OPPORTUNITIES AT CCPS
By 4/24 – First-years: Apply for the Community Service Scholarship
The Carolina Center for Public Service offers Community Service Scholarships to a select group of service-oriented Carolina students to receive training, mentorship and support in pursuing their public service interests. Scholars receive a $5,000 annual scholarship (renewable for up to three years) and participate in the Buckley Public Service Scholars program. Scholars are expected to engage in an average of at least 250 hours of service each year, participate in a four-day North Carolina Outward Bound School leadership course during their first or second year in the program and complete a MacDonald Community Fellowship project in their junior and/or senior year. Applicants should be entering academic year 2020-2021 as a second-year student. Apply through the CCPS Application and Nomination Portal by April 24.
By 4/24 – Sophomores and juniors: Apply for the MacDonald Community Fellowship
The MacDonald Community Fellowship provides selected students with funding, mentorship and support to create and implement a signature service project during their junior and/or senior year. Priority is given to recipients of community service scholarships administered by CCPS, but we will also consider applications from other students with significant community partnership. BPSS participants are eligible if you have logged at least 30 hours with the community partner that you propose working with in the project. Any interested students can apply through the CCPS Application and Nomination Portal by April 24.
Undergraduate and graduate students: Apply for Service Partnership Mini-Grants
In celebration of our 20th anniversary, CCPS is offering Service Partnership Mini-Grants to Carolina students. We intend for these mini-grants, which range from $150-300, to help build deeper connections between Carolina students and off-campus community partners by funding project- or event-based collaborations. Apply online though the CCPS Application and Nomination Portal, and email Ryan Nilsen with questions.
Faculty/staff: Create a profile in the engaged scholarship directory
The Community Engaged Scholars Directory showcases faculty and staff from across UNC-Chapel Hill who conduct community-engaged scholarship. We hope this directory will draw attention to engaged scholarship at Carolina and help foster university-wide connections surrounding engagement. If you’re a Carolina faculty or staff member whose work is community-engaged, please consider registering yourself in the directory! We encourage all Carolina constituents to use this directory as a resource for connecting with others committed to engaging communities through their research and teaching.
OTHER OPPORTUNITIES AT CAROLINA
By April 15 – Apply for practicum opportunity in central Appalachia
The UNC Injury Prevention Research Center‘s Outreach, Training, and Education Core is seeking a student for a paid practicum position to work on the Harm Reduction Peer Learning Network Initiative. The student will help with key informant interviews across seven central Appalachian states. The student will support qualitative data collection, analysis and report writing, taking the lead on data collection activities related to drug policy. Applicants will ideally work 15-25 hours per week from mid-May 2020 to September 2020 (with the possibility of extending beyond September). Please see the website posting for more information.
By April 17 – Apply to become a Peace Corps Campus Ambassador
The Peace Corps Campus Ambassador position is open to all Carolina students. Campus ambassadors work with the UNC Peace Corps recruiter to introduce the Peace Corps to new and diverse student groups. Campus ambassadors receive professional mentorship and development, including a letter of recommendation at the end of the year and resume-building skills. Apply by April 17. Questions? Email Mira.
COVID-related service-learning for health professional students
Student leaders from the School of Medicine have partnered with the Office of Interprofessional Education and Practice to form The Carolina Covid-19 Student Service Corps (CSSC). The Carolina CSSC increases the capacity of health professional students to engage in service-learning. The Carolina CSSC is an adaptation of CSSC National at Columbia University Irving Medical Center, and is in partnership with many stakeholders across UNC-Chapel Hill, including the Carolina Center for Public Service, UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine, UNC Rural, and North Carolina Area Health Education Centers (AHEC). You can sign up to volunteer or submit a project need online.
Student venture seeks volunteers for after-school program
The Jump Ahead team is seeking new volunteers and core team members for this spring and the 2020-2021 school year. Jump Ahead is a grant-funded UNC student venture that runs an after-school program to engage local youth in physical activity and healthy eating. The program includes jump rope and interactive snack activities led by volunteers and core team members. A few positions are available on the research, health programs and finance teams; you can view brief descriptions and learn how to apply online.
COVID-19 DONATION OPPORTUNITIES
- Many of our partners have shared with us that their highest need right now is funding, rather than volunteers. Keep this in mind when deciding how you can best support community organizations.
- Do you make a yearly donation to a specific nonprofit? Consider moving the timing of that donation to now.
- You can donate to the Carolina Student Impact Fund to support UNC-Chapel Hill students affected by COVID-19.
Donate personal protective equipment
- UNC Health is now accepting donations of personal protective equipment. Most urgent needs are: N95 masks, surgical masks and nasal swabs. Other needs include disinfectant, eye protection, disposable gloves and gowns, hand sanitizer, hand soap, shoe covers and handmade masks.
- Consider searching online for other health organizations that may be accepting donations of personal protective equipment.
- For residents in Chapel Hill-Carrboro: Donate food at TABLE drop boxes.
- Also in Chapel Hill: Inter-Faith Council is accepting food donations.
- Feeding the Carolinas food banks are accepting food donations and volunteers in North and South Carolina.
- Consider searching online for similar programs wherever you live.
Donate personal necessities
- The Diaper Bank of North Carolina is accepting children’s and adult diapers, zip-seal sandwich bags, disposable gloves, lysol wipes, hand sanitizer and more.
- The Inter-Faith Council website lists a variety of products that are in need.
- Consider searching online for similar programs wherever you live.
COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT IN NC
CIVIC ENGAGEMENT ANYWHERE
- Participating in the U.S. Census is an important means of civic engagement, especially as coronavirus may disrupt the count. Do your part and fill out the census online. Students who were living on campus have already been counted. Students who were living off-campus, please respond online with your school address.
- NC 211, the statewide number for North Carolinians to call during the COVID-19 crisis, needs volunteers to help answer calls. Review information about the hotline and contact United Way for more information.
- Visit the Activate Good website for a list of remote volunteer opportunities.
- This Idealist column provides additional ideas on virtual volunteering.
- Michigan State put together this great list of virtual volunteer opportunities.
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