Community Service


What does the Community Service Committee do?

The goal of the Community Service Committee is to involve SWE members in volunteering on campus and in the Champaign-Urbana community. We work with local organizations that need help on a regular basis and for special events. We also have our own events. Each semester we run a Girl Scout Workshop to teach the girls about science and engineering in a fun way that sparks their interest. In the spring we have a Relay for Life team that fundraises to support cancer research. Some of the other causes we focus on include hunger, health/wellness, mentoring, and community development. Contact Berat Gulecyuz at

Why volunteer?

Volunteering has a positive impact on the community by helping people. However, the benefits of volunteering are not one-sided. Those who volunteer get to meet new people, have fun, and learn new skills. They feel an increased sense of community and satisfaction from helping others. Volunteering with SWE also helps promote a positive image both for our organization and for individual members.  If you would like to learn more about volunteer opportunities in the Champaign-Urbana area, visit

Events & Activities:

iHelp: During Homecoming at U of I, student organizations including SWE help with various service projects.

Girl Scout Workshops: In the fall we host a Junior Girl Scout Workshop, and in the spring we host a Brownie Girl Scout Workshop.

Relay for Life: We form a team and raise funds to support cancer research. At the spring event the team walks laps on a track for an extended period of time.

Wesley Evening Food Pantry: We help set up for Wesley Methodist Church Foundation’s monthly food pantry that provides groceries to local families in need.

Adopt-a-Highway: 1-2 times a season we set out to clean up our community a.k.a. Green Street.

Project Paplet: The goal of the project is to reduce paper waste, and educate people on the environmental benefits of recycling.

Randolph St. Community Garden:  SWE has built and installed a solar panel that allows the garden to use lights and power tools without using a generator.  We also volunteer at the garden and help educate the community about the solar panel.

Misc:  Have an idea for a volunteering project?  Come to our committee meetings to pitch your idea.