The Office of Volunteer Programs, known as OVP, promotes community service by encouraging students to donate their time and volunteer for the local community. OVP takes students' interests into account and pairs them accordingly with opportunities where they gain invaluable experience through public engagement. Year after year, University students volunteer thousands of dedicated hours in the Champaign-Urbana community.

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Click here to sign up for the OVP mailing list. When you join, you will receive updates on volunteer opportunities on campus and in the community, the monthly newsletter, tips for being an effective volunteer and more!


OVP also provides community service workshops, connects with community agencies and partners with students group in order to provide volunteer options for personal and professional growth. For many, volunteering with the OVP leads to the discovery of a career they will pursue when they graduate. The success of OVP is due to those who donate their time willingly to help others. It is this passion of bettering the lives of others that continues to make the program thrive.

mission statement

To enhance and expand meaningful involvement in community service as well as in public engagement. The goal is to enrich the educational experience of students, faculty and staff at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign by fostering collaborative relationships and partnerships within the community.

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