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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 and 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. Coordinator: Kylie Grubbs and Caylin Dean, kylie.grubbs16@mckendree.edu & caylin.dean17@mckendree.edu.

Hunger & Homelessness Week

Service Saturday

Participate in a volunteer project Saturday morning with your friends at a local organization that fights hunger and homelessness. Coordinator: Maddie Shea, madeline.shea16@mckendree.edu

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. Coordinator: Shelby Benn & Kylie Grubbs, shelby.benn17@mckendree.edu &
kylie.grubbs16@mckendree.edu

Empty BowlsEmpty Bowls Brown Bag

Come enjoy yummy soup and buy handmade ceramic bowls! This brown bag features a local service organization, with soup for $5.00 and ceramic bowls made by faculty members and the Art Club. Coordinator: Zach Stenger, zach.stenger17@mckendree.edu.

Faculty Fashion Show

Check out some of your favorite faculty and staff while they strut the walkways of Ames Dining Hall sporting this season's latest. Student organizations are encouraged to support a faculty member. Each outfit is then donated to a local shelter as a full set. Coordinator: Kenzie Bemis, mackenzie.bemis17@mckendree.edu

Movie in the Hett

Students have the opportunity to watch a movie on homelessness (TBD) and participate in an optional short discussion on homelessness after. Coordinator: Dylan Lampe, patrick.lampe16@mckendree.edu

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. Coordinator: Kylie Grubbs, kylie.grubbs16@mckendree.edu

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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. Coordinator: Zach Elmore, zachery.elmore17@mckendree.edu

 

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. Coordinator: Jessie Stout, jessica.stout16@mckendree.edu

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. Examples of events can be experiences living internationally, educational events on issues facing a community, or social justice focused films with discussion. Contact Tim Harrison at btharrison@mckendree.edu to get involved.

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. Coordinator: Chloe Brandon, chloe.brandon17@mckendree.edu

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. Coordinator: Bryce Bambic, bryce.bambic16@mckendree.edu