Volunteer Meeting at Allerton

This March, Allerton Park and Retreat Center will be buzzing with an energy it hasn’t seen in several years. We plan on bringing back a University of Illinois favorite – Allerton Spring Break. Allerton Spring Break is an alternative spring break in which students and the community participate in volunteer activities at Historic Allerton Park and Retreat Center.
Most people are aware that Allerton is owned by the University of Illinois. Donated to the University by Robert Allerton in 1946, the estate and grounds have been used by the public for education and recreation for nearly seven decades. By bringing back the spring break program, University of Illinois students and local community members will have the chance to become part of that history for an entire week. That week will bring the opportunity to help with projects that will benefit the park for years to come.
Allerton Spring Break runs March 18-22. There are fifteen available slots that will be filled on a first come, first serve basis. Workdays will run from 8AM-4PM. There will be a daily shuttle from the University to Allerton to bring student participants out in the morning and back in the afternoon. This year Allerton has partnered with the University of Illinois Employee Credit Union to supply lunches to our participants.
For those interested in volunteering at Allerton on a more regular basis, we are holding an informational Volunteer Orientation on Wednesday, February 20 at 6:00pm in the Retreat Center. Attending this orientation is the first step in becoming an Allerton volunteer, and it will answer any questions the community may have about volunteering at Allerton. Current volunteer opportunities available include gardening, working as a Visitor Center attendant, or helping preserve our natural areas. There are many more, so anyone interested in learning about them should definitely be there!
Applications for Allerton Spring Break as well as information on other volunteer opportunities are available on our website or by contacting Mindy Brand at brand@illinois.edu.

February 13th, 2013 by Allerton | Posted in Rediscover Allerton