Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Art Opening and Spanish Community Service Learning

by Ann Abbott

The University YMCA in Champaign has always been a place to become informed about and participate in social activism. Now, it seems, it is more than ever a place for activism regarding immigration reform and immigrant rights. It is wonderful.

Even the upcoming art exhibit at the University Y showcases their focus on immigration: "Caritas: The Immigrant, the Word, and Life." I am looking forward to attending the exhibition opening to see the pieces, listen to the band and mingle with friends.

SPAN 232 and 332 students: please read Francisco's message below. If you volunteer, you can count those hours toward your 28-hour requirement. I hope other students will attend!

The YMCA is looking for students interested in volunteering at our Caritas! event on March 2nd.

We know it is 'unofficial', but if you are tired of the same-'ol drunk-student-zombie experience, then come to the YMCA and volunteer some time while we celebrate our Latina/o community.

Please let me know if you are interested so i can connect you with the Y's Volunteer Coordinator, Michele Colman.

By the way, for those wanting to practice some Spanish, you will get the chance to A). speak it... AND....B). listen to traditional Mexican folk tunes that you can sing along to.

Francisco Baires
University YMCA/AmeriCorps
Community Outreach Coordinator
La Línea 217.417.5897
(W) 217.337.1500 x12

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