SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WICS) — On Friday, UIS held its annual Welcome Week Service-A-Thon.
This is an event encouraging students to get involved in their community.
There were 80 UIS students who volunteered at nine locations throughout Springfield.
"It gives students an opportunity to explore their interests which then leads to other volunteer opportunities they take part in,” Connie Komnick, with UIS.
The volunteer opportunity was open for the entire campus.
One student who volunteered, Ella Snyder, also participated in the event last year.
This year, she had the opportunity to volunteer at the Ronald McDonald House, a place that lended her family a hand when her brother received a heart transplant.
"They took us under their wing and helped us, so it was really great being able to help,” said Ella Snyder, a student at UIS.
School officials said the event is also a great way for first-year students to get to know their new home.
Students like Jane Stump, who volunteered at Habitat for Humanity - and, she plans to continue doing so.
"I'm new to the community, so it's going to help me meet new people, make connections with business owners and others in the community,” said Stump.
The goal of the service day is to give students an opportunity to try something new and hopefully encourage them to volunteer all year long.
This is an event that has taken place at least five years.
The university plans to continue next year.