer Illini Projects
Animal Allies Coordinator Application
Spring 2013
Due by: Thursday, January 31st at the VIP Office in the Illini Union RSO Complex or emailed to

Contact Information:
Name:                                                                                             Year in School:
Email:                                                                                              Major:

1. Have you been involved with VIP before, if so, how?

2. What makes you qualified to be a coordinator for Animal Allies?

3. What is your greatest attribute? What is your weakest trait?

4. Do you have any previous experience working with animals?

5. What are your other time commitments? Other clubs, activities, work, etc.

Questions, comments, concerns? Email Randi, the director of Animal Allies, at
Thanks for applying! J

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

VIP Enviromental

Want to get involved with VIP Environmental? Volunteer for park maintenance work Saturday, February 23 from 1-3pm at Perkins Road Wet Prairie in Urbana. Email to reserve your spot!

Coordinator Postions Wanted!

Would you like to be a coordinator?

Turn in your application for Art Outreach by Friday February 8th by 5pm.

Email for questions & concerns.

Social Empowerment is also still looking for coordinators!

Email them at as soon as possible if you are interested.

VIP Animal Allies

For those of you who are interested in volunteering with the Champaign County Humane Society, their next orientation is Wednesday, February 13th at 6:00 pm (which is mandatory if you wish to volunteer with them). It will be held at the Champaign Public Library and I, or one of my coordinators, will be driving the VIP van there (spots are based on a first come first serve). However, there is also a bus that will take you there (I will post directions on how to get there as it gets closer, or you can look If you are interested in attending the orientation please reply no later than SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 9TH BY 5:00 PM. You don't have to go if you've already been to an orientation in the past. 

If you can't make this months orientation, don't worry-- they hold one every month!

Email for questions & concerns 

Monday, February 4, 2013

VIP Arts Outreach


This week, we have volunteering at the Canterbury center on Tuesday from 3-4:40. Transportation will be provided, but please arrive at 2:40.

Also, starting February 14th, we will also be volunteering at the Circle of Friends center. This project will be every Thursday from 3:30 to 4:30. Transportation will be provided as well.

If you are still interested in becoming a coordinator for any of these activities OR are just interested in volunteering, please e-mail me back as soon as you can

Email for any questions & concerns

Sunday, February 3, 2013

VIP Animal Allies

It's time to turn in January volunteer hours. Here's the template to follow for documenting your hours:

Organization- date- hours

ex: CCHS- 1/15- 3

If you can't remember the exact date, that's okay. Just send in a rough estimate of your hours and the organization you volunteered with!

Email for any questions & concerns 

VIP Enviromental

Looking for volunteering opportunities? Look no further
than the Orpheum! We are in need of some hard 
working volunteers for our maintenance week February 4th-
8th. Email for more information.

Email for any questions & concerns

VIP Arts Outreach

Marie Zhang-
Want to help teach Japanese culture to kids? This project will include assisting in drawing, language, and other cultural lessons. Please e-mail me ASAP if you are interested.

Also, I am trying to set up a project with the Don Moyer Boys and Girls Club, however, in order for it to work out, I need YOUR help! I am looking for coordinators to lead this event on Wednesdays from 4-5pm. You will be doing arts and crafts with kids, so this is a great and fun opportunity!!! Even if you can not do this weekly, we can work something out. Let me know if you are interested in working with kids and making a difference in their lives!

Email for any questions & concerns 

VIP Senior Citizens

Volunteering for Senior Citizens will start this week! Here is the agenda:

Monday, 2/4  Bingo at Champaign County Nursing Home, meet at the Union Circle Drive at 6:15pm, look for Amy in the green mini van

Thursday, 2/7  Bingo at Prairie Winds, meet at the Union Circle Drive at 6:20pm, again look for the green mini van

Email for any questions & concerns