March 07, 2012

AmeriCorps chapter plans ‘radical’ silent auction

by Christi Mathis

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- “I will get things done for America,” members of Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s Land of Lincoln AmeriCorps pledge, and that they do on a daily basis.

 In celebration of National AmeriCorps Week March 10-18, and to raise awareness of the group and its contributions, the University’s chapter is holding a unique silent auction. The AmeriCorps’ Radical Silent Auction will be March 17 from 4 to 6 p.m. in the back room of the Longbranch Coffeehouse, 100 E. Jackson St., in Carbondale.

This auction has a unique twist.  Instead of bidding cash for the items from local businesses and artists, auction participants will bid their time, agreeing to donate hours of service at one of the area’s AmeriCorps sites.  You’ll get to choose which of the many locations you’ll serve. 

The goal of the event is to illustrate the vital service AmeriCorps members provide every day, organizers say.  You can have an enjoyable evening with friends and meet AmeriCorps members as you bid on all sorts of items including jewelry, gift certificates and merchandise from local artisans and businesses, according to Emily Boyer, the AmeriCorps member coordinating the event.  Boyer is a December 2011 Spanish graduate from Decatur.

The highest bidders will work alongside AmeriCorps members at various sites including the Boys and Girls Club in Carbondale, Unity Point School, and at several environmental sites, Boyer said. 

“This event gives people the chance to give back to the community, learn about AmeriCorps and the valuable services members provide, and spend some time with friends enjoying wonderful entertainment in a great atmosphere,” Boyer said.

For more information about AmeriCorps’ Radical Silent Auction, or to make a donation, contact Boyer at