Give A Day logo 2015 

 Welcome to the 2015-2016 Give A Day Challenge!

Report Your Community Engagement HERE!


What is the Give A Day Challenge?

Illinois Wesleyan students, faculty and staff are encouraged to give at least one day of community engagement--24 hours--each school year. The Give A Day Challenge encourages the IWU community to partner with the greater Bloomington-Normal community to share their passions and talents. By participating in the Give A Day Challenge, IWU community members are living out the IWU and ARC missions. You may be asking yourself "What counts?" The answer is volunteering, being an intern for a non-profit or business, service leadership (i.e. serving on a non-profit board), or serving in a civic engagement role (i.e. serving the community in an elected position, such as mayor or alderperson).  

Pledge to Give A Day

Join the challenge by Pledging to Give Your Day! Complete the pledge and you will receive volunteer opportunities tailored to your passions and interests. Sign the Give A Day Pledge! You can also stop by any Give A Day table on campus, or the ARC Tank (CLA 146), and sign the paper version of the pledge.

The Circle

Record your community engagement hours with our simple form, linked above. ARC will give prizes throughout the year for individuals who "Join the Circle" by giving 24 hours of service. Circle Members will be invited to join us for the Community Engagement Banquet in April, and students who give 24 hours of service each school year will earn service cords to be worn at graduation.

Congratulations to our 180+ IWU community members who have already given their day and joined the circle for 2015-2016:

Anyssa Balcazar, Amy Clapp, Anna Clausen, Alexa Cornish, Anne Cummings, Ally Daskalopoulos, Addison Ely, Atul Eppurath, Andrea Fortner, Alyssa Gibson, Adam Glogovsky, Amelia Glueck, Amy Holpuch, Andrew Iwaszkiewicz, Amanda Kelly, Amanda Lack, Alisha Larrison, Anna Leeson, Amanda Macuiba, An Nguyen, Anneke Niles, Adam O'Grady, Anissa Ortiz, Adrianne Powell, Alyssa Pridemore, Amy Sanchez, Abigail Sartori, Ashley Sons, Aline Valais, Adam Wiggins, Abby Winters, Brianna Bacigalupo, Blake Beehler, Bevin Cowie, Brigid Crawford, Brian Henry, Baylee Hoecker, Brannan Hutchinson, Brianna Piro, Brittany Sherman, Brittany Straznickas, Brock Taylor, Breanna Williams, Brian Yager, Cassie Ancira, Carl Anderson, Chudan Chen, Chris Crown, Cassidy Elgeness, Christina Fleres, Claudia Quevedo-García, Conor Geraghty, Claire Hoverson, Chris Kincheloe, Clifford Klimas, Casey Lebre, Carrie Mack, Carolyn Nadeau, Crystal Ocampo, Clare O'Donnell, Christine Peterson, Caitlyn Pode, Claire Quist, Colleen Rynne, Chandra Shipley, Camden Weber,  Devon Busbia, Danielle Ellis, Dick Folse, Deborah Halperin, Dana Jourdan, Dorota Kulikowska, Drake Leary, Diego Mendez-Carbajo, Emily Brown, Emily Chapman, Elaine Coppe, Emily Cornwell, Emily Curtis,  Emma Dalton, Emily Diaz, Emily Diehl, Emma Haan, Libby Hart, Elizabeth Hassett, Erin McCarey, Emilee Monken, Elyse Nelson Winger, Eric Rydell, Emily Shankar, Emily Snider, Fred Hoyt, Guo Chen, Gates Ehrhart, Gail Mar,  Lily Chang, Helen Hoang, Hayley Roberts, Halley Shanley, David Yoon, Isaac Albracht,  Dr. Jonathon Green, Jill Harmon, Jennifer Hart, Jordan Hassan, Jianing He, Jordin Hopkins, Julie Lewis,  Jiangcong Liang, James Maibuecher, Jade Molln, Jennifer Porzak, Jenny Prochotsky, Julia Savich, Jessica Shultz, Jenny Swanson, Jake Thaker, Kourtney Bautz, Kenzie Berggren, Kiersten Bergquist, Kyleigh Block, Katie Caulfield,  Kristina Dehlin, Katie Hastings, Kelsey Kujoth,  Karen Matkovich, Kimberly Mensah, Kira Miller, Kathryn Miller, Kathleen O'Shea, Kelsey Ott, Kelly Riordan, Katherine Serrano, Kirsten Slaughter,  Katie Stapleton, Karson Taphorn, Kathy Tun, Lauren Ajack, Lindsey Alpert, Lindsay Bullington, Lisa Elleson, Landon Hoffman, Leeza Kennedy, Lexi Kremer, Lorren Pack, Lorraine Tezak, Mitch Billimack, Meghan Burke, Marissa Cozzi,  Matthew Damschroder, Monica De Paz, Michael Gorman, Maria Hanna, Molly Jahrling, Molly Lessen,  Meghan Manian, Michael Mannix, Morgan Meyer, Meaghan Mormann, Monica Munoz, Madeleine Pagni,  Mansi Patel, Matthew Piotrowiak, Mike Plecki, Max Scholle, Morgan Stenson, Melissa Swartz, Melissa Umansky, Molly Willeford, Megan Win, Nicole Chlebek,  Nicole De Matteo, Nathaniel Edison, Nick Huskisson, Nicole Lockwood, Ngan Pham, Natalie Schmidt, Nikhilesh Thapa, Nolan Valdivia, Ojaswee Shrestha, Paula Amat Norman, Patti Henderson, Paxton Johnson, Pat Mollo, Rebecca Anderson,  Rachel Bear, Bobby Castillo, Rhiannon Damm, Rebecca Fiedler, Ryan Kaplan, Rebecca Macijunas, Rachel Shaffer, Rebekah Smith,  Rosa Zapata, Rachel Zarchy, Stephanie AuBuchon, Shravya Bommaveddi, Stephanie Dizon, Savannah Feher, Selena Greising, Sujit Johnston, Sam Kim, Sam Powers, Stephanie Prentice, Sam Rose,  Sarah Sodowski, Sarah Sandmann, Savanna Steck, Sarah Swickl, Sarah Sodowski, Sarah Sandmann, Sarah Zwickl, Tyler Brown, Analeigh Dao, Tara Isenberg, Trevor Luu, Tia Patsavas, Tia Sims, Taylor Williams, Victoria Bauer, Van Miller, Veronica Torres Luna, VishnuDivya Velupula, Vicki Viola, Bill Baffes, Wuyang Liu, Xiao Liu,  Xingchen Wang, Zoe Bouras, Zoe Zhang, Zack Talbert


Our Progress

According to, the value of one hour of volunteer time in Illinois is $24.74.  Since May 1, 2015, IWU community members have already reported 32,910 hours of community engagement, equal to $814,193.40 worth of service. Our goal is to complete 45,000 hours of community engagement for the 2015-2016 Give A Day Campaign.

2015-2016 GAD hours thermometer



We did it! During the 2014-2015 Give a Day Challenge, IWU community members gave over $1 million worth of community service. 


Frequently Asked Questions 

Q: My entire team/club/sorority/department/class is doing a project, do we all have to enter a form?

A: One representative can enter the form for the team to “get credit” for the project. There is a section to enter the emails of everyone involved in a group project.

Q: Why do we have to keep track of this?

A: Community engagement is an important part of the IWU culture. Knowing more about how we serve will help us to better support you and how you want to serve.

Q: What counts? My internship? The hours I did for a class? Tutoring at my church? Raising money for charity?

A: Anything that helps to make the community a better place. For the Give a Day Campaign, we are counting it ALL. The form allows you to say whether you were doing your hours for credit or not for credit, paid or not paid, and many other scenarios. 

Q: What happens when I hit the 24 hour challenge?

A: You join the Give a Day Circle which comes with an invite to the Community Engagement banquet in the spring and a certificate. If you are a senior, you get to wear service cords at graduation.

If you still have questions, just send us an email at

Thanks for your support of the Give a Day campaign and for all you do in the community,

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