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April 6, 2020

Dear Public Service News subscribers:

We know many of you are eager to engage in service during this crisis. We want to remind you that the best public service most of us can offer is to stay home, wash our hands frequently and follow all of the other guidance provided by local, state and federal authorities. At the same time, you can still engage with your community in ways that prioritize public health.

Below, you’ll find opportunities offered through the Center for Public Service, other engagement opportunities at Carolina and general opportunities for giving back in response to COVID-19. Remember, UNC-Chapel Hill does not recommend any in-person service unless it is exempt from stay-at-home orders and follows social distancing guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. As always, CCPS doesn’t endorse or sponsor any listings below except those under “Opportunities at CCPS.”

If you need help, or if you want to know more about how you can best serve others during the pandemic, visit our coronavirus resources page. Additionally, students can now visit the COVID-19 Student Care Hub, a UNC-Chapel Hill website where all students (undergraduate, graduate and professional) can find guidance and information about resources to help confront challenges you may be experiencing as a result of the global pandemic. The Hub also allows students to share questions, concerns and suggestions.

 

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OPPORTUNITIES AT CCPS

  • By 4/24 – First-years: Apply for the Community Service Scholarship
  • By 4/24 – Sophomores and juniors: Apply for the MacDonald Community Fellowship
  • Starting 4/15: Faculty can apply for Thorp Faculty Engaged Scholars
  • Undergraduate and graduate students: Apply for Service Partnership Mini-Grants
  • Faculty/staff: Create a profile in the engaged scholarship directory

OTHER OPPORTUNITIES AT CAROLINA

  • COVID-related service-learning for health professional students
  • Career services for students
  • Counseling and Psychological Services

COVID-19 DONATION OPPORTUNITIES

  • Donate money
  • Donate personal protective equipment
  • Donate food
  • Donate blood
  • Donate personal necessities

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT IN THE TRIANGLE

  • Form for volunteering with Orange County agencies
  • Chapel Hill Community Post website for community-identified needs
  • UNC Partnerships in Aging Program sign-up form for assisting Orange County seniors
  • Commissioner Sally Greene blog post on remote support in Orange County
  • Raleigh News and Observer list of local nonprofits

CIVIC ENGAGEMENT ANYWHERE

  • Respond to the U.S. Census
  • Volunteer with NC 211 hotline
  • Activate Good list of remote volunteer opportunities
  • Idealist column with ideas for virtual volunteering
  • Michigan State list of virtual volunteer opportunities

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 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.

Starting 4/15: Faculty can apply for Thorp Faculty Engaged Scholars
CCPS will recruit and select a new class of Thorp Faculty Engaged Scholars this spring. TFES is a two-year program that will run from fall semester 2020 through spring semester 2022. Applications will open by April 15. Learn more online. If you’d like to receive an individual notification about the application process or have questions, contact Margaret Barrett.

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

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.

Career services for students
University Career Services is offering alternatives to the canceled career and graduate school info fairs, plus additional experiential learning opportunities for job (or graduate school) seeking students. Learn about upcoming deadlines and other details on the UCS website.

Counseling and Psychological Services
Carolina students can call 919-966-3658 for 24/7 counseling with a therapist from UNC Counseling and Psychological Services. Read CAPS’ blog post about managing anxiety during the pandemic. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 1-800-273-8255, is reachable 24/7. For the Crisis Text Line, you can text TALK to 741741.

COVID-19 DONATION OPPORTUNITIES

Donate money

  • 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.

Donate food

  • 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 blood

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 THE TRIANGLE

  • Submit this form if you’re interested in volunteering with a public agency in Orange County.
  • Visit the Chapel Hill Community Post website for self-identified community needs in the Chapel Hill area.
  • If you’re interested in assisting Orange County seniors, submit this form organized by the UNC Partnership in Aging Program.
  • This blog post by Commissioner Sally Greene provides ideas on remote support in Orange County.
  • The Raleigh News and Observer is maintaining a list of local nonprofits working to mitigate the effects of the pandemic, along with ways you can contribute.
  • Consider searching online for similar programs wherever you live.
  • 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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