Public Service News 10/10/2016

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10/13 – World Sight Day: a Simulation Training to solve a Global Health Crisis
10/20 – Apply for a 2017 Bryan Fellowship


Work with older adults at A Helping Hand
Echoing Green Fellowship Program
Stephen J. Brady STOP Hunger Scholarships


10/11 – UNC fall blood drive
10/14 – Voter registration deadline
10/14 – UNC Rural Sustainability Summit
10/27 – 29 – Damascus Road Racial Reconiliation workshop and retreat


10/22 – Decorate and host a trunk at Haunted H.A.C
Join No Lost Generation UNC
Carrboro Recreation & Parks youth basketball coaches needed
Volunteer to serve homeless community members
Mental health agency seeks student volunteers
Enrich ELL seeks volunteers to teach English


10/13 – World sight day: simulation training to solve a global health crisiS

In recognition of World Sight Day, HelpMeSee – UNC Club Chapter and the Carolina Center for Public Service are hosting a simulation training to solve a global health crisis. Twenty million people are blind due to cataracts and often lack access to medical specialists and affordable care to restore their sight. Through ground-breaking technology and training, HelpMeSee focuses on eliminating cataract blindness worldwide. HelpMeSee founder and president, Jim Ueltschi, will present at 6 p.m. in Wilson Library’s Pleasants Family Assembly room. For more information, contact Danielle Michaels.


APPLES Service-Learning Robert E. Bryan Fellowship is designed for undergraduate student teams interested in creating social impact locally and/or globally by creating an innovative project that addresses a community-identified need. The fellowship provides practical support and mentorship to students in developing their projects, contributes to addressing community-identified needs by supporting innovative projects, and develops a supportive cohort of students working together to create positive social impact. Fellowship recipients enroll in a service-learning course on project management during the spring semester of the fellowship year and receive up to $1,500 to help launch their project. Up to six team fellowships are awarded each fall for the following calendar year (January – December). After completing the fellowship year, teams can reapply for a second year of funding of up to $1,000. Apply through the CCPS Application and Nomination Portal. Deadline is Oct. 20.



A Helping Hand is the only nonprofit companion care agency in Durham, Orange and Chatham counties. Students with an interest and/or background in working with older adults are needed for part-time paid companion positions. The time commitment can be up to 20 hours per week. Scheduling is flexible and tailored to availability. For details, contact Jennifer Ashley.

Echoing green fellowship program

Echoing Green invests in emerging social entrepreneurs to help them launch new organizations that deliver high-impact solutions to society’s most difficult problems. Fellowships are provided to individuals at least 18 years old or to partnerships led by two people. Fellows receive stipends up to $90,000 and technical support to turn their innovative ideas into sustainable social change organizations. Applications may be submitted Sept. 27 – Oct 25 at Echoing Green.

Stephen j. brady stop hunger scholarships

Funded by the Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation, Stephen J. Brady STOP Hunger Scholarships recognize students who drive awareness and mobilize youth to be catalysts for innovative solutions to eliminate hunger in America. Applicants must have demonstrated ongoing commitment by performing unpaid volunteer service within the last 12 months that impacts hunger in the United States. Additional consideration is given to students who work to fight childhood hunger. Students between the ages of 5 – 25 may apply. Winners will receive a $5,000 scholarship as well as a $5,000 grant made to a local hunger-related charity of their choice. Apply Oct. 5 – Dec. 5. To learn more and apply, visit Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation.


10/11 – UNc fall blood drive

UNC will host its annual fall blood drive 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Oct. 11 in the Student Union, Great Hall. Currently, American Red Cross blood donations are being distributed to hospitals as quickly as they come in. With many blood drives canceled due to hurricane Matthew, several hundred pints of blood will not be collected, making this drive critically important. Donors of all blood types are needed, especially type O, to ensure a sufficient supply for patients. Schedule your appointment to donate today at and enter the sponsor code UNC, download the American Red Cross Blood Donor app or call 1-800-RED CROSS.


10/14 – Voter registration deadline

The deadline to register to vote in North Carolina elections, including the presidential election, is Oct. 14. Voter registration forms can be accessed through the North Carolina State Board of Elections, or receive a hard-copy at Davis Library and in the Student Government suite in the Student Union, room 3109. Student Government also provides online voter registration assistance through TurboVote. Completed forms dropped off at the Student Government suite front desk will be delivered to the Orange County Board of Elections free of charge. Mailed forms must be postmarked no later than Oct. 14. One-stop early voting in Orange County is Oct. 20 – Nov. 5. The closest location to the UNC campus is the Chapel of the Cross at 304 East Franklin Street. For students registering in other states, visit Federal Voter Registration.

10/14 – Unc rural sustainability Summit

UNC SWEAT (Students Working for Environmental Action and Transformation) will host the Rural Sustainability Summit Oct. 14. to discuss rural revitalization efforts in North Carolina, with a focus on the intersection of economic growth and environmental sustainability. The Rural Sustainability Summit is open to students, faculty, staff and community partners. For more information and to register, visit Rural Sustainability Summit.

10/27 – 29 – damascus road racial reconciliation workshop and retreat

Registration is open for the Oct. 27-29 Roots of Justice Damascus Road Racial Reconciliation workshop and retreat. This collaborative opportunity includes a biblically-based anti-racism analysis that explores the intersection of Christianity, the Gospel and racial reconciliation. Register by Oct. 18 at Roots of Justice. For more information, contact Adrienne M.B. Davis.


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 10/22 – decorate and host a trunk at chapel hill parks & rec trunk-or-treat event

The Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation Department will host its Haunted H.A.C. 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22 at the Homestead Aquatics Center located at 300 Aquatic Drive. Volunteers are needed to participate in the Trunk-or-Treat by decorating their vehicle’s trunk and providing prepackaged candy for 225 children, 12 years old and younger. Decorations should be festive, but not scary. Volunteers should be on-site from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. Oct. 22. For questions, contact Lizzie Burrill.


Are you interested in working with the State Department? Are you passionate about international relations, advocacy and community service? The No Lost Generation (NGL) Initiative is forming a UNC chapter. Sponsored by the State Department, NLG is a nationwide organization focused on refugee community support and advocacy. Students eager to learn and engage with the local refugee community are invited to join. General and executive position are available. For details, visit the No Generation Lost UNC Facebook page.

Carrboro recreation & parkS needs youth basketball coaches

The Carrboro Recreations & Parks Department seeks volunteers to coach during the 2016-2017 youth basketball season, which runs from early November to the end of February. Opportunities exist in the 6-8, 11-12 and 13-15 year-old age divisions. Teams practice on one day between Monday-Thursday in the evenings, as well as Saturdays during the day. Practices last one hour. Once games begin, teams will practice once and have one game each week. For more information, email Craig Wolfe.

Volunteer to serve homeless community membeRs

The Orange County Partnership to End Homelessness 10th annual Project Connect is 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 27 at Hargraves Community Center in Chapel Hill. Project Connect brings together individuals in the Orange County community who are homeless or at risk of homelessness with a variety of resources in an easily accessible environment. To volunteer, visit Project Connect Orange County. For questions, contact Tara May.

mental Health agency seeking student volunteers

AHB Center for Behavioral Health and Wellness is looking for volunteers who are willing to provide afternoon assistance and activities for children, most of whom are diagnosed with Autism, ADHD and/or other behavioral challenges. Volunteers can choose up to three days per week 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. from Monday – Thursday. For more information, contact Tara Corbett.


Enrich English Language Learning (Enrich ELL) empowers the Chapel Hill and Carrboro community by enhancing English literacy and fostering cross-cultural understanding. Volunteers are needed to teach English 7 – 8 p.m. Wednesdays at Carrboro Elementary School. Transportation is provided from the Davis Library ATM’s. Applications for fall 2016 are rolling. For more information or to apply, contact Enrich ELL.



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