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Community Engagement

Residents, students, and faculty participating in Mayor’s Neighborhood Improvement Initiative May 2022.

The Department of Family and Community Medicine promotes and enhances the health of our community by extending our education, patient care and research endeavors beyond the clinic setting. We partner with many community organizations to improve the health of communities through:

  • educating students and residents how to become community-responsive health professionals;
  • working closely with community organizations to provide clinical care as part of community initiatives;
  • supporting community-based research that is responsive to community needs by building trust with community partners over time, while providing research and training opportunities for faculty, students and residents.

Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities Heading link

Gigi’s Playhouse

Gigi’s Playhouse provides free educational, therapeutic-based and career development programs for individuals with Down syndrome, their families and the community, through a playhouse model. If interested, register here

Northern Illinois Food Bank

The Northern Illinois Food Bank has an ongoing need for food sorting, packing, and distribution to our neighbors. If interested, register here.

Rockford Rescue Mission

The Rockford Rescue Mission has an urgent, indefinite need for meal servers for breakfast and dinner each day of the week. If interested, please contact Sabuj Sarker, Rockford Rescue Mission volunteer supervisor at SabujSarker@rockfordrescuemission.org and let him know what day and meal that you can help serve.  Rockford Rescue Mission volunteers need to complete an application.

United Way of Rock River Valley We Volunteer

United Way of Rock River Valley hosts a volunteer dashboard where individuals can register to volunteer at a variety of community organizations.

Walk with U

Volunteer at Walk with U, the UICOMR doctor-led walking group, to help with set-up, registration, walk, and clean-up. Sign up by emailing Vicki at vweide1@uic.edu at least two Fridays before the event. See all upcoming Walk with U events.

 

 

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities Heading link

Mar 9 2024
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Walk with U

Saturday, 9:00 am–10:00 am
Blackhawk Springs Forest Preserve
Mar 23 2024
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Walk with U

Saturday, 9:00 am–10:00 am
Midway Village Museum Loop
Mar 23 2024

Ruthie’s Kitchen

Saturday, 1:00 pm–3:00 pm
Zion Lutheran Church
Apr 6 2024
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Walk with U

Saturday, 9:00 am–10:00 am
Kishwaukee River Forest Preserve
Apr 13 2024

Week of the Young Child

Saturday, 9:00 am–12:00 pm
Northwest Community Center
Apr 20 2024
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Walk with U

Saturday, 9:00 am–10:00 am
Baumann Park Lake Loop
Apr 20 2024

Ruthie’s Kitchen

Saturday, 1:00 pm–3:00 pm
Zion Lutheran Church
May 4 2024
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Walk with U

Saturday, 9:00 am–10:00 am
Roland Olson Forest Preserve
May 18 2024
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Walk with U

Saturday, 9:00 am–10:00 am
UIC Health Sciences Campus-Rockford
Jun 1 2024
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Walk with U

Saturday, 9:00 am–10:00 am
Blackhawk Springs Forest Preserve
Jun 8 2024

Midtown Health Fair

Saturday, 1:00 pm–3:00 pm
Patriots’ Gateway Center
Jun 22 2024
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Walk with U

Saturday, 9:00 am–10:00 am
Midway Village Museum Loop
Jul 6 2024
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Walk with U

Saturday, 9:00 am–10:00 am
Headquarters Forest Preserve
Jul 20 2024
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Walk with U

Saturday, 9:00 am–10:00 am
Baumann Park Lake Loop
Aug 3 2024
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Walk with U

Saturday, 9:00 am–10:00 am
Fuller Memorial Forest Preserve
Aug 24 2024
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Walk with U

Saturday, 9:00 am–10:00 am
UIC Health Sciences Campus-Rockford
Sep 7 2024
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Walk with U

Saturday, 9:00 am–10:00 am
Hononegah Forest Preserve
Sep 21 2024
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Walk with U

Saturday, 9:00 am–10:00 am
Midway Village Museum Loop
Oct 5 2024
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Walk with U

Saturday, 9:00 am–10:00 am
Roland Olson Forest Preserve
Oct 26 2024
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Walk with U

Saturday, 9:00 am–10:00 am
Baumann Park Lake Loop

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