CLL Service Opportunities

The following listings are current opportunities that are available through the Community Learning Lab:

Avicenna

Are you highly organized? Are you passionate about creative problem solving or have strong empathy skills? If so, then this is the perfect volunteer option for you! Avicenna is looking for higher level undergraduate and graduate level social work students to fulfill the case management volunteer position at their Community Health Center to assist providers, volunteers, patients, community networks, and organizations with accessing outside referrals to ensure a better outcome.

1 in 10 adults under 65 remain uninsured in the Champaign Country. Avicenna is a free clinic to help the people who are uninsured or underinsured. Volunteers are needed because they are the backbone and main reason this organization runs smoothly. Volunteering with Avicenna is a great way to not only build your resume with the many opportunities they present, but to promote health awareness through education and information we provide to the people we help.

Canteen Run:

The issue of homelessness spreads far and wide, not just in this community but throughout the nation. This has been a very harsh and cold winter and unfortunately many of the homeless are stuck on the streets with little to no food, no shelter, no clothes to keep warm, and not enough money to keep them comfortable during the cold season.

Here in the Champaign-Urbana area, we are a community and we stick together. The Canteen Run is a wonderful organization with a wholesome staff who always welcomes volunteers to help make a difference in this community. They are in cooperation with the Salvation Army and many other churches in the area to provide basic needs such as food, clothing, jackets, beverages, and information on which agencies they should go to for shelter and a warm meal.

The Canteen Run is looking for more volunteers to help distribute the basic necessities to the homeless. They go out about four times a week to feed the homeless and those living at or below the poverty level. The Canteen Run depends on your help and positive attitude. Volunteers are the basic foundation to this organization. The homeless and those living in poverty rely on these deliveries to get through their day. Hence, it is important to take the time to help others in need. Even doing things like smiling or saying hello to them will make their day. While providing food and clothing to them is an amazing thing, the little things matter too.

Education Justice Project:

The Education Justice Program just recently celebrated their 10 year anniversary. The EJP has come a long way since 2008 which is highly displayed through their drive to expand and make a difference through many individuals who show the willingness to learn and improve. The main area EJP is passionate about is incarceration and criminal justice they are always willing to help others through their exceptional college-in-prison program. Not only do they achieve a lot as an organization, but they help others accomplish many things by providing guidance towards what their next step is going to be. The Education Justice Program is a dynamic academic community of incarcerated students, educators, and the formerly incarcerated who are always looking for new ways to improve and learn whether that be in reading groups, workshops, projects, and other extracurricular activities.

The EJP is an organization that thrives from their supporters in the communities they work with. This organization not only displays a sense of dedication, but they also show how hard work in their community can be beneficial and go a long way. The EJP is looking for volunteers with a good attitude and the willingness to help others learn.

Feeding Our Kids:

Looking for a way to make a difference in your community? Are you interested in fighting the hunger crisis? Come help food insecure children in the Champaign County by simply sorting food at Feeding Our Kids. By helping out, we can break down one barrier at a time towards success that will help enable children to learn and accomplish great things as they grow up! Our goals are to spread community awareness about hunger and to assist every Champaign County school in need.

With 1 in every 5 children in need, hunger touches all of us, whether those struggling are our neighbors, school friends, or work colleagues. With ongoing community support, we believe we can alleviate hunger little by little.

Wesley Church:

Wesley Food Pantry’s mission is to alleviate food insecurity in the Champaign-Urbana community one family at a time by providing them with groceries that cater their family’s needs. Volunteers are the backbone of this organization and they are always looking for more to help out!


If you are interested in learning more about any of these opportunities, please contact the Community Learning Lab at ssw-cll@illinois.edu and we’d be glad to connect you to them.