Monday, August 31, 2015

As school starts, some UIS students start giving back

With the school year underway, some UIS students spent no time getting back out into the community. It's part of the Welcome Week Service-A-Thon, organized by the university's volunteer and civic engagement center.

Students spent the day giving back to seven local organizations. Organizers say volunteers get as much out of the event as the recipients.

"Just knowing that you're giving back. that you're helping the company, and knowing that you're doing something for somebody else. "You might say 'oh the foodbank' and really don't know the qualifications of the foodbank, so they get to learn a lot about the foodbank, the factory of the foodbank, and what they're doing for the people that they're helping," project coordinator Jasmine Herbert said.

UIS students can continue to volunteer their time to these organizations throughout the school year.

The story was reported by WICS-TV 20 on August 28, 2015.

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