Public Service News 11/21/2016

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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 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.



12/9 – Hurricane Matthew disaster relief trip


12/15 – Southern Education Leadership Initiative webinar
1/3/2017 – Z. Smith Reynolds Fellowship 
Apply to Carolina College Advising Corps


11/28 – Volunteer Income Tax Assitance interest meeting
12/2 & 3 – RailsBridge Triangle programming workshop
12/2 – Learn how to use Twitter to promote engaged research


11/22 & 23 – Volunteer at Gallop and Gorge Thanksgiving Day race
Volunteer with MDA summer camp


12/9 – hurricane matthew disaster relief trip

As communities across eastern North Carolina deal with the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew, efforts continue at Carolina to aid in many aspects of recovery. Individuals and groups of staff, faculty and students have already made several relief trips. The Carolina Center for Public Service, together with the campus and community partners, is organizing campus-wide relief trips to affected areas. These trips are for UNC staff, faculty and students who are willing to help with clean-up or who have specialized building and repair skills. The first relief trip is Friday, Dec. 9 to Tarboro, North Carolina. For details and to register, visit UNC Disaster Relief Trips. If you would like to receive updates on future relief trips, email The best source of updated information is posted on a dedicated website at The center will continue to collect and share information about relief efforts. Please send information about additional opportunities to


12/15 – Southern education leadership initiative webinar

The Southern Education Foundation (SEF) launched its 2017 Southern Education Leadership Initiative (SELI) application and will host a webinar for interested applicants, professors and school leaders to learn more about the fellowship experience. Fellows from 2016 will discuss the work they did during their summer with SELI. A program overview, eligibility and application requirements will also be covered. The webinar will begin at noon and is expected to last one hour. Complete the application before March 1 and register for the webinar online.

1/3/2017 – z. smith reynolds fellowship

The Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation offers one two-year, paid fellowship (beginning July 1) to an individual who demonstrates an interest in philanthropy, public policy, community service and/or the nonprofit sector. The fellow will gain experience with nonprofit organizations, public policy, Foundation trustees and other leaders across North Carolina. Eligible candidates must be natives or residents of North Carolina and/or graduates of an accredited North Carolina college or university. Apply at ZSR Fellowship Application by Jan. 3, 2017.

apply to carolina college advising corps

Are you a leader? Do you love a challenge? Are you inspired to change a student’s life forever? The Carolina College Advising Corps is looking for people from diverse backgrounds who are excited to serve students and who can work effectively with many kinds of people. If you are friendly, self-motivated, creative and passionate about higher education, Carolina College Advising Corps wants you on its team. To apply, visit Carolina College Advising Corps.


11/28 – volunteer income tax assistance interest meeting

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program at the UNC – Chapel Hill School of Law will host an interest meeting for students to learn more about volunteering with VITA. Attendance is not mandatory to become a volunteer but students are encouraged to attend to ask questions and learn more about the organization. The meeting is 5 p.m. in the School of Law’s Kenan-Flagler room 3050. For more information, visit the Facebook event or contact Elizabeth Fleischer.

12/2 & 3 – railsbridge triangle programming workshop

The Department of Computer Science will co-sponsor a free RailsBridge Triangle programming workshop 6 – 9 p.m. Dec. 2 and 3 in the Sitterson Hall lobby. By the end of the workshop, students will have built their own basic web app. Populations that are underrepresented in the tech field are encouraged to attend, but the event is open to everyone. Participants should bring their personal laptop; meals will be provided. Space is limited and RSVP is required. Email to register. For more information, contact Gina Rozier.

12/2 – Learn how to use twitter to promote engaged research

The next Skills and Practices in Engaged Scholarship focuses on using Twitter to promote engaged research, Friday, Dec. 2 in Wilson Library, Pleasants Family Assembly Room. Twitter can be an effective tool to widen research audiences and to engage with community partners, policymakers and other key audiences impacted by research. This seminar will explain how to use Twitter effectively, including best practices and experiences from other researchers at UNC. Participants will learn how to use Twitter in their research and how to utilize social media in engaged research. Sign in and refreshments begin at 8:30 a.m. with the presentation and discussion from 9 – 10:30 a.m. Register online.

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11/22 & 23 – volunteer at gallop and gorge thanksgiving day race

The Arc of the Triangle needs volunteers to check in runners at the Gallop and Gorge Thanksgiving Day race 4 – 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 22 and 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 23 at Fleet Feet in Carrboro. Volunteers can sign up for a one or two hour shift. For questions, contact Susan Chandler.

volunteer with mda summer camp

The Muscular Dystrophy Association holds an annual summer camp for children 6 to 17 years old who have neuromuscular diseases. MDA relies on volunteer counselors to support campers so that they can participate in all summer camp activities. Counselors serve as a buddy for the week and participate in activities with the campers. Email Lindsey Dolan or call 919-783-0222 for more information.

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The Carolina Center for Public Service’s website ( 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.


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.


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 If you are involved in public service and would like to post an announcement, fill out our online request at 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 Thank you.

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