Public Service News 9/24/18

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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, please visit ccps.unc.edu. Join us today 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.

Hurricane Florence

Below is information on the status of response and relief efforts as of time of publication. Please see the CCPS website for the most up-to-date information.

North Carolinians, including students, faculty and staff at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the surrounding community, are asking how they can support the recovery from Hurricane Florence. In particular, they are seeking guidance on donations for affected locations. CCPS is listing a variety of organizations that are providing assistance – this list is not all-inclusive and we encourage you to always do your own research into an organization before deciding where to volunteer your time and/or share your financial or in-kind resources. For in-kind resources, please pay careful attention to what is requested– at this point, for example, most organizations are not requesting clothing and dropping clothing off when it was not requested can slow down response and relief efforts.

UNC’s Ongoing Efforts and Information

Over the past week, more than 500 folks in the Carolina and surrounding community stepped up to provide supplies to affected areas in partnership with Carolina Athletics, CCPS, and students from the Buckley Public Service Scholars and APPLES Service-Learning programs; a group of university stakeholders gathered to share plans and ideas for ongoing relief work; and many others in the University community found various ways to donate, serve and learn about what is most needed. Although these efforts will help provide some immediate assistance, the aftermath of this storm will necessitate extensive, long term relief and support for the many affected areas. Opportunities to help will continue to develop. Visit the Carolina Center for Public Service web page for all the most recent updates on University Efforts to support Hurricane Florence relief efforts.

To support UNC-Chapel Hill’s relief efforts donations may be made to: UNC Disaster Relief Fund, which is managed by the Carolina Center for Public Service.

Supporting the State’s Efforts

Anyone interested in volunteering with the state can sign up through the State’s volunteer website. Volunteers can indicate here if they are interested in volunteering time, supplies, donations or resources to assist communities impacted by Hurricane Florence. Donations to support efforts may also be made directly to local efforts or to the governor’s Disaster Relief Fund.

Shelter information

The shelter at the Friday Center is being operated for the State of North Carolina by the Red Cross in partnership with the University. They are fully staffed and currently do not need additional donations of goods. Monetary donations can be made online, where individuals can also apply to be a Red Cross volunteer.

Members of the University community who wish to offer specific expertise and knowledge to the relief efforts are encouraged to contact the Carolina Center for Public Service at ccps@unc.edu.

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OPPORTUNITIES AT THE CAROLINA CENTER FOR PUBLIC SERVICE

9/30 – Buckley Public Service Scholars fall enrollments
10/12 – Alternative Winter Break applications
10/22 – Bryan Fellowship applications

INTERNSHIPS, FELLOWSHIPS & AWARDS

9/30 – Live in Asia with the Luce Scholars Program
10/15 – Fellowship with Lead for America

EVENTS & MEETINGS

9/18 – Peace Corps Application Workshop
9/21 – Meet the candidates for Orange County

PUBLIC SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES

9/29 – Volunteers needed at Kidzu Children’s Museum
10/5 – Fall festival seeks volunteers
10/12-14 – Tar Heel Service Day
Become a Bradley Fellow with Peacehaven Community Farms
Volunteer in Peru with SKIP
UNC Institute of Politics fall opportunities
Provide essential service for at-risk adults
Bake with Challah for Hunger
Coach basketball with the Carrboro Recreation and Parks Department
Volunteer with Carolina Campus Community Garden
Teach children how to eat healthy
UNC Blood Donation Center provides service hours

OPPORTUNITIES AT THE CAROLINA CENTER FOR PUBLIC SERVICE

9/30 – Buckley Public Service Scholars fall enrollment
Fall enrollment for the Buckley Public Service Scholars program is open until Sept. 30. 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.

10/11 – Alternative Winter Break applications
Alternative Winter Break typically (AWB) lasts six days while the university is closed between the fall and spring semesters. Students work with experienced community partners and reflect upon their learning experiences. AWB does not have an academic course connection and does not fulfill the experiential education requirement. There is a $75 non-refundable fee associated with AWB and need-based financial assistance may be available upon request. Find more information and the application on the CCPS website.

10/22 – Bryan Fellowship applications
The Robert E. Bryan Fellowship in the APPLES Service-Learning program is designed for undergraduate student teams interested in creating social impact locally and/or globally through the creation of an innovative project that addresses a community-identified need. Applications for 2019 Bryan Fellowships are accepted until Oct. 22 through the CCPS Application and Nomination Portal.

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INTERNSHIPS, FELLOWSHIPS & AWARDS

9/30 Live in Asia with the Luce Scholars Program
The Luce Scholars Program will fund and help college seniors and recent graduates in the search for an individualized professional experience, in fields such as the arts, journalism, law, science, public health and environmental studies. College seniors, graduate students and young professionals are eligible to apply. Applications open on Sept. 19 and are due by Sept. 30. Find more information about the required documents on the Luce Scholars Program website.

10/15 Fellowship with Lead for America
Lead for America is a two-year paid fellowship in local government that places recent college graduates in communities struggling to attract and retain talent. For the first class, 40 Fellows will be placed in North Carolina and 10 fellows will be placed in their hometowns across the country. The deadline for early application is Oct. 15 and the deadline for regular application is Jan. 1. For more information and to apply, visit Lead for America’s website or contact Kinsey Morrison for inquiries.

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PUBLIC SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES

9/27 – Volunteers needed at Kidzu Children’s Museum  
The Kidzu Children’s Museum is hosting Nickelodeon’s annual event, Worldwide Day of Play, on Saturday, Sept. 29. The event is located at University Place and encourages children and parents to turn off electronic devices. Sign up for volunteering using the online form and is due by Thursday, Sept. 27.

10/5 – Fall festival seeks volunteers  
The Parent Teacher Organization for Alexander Wilson Elementary needs volunteers for the annual fall festival at 6 – 8 p.m. on October 5. The school is located 30 minutes from the UNC-Chapel Hill campus. Volunteers will help run concession tables, bouncy houses, face painting, cake walk and games. Email Alexander Wilson Elementary with your name, availability and area of interest.

10/12-14 – Tar Heel Service Day
Tar Heel Service Day 2018 projects will take place from Friday, Oct. 12 to Sunday, Oct. 14. Tar Heels throughout the world will refurbish schools, plant flowers, deliver meals and more, all in honor of University Day. Register a project for Tar Heel Service Day with the General Alumni Association. For project ideas, see 100 ways you can serve.

Become a Bradley Fellow with Peacehaven Community Farms
Peacehaven Community Farm provides an affordable home for adults with disabilities and is recruiting students for a term of service after graduation. The Bradley Fellows live alongside residents on a sustainable farm outside of Greensboro, North Carolina. Fellows support day programs for the residents and foster an environment of individual and communal flourishing. The application is located on the Peacehaven Community Farm website.

Volunteer in Peru with SKIP
Supporting Kids in Peru (SKIP) is a charity organization that works with disadvantaged families in an impoverished district of the city of Trujillo, Peru. The program focuses on the educational, economic, emotional and social development of each child and family. There are several volunteer opportunities such as psychology assistant, english teacher and art volunteer. Email Heather Crouch to apply.

UNC Institute of Politics fall opportunities 
The Institute of Politics (IOP) engages and inspires students to pursue careers in politics and public service. The IOP offers students a range of non-partisan civic opportunities through programs such as Civics in the Triangle, Tech Team and the Carolina Political Review. Apply at the The Institute of Politics website or receive more information by signing up for the newsletter.

Provide essential service for at-risk adults
A Helping Hand and Canopy of Carol Woods are local nonprofit home care organizations. Both are working together to offer care to older adults and adults with disabilities. Individuals with compassionate dispositions, and primarily CNAs, are needed to provide essential services to at-risk adults. To apply, go to A Helping Hand’s website.

Bake with Challah for Hunger
Challah for Hunger is an organization that bakes and sells challah, then donates the proceeds to Carolina Cupboard, an organization that provides hunger relief to the UNC campus. Challah for Hunger bakes different flavors of challah weekly. To sign up to bake or sell, visit the Challah For Hunger online form or visit the Challah for Hunger website for more information.

Coach basketball with the Carrboro Recreation and Parks Department
The Carrboro Recreation and Parks Department is looking for volunteer coach applications for the 2018 – 2019 Youth Basketball Program. Coaches must be able to organize practices, prepare for games and communicate effectively with players, parents, and Recreation Department staff. Volunteers can coach for either 6-8, 9-10 or 13-15 age groups. For more information contact Craig Wolfe.

Volunteer with Carolina Campus Community Garden
Carolina Campus Community Garden (CCCG) seeks a compost co-manager to lead groups of two to four volunteers in preparing compost for CCCG’s sustainable agriculture. No prior experience is needed and CCCG provides training. Volunteers must be be available at 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. on Tuesdays or Wednesdays for the remainder of the fall semester and the spring semester. To apply, email a resume and a brief explanation of why you are interested to Claire Lorch.

Teach children how to eat healthy
TABLE teaches children in the community about healthy eating and how to prepare healthy snacks through its SnackChef program. The program takes place once per week during Chapel Hill and Carrboro’s after school programs to provide fun and interactive nutrition education for at-risk children. The volunteer shifts last around two hours and are during the afternoon. For more inquiries or to apply, email Michelle Perry.

UNC Blood Donation Center provides service hours
After Hurricane Florence, many appointments for blood donation were cancelled at the UNC Blood Donation Center. All platelet donations go to the patients at UNC Hospitals. Volunteers who donate platelets will receive two service hours and if a friend is brought along, free movie tickets will be awarded. If two or three friends are brought along, free pizza will be awarded. Make an appointment on the UNC Blood Donation Center website.

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UNC DISASTER RELIEF

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?” As the UNC community considers ways to help with Hurricane Florence, details will be shared through the Carolina Center for Public Service and its disaster relief webpage. The North Carolina community continues to help those affected by Hurricane Matthew. If you are aware of disaster response or recovery efforts being coordinated on campus, or if you are organizing efforts to help, send an email to CCPS.

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