Volunteer Illini Projects helps with National Volunteer Week

By Steve Lesniewski

In honor of National Volunteer Week, Volunteer Illini Projects will be hosting several service opportunities.

On Thursday there will be a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Room 314 at the Illini Union.

“We have a rivalry blood drive with Ohio State,” said Kymberly Ruhmann, chair of Volunteer Illini Projects. “We are going to try and collect more units of blood, in one day, than Ohio State does.”

Also, a “Food For Thought” event will be held at 7 p.m. in 249 Bevier Hall.

“It is supposed to increase knowledge of homelessness and hunger in the Champaign-Urbana community,” Ruhmann said. “If you bring food or clothing that will be donated to the local homeless shelter, you get a raffle ticket for each item you bring.”

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    She added that on Friday from 8 to 11 a.m., the group will be planting trees with the Urbana Park District in honor of Arbor Day.

    Saturday there will be a “Race Against Racism,” kicking off at 10 a.m. at Crystal Lake Park in Urbana. The group will again help the Urbana Park District remove invasive plants from 9 to 11 a.m.

    For further information, Volunteer Illini Projects will have a booth in the Quad from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. every day this week.