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The Carolina Center for Public Service (CCPS) publishes this newsletter to keep students, faculty, staff and community members up-to-date on public service resources, programs and volunteer opportunities. We know many of you are concerned about the people and places impacted by Hurricane Dorian over the last few days. Damage from the storm may require long-term recovery for affected areas in North Carolina, many of which are still working to rebound from Hurricane Florence (2018) and Hurricane Matthew (2016).
For the most up-to-date information on University efforts to support statewide relief and recovery, visit the CCPS disaster relief webpage, which includes information about grants for short-term disaster relief trips and longer-term disaster recovery projects. This week you can also attend a meeting on campus to discuss the University’s response to Dorian; details are below.

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Table of Contents

OPPORTUNITIES AT CCPS
Deadline TODAY – Apply for APPLES 2019 Alternative Fall Break
Deadline TODAY – Community Partners: Apply to host a spring APPLES intern
9/12 – Campus meeting to discuss University response to Dorian
9/16 – Attend CarolinaServes: Fair in the Pit
9/16 – Paid position for graduate students
9/30 – Calling all undergraduates: Become a Buckley Public Service Scholar
9/30 – Apply for Arts in Public Service Fellows
10/22 – Have a social impact project idea? Apply for the Bryan Fellowship
Faculty/instructors: Need money for a service-learning course?
Apply for a grant to support your disaster recovery project
New Service Partnership Mini-Grants
Faculty/staff: Create a profile in the new engaged scholarship directory

INTERNSHIPS, FELLOWSHIPS AND AWARDS
World Relief Internships – Serve refugees in your community
Hunger relief and nutrition education nonprofit seeks fall semester interns

SERVICE-RELATED EVENTS
9/11 Week of Service Volunteer Opportunities
9/19 – Seeking volunteers for community cookout
9/21 – Durham arts festival volunteers needed
10/4 – Red Cross blood drive
10/12 – Tar Heel Service Day hosted by General Alumni Association

OTHER SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES
Help high schoolers apply for college financial aid
9/25 – Apply for UNC Student Organizations Council
Preparing International Teaching Assistants
Volunteer with Communities In Schools of Durham
Me Fine Foundation seeks community outreach volunteers
Central Regional Hospital Student Volunteer Program
Help with adult education at El Centro Hispano
Youth sports league coaches needed
No Kid Hungry NC seeks volunteers for kids’ nutrition program

OPPORTUNITIES AT CCPS

 

Deadline TODAY – Apply for APPLES 2019 Alternative Fall Break
Applications for APPLES Service-Learning Alternative Fall Break (AFB) are open until Sept. 9. Through AFB, students learn and serve outside the UNC-CH community over fall break. Before the break experience, participants attend orientation sessions to prepare for the challenges and issues they will confront. During the break, students collaborate with community service partners in various capacities, engaging in direct and indirect service as well as advocacy work. Apply online through the CCPS Application and Nomination Portal.

Deadline TODAY – Community Partners: Apply to host a spring APPLES intern
Community partners with growing needs or specialized projects are encouraged to apply to participate in the APPLES Service-Learning spring internship program. Community partners propose a service-learning internship, and the APPLES program publicizes the position. Open to full-time undergraduates, these internships offer students the opportunity to gain meaningful professional experience – while partners get to work with some of the brightest students at Carolina. Spring interns work 150 hours (10 – 15 hours per week) during the spring semester and receive $1,200 in funding ($600 provided by APPLES and $600 provided by the community partner). For questions, contact Becca Bender.

9/12 – Campus meeting to discuss University response to Dorian
Given the likely impact of Hurricane Dorian on North Carolina communities, CCPS is calling a meeting for campus organizations and units to discuss developing an effective and coordinated response to Hurricane Dorian. This meeting will take place 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 12 in the Student Union Room 3203. If you’d like to support the University’s relief efforts through a monetary contribution, we invite you to donate online. Please note that money from the UNC Disaster Relief Fund cannot be transferred directly to communities; rather, the fund enables Carolina’s work to support those communities through efforts such as funding for relief trips and project-based recovery grants.

9/16 – Attend CarolinaServes: Fair in the Pit
Learn about ways you can make a difference in your community! Attend CarolinaServes: Fair 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 16 in the Pit. Local nonprofits and Carolina organizations will gather to share community involvement opportunities and recruit new volunteers/members. Students, faculty, staff and the general public will all find meaningful engagement opportunities at the fair. Enrich your semester by engaging in public service! Hosted by CCPS, UNC Student Government and Carolina Dining Services. Organizations interested in participating should email Luisa Brooks by Thursday, Sept. 12.

9/16 – Paid position for graduate students
CCPS offers support for up to 10 Carolina graduate students to serve as skills training facilitators and share their expertise with undergraduate students engaged in service in the community and on campus. Selected graduate students are required to facilitate at least two skills trainings (one per semester) for Buckley Public Service Scholars (BPSS) participants as well as help with the review process of BPSS portfolios submitted by graduating seniors. After completing these requirements, each graduate student receives a $600 stipend. BPSS graduate assistant applications are accepted until Sept. 16 through the CCPS Application and Nomination Portal.

9/30 – Calling all undergraduates: Become a Buckley Public Service Scholar
BPSS provides a framework for Carolina undergraduate students committed to making a positive impact through service. BPSS challenges participants to expand their understanding of service, connect academic and community-based experiences and build their capacity to help effect change. Enrollment for Fall 2019 ends Sept. 30.

9/30 – Apply for Arts in Public Service Fellows
Want to enrich your community through the arts? BPSS and Carolina Performing Arts have partnered to create the Arts in Public Service Fellows. This program emphasizes expansive definitions of both “service” and “arts,” and advocates for creative modes of connecting them. Arts in Public Service Fellows will learn the ways in which the arts have effected and will continue to effect social change, develop necessary skills for engaging in this work themselves and gain first-hand experience supporting local arts and public service projects. Apply by Sept. 30 to join the 2019-2020 cohort!

10/22 – Have a social impact project idea? Apply for the Bryan Fellowship
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.

Faculty/Instructors: Do you need money to start or improve a service-learning course?
Applications are currently open for faculty and instructors to apply for a Course Development Grant. These awards of up to $5,000 are provided to help you develop a new or modify an existing service-learning course. We accept applications on a rolling basis through the CCPS Application and Nomination Portal.

Apply for a grant to support your disaster recovery project
CCPS manages a Disaster Relief Fund to support ongoing hurricane recovery efforts in North Carolina. We provide grants of up to $5,000 to enable project-based public service efforts by UNC-Chapel Hill students, staff and faculty. To apply, visit the CCPS Application and Nomination Portal. All projects should be conducted with a community partner and address a stated need of the community. While proposals will be accepted on a rolling basis, CCPS will review project grants quarterly at the following deadlines: Aug. 30, Dec. 5 and Feb. 28. For questions, email Kate Palmer or call 919-843-6616.

Additionally, CCPS offers grants of up to $1,000 for disaster relief trips. Carolina students, faculty and staff can apply through the CCPS Application and Nomination Portal. Faculty and staff may be eligible to use Community Service Leave hours for relief trips.

New 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 new 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.

INTERNSHIPS, FELLOWSHIPS & AWARDS

World Relief Internships – Serve refugees in your community
Do you have a passion for working with refugees and immigrants? World Relief Durham is looking for interns to join their team this fall. Positions are open in the refugee resettlement department, Immigration Legal Services Center and the refugee and immigrant youth program. Apply today!

Hunger relief and nutrition education nonprofit seeks fall semester interns
TABLE, Inc., a nonprofit that provides healthy food and nutrition education to local children in Orange County, is searching for program and farm interns to help with project-based activities. Intern tasks will include leading weekly volunteer shifts and assisting program directors. Interns should be organized and detail-oriented. Access to a car is preferred but not required. Expected workload is eight or more hours per week for the duration of the fall semester. Applications accepted on a rolling basis; email Michelle Perry for more information.

SERVICE-RELATED EVENTS

9/11 Week of Service Volunteer Opportunities
9/11 National Day of Service and Remembrance is a day to honor those lost on September 11, 2001, through community service. September 14 marks one year since Hurricane Florence hit North Carolina. In acknowledgement of both anniversaries, the N.C. Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service is encouraging a “Week of Service” from Sept. 7-14. Contact Catie Armstrong with questions.

9/19 – Seeking volunteers for community cookout
Help out at the 2019 Good Neighbor Initiative (GNI) Community Cookout! Previously known as the Good Neighbor Initiative Block Party and Neighborhood Night Out, this community event takes place on Thursday, Sept. 19. GNI engages student and non-student residents of the downtown residential neighborhoods to improve relationships and quality of life in these areas. This endeavor is a collaboration between UNC Off-Campus Student Life, the Town of Chapel Hill, the Marian Cheek Jackson Center and EmPOWERment, Inc. If you’re interested in volunteering at the GNI Community Cookout, please register online.

9/21 – Durham arts festival volunteers needed
Volunteer with CenterFest, an arts festival hosted by the Durham Arts Council on Sept. 21 and 22. CenterFest showcases more than 80 performance groups and 140 visual artists. To make the festival a success, DAC needs 300+ volunteers to serve the public and the artists. Sign up here for Sept. 21, and sign up here for Sept. 22. For more information, email Liz Kunesh.

10/4 – Red Cross blood drive
The Graduate and Professional Student Federation Blood Drive will take place from 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 4, at the Carolina Student Union, Room 3109A. Sign up online and select “UNC Graduate and Professional Student Federation,” or contact GPSF Director of Public Service Lorna Doucette. This event is open to anyone, not just graduate and professional students!

10/12 – Tar Heel Service Day hosted by General Alumni Association
This year, Carolina alumni and friends will participate in Tar Heel Service Day on University Day, Oct. 12. Can’t participate on Saturday? Not to worry, all projects from Monday, Oct. 7, to Sunday, Oct. 13 will be recognized. You’ll not only be doing a good thing and making an impact, but when you sign up a project, you’ll be sent cool Carolina swag, too. Last year, more than 700 Tar Heels served more than 3,400 hours in honor of University Day. Don’t miss out! Sign up to #ServeCarolina today.

OTHER SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES

Help high schoolers apply for college financial aid
The UNC Initiative on Poverty and Inequality is beginning a FASFA Assist program to make financial aid for higher education more accessible. The program helps high school students with understanding and applying to the FAFSA, which stands for “Free Application for Federal Student Aid.” Training is provided on Sept. 10 and 25. For more information, email Daniel Andrade. Or sign up now!

Apply for UNC Student Organizations Council
Student Organizations Council is a University board that allocates funding to registered student organizations, helps to create and adjudicate policies for student organizations and advises student organizations in reaching their goals. If you’re interested in joining the Finance, Programming or Accountability and Community Council, please apply.
For questions, contact Sarah Haynes.

Preparing International Teaching Assistants
Carolina’s Preparing International Teaching Assistants Program seeks undergraduate volunteers to serve as classroom consultants and conversation partners to support international graduate students who will serve as TAs for undergraduate courses. A commitment of 10 to 15 hours per semester is expected during the fall semester. All majors welcome. Great experience for students interested in education, global studies, languages and culture. Contact Brian Rybarczyk for details.

Volunteer with Communities In Schools of Durham
Communities In Schools of Durham is a dropout prevention nonprofit that works directly in schools to help kids stay in school. We are looking for volunteers for the 2019-2020 school year, in school-based and administrative roles. These volunteer opportunities are ideal for students interested in social work, education, nonprofit organizations or working with youth. Learn more online or email Jessica Barner.

Me Fine Foundation seeks community outreach volunteers
Me Fine Foundation is seeking eager and enthusiastic volunteers to support the silent auction for a fundraiser gala in October. You’ll be establishing partnerships throughout the community, procuring items for the auction and representing the Foundation mission. If you’re interested in gaining skills in nonprofit leadership, marketing, sales and community outreach, email Shriya Soora.

Central Regional Hospital Student Volunteer Program
Central Regional Hospital is a state psychiatric facility in Butner, N.C., that offers a volunteer program for college students. As a volunteer, you get a chance to engage in a unique learning opportunity assisting staff in the implementation of therapeutic treatment programs for patients. For more information, call Dontezz Foster at 919-764-7525.

Help with adult education at El Centro Hispano
El Centro Hispano is seeking volunteers for adult education programs, which include English conversation classes, computer classes, high school equivalency test preparation classes and more. El Centro Hispano has locations in both Durham and Carrboro; volunteer opportunities vary at each location. If you’re interested, email Alexia Lucas.

Youth sports league coaches needed
Carrboro Recreation and Parks is seeking volunteer coaches for a number of youth sports leagues including basketball, baseball, flag football and soccer. Coaches should have experience working with youth, a passion for the sport and the ability to teach good sportsmanship, organize practices, prepare for games and communicate effectively with players, parents and Recreation Department staff. If interested, email Craig Wolfe or call 919-918-7376.

No Kid Hungry NC seeks volunteers for kids’ nutrition program
No Kid Hungry NC is looking for volunteers to assist with the Cooking Matters for Kids program, which is a hands-on nutrition and cooking education program for 3rd-5th grade children. Volunteers are needed to help with lessons Mondays/Wednesdays or Tuesdays/Thursdays from 3 p.m.-5 p.m. at local afterschool programs. For additional information, contact Jessica Soldavini.

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