UNC-Chapel Hill named to 2014 President’s Honor Roll for community service

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has again been named to the 2014 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction in General Community Service. The President’s Honor Roll is the highest federal recognition that colleges and universities can receive for community service, service-learning and civic engagement.

UNC-Chapel Hill has been recognized by the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll annually since it began in 2006. For the reporting year (2012-13), more than 17,000 undergraduate and graduate students provided more 1.7 million hours of service. According to the Independent Sector estimate of value for volunteer time for 2013 ($22.14 an hour), the value of the 1,778,624 service hours performed by Carolina students is more than $39 million.

The Carolina Center for Public Service submitted UNC’s nomination on behalf of the University. Three programs were highlighted in the nomination as examples of UNC’s commitment to community engagement. Healthy Girls Save the World (HGSW), Musical Empowerment and the Buckley Public Service Scholars program (BPSS).

Healthy Girls Save the World

HGSW  2013HGSW is a holistic health organization that emphasizes health, allowing girls to establish healthy habits at a young age. The program targets girls ages 8-15 and promotes healthy bodies, healthy minds and healthy relationships. HGSW provides information about exercise and nutrition and integrate lessons on self-esteem, good study habits and the importance of respectful and positive relationships. During free events, participants meet and engage in physical activity with UNC’s female student athletes, including women from basketball, volleyball, soccer, swim, field hockey and gymnastics teams. Participants also hear from nutritionists and fitness instructors, and interact with UNC students from a variety of schools who lead interactive activities to stimulate instruction, dialogue and reflection. HGSW was originally developed through a Bryan Social Innovation Fellowship awarded by the APPLES Service-Learning program at UNC.

Musical Empowerment

Musical Empowerment is a nonprofit, student organization at UNC created to make a difference in the lives of children in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro community. The program’s founders recognized that music fosters discipline, confidence and common values, yet the cost of music lessons can be a significant barrier to children being able to participate in the arts. In 2002, Musical Empowerment was created by a Carolina undergraduate student in response to this need and to connect with Spanish-speaking families in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro community. The program connects children from primarily low-income families in the community with UNC students who volunteer their time to teach free, private, weekly music lessons. In its first year, the program included 12 UNC student volunteers teaching piano, guitar, violin and voice lessons. Since then, Musical Empowerment has grown exponentially and now has more than 100 students involved, teaching lessons in many instruments including trumpet, piano, cello, guitar, clarinet, violin, flute, viola and voice.

Buckley Public Service Scholars program

BPSS - Dunville, HoltonThe Buckley Public Service Scholars program provides a framework for Carolina undergraduate students committed to making a positive impact through community engagement. BPSS challenges participants to expand their understanding of service, connect academic and community-based experiences and build their capacity to help effect change. While completing the program, participants build portfolios reflecting their learning and unique service experiences throughout North Carolina, the nation and the world. BPSS incorporates a substantial commitment to public service and several forms of structured training and reflection on that engagement. Currently approximately 10 percent of Carolina undergraduates are enrolled as participants. After completing the program, Buckley Public Service Scholars are recognized at a special graduation ceremony, receive a public service cord and notation on their academic transcript.

The President’s Honor Roll recognizes higher education institutions whose community service efforts support exemplary community service programs and raise the visibility of effective practices in campus community partnerships. This recognition is part of a strategic commitment to engage millions of college students in service and highlight the critical role of higher education in strengthening communities.

Since 2006, UNC has repeatedly been named to the honor roll with distinction. In 2009, UNC received the President’s Higher Education Community Service Award for General Community Service at a ceremony in New York’s Carnegie Hall.

Carnegie Foundation selects UNC-Chapel Hill for 2015 Community Engagement Classification

The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has selected UNC-Chapel Hill as one of 240 U.S. colleges and universities to receive its 2015 Community Engagement Classification. This is a re-classification for UNC-Chapel Hill; the original classification was received in 2006.Teaching at Hillside High School, Journalism class, which we helped revive their defunct school newspaper, the Hillside Chornicle.  Photo courtesy of the Hillside Chronicle

As the first public university to open its doors, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has built a long tradition of service to the State of North Carolina that has evolved into an even deeper engagement that involves mutually beneficial partnerships between the University and communities in North Carolina and far beyond.

The Carolina Center for Public Service (CCPS) is the pan-university entity for service and engagement. In addition, Carolina has a wide array of programs at the school and unit level, as well as 15 focused centers and institutes formally classified as public service entities and more than 600 officially-recognized student organizations, many focusing entirely on service. In a 2013 campus-wide survey regarding engagement and economic development, campus units reported more than 1,700 community partnerships involving more than 4,000 partners.

“Community engagement is not only part of our history here at Carolina, it is an essential part of our future,” said Chancellor Carol L. Folt. “Its connections to our teaching and research endeavors help distinguish who we are as an institution. The impact of Carolina’s commitment is as broad and deep as the thousands of activities throughout the state and around the world. But perhaps the biggest impact is the number of students who, because of their experiences while at Carolina, leave Chapel Hill well prepared for and dedicated to lives of service.”

Colleges and universities with an institutional focus on community engagement were invited to apply for the classification. Community engagement describes collaboration between institutions of higher education and their larger communities for the mutual beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources.

The Community Engagement Classification was first offered in 2006. Since then, it has been given to 361 schools, 18 of which are in North Carolina. The next opportunity for institutions to apply for classification will be during the 2020 cycle.

SMART mentor makes a difference, motivated by culture

By Dylan Roberts

SMART Mentoring April OoEvery two years, Khin Hnit Oo, who goes by April Oo, travels to Burma to see her family. The junior health policy management major was born in Yangon, Burma, but moved to the United States when she was seven years old. Here at UNC, she is able to maintain a connection to Burma through the SMART Mentoring program. This program linked her to Suzy, her mentee, who is also from Burma. Over the course of the program, the two have developed a bond and engage in small meaningful activities.
SMART Mentoring engages UNC undergraduate students and local middle-school students in mentoring relationships. The program, run in partnership with Volunteers for Youth, targets students from low-income communities and focuses on issues of race, class and gender.
When April and Suzy meet, they typically reflect on their culture by sharing Burmese dishes, practicing the Burmese language and sharing family norms. April is currently teaching Suzy to read, write and speak the Burmese language, which was important to Suzy’s parents. Suzy knows very little Burmese and speaks to her parents only in English, which has created a communication barrier.
“In retrospect, I feel like having a mentor in my life around the age Suzy is now would have helped me tremendously with obstacles I faced as a child of first-generation, Immigrant parents,” Said April. “I learned that Chapel Hill has a considerable Burmese refugee population and I thought my background and fluency in Burmese could be an asset if I were to be matched to a Burmese mentee.”

Since Suzy has been meeting with April, her Burmese vocabulary has expanded, giving her a stronger connection to the Burmese culture. Suzy was born in Burma but has spent all of her life in America. Since she has never met any family members there, April’s guidance is important to her. “I really enjoy hanging out with April. I have a lot of fun,” said Suzy.

April OoAs a Smart mentor, April describes her experience as being much more than just being a mentor. “Suzy reminds me of my own sister, who is 15 and lives in Burma,” she said. In just a few weeks of knowing April, her mentee wrote a meaningful poem:

Well hello, Miss Mellow!
How are you doing on this fine day, aren’t the skies clear today?
The sun is shining and birds are singing,
And I smile at all, the happiness you’re bringing!
The giggles, laughter, chuckles, and fun,
Oh let the light and smiles all come!
Miss Mellow, you are truly a delight,
Because when with you, my day becomes truly bright.

April and Suzy have created a scrapbook of their time together, so they never forget the memories they make. Although the program only runs through the school year, many Smart mentors stay in contact with their mentees and continue to be a positive influence. April has seen tremendous growth from Suzy as a student and has enjoyed being her guide. She hopes to continue their friendship beyond the SMART program.

2014 Alternative Fall Breaks bring new elements

By Janell Smith

bowl_painting_afb2014Since the 1990s, alternative breaks have been a defining experience of the APPLES Service-Learning program. On Oct. 15, APPLES continued with its traditional alternative break structure and sent 70 students to communities across the state and mid-Atlantic region.
Though the basic framework of the breaks remains, much has changed since the first alternative break and the program continues to evolve. This year’s Alternative Fall Break (AFB) program introduced three new components: Service, Engagement, Enrichment and Development (SEED) orientations, the Arts in Public Service break experience and a carbon-free initiative.

SEED Orientations
On Saturday, Oct. 4, approximately 70 select students gathered for a pre-orientation in the Student Union to prepare for the various APPLES AFB experiences on which they would embark.
“Students were very receptive to the pre-orientation, which was complemented by a re-orientation on Oct. 26 after the students’ return,” said senior program officer of APPLES Service-Learning Leslie Parkins.

Pre-orientations are meant to familiarize break participants with the APPLES approach to community engagement and the importance of reflection before the break. Sa’a Mohammed, a junior psychology major and participant on the Urban Communities alternative break, attended the pre-orientation.

group_afb2014“My group was really diverse and each individual brought something different and really valuable to this experience,” Mohammed said. “It was great to meet the group before leaving for the actual trip and to truly learn about service-learning as well.”

Similar to the pre-orientation, the re-orientation provided break participants with the opportunity continue the service-center spirit they cultivated during the break. Christina Galardi, graduate assistant for Alternative Breaks, said this inaugural reorientation was a powerful experience, as it was the first conversation of its kind where students reflected and brainstormed ideas to further the service they began in their break experience in other communities.
“We don’t want [the break] to feel like an isolated experience,” Galardi said. “[Students] come back from the experience very energized and we wanted to give them a forum to channel that energy and focus it on how they could actually use it to feed back into their studies and feed back into their impact on campus.”

2014 AFB APS SelfieArts in Public Service

APPLES launched a new break experience this fall as well. Participants on the Arts in Public Service break harnessed their creativity by incorporating it into service. The break was created through a collaborative grant between APPLES and Carolina Performing Arts and aims to use art as a form of service and community building.
Break leaders Aditi Borde and Kelly Pope, students who are both involved in arts ranging from musical theater to belly dancing, were excited to help students draw new connections between arts and public service through their AFB experience.

“I see the arts as a universal way to communicate,” Pope said. “My hope is that [participants] expand their knowledge on what the ‘arts’.

“I want them to take their new understanding of this art — and all the different art mediums — and use it to communicate, to relate to other people and to provide service ultimately. It can be done, and it is being done.”

Borde, Pope and 10 other UNC students traveled to Asheville, North Carolina during the break, where they discovered how both art and service has become integral to the Asheville community.
The group explored a variety of museums in the Asheville area, including the Center for Craft, Creativity and Design, Black Mountain College Museum, the Folk Art Center, the Asheville Pinball Museum, the Asheville Area Arts Council and a book press. They completed services projects with the Asheville Community Theater, creating bowls that were then donated to a local homeless shelter.2014 AFB APS Learning

The pair is hopeful that this groundbreaking experience has forged sustainable relationships with the community, which will help the alternative break endure for years to come.

Carbon-Neutral Initiative

Daniel Irvin, a junior and AFB co-chair, hopes to incorporate sustainability into APPLES alternative breaks in a different way.

Inspired by a 2011 change at Appalachian State University, where the university’s Alternative Service Experience programs practice carbon neutrality and simple living, Irvin piloted a similar environmentally sustainable initiative with APPLES AFB Environmental Issues.

“I wanted to bring it to APPLES for two reasons,” Irvin said. “I thought it lined up perfectly with our ideals of critically thinking about service, and figuring out how to make our service better. Making a commitment to make all our breaks carbon-neutral shows that we are thinking about how our lives affect the rest of the world, both on break trips and off them.”

Creek_afb2014During the fall break, APPLES participants tracked their carbon emissions, calculating just how much carbon they emitted. These calculations will help the students determine how many trees need to be planted to counterbalance their emissions. To promote carbon neutrality, Irvin plans to partner with UNC groundskeeper for a tree-planting day.

“My second reason [for focusing on this carbon-neutral initiative] was that I thought a big tree-planting day would be a fun way to bring all the breaks together after our trips were over, similar to the big service days we always try to do.

“Usually when APPLES refers to sustainability, it is in the context of sustainable community partnerships and the like. However, I think environmental sustainability can still play a part in APPLES’s sustainability because it shows our commitment to a sustainable world.”

With SEED orientations, the Arts in Public Service break experience and the carbon neutral initiative, a spirit of renewal and excitement has been planted in APPLES AFB.

Public Service News 10/27/2014

The Carolina Center for Public Service (CCPS) publishes the Public Service News to keep students, faculty, staff and community members up-to-date on current public service resources, programs and volunteer opportunities. For more information on CCPS, visit us online at ccps.unc.edu/. Join us on Facebook at Public Service and Engagement UNC Chapel Hill to learn more about what Carolina is doing in public service and engagement or follow us on Twitter at UNC Public Service.

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OPPORTUNITIES AT THE CAROLINA CENTER FOR PUBLIC SERVICE

Why do you serve?

INTERNSHIPS, FELLOWSHIPS & AWARDS

10/31 – Education, capacity building, and disaster preparedness and response grants
Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation summer internship
Chapel Hill/Carrboro Human Rights Center internship
Become a Student U summer teacher
The Carolina College Advising Corps applications

EVENTS & MEETINGS

11/22 – 23 – Hackathon event

PUBLIC SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES

11/1 – Prevention through Education event needs volunteers
11/2 – Alternative Spring Break trip leader applications due
11/2 – ISLA Spanish Festival volunteers needed
YMCA youth volleyball and basketball coaches needed
TABLE seeks volunteers for SnackChef program

OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE AT THE CAROLINA CENTER FOR PUBLIC SERVICE

why do you serve?

The I Serve campaign, launched by the Carolina Center for Public Service, is a simple way to celebrate the vast amount of public service undertaken by Carolina students, staff, faculty and alumni. The campaign honors the 15-year anniversary of the Carolina Center for Public Service and the 25-year anniversary of the APPLES Service-Learning program, which both have facilitated service opportunities on Carolina’s campus for decades. I Serve campaign photos will be featured throughout the school year on the Carolina Center for Public Service website, Facebook and Twitter with the hashtag #uncserves. To join the campaign, post your photos on one of the listed social media pages or send them to ccps@unc.edu. The I Serve campaign celebrates all of the ways UNC serves and to inspire more people on campus to serve and provide them with examples of how and where.

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INTERNSHIPS, FELLOWSHIPS & AWARDS

10/31 – Education, capacity building, and disaster preparedness and response grants

Office Depot Foundation offers grants for education, capacity building, and disaster preparedness and response. The Foundation provides grants averaging $1,000 in three distinct categories: Giving Children Tools for Success supports activities that give young people tools to succeed in school and in life through education and inspiration. Building Capacity to Serve Communities targets programs that help nonprofit organizations to serve the needs of their communities efficiently through innovation and collaboration. Disaster Preparedness, Relief, Recovery and Rebuilding supports efforts that help people and communities prepare for disasters and rebuild and recover when disasters occur.
Application deadline is Oct. 31. For details, visit Office Depot Foundation.

z. smith Reynolds foundation summer internship 

The Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation offers one internship each summer to an undergraduate or graduate student who desires experiences related to philanthropy, the nonprofit sector, public policy, advocacy and/or community service in North Carolina. Interns have the opportunity to assist staff in researching issues and projects related to the long-term goals of the Foundation as well as projects of personal interest. North Carolina natives, residents and/or students attending accredited colleges or universities in the state may apply. For more information or to apply, visit the website. The application deadline is Jan. 5, 2015.

Chapel Hill/carrboro human rights center internship

If you are a current work-study student and are passionate about social justice and community-based nonprofit initiatives, the Chapel Hill/Carrboro Human Rights Center invites you to apply for its fundraising intern position. The hours can be anywhere between five to 15 hours per week depending upon your schedule with a pay of $12.50 per hour. Applicants must not be graduating in December or May 2015. To learn more, contact Nathan Hollister.

Become a student u summer teacher

Student U is looking for undergraduates who are interested in applying for the Middle School Teacher position. Student U teachers work full-time in the summer, creating lesson plans and teaching their own classes. Student U teachers teach one core and one elective class along with co-leading a reading group. Students can visit Student U for more information or to apply. Contact Jessica Cagle with questions.

The carolina college advising corps is now accepting applications

The Carolina College Advising Corps helps high school students find their way to colleges that will serve them well. This is completed by hiring recent graduates from UNC and providing them with the knowledge necessary to be well-trained, enthusiastic advisers. Applications are available now and must be submitted by Jan. 16, 2015. If you have any questions or would like more information, please email Eric Smith.

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EVENTS & MEETINGS

11/22 – 23 – Hackathon event

Lincoln Financial Group is hosting codeLinc 2014, a 24-hour hackathon event in which students from North Carolina universities will code real-world application solutions to solve today’s issues for education-based nonprofit organizations. The event will be held Nov. 22 and 23 in Greensboro, North Carolina. Contact Sol Kovach for more information.

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PUBLIC SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES

11/1 – prevention through education event needs volunteers

On Nov.1, UNC’s schools of medicine and dentistry will partner to organize Prevention through Education, a community event that aims to promote physical health and prevent oral diseases among foreign-born children living in Durham. The event will help Hispanic and refugee families. The program will be held at Vintage Church, 4310 Garrett Road. Sign up to volunteer or contact Kate Magee with questions.

11/2 – Alternative spring break trip leader applications due

Applications to lead a service trip through the Newman Catholic Student Center Parish have been released online and are due Nov. 2. There are four domestic service-immersion trip experiences to apply for and each trip has two leaders. The trips focus on strengthening participants in four areas: community, spirituality, simplicity and social justice. Contact Shannon Kirchmer with questions. Visit the Newman Catholic Student Center Parish to apply.

11/2 – ISLA Spanish festival volunteers needed

ISLA (Immersion for Spanish Language Acquisition) School needs volunteers to help with food, games and craft booths at the Spanish Immersion Festival from 3-7 p.m. Nov. 2 at St. Thomas More School (920 Carmichael Street in Chapel Hill). For more information on how volunteer, contact Sarah Spaltenstein.

YMCA youth volleyball and basketball coaches needed

Youth volleyball and basketball volunteer coaches are needed at the Chapel Hill YMCA. Volleyball coaches are needed from October to December on Tuesday and Thursday nights to coach fourth through eighth-graders. Basketball coaches are needed from January to March of 2015 on weeknights and Saturdays to coach Pre-K through eighth-graders. Coaches can volunteer with friends or be teamed with others to lead teams. Contact Mike Meyen for additional information.

TABLE seeks volunteers for SnackChef program

SnackChef is a TABLE program that teaches children at local afterschool programs how to make healthy snacks to share with their families. Volunteers are needed to prepare ingredients, make to-go bags and go to the after school centers to show the children how to make the snack. To volunteer, visit Volunteer Spot. For details, contact Julia Baker.

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CCPS WEBSITE – FIND US ON THE WEB

The Carolina Center for Public Service’s website (www.ccps.unc.edu) features the latest information about the APPLES Service-Learning, Buckley Public Service Scholars, and Faculty Engaged Scholars programs as well as details about Public Service Awards and Fellowships. You can also read stories of Carolina students, faculty and staff who are making a difference. The Carolina Center for Public Service: Connecting Carolina and Communities – be sure to bookmark the site. Learn more about what Carolina is doing in public service and engagement. Visit us online, or join us today on Facebook at Public Service and Engagement UNC Chapel Hill.

UNC’S DISASTER RESPONSE

Whenever disasters strike – in North Carolina, the United States or around the world – Carolina students, faculty and staff immediately ask, “What can we do to help?” If you are aware of disaster response or recovery efforts being coordinated on campus that you would like listed on this page, send an email to CCPS.

ABOUT OUR NEWSLETTER

The Carolina Center for Public Service (CCPS) publishes the Public Service News to keep students, faculty, staff and community members up-to-date on current public service resources, programs and volunteer opportunities. For more info on CCPS, please visit http://ccps.unc.edu. If you are involved in public service and would like to post an announcement, fill out our online request at http://ccps.unc.edu/news-events/public-service-news-listserv/next-weeks-listserv/. The deadline for inclusion is 5 p.m. on the Wednesday prior to Monday publication. The Public Service News is published only when class is in session, once per week during the academic year and bi-weekly during the summer sessions. To unsubscribe, click here or, send a blank email to leave-34847996-76489955.07b7484471051a00b41b3bf1990b60eb@listserv.unc.edu. Thank you. Back to top

Public Service News 10/20/2014

The Carolina Center for Public Service (CCPS) publishes the Public Service News to keep students, faculty, staff and community members up-to-date on current public service resources, programs and volunteer opportunities. For more information on CCPS, visit us online at ccps.unc.edu/. Join us on Facebook at Public Service and Engagement UNC Chapel Hill to learn more about what Carolina is doing in public service and engagement or follow us on Twitter at UNC Public Service.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

OPPORTUNITIES AT THE CAROLINA CENTER FOR PUBLIC SERVICE

10/20 – Bryan Social Innovation Fellowship application deadline
10/22 – APPLES Alternative Spring Break informational open house
Share photos of why you serve

INTERNSHIPS, FELLOWSHIPS & AWARDS

10/31 – Education, capacity building, and disaster preparedness and response grants
10/31 – Public Administration Leadership Challenge
11/3 – The Carolina Parents Council grant applications
11/16 – 2015 Data Fellows program

PUBLIC SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES

10/25 – Haunted H.A.C. and Trunk-or-Treat
TABLE seeks volunteers for SnackChef program
Rainbow Soccer needs volunteer assistant coaches
CEF-Latin@ looking for Spanish speaking volunteers

OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE AT THE CAROLINA CENTER FOR PUBLIC SERVICE

10/20 – Bryan Social Innovation Fellowship application deadline

Are you interested in developing a project that addresses a community need? Would you like help getting started? Apply for the Bryan Social Innovation Fellowship. Selected applicants will enroll together in a public policy service-learning course on project management, receive $1,500 – $2,500 to launch their project, get support from APPLES students and staff, connect with a larger community of social innovators and gain invaluable experience in social innovation. Transfer students are also eligible. Apply by Oct. 20 online through the Carolina Center for Public Service Application and Nomination Portal.

10/22 – APPLES Alternative Spring Break informational open house

The APPLES Service-Learning program offers five alternative spring break experiences for undergraduate students during the university’s spring break, March 6 -16. To complement the immersive break experience, the Alternative Spring Break program includes a two-credit hour, pass/fail course component, HBEH 610: Critical Approaches to Service-Learning. In this course, students examine service, theories and experiences related to community development and social change. Students apply what they learn from this course to the break experience and reflect on the experience upon their return. Join ASB leaders for a casual informational open house at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 22, in Frank Porter Graham Student Union, Suite 3514. Drop by to meet co-chairs and break leaders, learn more about ASB program focus areas and ask questions about the application and interview process. For details, contact the ASB co-chairs, Joshua Bradley or Olivia Perry. Interested students of all majors and backgrounds are encouraged to apply through the Carolina Center for Public Service Application and Nomination Portal by Oct. 27.

Share photos of why you serve

The I Serve campaign, launched by the Carolina Center for Public Service, is a simple way to celebrate the vast amount of public service undertaken by Carolina students, staff, faculty and alumni. The campaign honors the 15-year anniversary of the Carolina Center for Public Service and the 25-year anniversary of the APPLES Service-Learning program, which both have facilitated service opportunities on Carolina’s campus for decades. I Serve campaign photos will be featured throughout the school year on the Carolina Center for Public Service website, Facebook and Twitter with the hashtag #uncserves. To join the campaign, post your photos on one of the listed social media pages or send them to ccps@unc.edu. The I Serve campaign celebrates all of the ways UNC serves and to inspire more people on campus to serve and provide them with examples of how and where.

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INTERNSHIPS, FELLOWSHIPS & AWARDS

10/31 – Education, capacity building, and disaster preparedness and response grants

Office Depot Foundation offers grants for education, capacity building, and disaster preparedness and response. The Foundation provides grants averaging $1,000 in three distinct categories: Giving Children Tools for Success supports activities that give young people tools to succeed in school and in life through education and inspiration. Building Capacity to Serve Communities targets programs that help nonprofit organizations to serve the needs of their communities efficiently through innovation and collaboration. Disaster Preparedness, Relief, Recovery and Rebuilding supports efforts that help people and communities prepare for disasters and rebuild and recover when disasters occur.
Application deadline is Oct. 31. For details, visit Office Depot Foundation.

10/31- Public Administration Leadership council

Sign up for the third annual Public Administration Leadership Challenge (PALC), a case study competition that gives UNC undergraduate students an opportunity to propose solutions to real public service issues. Play the role of a local leader and propose your innovative solutions to a dynamic public issue. Each team of three to five participants will receive a scenario involving a real, multifaceted community problem. Teams will be asked to manage various resources like time, money, human capital and other constraints to propose a creative solution to a public administration problem. Teams will have limited time to research and plan a response to the issue, and will then present their solutions to a panel of local leaders, graduate school faculty members and other public service professionals. This panel will choose the winning team which will receive a certificate and $1,000 cash prize. For details, visit UNC PAL Challenge. Apply by midnight on Oct. 31. Join PAL for an opening session at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 3, where teams will receive the case and meet current MPA graduate students, who will be available to answer any questions. The competition will take place 1 – 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 14. Both events will be held at the UNC School of Government.

11/3- The Carolina Parents Council grant application deadline

Each year, the Carolina Parents Council selects new and innovative programs/events for funding through the Parents Council Grant Fund. The Parents Council has granted substantial funding to several academic and student affairs departments for programs/events that contribute to the quality of undergraduate student life and learning at Carolina. While grant awards from the Council can be given in varying amounts, the maximum amount for an award is $15,000. All grant applications must be submitted in full to the Parents Council by 5 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 3. For more information and to apply, visit Carolina Parents Council Grant Program.

11/16 – data science issues call for 2014 data fellows program

The National Consortium for Data Science (NCDS), a public-private partnership to advance data science and capitalize on the opportunities of big data, seeks participants for its 2015 Data Fellows Program. Fellowships are open to all faculty members at NCDS member institutions, although preference will be given to those with five years of service or less. Three faculty researchers whose work supports the NCDS mission of advancing data science, finding solutions to data-related problems and taking advantage of the many research, business and social opportunities related to big data will be awarded up to $50,000. For more information and a submission form, visit NCDS. Application deadline is Nov. 16.

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PUBLIC SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES

10/25 – Haunted h.a.c. and Trunk-or-treat

The Town of Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation Department will host Haunted H.A.C. at 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25 at the Homestead Aquatics Center (300 N. Park Drive). Organizations, businesses and individuals are needed to volunteer to decorate their vehicles trunk and provide pre-packaged candy for an expected 200 participants. For event details, contact Lizzie Burrill or call 919-968-2798.

TABLE seeks volunteers for SnackChef program

SnackChef is a TABLE program that teaches children at local afterschool programs how to make healthy snacks to share with their families. Volunteers are needed to prepare ingredients, make to-go bags and go to the after school centers to show the children how to make the snack. To volunteer, visit Volunteer Spot. For details, contact Julia Baker.

rainbow soccer needs volunteer assistant coaches

Rainbow Soccer needs volunteer coaches for its Kick Start program. This program, which meets once a week from 5 – 6 p.m. on Fridays, is for the program’s youngest players, ages 3 – 6. Training curriculum with suggested activities is available. Those interested in working with an older age group are asked to join head coaches that need assistants. Contact Karen Aldridge for more information.

CEF-Latin@ looking for Spanish speaking volunteers

CEF-Latin@ engages in one-on-one work with Latino community members to help them attain financial and employment goals. This year our group is focusing on building a partnership with the Latino Community Credit Union in an effort to ensure the expansion of savings opportunities for community members experiencing poverty. We will be creating various promotional materials and serving dozens of Spanish speaking savers. Contact Victoria Castillo for more information.

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CCPS WEBSITE – FIND US ON THE WEB

The Carolina Center for Public Service’s website (www.ccps.unc.edu) features the latest information about the APPLES Service-Learning, Buckley Public Service Scholars, and Faculty Engaged Scholars programs as well as details about Public Service Awards and Fellowships. You can also read stories of Carolina students, faculty and staff who are making a difference. The Carolina Center for Public Service: Connecting Carolina and Communities – be sure to bookmark the site. Learn more about what Carolina is doing in public service and engagement. Visit us online, or join us today on Facebook at Public Service and Engagement UNC Chapel Hill.

UNC’S DISASTER RESPONSE

Whenever disasters strike – in North Carolina, the United States or around the world – Carolina students, faculty and staff immediately ask, “What can we do to help?” If you are aware of disaster response or recovery efforts being coordinated on campus that you would like listed on this page, send an email to CCPS.

ABOUT OUR NEWSLETTER

The Carolina Center for Public Service (CCPS) publishes the Public Service News to keep students, faculty, staff and community members up-to-date on current public service resources, programs and volunteer opportunities. For more info on CCPS, please visit http://ccps.unc.edu. If you are involved in public service and would like to post an announcement, fill out our online request at http://ccps.unc.edu/news-events/public-service-news-listserv/next-weeks-listserv/. The deadline for inclusion is 5 p.m. on the Wednesday prior to Monday publication. The Public Service News is published only when class is in session, once per week during the academic year and bi-weekly during the summer sessions. To unsubscribe, click here or, send a blank email to leave-34847996-76489955.07b7484471051a00b41b3bf1990b60eb@listserv.unc.edu. Thank you. Back to top

Carolina Center for Public Service celebrates 15th anniversary


For the last 15 years, the Carolina Center for Public Service has worked to fulfill the promise of the first public university – doing everything from providing fellowships to supporting students and faculty in public service and engagement. On Nov. 14, the Center celebrated that theme – and its decade and a half of service – with a reception honoring students, faculty, staff and community partners who have been instrumental in its work.

“Although we have seen many changes in 15 years, one thing has remained constant: the dedication of this University to serve the state,” said Lynn Blanchard, director of the Center. “At the same time the Carolina Center for Public Service is celebrating the accomplishments of the last 15 years, we are also reaffirming our commitment to help fulfill the promise of the first public university in the years to come.”

The week the Center was founded in 1999, the eastern part of North Carolina was devastated by Hurricane Floyd. Then-Chancellor Michael Hooker charged the Center with organizing the campus’ response.

Since then the Center has continued to strengthen and expand UNC-Chapel Hill’s tradition of service and engagement in a myriad of ways, including three major programs: APPLES Service-Learning, Buckley Public Service Scholars and Thorp Faculty Engaged Scholars. Through these programs, students, faculty and staff documented almost 247,000 hours in service with communities in the 2013-2014 year alone.

“I cannot thank the Center and its APPLES Service-Learning program enough. They have provided our organization with irreplaceable volunteers,” said Jenice Ramirez, executive director and vice president of La Isla, a community nonprofit organization that provides a safe and nurturing environment for native Spanish speaking children with the purpose of promoting literacy in the language of Spanish.

“Our program would not be what it is without them. They allow us to provide our students with top notch one-on-one assistance and bring so many amazing ideas to our program.”

SUPPORTING CHANGE-MAKERS

In 2009, the APPLES Service-Learning program became a part of the Carolina Center for Public Service. APPLES is a student-led program that transforms educational experiences by connecting academic learning and public service. Since 1990, APPLES has strengthened civic engagement by bringing together students, faculty and communities in sustained and mutually beneficial partnerships. Along with many other activities, APPLES includes the Robert E. Bryan Social Innovation Fellowships, which support aspiring social change-makers who are interested in providing a significant contribution locally, nationally or internationally through an entrepreneurial project that addresses a community need.

Kliink, an organization that links donors and educational nongovernmental organizations in India, is a recent recipient of a Bryan Fellowship. Kliink’s website aims to change the process of giving by providing a streamlined presentation of information for the donor to see the impacts of their contributions.
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“The Bryan Social Innovation Fellowship helped build the base Kliink needed to start a well-functioning organization,” said Nikhil Jyothinagaram, a senior economics major and one of the creators of Kliink. “The guidance and instruction from the program helped us with everything from management to fundraising. Moving forward, my team and I are more confident that we have what it takes to run a social venture.”

A POSITIVE IMPACT

In 2003, the Buckley Public Service Scholars program was created to provide a framework for undergraduate students committed to making a positive impact through service. Since the program’s inception, more than 5,635 students have participated, contributing 1.35 million hours of service. Currently about 10 percent of Carolina undergraduates are enrolled as participants.

One such student is senior Katie Savage. The political science major recently founded Advocates for Carolina, UNC’s first club for students with disabilities. The organization works to increase awareness, accessibility and education about disabilities on campus. Like many other BPSS students, Katie is a leader who works to engage with the UNC community in a meaningful way.

“Serving others is something that has always been in my heart. Over the last two years, I have been surrounded by people who see life just as I do: Life should be one of service,” said Savage. “Being a Buckley Public Service Scholar has been an experience in which I not only gave a lot, but received a lot in return. I will take so much away from this experience when I leave Carolina.”

ENGAGING FACULTY

Since its inception in 2007, 43 faculty members have been selected to participate in the Thorp Faculty Engaged Scholars Program, representing nine schools and 21 departments. This year, the fifth class of scholars was selected. One member of the class is Cheryl Giscombe, an assistant professor in the School of Nursing. Her research projects focus on examining stress and the risk of obesity in African-American women.

“The Thorp Faculty Engaged Scholars program is providing me with a rich opportunity to enhance my community-based scholarship,” said Giscombe. “In particular, this experience is providing me with the necessary tools to maximize my training as a psychiatric nurse practitioner and a social and health psychologist to integrate my research, my practice, and my teaching of undergraduate and graduate nursing students to develop and implement culturally-relevant and sustainable evidence-based interventions that will improve mental health care for underserved populations.”

NEXT UP

In celebration of the 15-year anniversary, the Center recently launched the I Serve campaign, a simple way to honor the vast amount of public service undertaken by UNC’s students, staff, faculty and alumni. The campaign highlights campus community members and why and how they are involved in serving others.

“I serve to help our students and our faculty change the world,” wrote Chancellor Carol Folt.

Janell Smith, a junior Journalism and Mass Communication major, wrote, “I serve because change doesn’t happen on its own. Change needs and agent.”

Alumnus Antawn Jamison wrote, “I serve because this is where all of my dreams came true.”

In addition to celebrating the anniversary, organizers hope the I Serve campaign will help inspire and motivate others to serve – for many years to come.

CCPS 15th Anniversary

Sherpa Fellowship honors pioneering conservationist

By Laura Fisher

The late Mingma Norbu Sherpa was a pioneering conservationist in the Himalaya who believed that “saving nature should not take place at the expense of the people.” His work inspired Donald and Karen Wagoner to create the Sherpa Fellowship at the Carolina Center for Public Service for students motivated by Sherpa’s life story and willing to make a similar commitment to conservation. The Wagoners, who are both graduates of Carolina’s MBA program, believe the university’s global reach for study and research in environmental areas made UNC the perfect place to establish the Sherpa Fellowship. Their own public service supporting environmental and other causes made the Carolina Center for Public Service the obvious home for the fellowship.

Billy Gerhard in labThe inaugural Sherpa Fellowship was awarded to William Gerhard ’14, a biology major from Charlotte, for his work evaluating the effectiveness of new drinking water infrastructure systems on the Galapagos Island of San Cristobal. After an initial summer gathering data from the distributed water of old and new drinking water plants, Gerhard continued this study for a second year by spending six weeks performing microbial, chemical and physical analyses of the new distribution system. The results of the study can help local government more efficiently allocate resources to providing clean drinking water to the 7,000 residents of San Cristobal. In addition, Gerhard worked with local scientists to create a lab that can assess the effectiveness of water treatment and distribution systems on the island for years to come. There is also evidence that the new treatment plant and distribution systems have had a positive impact on human health. With plans to return to the Galapagos for a third summer, Gerhard and fellow scientists working at the Galapagos Science Center hope to provide additional insight about the correlation between quality of drinking water and health on the island of San Cristobal.

Billy Gerhard and Donald WagonerThis past summer, Donald Wagoner spent time in the Galapagos with Gerhard to observe his work and learn about the area. “From my brief stay and observation, Billy has done a masterful job of addressing these social issues and in educating, involving and building the confidence of the people so that the project will go on,” said Wagoner, who understands the importance of the Galapagos residents support in the success of the project’s implementation. “We could not be more pleased with the selection of the study of drinking water and pathogens in the Galapagos,” Wagoner added. “This is precisely the sort of project we envisioned when we conceived of the fellowship, and Billy Gerhard is a most worthy, inaugural recipient.”

The fellowship, to be awarded annually, provides $1,250 to support field study and engaged research in environmental areas at field sites, preferably abroad. Preference is given to students participating in the Buckley Public Service Scholars program who are majoring in business, environmental science or economics. For more information, visit Sherpa Fellowship.

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OPPORTUNITIES AT THE CAROLINA CENTER FOR PUBLIC SERVICE

9/15 – Final call – APPLES Alternative Fall Break applications due
9/15 – Last call – First-Year Service Corps applications due
9/19 – Public Service Fair
9/30 – Buckley Public Service Scholars enrollment open
10/20 – Bryan Social Innovation Fellowship applications accepted
Join the I Serve campaign

INTERNSHIPS, FELLOWSHIPS & AWARDS

9/30 – Campus Kitchen launch grant
10/3 – Passport to GO!
11/2 – William Jefferson Clinton Hunger Leadership Awards
Laura W. Bush Traveling Fellowship
TABLE seeks intern
Elizabeth Edwards Foundation Fellows Program

EVENTS & MEETINGS

9/19 – Seminar Series on Engaged Scholarship
9/19 – Extended disaster relief trip opportunities and leadership roles
10/9 – Local. Sustainable. UNC soccer game

PUBLIC SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES

9/19-21 – NC GreenPower needs volunteers
9/26 – Special Olympics seeks volunteer swim coaches

10/4- Volunteers needed for the Color Run 5K
10/24- Haunted house volunteers needed
Volunteer swim coaches for children with special needs
Youth basketball coaches needed
Halloween carnival volunteers needed
Preparing International Teaching Assistants needs volunteers
Launch seeks volunteer high school counselors
Technology Without Borders recruiting volunteers and student leaders
Veggie Van seeks PR and health promotion interns
Volunteer youth soccer coaches needed

OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE AT THE CAROLINA CENTER FOR PUBLIC SERVICE

9/15 – Final call – APPLES Alternative Fall Break applications due

Applications for the APPLES Service-Learning alternative fall breaks (AFB) close today. Through alternative breaks, students engage in hands-on work while learning about focus areas. Apply to participate in one of six breaks, including Latino Communities, Urban Communities, Rural Communities, Environmental Issues and Arts in Public Service. Interested students are encouraged to apply online through the Carolina Center for Public Service Application and Nomination Portal. For questions, contact Janell Smith or call 301-237-1889.

9/15 – Last call – First-Year Service Corps applications due

The Carolina Center for Public Service offers a unique opportunity for selected first-year students to come together with faculty and staff throughout the year to deepen their academic and practical experience in public service during their time at Carolina. Through a variety of activities, participants learn about existing and emerging opportunities for public service and engagement on and off campus. First-Year Service Corps members benefit from: a two-day immersive orientation during fall break (Oct. 16-17); capacity-building sessions led by faculty, staff, community partners and Carolina Students; exposure to leaders in public service realms including social entrepreneurship, community-based participatory research, advocacy and more; and ongoing networking and leadership opportunities within BPSS after program completion. First-year students at Carolina enrolled in BPSS can apply to participate in the First-Year Service Corps. Apply online through the CCPS Application and Nomination Portal. Deadline is Monday, Sept. 15.

9/19 – Public Service Fair

The Community Service Council of the Executive Branch of Student Government at UNC-Chapel Hill and the Carolina Center for Public Service will host this year’s Public Service Fair 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19 in The Pit on the UNC campus. Several community organizations will be available to share volunteer opportunities. For questions, contact Blake Wall or Matt Wotus.

9/30 – Buckley Public Service Scholars fall enrollment open

Enrollment is open for the Buckley Public Service Scholars program (BPSS). BPSS provides a framework for Carolina undergraduate students committed to making a positive impact through service. All undergraduate students with at least four semesters remaining at Carolina can enroll in the Buckley Public Service Scholars program during the enrollment period. Transfer students must have three semesters remaining to enroll. When enrolling, students should sign up for an orientation session or make sure that they will be available for an orientation session the following semester. Enroll online through the Buckley Portfolio. Enrollment for the 2014 fall semester will close Sept. 30.

10/20 – Bryan Social Innovation Fellowship applications accepted

Are you interested in developing a project that addresses a community need? Would you like help getting started? Apply for the Bryan Social Innovation Fellowship. Selected applicants will enroll together in a public policy service-learning course on project management, receive $1,500 – $2,500 to launch their project, get support from APPLES students and staff, connect with a larger community of social innovators and gain invaluable experience in social innovation. Transfer students are also eligible. Apply by Oct. 20 online through the Carolina Center for Public Service Application and Nomination Portal.

Join the I Serve campaign

The I Serve campaign, launched by the Carolina Center for Public Service, is a simple way to celebrate the vast amount of public service undertaken by Carolina students, staff, faculty and alumni. The campaign honors the 15-year anniversary of the Carolina Center for Public Service and the 25-year anniversary of the APPLES Service-Learning program, which both have facilitated service opportunities on Carolina’s campus for decades. I Serve campaign photos will be featured throughout the school year on the Carolina Center for Public Service website, Facebook and Twitter with the hashtag #uncserves. To join the campaign, post your photos on one of the listed social media pages or send them to ccps@unc.edu. The I Serve campaign celebrates all of the ways UNC serves and to inspire more people on campus to serve and provide them with examples of how and where.

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INTERNSHIPS, FELLOWSHIPS & AWARDS

9/30 – Campus Kitchen launch grant

The Campus Kitchen Project offers $5,000 grants for students on a campus considering starting a Campus Kitchen chapter. Campus Kitchen students rescue food that would have gone to waste from their on-campus dining hall cafeterias and use that food to prepare and serve balanced nutritious meals to food insecure residents in their communities. For details, visit The Campus Kitchen Project.

10/3 – passport to Go!

Never had a passport? Passport to GO! has you covered. New Carolina students (first-year and transfer students), apply today for the Passport to GO! Fellowship from the Center for Global Initiatives. Students will receive funding for their first passport, gain access to workshops and receive advising to help find the right career-enhancing global experience at UNC. Applications are due Oct. 3. For more information or submit application, visit Passport to GO!

11/2 – William Jefferson Clinton Hunger Leadership Awards

The William Jefferson Clinton Hunger Leadership Award is a cash award that will be presented during the 2015 Universities Fighting World Hunger Summit at the University of Guelph on Feb. 20-22. The award recognizes outstanding students who have demonstrated leadership in areas related to food insecurity, malnutrition and poverty and who are committed to a life of service in one of those areas or a related discipline. This award is presented annually by Stop Hunger Now and the North Carolina State University Center for Student Leadership, and Ethics and Public Service (CSLEPS). For more information, visit Stop hunger Now or contact Jan Rivero or Amanda Itliong.

Laura W. Bush Traveling Fellowship

The Laura W. Bush Traveling Fellowship, offered through the U.S. Department of State, is intended for American college students who have not traveled abroad. Applications are being accepted to fund innovative travel around the world by young people who use education, natural sciences, social and human sciences, culture, and/or communication and information to build strong ties among nations. For details and to apply, visit the U.S. Department of State.

TABLE seeks intern

TABLE, a nonprofit that provides healthy foods to local, food-insecure kids, seeks an intern to help with program and administrative tasks. TABLE is located at 205 W. Weaver Street in downtown Carrboro on a bus route. Intern tasks include attending a volunteer shift, writing thank you notes, sending emails, record keeping, assisting the program director with various tasks, special projects as assigned and one to two independent projects. If interested, contact TABLE or call 919-636-4860.

Elizabeth Edwards Foundation Fellows Program

The Elizabeth Edwards Foundation seeks dedicated and enthusiastic college students to serve as Elizabeth Mentors for the 2014-15 academic year. Mentors will work with selected Elizabeth Fellows from the program, which is a comprehensive effort to provide promising students from Broughton High School in Raleigh, N.C., with the resources, tools and support needed to succeed in life. For questions, contact Sarah Shapiro.

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EVENTS & MEETINGS

9/19 – Seminar Series on Engaged Scholarship

The first seminar of the Seminar Series on Engaged Scholarship: Making the Case for Community- Engaged Scholarship will be held 9 – 10:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 19 in Toy Lounge, Dey Hall. During this interactive presentation, participants will explore aspects of developing, documenting and presenting their work in ways that promote greater understanding of the scholarly nature and potential impact of community-engaged scholarship. Presenter is Lynn Blanchard, M.P.H., Ph.D. and director of the Carolina Center for Public Service. Sign in begins at 8:45 a.m. and coffee, tea and bagels will be provided. Register online.

9/19 – extended disaster relief trip opportunities and leadership roles

 

Tentative Extended Disaster Relief break locations for this years are: New York for fall break, New York for Thanksgiving break, New Orleans for winter break, and possibly Detroit for spring break. In addition, a disaster preparedness workshop is being organized for Oct. 4. The fall break trip is Oct. 15-19 and will include approximately 12 people. Leaders of this trip are responsible for finding housing and volunteer opportunities in New York. Leaders will also develop the budget, which includes gas, housing and meals while in New York. If interested, apply online. If interested in a leadership role, complete the trip leader application. Applications for both are due Sept. 19. For more information, contact Matthew Sanchez.

10/9 – Local. Sustainable. UNC soccer game

Student and community organizations that work on issues related to the five basic human rights – water, food, health, housing and education – are invited to table at the UNC women’s soccer game against Wake Forest 6 – 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9 at Fetzer Field. Organizations will share information about their services with those who attend the game. The event is co-sponsored by the UNC Department of Athletics, UNC Sustainability Office, Carolina Center for Public Service and The Football Club For USA Water Food Health Housing and Education. For more information and to register an organization, visit The Football Club or contact Jeff Lipman and 617-331-0249.

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PUBLIC SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES

9/19-21 – NC GREENPOWER NEEDS VOLUNTEERS

NC GreenPower is an independent nonprofit whose mission is to improve the quality of North Carolina’s environment by connecting consumers with renewable energy and carbon offset providers. Volunteers help carry the message of its mission throughout North Carolina. NC GreenPower will be at the Raleigh International Festival on Sept. 19-21 with an outreach table. Students who are interest in volunteering with NC GreenPower or visiting their table at the Raleigh International Festival should contact Katie Lebrato.

9/26 – special Olympics seeks volunteer swim coaches

Special Olympics Orange County seeks volunteer swim coaches for its special education P.E. classes to teach swimming to youth ages 5 to 21. Classes run from Sept. 15 to Dec. 4. Sessions are Monday or Wednesday 10 – 10:40 a.m., 10:45 – 11:20 a.m.; Tuesday 1-1:40 p.m.; Thursday 10:15 – 10:55 a.m. and 11 – 11:40 a.m. No swim coaching experience is required. Athletes range from beginner to competitive swimmers. To volunteer, contact Colleen Lanigan or call 919-968-2810 by Sept. 26.

10/4 – volunteers needed for the color run 5k

The Color Run 5k has partnered with Camp Kesem North Carolina, an organization that supports children who have a parent with cancer. Volunteers are needed on race day, Oct. 4  from 6 a.m. to noon. Transportation to Research Triangle Park and breakfast will be provided for those who need it. Contact Lauren Pipal by Sept. 20 to sign up.

10/24 – haunted house volunteers needed

The UNC Faculty Club needs Haunted House volunteer actors on Oct. 24 from 5:30 – 9 p.m. Volunteers will be part of the haunted house fundraiser for Paws4ever, an animal sanctuary in Mebane, N.C. Individuals and groups are welcome to volunteer. Contact Seth Pomerantz for more information regarding character roles, what to wear and where to go.

chapel hill parks and recreation needs swim coaches for children with special needs

Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation’s Adapted Recreation program needs volunteers to work one-on-one with children and teens with disabilities (mostly Autism and Asperger’s). Experience teaching swim lessons is not necessary. Volunteers will assist children as they practice what the instructor teaches and must commit to all weeks of class. Classes are Wednesdays 6:30 – 7:15 p.m. and/or 7:30 – 8:15 p.m. Classes run from Sept. 24 – Nov. 19 (no class Oct. 15) at Homestead Aquatics Center. For more information, contact Marian Kaslovsky.

youth basketball coaches needed

The Carrboro Recreation and Parks Department is accepting volunteer coach’s applications for the 2014 – 2015 youth basketball program. Coaches must exhibit the ability to organize practices and communicate effectively with players, parents and recreation department staff. Openings exist for the 6 – 8 and 13 – 15 age groups. For more information, call the recreation department at 919-918-7376 or contact Craig Wolfe.

Carrboro recreation and parks department seeks volunteers for Halloween carnival

The Carrboro Recreation and Parks Department seeks volunteers to help at the Annual Carrboro Halloween Carnival on Oct. 31 from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. The carnival consists of children’s games such as duck pond, cookie walk, ring toss, football throw and more. If interested, contact Dana Hughes or call 919-918-7372.

Preparing International Teaching Assistants needs volunteers

UNC’s Preparing International Teaching Assistants Program seeks undergraduate volunteers to serve as classroom consultants and conversation partners. A 10-15 hour per semester commitment is expected. All majors are welcome for this on-campus opportunity. Contact Brian Rybarczyk for details and program information.

Launch seeks volunteer high school counselors

Launch is a student organization designed to help college-aspiring, high school in their transition to higher education. Launch is currently looking for counselors to join its 2014-15 program. Counselors will volunteer at a local high school on a bi-weekly basis to present workshops on the college transition. Interested students should email Launch or visit Launch.

Technology Without Borders recruiting volunteers and student leaders

Volunteer with Technology Without Borders to gain a unique involvement in the Chapel Hill community. Through Technology Without Borders’ mentor program, student volunteers are paired one-on-one with community members. Mentors will to teach fundamental computer skills to community members to enhance digital literacy, job competitiveness and foster a relationship between students and the community. Applications are now being accepted. For more details, visit Technology Without Borders.

Veggie Van seeks PR and health promotion interns

Veggie Van is a mobile market that serves local neighborhoods with barriers to accessing fresh, healthy food. Volunteer PR interns are needed to raise Veggie Van’s voice in the community. Health promotion interns will gain new skills, experience designing and implementing health promotion strategies and make connections within the local health promotion network. To apply, visit Community Nutrition Partnership.

Volunteer youth soccer coaches needed

With a record-setting fall enrollment, Rainbow Soccer still needs dedicated youth soccer coaches and assistants. Coaches are expected to dedicate three to four hours per week to coaching on late afternoons and Saturday mornings. Coaching with friends is encouraged, too.  For details, contact Karen Aldridge.

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CCPS WEBSITE – FIND US ON THE WEB

The Carolina Center for Public Service’s website (www.ccps.unc.edu) features the latest information about the APPLES Service-Learning, Buckley Public Service Scholars, and Faculty Engaged Scholars programs as well as details about Public Service Awards and Fellowships. You can also read stories of Carolina students, faculty and staff who are making a difference. The Carolina Center for Public Service: Connecting Carolina and Communities – be sure to bookmark the site. Learn more about what Carolina is doing in public service and engagement. Visit us online, or join us today on Facebook at Public Service and Engagement UNC Chapel Hill.

UNC’S DISASTER RESPONSE

Whenever disasters strike – in North Carolina, the United States or around the world – Carolina students, faculty and staff immediately ask, “What can we do to help?” If you are aware of disaster response or recovery efforts being coordinated on campus that you would like listed on this page, send an email to CCPS.

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Seminar Series on Engaged Scholarship: Making the Case for Community- Engaged Scholarship

The first seminar of the Seminar Series on Engaged Scholarship: Making the Case for Community- Engaged Scholarship will be held 9 – 10:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 19 in Toy Lounge, Dey Hall. During this interactive presentation, participants will explore aspects of developing, documenting and presenting their work in ways that promote greater understanding of the scholarly nature and potential impact of community-engaged scholarship. Sign in and refreshments are at 8:45 a.m. Register online.

The Seminar Series on Engaged Scholarship is sponsored by the Skills and Practices in Engaged Scholarship Consortium (Carolina Center for Public Service, Center for Faculty Excellence, Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention and NC TraCS Institute). This series consists of four annual one and a half-hour sessions to promote community engagement and engaged scholarship being done at UNC-Chapel Hill.