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Into the Streets

Into the StreetsInto the Streets is a daylong volunteer project for all incoming freshmen and McKendree University. Each year we have approximately 450 participants and about 30 different service sites contribute to this experience. Students go to nearby agencies, such as Cedar Ridge Health and Rehabilitation Center in Lebanon or the Garden Club of Lebanon as well as agencies in the greater Saint Louis area to work on projects. Students have worked with Opals House revamping the playground and International Institute serving at the Festival of Faiths and Nations.

Social Action & Community Service Retreat

This retreat is for all McKendree students interested in service, community building, and social justice. A portion of the retreat is used to build a sense of community among individuals interested in working with CCS. Other portions introduce service and social justice, helping students reflect on the purpose of their service and how systems interact with individuals served. Scholarship recipients are required to attend the retreat, but the retreat is open to all students.

Trick-or-Treat for Canned Goods

Trick or Treat for Canned Goods is a one-night event that collects non-perishable food for the Lebanon Food Pantry. Each participant is encouraged to dress in an appropriate costume. Students meet in the Hett parking lot and proceed in groups around Lebanon to literally "trick-or-treat" locally for food rather than candy. The event generally starts at about 2:30pm and lasts until 5:30pm at which time everyone is welcomed back for pizza and soda.

Hunger & Homelessness Week

Service Saturday

Participate in a volunteer project Saturday morning with your friends!

Sleep-out

During the Sleep-out, students sleep in the McKendree Quad from 8:30 p.m. to 7:30 am to better understand the hardships of homelessness. Activities include building a cardboard house, a trivia game, learning survival tricks and more.

Empty BowlsEmpty Bowls Brown Bag

Come enjoy cheesy potato soup and buy handmade ceramic bowls! This brown bag features a local service organization, with soup for $5.00 and ceramic bowls made by Dr. Lyn Huxford, Dr. Brenda Boudreau, Dr. Melissa Barfield-Works and the Art Club.

Oxfam Hunger Banquet

Come learn about the global impact of income inequality. Help us right the wrongs of hunger, poverty, and social injustice with Oxfam America at McKendree University! Each Banquet has a guest presentation from an organization that works with global hunger.

Legislative Action Day with Political Science

Students have the opportunity to participate in a letter-writing campaign to our Illinois and United States governments to help stop hunger and homelessness. Other exciting events are to come as well!

 And Others Too!

Each year events change slightly.  Sometimes we also do events such as "Change for Change" collecting for nonprofits, "Faculty Fashion Show" to provide professional attire for interviews to nonprofits, or panels to raise awareness of hunger and homelessness.  Ocationally events are switched in and out based on student interest.

More "Food" for Thought

Hunger is the physical sensation resulting from not having enough food to eat. More than 8.3 million Americans are hungry, including one in every three children. More than 3.5 million Americans experience homelessness each year, thirty-five percent of which are families with children and twenty-five percent of which are people under the age of 18.

Angel Tree

Angel Tree allows students to make a difference in an underprivileged child's life each Christmas. Students pick up an angel from the trees in Piper, 1828, and MPCC, buy a present between $20-$25, and wrap it. Gifts are due wrapped to the Lyn Huxford Center for Community Service Office by 5:00pm the last day of the event..


SPRING EVENTS Get Involved button


Martin Luther Kind Service Day

The Monday before classes start in the Spring, students join with New Horizon's Community Church in East St. Louis to celebrate a church service dedicated to Dr. King.  They later work with members of the parish on community projects such as cleaning up the church grounds, organizing donations, and working at the community garden.  The service projects are followed by lunch and fellowship with members of the church.

Dr. Seuss Day

The purpose of this event is to encourage students to read and to celebrate an amazing children’s book author! Normally, the event lasts an hour from 1:45-2:45pm at Lebanon Grade School. Students read a Dr. Seuss book and do a craft that ties in with the book. If time permits, the McKendree students read more Dr. Seuss books to the grade school students.

Bunny Hop for Canned Goods

Bunny Hop is a one-night event that collects non-perishable food for the Lebanon Food Pantry. Each participant is encouraged to dress in an appropriate costume. Students meet in the Hett parking lot and proceed in groups around Lebanon to gather food. The event generally starts at about 2:30pm and lasts until 5:30pm at which time everyone is welcomed back for pizza and soda.

Global Awareness Week

Global Awareness Week is a collaborative effort from various campus groups started by Campus Ministry. The mission of this week is to increase campus awareness of issues related to politics, social justice, religion, ethnicity, economic disparity and other social and diversity topics locally, nationally, and internationally. The goal is to help develop our campus into better citizens and raise awareness of human dignity and world events. This is done through educational and experiential events such as presentations, simulations, films, service experiences, and a variety of other events planned by campus groups/classes and the committee. Groups around campus are encouraged to submit an event they would like to coordinate to Tim Harrison or Jessica Trout by October 15th. Examples of events can be experiences living internationally, educational events on issues facing a community, or social justice focused films with discussion.

Global Youth Service Day

Global Youth Service Day is a nation-wide annual event held in mid- to late April. McKendree students involved in the CCS, the McKendree football team, and Lebanon grade school students all gather at the Lebanon Grade School and do a large variety of separate service activities in the area (could be at nursing homes, parks, churches, schools, etc.). After the services are performed, pizza is served at the Lebanon Grade School.

End of the Year Move Out Drive

Each year, the LHCCS places boxes in common areas for students to donate new or gently used items.  In collaboration with Residence Life, some areas also collect larger items such as couches and tables.  Each year, campus gathers about two small moving trucks full of donations. The last day to donate on main campus is Thursday morning before graduation.  Larger items are collected until Tuesday after graduation in McKendree West Clubhouse.