CHARLESTON, Ill. (WTWO/WAWV) – Eastern Illinois University will have it’s first annual “Beautification Day” on Saturday, June 11.

Alumni and those associated with the university are encouraged to help clean up campus.

Volunteers can select from one of two shifts and expect to assist with things like outdoor gardening projects and other general clean-up efforts.

The first shift is from 8 am – 11:30 am. The second shift is from 11:30 am – 3 pm.

To sign up, click here.

“One of the things our students, employees, and retirees say is that they love EIU’s charm,” said Josh Norman, associate vice president for Enrollment Management at Eastern. “For so many, Eastern is a perfectly sized campus that provides room for personal growth and professional opportunities in a comfortable, accessible campus environment.”

In 2019, EIU hosted its first-ever Beautification Day, which coupled the University’s grounds and facilities employees with approximately 100 volunteers. Together, the group devoted significant hours toward enhancing the allure and charm of Illinois’ most affordable public university.

Crews helped pull weeds, assist with outdoor gardening projects, and other general clean-up efforts. This year’s event will be similar. Participants are able to use hand tools and interact with others who share the same passion for EIU’s aesthetic appeal.

Norman noted that the annual campus beautification days create a deeper sense of ownership and belonging for those who take part.  He also shared that EIU’s leadership and administration is grateful to Teamsters Local 26 and the University’s ground crew for supporting this impactful event.