Public Service News 1/8/2018

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.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

OPPORTUNITIES AT THE CAROLINA CENTER FOR PUBLIC SERVICE

1/20 – Davis Projects for Peace Award
1/24 – APPLES Service-Learning summer internship applications
1/31 – Buckley Public Service Scholars spring enrollment
2/5 – Apply to be a Community Engagement Fellow
2/6 – Outward Bound scholarships
2/7 – Ned Brooks Award
2/7 – Office of the Provost Awards
2/7 – Robert E. Bryan Awards
2/8 – Ronald W. Hyatt Rotary Public Service Award
2/8 – Mingma Norbu Sherpa Fellowship
3/12 – Thorp Faculty Engaged Scholars call for applications

INTERNSHIPS, FELLOWSHIPS & AWARDS

1/17 – Carolina Navigators spring service-learning experience
2/22 – Breakthrough Collaborative

EVENTS & MEETINGS

1/15 – UNC-MLK 5K
1/18- UNC MLK lecture and award ceremony

PUBLIC SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES

1/10 – Help children with disabilities learn to swim
United Way day of service project opportunities
1/10/18 – Help children with disabilities learn to swim
Join Enrich ELL
Rainbow Soccer needs spring coaches
Alternative spring break opportunity
Spring baseball and volleyball coaches needed

OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE AT THE CAROLINA CENTER FOR PUBLIC SERVICE

1/20 – DAVIS PROJECTS FOR PEACE AWARD

The Davis Projects for Peace Award is open to all undergraduates at the 76 institutions (including UNC-Chapel Hill) that are part of the Davis United World College Scholars Program. Students are invited to design grassroots projects that they will implement during the summer. Davis Projects for Peace selects 100 projects judged to be the most promising and feasible and funds them at $10,000 each. Apply online through the Carolina Center for Public Service Application and Nomination Portal by Jan. 20.

1/24 – APPLES Service-Learning summer internship applications

APPLES Service-Learning is accepting applications for its summer internship program. Students intern at a variety of nonprofit and government organizations, receive a $2,500 stipend, and earn one hour of academic credit through the School of Social Work. Partial, need-based financial assistance is available to selected interns who qualify. Students are responsible for summer housing and travel arrangements unless otherwise noted. Apply through the APPLES Partner Portal by Jan. 26. For questions, contact APPLES Service-Learning.

1/31 – Buckley Public Service Scholars spring enrollment

Spring enrollment for the Buckley Public Service Scholars program is open until Jan. 31. 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. For questions, contact bpss@unc.edu.

2/5 – Apply to be a Community Engagement Fellow

The Community Engagement Fellowship program awards a maximum of seven fellowships of up to $2,000 each year to develop and implement engagement or engaged scholarship projects that employ innovative, sustainable approaches to complex social needs and have an academic connection. Returning, full-time graduate students at UNC-Chapel Hill are eligible to apply. Previous fellows are eligible to apply for an additional year of funding. To apply, submit a project proposal, sustainability plan, budget, applicant resume(s), a letter of endorsement from a faculty mentor and second letter from a community partner by Feb. 5 through the Carolina Center for Public Service Application and Nomination Portal.

2/6 – Outward Bound scholarships

The Carolina Center for Public Service awards Outward Bound scholarships for undergraduate students at UNC-CH to participate in a 28-day course over the summer through North Carolina Outward Bound School (NCOBS). Recipients receive full tuition for the NCOBS course and Wilderness First Aid certification through its completion. Apply by Feb. 6 through the Carolina Center for Public Service Application and Nomination Portal.

2/7 – Ned Brooks Award

The Ned Brooks Award for Public Service honors the contributions and values of Ned Brooks, who has served the University since 1972, making significant contributions to the mission of service and engagement. The award recognizes a staff or faculty member of the UNC-Chapel Hill community who throughout his/her career has, in a collaborative and sustained manner, made a difference in the larger community. Full nominations are due by 11:59 p.m. Feb. 7, 2018. Online nominations will be accepted through the Carolina Center for Public Service Application and Nomination Portal. For questions, email ccps@unc.edu.

2/7 – Office of the Provost Awards

Nominations are being accepted for the Office of the Provost Engaged Scholarship Awards. Three Provost awards are given, one each for engaged teaching, engaged research and engaged partnership. The award requires a brief two-paragraph nomination submitted by Feb. 7. Selected nominees will be invited to complete a more detailed submission about their work by Feb. 28. Final selection will be based on both the initial nomination and the nominee application. Nominations are accepted through the Carolina Center for Public Service Application and Nomination Portal. For questions, email ccps@unc.edu.

2/7 – Robert E. Bryan Awards

Nominations are being accepted for the Robert E. Bryan Public Service Awards. Five Bryan Awards will be given for a specific effort (rather than an overall record) exemplifying outstanding engagement and service to the state of North Carolina. Bryan awards will be given to recognize an outstanding undergraduate student, graduate student, faculty member, staff member and officially recognized student organization. The award requires a brief (two-paragraph) nomination submitted by Feb. 7. Selected nominees will be invited to complete a more detailed submission about their work by Feb. 28. Final selection will be based on both the initial nomination and the nominee application. Nominations are accepted through the Carolina Center for Public Service Application and Nomination Portal. For questions, email ccps@unc.edu.

2/8 – Ronald W. Hyatt Rotary Public Service Award

Applications are being accepted for the Ronald W. Hyatt Rotary Public Service Award. Two awards will be given, one (up to $3,000) for an international project and one (up to $2,000) for a local project. If the local project involves members of the Chapel Hill Rotary Club in some way, there is a possibility of additional funds. Undergraduate or graduate students at the UNC-Chapel Hill are eligible to apply, individually or in teams. Applicants must be continuing their studies at UNC-Chapel Hill in the following fall semester. Applications can be submitted online through the Carolina Center for Public Service Application and Nomination Portal by Feb. 8. For questions, email ccps@unc.edu.

2/8 – Mingma Norbu Sherpa Fellowship

Applications are being accepted for the Mingma Norbu Sherpa Fellowship. Eligible applicants must be an undergraduate or graduate student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill continuing their studies at UNC-Chapel Hill in the semester following their fellowship. Applications are accepted through the Carolina Center for Public Service Application and Nomination Portal until Feb. 8. For questions, email ccps@unc.edu.

3/12 – Thorp Faculty Engaged Scholars call for applications

The Carolina Center for Public Service is accepting applications for Class VII of the Thorp Faculty Engaged Scholars program (FES). FES brings together selected Carolina faculty from across campus to engage in a two-year experiential, competency-based curriculum designed to advance their engaged scholarship. Up to 10 faculty members are selected every other year. The program is highly interactive and experiential, involving field visits, exposure to ongoing projects, and discussions with community and faculty partners. Applications are accepted online through the Carolina Center for Public Service Application and Nomination Portal by Monday, March 12. For questions, email ccps@unc.edu.

INTERNSHIPS, FELLOWSHIPS & AWARDS

1/17 – Carolina Navigators spring service-learning experience

Carolina Navigators is a highly selective academic, undergraduate service-learning program at UNC. Throughout the semester, students learn about global education and increase their own intercultural competence, both online and in face-to-face meetings by creating global education resources for K – 14 students and educators in North Carolina. Apply by Jan. 17.

2/22 – Breakthrough Collaborative

Are you interested in education, teaching and leadership? Consider applying to Breakthrough Collaborative. Breakthrough tackles the opportunity gap with middle-school students across the country. Through nine-week summer residencies, fellows gain more than 100 hours of leadership and teaching training. Fellows receive a living stipend and housing may be available for its 25 programs in cities across the country and in Hong Kong. The summer 2018 application deadline is Feb. 22.

EVENTS & MEETINGS

1/15 – UNC-MLK 5K

Carolina R.O.C.T.S. (Rejuvenating Our Community Through Service) will sponsor its 15th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service 5K run Monday, Jan. 15. Registration begins at 6 a.m. and the run begins at 7 a.m. Proceeds benefit Girls on the Rum of the Triangle and UNC’s Healthy Girls Save the World.

1/18 – UNC MLK lecture and award ceremony

UNC will host its 37th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Keynote Lecture and Award Ceremony at 7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 18 in Memorial Hall. United States Attorney General Loretta Lynch will deliver the lecture. Tickets are free, but due to limited space, reservations are required through Carolina Performing Arts. For details on this and other UNC MLK celebration activities, visit the University Office for Diversity and inclusion.

PUBLIC SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES

1/10 – Help children with disabilities learn to swim

The Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation: Adapted Recreation department needs volunteers to work one-on-one with students with disabilities, ages 5 – 22 years old, during swim practice. Classes are 6:30 – 8:15 p.m. on Wednesdays from Jan. 10 – Feb. 7. For more information, contact Marian Kaslovsky.

United Way day of service project opportunities

Each year, United Way of the Greater Triangle hosts more than 2,000 volunteers for more than 35 projects across the four counties during its Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. Projects range from packing meals to landscaping to one-on-one reading with students. New partners have been added this year, as well as opportunities to volunteer during the weekend before MLK Day. A full list of volunteer projects are available on a first come, first basis.

Volunteer teaching assistants needed

Each year, The Power of the Dream holds a weekend class series to teach un(der)employed adults with autism/IDD how to create their own very small business, or micro-enterprise. Dedicated volunteers are needed to assist. No knowledge of disability or business is required, just the willingness to learn and help others. For more information and to sign up, see the online registration form.

Join Enrich ELL

Are you Interested in teaching English? Join Enrich ELL. Enrich offers free one-on-one English classes to adults in the local community. Volunteers meet 7 – 8 p.m. Mondays at the Chapel Hill Public Library and Wednesdays at Hargraves Community Center. Carpool is provided. If interested, visit Enrich ELL or email enrichenglishunc@gmail.com to get involved. No experience required.

RAINBOW SOCCER NEEDS SPRING COACHES

Rainbow Soccer is recruiting coaches for co-ed and all-girls teams. The spring season runs from March 19 – May 12, and players range from 3 – 15 years old. Teams meet once or twice during the week, and games are held on the weekend. Soccer knowledge and previous experience working with youth is helpful but not required, and you can coach with a friend. Contact Karen Aldridge for more info.

Alternative spring break opportunity

Every year Appalachia Service Project at UNC offers an alternative spring break trip into central Appalachia. We have 14 spots left to fill and are looking for students that would like to spend a week immersing themselves in Appalachian culture and providing critical home repair to a family in need. No construction experience required! All-inclusive cost of $200, scholarships available. Contact asp.unc@gmail.com for more information.

Spring baseball and volleyball coaches needed

Carrboro Recreation and Parks Department is accepting volunteer coaching applications for the spring baseball and volleyball programs. Coaches must organize practices, teach playing skills, prepare the team for games, bring enthusiasm and create a positive environment. Communication with players ages 6 – 10 years old for baseball and 10 – 13 years old for volleyball, parents and recreation department staff is also important. If interested, email Craig Wolfe.

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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-LearningBuckley 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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One year after Hurricane Matthew, UNC’s work in the community continues

One of the most destructive hurricanes in the past decade, Hurricane Matthew delivered more than 13 inches of rain in North Carolina over the course of 24 hours. It caused $1.5 billion in flood damage to 100,000 houses, businesses and government buildings, took the lives of 28 North Carolinians, forced more than 4,000 people to evacuate, and slammed into 50 counties across the state, according to the North Carolina Department of Public Safety. One year later, North Carolina is still recovering and UNC continues to help those affected – first in the recovery process and now assisting with rebuilding.

Adopt-A-Home

Hurricane Matthew disaster relief trip to FayettevilleThe Carolina Center for Public Service has pledged $5,000 for building materials to the Adopt-A-Home program founded by the North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church (NCCUMC). Adopt-A-Home completely rebuilds and furnishes houses for displaced Lumberton residents. The Center will work with the Employee Forum, the Carolina Hazards Resilience Planners and other campus partners to provide volunteer labor to repair roofs, install walls and flooring, paint and more.

More than 1,000 Lumberton homes were damaged by Hurricane Matthew and for many residents not yet back in their homes, insurance and FEMA checks do not cover the full cost of repairs. Help from the UNC community ensures that another family will return to their home. In Lumberton, 176 houses are either finished or are currently being rebuilt.

Gary Locklear, regional director of Disaster Response for NCCUMC and a Pembroke, North Carolina native, witnessed his neighbors’ heartbreak as they looked at the remains of what used to be their homes.

“That was my first dose of reality,” Locklear said. “To watch this elderly woman asking ‘what can I keep.’”

Each home adopted through the program will be handicap accessible and will have new appliances. For homes that are beyond repair and must be rebuilt, there are two, three and four bedroom floorplan options to ensure each home is tailored to each family’s needs.

“I’m so passionate because Lumberton is home for me,” Locklear said. “I was there; I sat through all that rain. So many of these clients of ours, I know them… It makes them feel so good when I know someone they know or they recognize my name, and they feel they can trust me.”

Because the program relies on free labor, each house takes several months to build. The primary needs are for carpentry and construction volunteers, and money to meet the shortfall between the actual cost to rebuild or repair and insurance and FEMA funds.

Disaster Relief Trips

In the weeks and months after Hurricane Matthew, groups of UNC students, faculty and staff traveled to Lumberton, Garland, Princeville and Fayetteville, North Carolina to help with recovery efforts. Their work included mucking out buildings, tearing down water-logged walls and cabinetry, pulling up floors and removing debris. The next phase in the relief effort focuses on rebuilding. This semester, the Carolina Center for Public Service is sponsoring rebuilding trips to Lumberton on Oct. 6 and Dec. 1. These day trips are open to the campus community — faculty, staff and students. Work includes installing floors, walls and cabinets, painting and roof repair. While no experience is required, those with building skills are encouraged to volunteer. With supervisor approval, staff and faculty can use community service leave to participate in a relief trip.

Darrell Kidd on a disaster relief trip to LumbertonDarrell Kidd, exercise and sport science utility crew supervisor, has worked in construction for many years. He and his wife, Teresa, who is an accounting tech in the School of Social Work, participated in a disaster relief trip last December and plan to work in disaster rebuilding when they retire from UNC.

“I believe our trip helped people see that there are those who care – [from] those who are older to those who are young,” Kidd said. “We had a great mixed group that worked hard together and I am interested in going down again with UNC. I have many talents in the construction area and believe that I could be of help to those who are working hard to restore the homes that were damaged.”

To learn more about UNC disaster relief trips, visit Hurricane Matthew Disaster Relief efforts.

Research

Researchers across UNC-Chapel Hill are also working on projects in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew. More than sixteen teams are working on storm-related projects on topics such as water quality, buy-out programs and coastal resilience.

Mark Little, director of NC Growth, is helping to coordinate a corporate community investment project and other UNC system resources to address Princeville’s challenges and needs around rebuilding nearly the entire town, much of which sits in a floodplain.

Larry Engle, an epidemiology professor, is developing a web-based tool to help local public health professionals and state decision-makers prioritize and target community-level interventions for areas impacted by hurricanes.

Gavin Smith, Coastal Resilience Center director and head of the Hurricane Matthew Disaster Recovery and Resilience Initiative, and his team are working with city officials and local residents in six priority communities across eastern North Carolina to assist them in developing post-disaster recovery plans.

To learn more about UNC research on Hurricane Matthew, see the Hurricane Matthew infographic.

If you would like to get involved in any of these efforts or know of other projects to share, contact ccps@unc.edu.

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Public service trainings connect students to community organizations

By Becca Kronebusch

The Buckley Public Service Scholars program (BPSS) strives to provide students with various diverse, specialized training opportunities within the community. One recent training partnership between BPSS and the YMCA of the Triangle taught students on how to effectively protect children from abuse through the Stewards of Children program.

Ryan Nilsen, program officer for the Carolina Center for Public Service, said there was a great deal of interest in training programs promoting child safety.

“It was a great fit because we have so many students looking for trainings and so many of those students are working directly with children,” Nilsen said.

Meredith Stewart, YMCA Child Safety and Program Risk Meredith Stewart, director of Child Safety and Program Risk at the YMCA, is a passionate advocate for Stewards of Children and leads most training sessions. In her training sessions, Stewart shares that one out of every 10 children is sexually assaulted in the United States. Learning about how to protect children in our community is paramount to ending child abuse.

“The sexual abuse of children is preventable, and I might have some information… that, if shared with other adults, can save a child,” Stewart said. “It is my responsibility to share this education with others so that children are protected and cared for and we, as a community, grow the next generation of healthy adults.”

Training sessions cover the five steps of protecting children: learning the facts, minimizing the opportunity, talking about it, recognizing the signs and reacting responsibly.

BPSS student Julia Corbett, a junior public policy and economics major from Somers, New York, said she participated in the training because as a camp counselor and babysitter, she cares about the children she interacts with.

“The most beneficial part of the training for me was the video interviews with survivors of child sexual abuse,” Corbett said. “Their stories were revealing and informative, and it helped me understand how abuse happens, what it looks like and its impact on children and survivors.”

Stewart also said she values the partnership between BPSS and Stewards of Children. One of her favorite parts about these sessions is meeting different people and learning from them.

“The story of child sexual abuse is not mine alone to tell,” she said. “I am just a messenger and teacher of prevention and awareness. I always say the best way to learn something is to teach it so I will keep teaching and learning… to change the statistics on child abuse.”

Stewards of Children will continue to partner with BPSS to train more students to successfully advocate for all children. The program also has community training sessions in various locations across the Triangle. Visit the YMCA of the Triangle to learn more or register for a community training session.

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Public Service Fair

The 18th annual Public Service Fair is 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 20 in the Pit. Students, faculty, staff and the public are invited to visit with more than 30 local nonprofits that will be on campus to share information and recruit volunteers. Engage in public service and learn about ways you can make a difference in your community. For nonprofits interested in participating, contact Luisa Brooks or call 919-843-7568.

Public Service Fair connects campus to community

By Becca Kronebusch

2016 Public Service FairFinding and connecting with local organizations is the first step in making a meaningful difference in the community. The 18th annual Public Service Fair, set for 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 20 in the Pit, will help the UNC community do just that. More than 35 organizations will table in the Pit to share information with students, faculty and staff interested in getting involved in the community.

“UNC is enthusiastic about giving Tar Heels an easy way to serve in and with the community,” said Heather Sieber, a senior exercise and sport science major from Winchester, Virginia who is helping to organize the event. “Seeing people find their passion with an organization and connect with the community in such a meaningful way is what this fair is all about.”

Organizations participating this year include Piedmont Wildlife Center, the American Red Cross, Carolina Swim Clinic, Inter-Faith Council and The Arc of the Triangle. “There really is something for everyone,” Sieber added. “This year’s fair features organizations that address a wide variety of issues, from homelessness, hunger and mental health to the environment, hospice and aging.”

Susan Chandler, assistant director of volunteer services for The Arc, added, “Today’s students are the tolerant teachers, doctors, lawyers and business people of tomorrow. There is nothing more important than connecting and engaging our youth. Participating in UNC’s Public Service Fair puts us in direct contact with that audience so that we can directly engage students in our efforts.”

Hunger Lunch will also join these organizations in the Pit, selling all-you-can-eat beans, rice and cornbread for $5.

Each day, members of the Carolina community go above and beyond engaging in public service on campus, in the community and beyond. The Public Service Fair, organized by the Carolina Center for Public Service and Student Government, makes organizations accessible to students, faculty and staff.

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APPLES Day 2017

Celebrate APPLES Day, 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 13 at Polk Place. Snacks will be provided. For details, contact apples@unc.edu. Check out the APPLES Day Snapchat filter!