Public Service News 2/27/2017

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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/. Follow us on Twitter at UNCServes or 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.

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OPPORTUNITIES AT THE CAROLINA CENTER FOR PUBLIC SERVICE

3/3 – Apply for APPLES’ SLI Engage
3/10 – SMART Mentoring applications
Hurricane Matthew disaster relief trips
APPLES Course Enhancement Grants
APPLES Partnership Grants

INTERNSHIPS, FELLOWSHIPS & AWARDS

Orange County Partnership for Young Children internship
Apply to be a MedServe Fellow

EVENTS & MEETINGS

3/1 – Design Thinking and Food in North Carolina workshop
3/4 – Annual Carolina Indian Circle Pow-Wow
3/9 – Lecture: The Possible Impact of the Election on the U.S. Healthcare System
3/10 – Skills and Practices in Engaged Scholarship workshop
4/1 – Rotary Peace Center spring conference
4/8 – GO! Global Orientation

PUBLIC SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES

4/8 – Town of Chapel Hill egg hunt
Serve on campus/community alcohol task force
Tutor with Habitat for Humanity
Carrboro Day volunteers needed
Spring break volunteer opportunity
Help with Carrboro Community Egg Hunt
Volunteer with WellBaby
Youth girls’ volleyball coaches needed
Local refugee project seeks interpreters
Volunteer with Science Expo
Habitat for Humanity ReStore seeks customer service volunteer
Join the Campus Y executive board

OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE AT THE CAROLINA CENTER FOR PUBLIC SERVICE

3/3 – APPLY FOR APPLES’ SLI ENGAGE

APPLES Service-Learning Initiative (SLI) introduces new Carolina students to service opportunities in the local community. SLI is expanding to include all students in a new program, SLI Engage: a weekend program that incorporates service in the community, conversations and activities around sustainability, and discussions on how to continue being engaged as a public servant not just in college, but during summer vacations or after graduation. SLI Engage is March 31 through April 2. All students are welcome to apply through the Carolina Center for Public Service Application and Nomination Portal by March 3. For questions, contact Nicole Cervi.

3/10 – SMART MENTORING APPLICATIONS

SMART Mentoring engages UNC undergraduate students and local middle-school students in mentoring relationships. The program targets students from low-income communities and focuses on race, class and gender issues. SMART is designed for highly motivated students who are committed to making a positive difference in the lives of youth. Applications to be a SMART Mentor are open for all undergraduate students with preference given to Buckley Public Service Scholars program participants. Apply online through the CCPS Application and Nomination Portal by March 10. For questions, contact Kayla Campbell.

HURRICANE MATTHEW DISASTER RELIEF TRIPS

The Carolina Center for Public Service, together with the university’s campus and community partners, is organizing relief trips for staff, faculty and students who are willing to help with clean-up or who have specialized building and repair skills. Upcoming relief trips are March 17, to Princeville, North Carolina, April 21 to Fayetteville, North Carolina and May 19 to Lumberton, North Carolina. For details on what to expect and information on completing forms, visit UNC Disaster Relief Trips.

APPLES COURSE ENHANCEMENT GRANTS

APPLES Course Enhancement Grants up to $500 are awarded to APPLES faculty. These grants can fund course development materials or support required for APPLES service-learning courses. Past grants provided supplies for a community cooking class, funds for a field trip to a nuclear reactor and computer software to assist with community-based research. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis through the Carolina Center for Public Service Application and Nomination Portal.

APPLES PARTNERSHIP GRANTS

Students enrolled in an APPLES course are eligible to apply for a partnership grant intended to benefit a community partner and deepen the service-learning experience for the student. Grants are up to $100 and can be used to enhance projects completed by students during their volunteer experience. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis through the Carolina Center for Public Service Application and Nomination Portal.

INTERNSHIPS, FELLOWSHIPS & AWARDS

Orange County Partnership for Young Children internship

Orange County Partnership for Young Children offers an internship for students interested in working with childcare centers. Interns initiate gardening projects, connect centers to local farms and teach children about nutrition via cooking classes. Flexible hours and a stipend are available. Contact Maria Hitt for more information.

Apply to be a MedServe Fellow

MedServe is recruiting UNC students interested in healthcare for its second class of fellows. The fellowship connects future medical students with innovative, community-oriented primary care practices across North Carolina. Fellows receive ongoing training and support, become active members of a healthcare team, impact local health issues and work in both a clinical role (e.g. as a medical assistant) and community role (e.g. as a health coach). Application deadline is March 1. For more information, contact Patrick O’Shea.

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EVENTS & MEETINGS

3/1 – DESIGN THINKING AND FOOD IN NORTH CAROLINA WORKSHOP

The UNC Institute for the Environment and CUBE will host a workshop 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. March 1 at the Carolina Club in the George Watts Hill Alumni Center. This hands-on workshop in design thinking will go through a complete design cycle and leverage user studies to create a low-resolution prototype. The focus will be on North Carolina food systems in celebration of UNC’s campus-wide Food for All theme. Register at the Institute for the Environment.

3/4 – ANNUAL CAROLINA INDIAN CIRCLE POW-WOW

The American Indian Center will host its 30th annual Carolina Indian Circle Pow-Wow 11 a.m. March 4 in Fetzer Gym A. There will be Native dance exhibitions, traditional arts and crafts displays, and traditional food tasting. General admission is $4; student admission is $2 with an ID. Free parking is available at Cobb Parking Deck on South Road. For more information, contact Elena Jacobs Polanco at 336-455-1304 or Joseph Locklear at 910-691-4856.

3/9 – Lecture: The Possible Impact of the Election on the U.S. Healthcare System

The Gordon H. DeFriese Distinguished Lecture on Health Services Research and Health policy presents a lecture, The Possible Impact of the Election on the U.S. Healthcare System, at 3 p.m. Thursday, March 9 at the Carolina Club in the George Watts Hill Alumni Center. Stuart Altman, Ph.D. Sol C. Chaikin Professor of National Health Policy, will present the lecture with a reception to follow.

3/10 – Skills and Practices in Engaged Scholarship workshop

The Skills and Practices in Engaged Scholarship Consortium presents the workshop, Keeping the Ground Watered: Nourishing Community Engagement throughout the Research Continuum. The workshop is 10 to 11:30 a.m. March 10 at the NC TraCS Institute in Brinkhous-Bullitt Building, room 219. This workshop will highlight community-engaged projects and share approaches on maintaining connections throughout all phases of research. Light refreshments will be served. Register at UNC Event Registration.

4/1 – ROTARY PEACE CENTER SPRING CONFERENCE

The 14th annual Rotary Peace Center Spring Conference is 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 1 at the FedEx Global Education Center with the theme Bridging Divides. Rotary Peace Fellows will present their research and sharing examples of hope, peacemaking and positive change. Free parking is available in the McCauley Parking Deck located underneath the FedEx Global Education building. Register through Eventbrite.

4/8 – GO! GLOBAL ORIENTATION

UNC’s annual GO! Global Orientation on Culture and Ethics is 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 8 at the FedEx Global Education Center. GO! is a free conference that helps students who are undertaking a global opportunity set expectations, anticipate potential cultural and ethical challenges, prepare for engagement in communities and develop intercultural competencies. The conference covers interdisciplinary topics for undergraduate and graduate students. GO! targets students who either have plans to travel globally or locally and research, intern, volunteer or study, or who are considering a future global opportunity. Registration opens on March 1 and students must register to attend. See the GO! Global Orientation on Culture and Ethics Facebook page for event updates. For questions, contact Niklaus Steiner.

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PUBLIC SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES

 4/8 – TOWN OF CHAPEL HILL EGG HUNT

The town of Chapel Hill will host its egg hunt 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 8 at Southern Community Park, 1000 Sumac Road in Chapel Hill. Volunteers are needed from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. to distribute eggs, assist the bunny and monitor the hunt areas prior to start time. Sign up to volunteer or contact Amanda Fletcher for questions.

Serve on campus/community alcohol task force

The Campus and Community Coalition to Reduce the Negative Impacts of High-Risk Drinking seeks student involvement in this Chapel Hill-wide effort. Student involvement is crucial to implement policies that will have a lasting impact on the community. Task force members sit on committees with high-level stakeholders from the town of Chapel Hill, UNC and other community members. If interested, contact Elinor Landess.

Tutor with Habitat for Humanity

UNC’s Habitat for Humanity tutoring committee travels to Hillsborough every week to tutor elementary through high school students from low-income families. The committee seeks tutors who love working with children and are available Tuesdays or Wednesdays from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Transportation is provided. If interested, contact Meghan Malone.

Carrboro Day volunteers needed

Volunteers are needed for Carrboro Recreation and Parks 2017 Carrboro Day. Join neighbors and friends and celebrate the unique qualities that make Carrboro special. For more information, contact Kathleen Hansen. Apply online to volunteer.

Spring break volunteer opportunity

Habitat for Humanity ReStore seeks volunteers to help during spring break. Duties include sorting donations, organizing the store and assisting customers. Shifts are available 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. or 2 to 5 p.m. March 13 to March 16. For details, visit College Spring Break Volunteer Opportunity.

Help with Carrboro Community Egg Hunt

Volunteers are needed for the Carrboro Community Egg Hunt. Duties include assisting with egg hunt games, activities and age specific hunts. For more information, contact Kathleen Hansen. Apply online to volunteer.

VOLUNTEER WITH WELLBABY

WellBaby seeks volunteers for a class series that meets Tuesday nights until May 19. Volunteers supervise children 5 to 10 years old and help with reading or homework. It is not necessary to volunteer each Tuesday. Volunteers must complete an application and pass a background check. For more information, contact Mae McLendon.

YOUTH GIRLS’ VOLLEYBALL COACHES NEEDED

Carrboro Recreation and Parks needs coaches who can organize practices and communicate effectively with players 10 to 13 years old, parents and recreation department staff. Coaches must also teach proper playing skills, fundamentals and sportsmanship, and provide an enjoyable atmosphere at practices and games. To apply, complete the volunteer application.

Local refugee project seeks interpreters

Linguistic volunteers are needed to pioneer a local biweekly gathering using simple songs from the United States and from home countries of refugees and immigrants. The collected songs will be used to stimulate English-language learning and allow people from a variety of backgrounds to build connections across differences. Volunteers skilled in Burmese, Karen or African languages are especially needed. For more information, contact Claire Bates.

VOLUNTEER WITH SCIENCE EXPO

The UNC Science Expo is 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 22 on Cameron Avenue on UNC’s campus. Volunteers are needed from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 1 to 5 p.m. to assist with set up, exhibitors, information and break down. Complete the special events volunteer registration form to volunteer or contact Amanda Fletcher with questions.

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY RESTORE SEEKS CUSTOMER SERVICE VOLUNTEER

The Habitat for Humanity ReStore needs a friendly and energetic volunteer to help run the customer service desk at least one day a week. ours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. or 2 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. A three-month commitment is preferred. If interested, contact Amanda Casella.

Join the Campus Y executive board

Apply to join the Campus Y executive board. The executive board is an opportunity to guide the direction of UNC’s Center for Social Justice as well as come up with new projects to help the center. The time commitment is approximately 15 hours each week.

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CCPS WEBSITE – FIND US ON THE WEB

The Carolina Center for Public Service (wccps.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, follow us on Twitter at UNCServes 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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