Since 2008, Bring It Back to Normal (BIBTN) has provided opportunities for large groups of students to give back to the community that is home to Illinois State University.
Throughout its history, Bring It Back to Normal has placed nearly 1,500 volunteers, who have completed over 4,000 hours of service. As volunteers, students have the opportunity to work with local residents and non-profit agencies to help meet the needs of the community. Even though it is a one-day event, Bring It Back to Normal is a great way to get involved and makes a huge difference to the people of Normal (and Bloomington).
Bring It Back To Normal 2019 date will be announced in January.
Each individual student must complete the registration form even if they are participating as a group. Students will meet in the Bone Student Center-Prairie Room to check in at 9:00am and receive instructions. Students will be placed in groups and assigned a location. If you want to be in a group with people from a specific organization or specific individuals, please indicate that on the registration form. Every effort will be given to accommodate group requests. Common tasks during BIBTN include raking leaves, planting, cleaning windows, or moving boxes.
Approximately 40 students are needed to serve in the leadership role of site leader. Site leader responsibilities include: Communication with contact at the service project site during the event, delegation and oversight to ensure project completion, leading post-service reflection and evaluation collection, carrying first aid kit and coordination of site supplies, notifying staff of an emergency. Site Leaders are also REQUIRED to attend a training session prior to the event. If you are interested in serving as a site leader, please email Paige Buschman.
Community partners agree to:
Individual residents wishing to serve as a site for BIBTN should contact our event partner, Off-Campus Services, to discuss registration. Nonprofit organizations wishing to participate as a site can contact Paige Buschman at (309)438-1100.
Faculty and staff volunteers are encouraged to participate in the day of service. You may volunteer and serve alongside the student participants, or you may help with logistics on the day of the event. This includes: participant check-in, driving University vans to sites, and more.
If you are interested in volunteering as a faculty/staff member, please contact the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning at CommunityEngagement@IllinoisState.edu.