Public Service News 6/25/2018

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 ccps.unc.edu/. 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.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

OPPORTUNITIES AT THE CAROLINA CENTER FOR PUBLIC SERVICE

8/6 – APPLES Service-Learning fall semester course volunteers
7/13 – Apply for APPLES SLI: Launch
8/6 – APPLES Service-Learning fall semester course volunteers

INTERNSHIPS, FELLOWSHIPS & AWARDS

6/31 – Read.Write.Act. 2018 call for proposals
9/15 – Carolina Global Photography Competition
Apply for Carolina College Advising Corps
I.F. Health Inc. seeks social media intern

EVENTS & MEETINGS

6/30 – UNC Oral Cancer 5K and health fair

PUBLIC SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES

7/4 – July 4th Celebration volunteers needed
8/1 – Help Delete Blood Cancer at the NC Wellness & Safety Expo
8/20 – The Good Neighbor Initiative door-to-door volunteer opportunity
Student Health Action Coalition seeks Mandarin interpreters
Food distribution volunteers needed
Founding members wanted for health career organization
Volunteer at the PTA Thrift Shop
Garden with Edible Campus UNC
Volunteer at summer orientation with Rise Against Hunger
A Helping Hand seeks CNAs and companions
Platelet donors needed at UNC Blood Donation Center

OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE AT THE CAROLINA CENTER FOR PUBLIC SERVICE

6/26 – APPLES community partner orientation

Organizations and staff new to APPLES Service-Learning are invited to attend APPLES’ community partner orientation. Information will include an overview of service-learning, details about APPLES courses and internship programs, process and expectations of becoming a new community partner, and how to use the APPLES Partner Portal. There is also an opportunity to connect with other organizations working in the community, so feel free to bring information to share. This orientation is also valuable for those who need a refresher on working with APPLES. The next community partner orientation is scheduled for 9:30 a.m., Tuesday, June 26 at the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce. Visit the registration page for more information and to sign up. For questions, contact Becca Bender.

7/13 – Apply for APPLES SLI: Launch

APPLES SLI: Launch 2018, set for Aug. 15-17, is open to new Carolina students. Each year, over three days in the week before classes start, participants learn about and work with APPLES community partners, become more aware of local social justice issues, form lasting friendships with other engaged students, and are introduced to reflection as a tool for making meaning out of service experiences. Apply by July 13 through the CCPS Application and Nomination Portal. For questions, contact Becca Bender.

8/6 – APPLES Service-Learning fall semester course volunteers

Volunteer requests for APPLES service-learning course fall volunteers are open until Aug. 6. APPLES course volunteers serve 30 hours during the semester, from September to December. Community partners should request service-learning course volunteers through the APPLES online community partner portal. For questions, contact Becca Bender.

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INTERNSHIPS, FELLOWSHIPS & AWARDS

6/31 – Read.Write.Act. 2018 call for proposals

SCALE is accepting proposals for the Read.Write.Act 2018 virtual conference, Literacy Without Limits Nov. 2 and 3. There is an interest in programs and research that demonstrate the expansiveness of literacy learning and how it intersects with a variety of academic disciplines. Proposals may provide specific teaching techniques that focus on the real-world application of literacy skills. Priority deadline for proposals, June 31. Apply using the conference presentation proposal form.

9/15 – Carolina Global Photography Competition

Carolina Global Photography Competition is accepting photos for its 19th annual amateur photo competition. The competition, which is open to all students, faculty, alumni and staff of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is an opportunity to showcase Carolina’s global activity, educational opportunities, research and service. Photos may represent any world region and there is no restriction on the period in which the photo was taken. Entries will be judged on artistic merit and context, and winners will be displayed in the FedEx Global Education Center. For details, visit globalphoto.unc.edu.

Apply for Carolina College Advising Corps

The Carolina College Advising Corps seeks advisers to serve in high schools located in Alamance, Edgecombe, Guilford, Pitt, Surry and Vance counties. Advisers assist underrepresented, low income, and/or minority students throughout the college application process. For details on this full-time, 11-month position or to apply, visit Carolina College Advising Corps. Training starts July 2018.

I.F. Health Inc. seeks social media intern

Immigrant and Family (I.F.) Health is a start-up nonprofit organization of volunteers who are dedicated to serving the community by promoting health lifestyles and providing resources to healthcare programs. A social media intern is needed to advance and share the organizations work. If interested or for questions, contact John Tuong. Apply at I.F. Health.

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EVENTS & MEETINGS

6/30 – UNC Oral Cancer 5K and health fair

UNC School of Dentistry’s Student National Dental Association will host the 2018 Oral Cancer Walk & 5K at the Old Well 9 a.m. Saturday, June 30. Free oral cancer screenings, blood pressure and glucose readings, and medication reviews will be offered following the race. All proceeds will benefit the Oral Cancer Foundation to fund lifesaving research. Sign up at 2018 Oral Cancer Walk & 5K.

PUBLIC SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES

 

7/4 – July 4th Celebration volunteers needed

Carrboro Recreation and Parks seeks volunteers for its annual July 4th Celebration. Volunteers will assist with interactive children’s arts, crafts, games and tattoo booths, pre-event activities, the information table and the pie eating contest. Volunteers will also work as stage attendants, recycle and litter patrol, and assist with activity tables with costume making crafts. For questions, contact Corina Riley.

7/29 – Help Delete Blood Cancer at the NC Wellness & Safety Expo

DKMS, a nonprofit organization that recruits prospective bone marrow donors for blood cancer patients, needs volunteers for the North Carolina State Empoloyees’ Wellness & Safety Expo. The event is set for 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Aug. 1 at the Jim Graham Building on the North Carolina State Fairgrounds. Two volunteers are needed for three separate shifts (9 – 11 a.m., 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., 1 – 3 p.m.). Volunteers must complete a training prior to Aug. 1, and should sign up by June 29 by emailing Carol Goplin.

8/20 – The Good Neighbor Initiative door-to-door volunteer opportunity

The Good Neighbor Initiative GNI is an effort by the Chapel Hill Police Department, EmPowerment Inc. and other organizations to promote positive living experiences in neighborhoods where students and non-students live in close proximity. Volunteers are needed for this year’s Door-to-Door Walk Around, 4 – 6:30 p.m. Aug. 20. For details and to sign-up, visit Good Neighbor Initiative 2018 volunteers.

Student Health Action Coalition seeks Mandarin interpreters

Student Health Action Coalition (SHAC), a student-led free community clinic, is recruiting Mandarin speakers to translate and serve as a direct link between clinic workers and patients. If you have experience with Mandarin, contact Alyssa Guo or Jacky Zheng to set up an assessment.

Food distribution volunteers needed

The Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina, Grow to Life and the Town of Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation Department need volunteers to assist with food distribution the first Tuesday of every month. Volunteers should arrive at 10 a.m. to pack boxes, loading cars and directing traffic. Distribution begins at noon at the Homestead Aquatic Center parking lot, 300 Northern Park Drive in Chapel Hill. For questions, contact Grow to Life.

Founding members wanted for health career organization

Interdisciplinary Health Career Collaboration seeks undergraduate pre-health majors who are interested in being a founding member of UNC’s first interdisciplinary health career organization. This organization will host discussions on prevalent medical conditions, and facilitate discussion on how to treat these conditions from a variety of professional perspectives, including medicine, PA, nursing, public health, social work and more. For details, contact Hannah Snow.

Volunteer at the PTA Thrift Shop

The PTA Thrift Shop has a variety of volunteer opportunities for college students. Volunteer hours can provide a teaching/learning method that connects meaningful community service experiences with academic learning, persona and career objectives. To learn more or to volunteer, contact Pat Richardson.

Garden with Edible Campus UNC

Help grow food across Carolina’s campus; volunteer with Edible Campus UNC. Volunteers meet in the big garden behind Davis Library noon – 2 p.m. on Tuesdays, and 3 – 5 p.m. on Thursdays.No gardening experience is necessary. For more information and other ways to get involved, Edible Campus UNC or contact ediblecampusunc@gmail.com.

Volunteer at summer orientation with Rise Against Hunger

Earn volunteer hours while impacting and connecting with the Carolina’s newest students. Work with Rise Against Hunger this summer at orientation meal packaging sessions. Gain valuable leadership experience by helping ensure thousands of meals successfully make it as hunger relief to developing nations. Volunteers must be consistent throughout the summer orientation sessions. Up to six volunteers are needed for each packaging event; only sign up for the dates you know you can attend. Contact Hunter Gadwill or Toby Bader with changes to your chosen orientation sessions or if you have questions.

A Helping Hand seeks CNAs and companions

A Helping Hand and Canopy of Carol Woods, two local nonprofit home care organizations, are working together to offer a continuum of care to older adults and adults with disabilities. Individuals with current CNA certification or a compassionate disposition are needed to provide essential services to adults in need. Pre-health students seeking to improve the quality of life in our community and engage in paid social activism can apply at A Helping Hand.

Platelet donors needed at UNC Blood Donation Center

The UNC Blood Donation Center invites students who are staying on campus this summer to donate platelets. The center is open Monday through Friday and has appointments from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Free snacks, drinks, wifi and parking are provided. Bring a friend and receive movie tickets. Bring two or three friends and receive a pizza party. Visit UNC Health Care Blood Donation Center for details.

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CCPS WEBSITE – FIND US ON THE WEB

The Carolina Center for Public Service (wccps.unc.edu) 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.

UNC’S DISASTER RESPONSE

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.

ABOUT OUR NEWSLETTER

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 https://ccps.unc.edu. If you are involved in public service and would like to post an announcement, fill out our online request at https://ccps.unc.edu/news-events/public-service-news-listserv/next-weeks-listserv/. 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 leave-34847996-76489955.07b7484471051a00b41b3bf1990b60eb@listserv.unc.edu. Thank you.

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Public Service News 5/29/2018

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 ccps.unc.edu/. 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.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

OPPORTUNITIES AT THE CAROLINA CENTER FOR PUBLIC SERVICE

8/6 – APPLES Service-Learning fall semester course volunteers

INTERNSHIPS, FELLOWSHIPS & AWARDS

7/25 – Apply to be a Bonner Leader

EVENTS & MEETINGS

6/5 – 30th annual Carolina Blood Drive
Initiative on Poverty and Inequality

PUBLIC SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES

5/31 – Become a volunteer docent at the Ackland Art Museum
Summer volunteers needed at Carolina Campus Community Garden
Carolina WISE summer volunteers
A Helping Hand seeks CNAs and companions
Volunteer at summer orientation with Rise Against Hunger
Stigma Free Carolina leadership applications

OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE AT THE CAROLINA CENTER FOR PUBLIC SERVICE

8/6 – APPLES Service-Learning fall semester course volunteers

Volunteer requests for APPLES service-learning course fall volunteers are open until Aug. 6. APPLES course volunteers serve 30 hours during the semester, from September to December. Community partners should request service-learning course volunteers through the APPLES online community partner portal. For questions, contact Becca Bender.

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INTERNSHIPS, FELLOWSHIPS & AWARDS

7/25 – Apply to be a Bonner Leader

The Campus Y’s Bonner Leaders program provides service-based scholarships and leverages federal community service work-study funds to support intensive undergraduate community service and social justice activities throughout students’ college careers. Incoming students who are passionate about community service, interested in working on critical issues facing our community, want to develop leadership skills, and are eligible for a Federal work-study award should apply to be a Bonner Leader by July 25.

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EVENTS & MEETINGS

6/5 – 30th annual Carolina Blood Drive

Help the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill celebrate three decades of saving lives at the 30th annual Carolina Blood Drive, 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 5 at the Dean E. Smith Center. There is plenty of free parking, or ride over on Chapel Hill Transit R or RU lines. All presenting donors will receive a commemorative blood drive T-shirt and free food. Door prizes include an autographed Carolina football, football and basketball game tickets, and dinner for two at the Carolina Club. Schedule your appointment today, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or use the Blood Donor App and enter sponsor code: UNC. To volunteer for the drive, complete the volunteer form.

Initiative on Poverty and Inequality

Several UNC students are working to found Initiative on Poverty and Inequality to host talks and programs for the study of inequality and poverty, and to develop initiatives to combat inequalities throughout North Carolina and the United States. To get involved in working toward closing gaps related to income inequality and other societal disparities, complete the Google form.

PUBLIC SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES

5/31 – Become a volunteer docent at the Ackland Art Museum

Ackland Art Museum docents are a dedicated group of volunteer educators who offer their time, talents and expertise to support the museum’s education programs for K-12 students and community members. The museum needs volunteers who are interested in art and who are able to engage meaningfully with members of the diverse communities the museum serves. Prior experience with art or teaching is not required. Visit Ackland Art Museum Docent Program for details. Apply by 31 May.

Summer volunteers needed at Carolina Campus Community Garden

The Carolina Campus Community Garden, located within walking distance from campus, needs volunteers this summer to help plant, weed, water and harvest vegetables and fruit. Experienced and novice gardeners are welcome. For directions to the garden and garden workdays, visit Carolina Campus Community Garden. If interested in volunteering, contact Claire Lorch for more details.

Carolina WISE summer volunteers

Carolina Wildlife Information and Science Education (WISE) seeks summer student volunteers to help with its animal collection. Volunteers will make diets, clean cages, socialize animals and deliver educational programs. Volunteers are asked to work one 45-minute shift once a week and need to complete training prior to volunteering. Contact sbwong@live.unc.edu or visit Carolina WISE for details.

A Helping Hand seeks CNAs and companions

A Helping Hand and Canopy of Carol Woods, two local nonprofit home care organizations, are working together to offer a continuum of care to older adults and adults with disabilities. Individuals with current CNA certification or a compassionate disposition are needed to provide essential services to adults in need. Pre-health students seeking to improve the quality of life in our community and engage in paid social activism can apply at A Helping Hand.

Volunteer at summer orientation with Rise Against Hunger

Earn volunteer hours while impacting and connecting with the Carolina’s newest students. Work with Rise Against Hunger this summer at orientation meal packaging sessions. Gain valuable leadership experience by helping ensure thousands of meals successfully make it as hunger relief to developing nations. Volunteers must be consistent throughout the summer orientation sessions. Up to six volunteers are needed for each packaging event; only sign up for the dates you know you can attend. Contact Hunter Gadwill or Toby Bader with changes to your chosen orientation sessions or if you have any questions.

Stigma Free Carolina leadership applications

Stigma Free Carolina seeks students passionate about mental health issues to join its leadership team for the upcoming academic year. Open positions are available in research, communications and logistics. If interested, send a one to two-page resume and any questions to Ben Lee.

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CCPS WEBSITE – FIND US ON THE WEB

The Carolina Center for Public Service (wccps.unc.edu) 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.

UNC’S DISASTER RESPONSE

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.

ABOUT OUR NEWSLETTER

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 https://ccps.unc.edu. If you are involved in public service and would like to post an announcement, fill out our online request at https://ccps.unc.edu/news-events/public-service-news-listserv/next-weeks-listserv/. 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 leave-34847996-76489955.07b7484471051a00b41b3bf1990b60eb@listserv.unc.edu. Thank you.

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Hiwot Ekuban: reflections on how service at Carolina led to a career helping others

By Hiwot A. Ekuban

Hiwot Ekuban in South AfricaBefore Carolina, my experiences with service were largely short-term endeavors, which I did in order to fulfill some sort of high school club requirement. However, as a soon-to-be Carolina alum, I can say with confidence that my philosophy of service has since expanded.

Not only should we serve, we must use our talents to fight systemic inequities, locally and globally. Service work should not be limited to well-intended “volunteerism” or mere conscientiousness. We all have a responsibility to eliminate structural inequality by targeting its root causes, not just treating the symptoms.

APPLES Service-Learning was key to transforming my perspective on effective community service.

APPLES is a student-led, staff supported organization that offers multiple programs to connect students to academic-enriched service experiences. Ultimately, APPLES championed my ideals of social justice while introducing me to new concepts regarding public service, such as the importance of community asset mapping, the role of policy in embedding social inequities, and the value of forming cooperative partnerships between multiple stakeholders.

I got involved with APPLES in my first year through the Alternative Break program. As a former APPLES Alternative Spring Break: Latinx Communities participant and break leader, I explored health disparities within the Latinx community that are inflated by a lack of immigration reform, ineffective labor laws, limited language access, racial discrimination and other forms of institutionalized bias.

Hiwot Ekuban on an APPLES alternative spring breakThe highlight of my experience was learning about the unique challenges that target migrant farmworkers’ access to health from Student Action with Farmworkers, a nonprofit organization in Durham, North Carolina. Despite contributing to a multimillion-dollar food industry, migrant farmworkers cannot afford the produce they harvest, much less health coverage. Their constant exposure to toxic pesticides puts them at risk for many chronic illnesses. Ineffective labor regulations, language barriers, lack of transportation and fear of deportation further marginalizes migrant farmworkers as a community and limits their access to health care.

By the end of the alternative spring break experience, I realized that the social determinants of health must be remedied in order to eliminate health inequities among marginalized communities. I decided to pursue a field that allows me to confront unethical public policy and empower vulnerable populations to sustain preventative health initiatives.

I was pleased to find the BSPH Health Policy and Management (HPM) program offered at the Gillings School of Global Public Health. The HPM program allowed me to study ways that policy enables health disparities and further stratifies the health of society by race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, documentation status, socioeconomic status, geographic location, religious affiliation and ability level.

Over time my approach to service has evolved to a systems-focused approach to eliminate social inequity, specifically health inequity. Once I graduate, I will return to my hometown of Concord, North Carolina to continue service at Cabarrus-Rowan Community Health Center, a clinic that offers sliding-fee payments to folks who cannot afford health services. One day, I envision incorporating my background in public health in my future career as a primary care physician.

Words cannot express my gratitude to APPLES for illuminating my true passions, and for the countless mentors, friends, community partners and educators for supporting me on this journey.

Anna Agbe-Davies is preserving African-American women’s history through archaeology – one house at a time

By Becca Kronebusch

For anthropology professor and Thorp Faculty Engaged Scholar Anna Agbe-Davies, archaeology is not digging through dirt searching for bones. Her work at the Pauli Murray House in Durham has her preserving and contextualizing the childhood home of Murray, a lawyer and co-founder of the National Organization for Women and unsung hero of the Civil Rights Movement.

Now a National Historic Landmark, the Pauli Murray House will soon give visitors an opportunity to lean in and explore Murray’s life of civil and women’s rights activism. Agbe-Davies is passionate about this project because her work showcases the contributions of African-American women in America, which she said are historically overlooked and overshadowed.

Thorp Faculty Engaged Scholar Anna Agbie-Davies“What I do is public archaeology,” Agbe-Davies said. “For me, archaeology is a way to understand our humanness. There are interesting archaeological problems everywhere, and I didn’t need to go to a far-off place to find them. It was important to do work that would benefit those around me.”

In addition to the inspiration from the historic women she studies, Agbe-Davies credits the Carolina Center for Public Service’s Thorp Faculty Engaged Scholars (FES) program with helping her branch out and interact with scholars in various disciplines. FES brings together selected faculty from across campus to engage in a two-year experiential, competency-based curriculum designed to advance their engaged scholarship. Scholars participate in sessions in community settings to learn from Carolina faculty and their community partners. While developing individual projects, each class of scholars forms a learning community to support one another’s projects and community partners.

“The key thing for me about Faculty Engaged Scholars is talking to people in other disciplines about what their engaged scholarship looks like,” Agbe-Davies said. “It has helped me see possibilities I hadn’t envisioned before and made me think more explicitly about what makes archaeology different. Interacting with scholars across disciplines helps me see what makes the work I do unique and how it contributes to the broader conversation to make the world better.”

Before signing onto the Murray project, Agbe-Davies worked in Chicago as an archaeologist for the Phyllis Wheatley Home, which was established in 1896 as a resource for African-American women who were moving from the South to the North. The home provided these women migrants with lodging, educational programs, work assistance and other opportunities. The Chicago home, as well as others across the country, was named for Phillis Wheatley, the first African-American and U.S. slave to publish a book of poetry.

“I’m now working on a project that brings these two sites together and understand more broadly the impact of African-American women in America,” she said. “It came together when I needed it to come together.”

Agbe-Davies said her discipline is increasingly aware of the need to do more work that matters to society at large and not just to archaeologists. Her work with the Murray House is one example of the way that she and other archaeologists can use their passion to preserve pieces of history and give more representation to underrepresented peoples.

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Doing more: Zaynab Nasif’s journey through service-learning

By Catie Armstrong

Zaynab Nasif, a senior global studies major from Raleigh, was already service-minded before she attended her first APPLES Service-Learning Alternative Spring Break trip in 2016. In high school, she was involved in service organizations that connected her to the community, but the experience left her yearning to do more when she came to Carolina.

2018 Alternative Spring Break participants at Foodbarn“Service, as I had known it before, was merely direct; I tutored elementary school students, which was one of my favorite experiences, but it didn’t go further than that,” she said. “With APPLES, I was able to discuss my service experiences more in-depth and critically think about why I was doing service and how it can expand toward advocacy and greater institutional change.”

APPLES offers alternative spring break experiences, providing students with opportunities to perform service activities across North Carolina, the Southeast and the mid-Atlantic during fall, winter and spring breaks. The student-led groups work collaboratively to engage in focus areas and learn more about their destination community before the trip occurs. Once at the destination, students explore a new culture and carry out meaningful community service.

During her sophomore year, Nasif’s first ASB was to Atlanta to learn about poverty and homelessness in a larger urban area. She was thrown out of her comfort zone; an experience she said allowed her to grow and inspired her to become more involved in service. Two years later, Nasif has expanded her engagement with ASB to co-lead the urban alternative spring trip to Atlanta.

“When I went on my ASB trip in 2016, there were times I was uncomfortable and out of my element,” Nasif said. “That’s what I wanted my participants this year to feel, because I think that’s when the most growth happens.”

Alongside co-leader Cameron Cooper, Nasif wanted to provide their participants with a well-rounded and meaningful break, similar to her first experience.

“As leaders, it was a totally different experience throughout because we realized we had to step back at times and let the participants feel that discomfort for themselves,” she said.

At times, this meant exposing the nine participants to situations that may be uncomfortable but would result in incredible learning experiences.

“We knew that the work the community partners were doing was difficult and often emotionally taxing, but also had a positive impact on the community,” Nasif said. “So we wanted our participants to see what it takes to be a community asset.”

One of the community service partners the urban communities ASB served this year was Re:Loom, a subset of the Initiative on Affordable Housing in Atlanta, which aids the community by employing individuals to turn recycled materials into clothing and accessories.

“From this year’s trip, I loved going to Re:Loom,” Nasif said. “The whole group ended up cutting up this giant festival poster to into small pieces to turn into bags, and we all bonded as we were helping out.”

2018 ASB participants in AtlantaShifting roles from serving as a participant to co-leader meant Nasif was able to take the elements she loved from her first ASB experience and supplement them by personalizing this year’s trip. Nasif designed the ASB experience to encompass everyone’s unique service interests, a quality she adopted from her former break leaders.

She highlighted the connection she felt when her team visited DeKalb International Student Center, a transition school for refugees. “I never saw a school operate the way it does,” she said. “Learning about the circumstances that many of the students were living in was also hard to dissect. It was the community partner that had the biggest impact on me personally, and I wanted others to feel that sense of connection and passion for a cause or organization.”

Nasif has always been interested in working in nonprofit settings and serving communities in need. Leading this alternative spring break reinforced her passion and opened her eyes to the reality of her future field.

“As a senior graduating in less than two weeks, I remember thinking ASB would be a one week experience, but I left feeling motivated to do more,” Nasif said.

She also emphasized the importance of the sustainable relationships APPLES breaks program has built with its community partners, particularly in Atlanta. Many of the community partners ASB serves have been partners for years, meaning participants have been able to see their impact grow.

“We know that a week of service will not alleviate all the problems that some of the communities are facing, but I think it is important to be exposed to what the partner is doing, how they are doing it, and what service-oriented leaders can do to help either in the moment or in the future.”

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Leaving your Heel print: How one senior leaves his mark through service

By Becca Kronebusch

For John Paul (JP) Zalaquett, a senior music major from Matthews, North Carolina, service to others began long before he came to UNC. From working with Habitat for Humanity ReStore to serving at an orphanage in Mexico, service is second nature to Zalaquett. It is no surprise that at UNC, he jumped into service through the APPLES Service-Learning and Buckley Public Service Scholars programs.

“I am passionate about public service because many needs exist in our communities, and whether we realize it or not, we are all affected when some of those needs are not met,” Zalaquett said. “By stewarding our resources well, we can often address those needs within our own community.”

JP Zalaquett and other APPLES SLI site leaders

Before even stepping into a UNC classroom, Zalaquett participated in APPLES Service-Learning Initiative (SLI). Over three days in the week before classes started, Zalaquett learned about and worked with community partners in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro area. He served at the State Employees Credit Union Family House, Club NOVA and Wildwoods Farm. Since SLI, he has participated in several other service experiences impacting North Carolina and beyond.

But in October 2017, service beyond the local community took on a new meaning for Zalaquett because his aunts and uncles were some of the many people living in Puerto Rico whose lives were distressed by Hurricane Maria. Maria knocked out cell phone service across the island, and Zalaquett was left anxious and worried about his family’s safety for weeks until he was finally able to contact them.

“When we did hear from them, they told us about a lot of flooding and no drinking water, so they had to rely on water bottles,” he said. “Their diet consisted of soup, oatmeal, cornmeal, rice, beans and canned meat in the weeks after Maria hit.”

Zalaquett knew he had to do something. That something was assembling disaster relief cleaning supply buckets for the Carolina Bucket Brigade. It was an act of love to help his family in Puerto Rico recover from Hurricane Maria’s destruction.

JP Zalaquett at Carolina Bucket BrigadeParticipating in the Carolina Bucket Brigade, sponsored by the Carolina Center for Public Service and Carolina Athletics, was a tangible way for Zalaquett to help his family and others affected by disasters that hit Texas, Puerto Rico, Florida and Mexico.

“I am passionate about disaster relief efforts because natural disasters are largely unpredictable and unpreventable and can affect anyone, both directly and indirectly,” he said. “Last year, I was indirectly yet very personally affected by a natural disaster, so disaster relief is particularly meaningful to me.”

In addition to disaster relief, Zalaquett credits APPLES Service-Learning and SMART Mentoring for giving him other opportunities to serve, think critically about the effectiveness and sustainability of service, and build meaningful relationships in the community.

Zalaquett is also a participant in the Buckley Public Service Scholars program (BPSS). BPSS helps students expand their understanding of service, connect academic and community-based experiences and build their capacity to help effect change. Through BPSS, Zalaquett serves as a SMART Mentor.

“SMART Mentoring allowed me to form a one-on-one social mentoring relationship with a local middle school student,” Zalaquett said. “I have gained much insight into the community outside of the campus bubble. This has been the most interpersonal service experience I’ve had through the Buckley Public Service Scholars program so far. My upbringing was different than that of my mentee, so I learn a lot from him seeing his unique life experiences first-hand.”

At Carolina, Zalaquett has held leadership roles in several APPLES programs. In addition to SLI, he participated in Alternative Fall Break, served as site leader for SLI experiences and became a co-leader for alternative breaks. Zalaquett worked as an APPLES summer fellow and is now working as the CCPS Union office manager.

Coming to Carolina with service already in his blood, Zalaquett said that he will leave UNC with the spirit of service running more deeply in his veins.

To learn more about these service experiences and opportunities, visit CCPS Disaster Relief, APPLES Service-Learning and SMART Mentoring.

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Public Service News 1/29/2018

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 ccps.unc.edu/. 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.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

OPPORTUNITIES AT THE CAROLINA CENTER FOR PUBLIC SERVICE

1/31 – Buckley Public Service Scholars spring enrollment deadline
2/5 – Apply to be a Community Engagement Fellow
2/6 – Outward Bound scholarships 
2/7 – Ned Brooks Award
2/7 – Office of the Provost Awards
2/7 – Robert E. Bryan Awards
2/8 – Ronald W. Hyatt Rotary Public Service Award
2/8 – Mingma Norbu Sherpa Fellowship
3/12 – Thorp Faculty Engaged Scholars call for applications

UNC DISASTER RELIEF

Disaster relief trips

INTERNSHIPS, FELLOWSHIPS & AWARDS

3/5 – Southern Education Leadership Initiative
3/18 – Democracy Summer internship
Center for Community Capital internship

EVENTS & MEETINGS

2/1 – Red Cross Biomedical Transportation open house
2/19 – Rescheduled UNC MLK lecture and award ceremony
UNC Food for All campus-wide food drive

PUBLIC SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES

1/31 – Carolina Navigators service-learning experience
3/24 – Community Egg Hunt
Volunteer with TABLE
Baseball, volleyball and field hockey coaches needed
Rodeo on Rosemary needs volunteers
Carolina Cupboard needs basketball volunteers

OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE AT THE CAROLINA CENTER FOR PUBLIC SERVICE

 1/31 – BUCKLEY PUBLIC SERVICE SCHOLARS SPRING ENROLLMENT deadline

Spring enrollment for the Buckley Public Service Scholars program will close Jan. 31. 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. For questions, contact bpss@unc.edu.

2/5 – APPLY TO BE A COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT FELLOW

The Community Engagement Fellowship program awards a maximum of seven fellowships of up to $2,000 each year to develop and implement engagement or engaged scholarship projects that employ innovative, sustainable approaches to complex social needs and have an academic connection. Returning, full-time graduate students at UNC-Chapel Hill are eligible to apply. Previous fellows are eligible to apply for an additional year of funding. To apply, submit a project proposal, sustainability plan, budget, applicant resume(s), a letter of endorsement from a faculty mentor and second letter from a community partner by Feb. 5 through the Carolina Center for Public Service Application and Nomination Portal.

2/6 – OUTWARD BOUND SCHOLARSHIPS

The Carolina Center for Public Service awards Outward Bound scholarships for undergraduate students at UNC-CH to participate in a 28-day course over the summer through North Carolina Outward Bound School (NCOBS). Recipients receive full tuition for the NCOBS course and Wilderness First Aid certification through its completion. Apply by Feb. 6 through the Carolina Center for Public Service Application and Nomination Portal.

2/7 – NED BROOKS AWARD

The Ned Brooks Award for Public Service honors the contributions and values of Ned Brooks, who has served the University since 1972, making significant contributions to the mission of service and engagement. The award recognizes a staff or faculty member of the UNC-Chapel Hill community who throughout his/her career has, in a collaborative and sustained manner, made a difference in the larger community. Full nominations are due by 11:59 p.m. Feb. 7, 2018. Online nominations will be accepted through the Carolina Center for Public Service Application and Nomination Portal. For questions, email ccps@unc.edu.

2/7 – OFFICE OF THE PROVOST AWARDS

Nominations are being accepted for the Office of the Provost Engaged Scholarship Awards. Three Provost awards are given, one each for engaged teaching, engaged research and engaged partnership. The award requires a brief two-paragraph nomination submitted by Feb. 7. Selected nominees will be invited to complete a more detailed submission about their work by Feb. 28. Final selection will be based on both the initial nomination and the nominee application. Nominations are accepted through the Carolina Center for Public Service Application and Nomination Portal. For questions, email ccps@unc.edu.

2/7 – ROBERT E. BRYAN AWARDS

Nominations are being accepted for the Robert E. Bryan Public Service Awards. Five Bryan Awards will be given for a specific effort (rather than an overall record) exemplifying outstanding engagement and service to the state of North Carolina. Bryan awards will be given to recognize an outstanding undergraduate student, graduate student, faculty member, staff member and officially recognized student organization. The award requires a brief (two-paragraph) nomination submitted by Feb. 7. Selected nominees will be invited to complete a more detailed submission about their work by Feb. 28. Final selection will be based on both the initial nomination and the nominee application. Nominations are accepted through the Carolina Center for Public Service Application and Nomination Portal. For questions, email ccps@unc.edu.

2/8 – RONALD W. HYATT ROTARY PUBLIC SERVICE AWARD

Applications are being accepted for the Ronald W. Hyatt Rotary Public Service Award. Two awards will be given, one (up to $3,000) for an international project and one (up to $2,000) for a local project. If the local project involves members of the Chapel Hill Rotary Club in some way, there is a possibility of additional funds. Undergraduate or graduate students at the UNC-Chapel Hill are eligible to apply, individually or in teams. Applicants must be continuing their studies at UNC-Chapel Hill in the following fall semester. Applications can be submitted online through the Carolina Center for Public Service Application and Nomination Portal by Feb. 8. For questions, email ccps@unc.edu.

2/8 – MINGMA NORBU SHERPA FELLOWSHIP

Applications are being accepted for the Mingma Norbu Sherpa Fellowship. Eligible applicants must be an undergraduate or graduate student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill continuing their studies at UNC-Chapel Hill in the semester following their fellowship. Applications are accepted through the Carolina Center for Public Service Application and Nomination Portal until Feb. 8. For questions, email ccps@unc.edu.

3/12 – THORP FACULTY ENGAGED SCHOLARS CALL FOR APPLICATIONS

The Carolina Center for Public Service is accepting applications for Class VII of the Thorp Faculty Engaged Scholars program (FES). FES brings together selected Carolina faculty from across campus to engage in a two-year experiential, competency-based curriculum designed to advance their engaged scholarship. Up to 10 faculty members are selected every other year. The program is highly interactive and experiential, involving field visits, exposure to ongoing projects, and discussions with community and faculty partners. Applications are accepted online through the Carolina Center for Public Service Application and Nomination Portal by Monday, March 12. For questions, email ccps@unc.edu.

UNC DISASTER RELIEF

DISASTER RELIEF TRIPS

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill continues to be responsive to communities still dealing with the impact of recent disasters. Spring relief trips will all take place at UNC’s adopted home in Lumberton, North Carolina through the North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church. Hurricane Matthew relief day trips will be Feb. 24 (hosted by APPLES Service-Learning), March 2 and April 20. All trips will leave from Memorial Hall at 7:15 a.m. and return to campus no later than 6:30 p.m. Breakfast, lunch, snacks and transportation will be provided. There are no required skills needed to volunteer, but please let us know if you have specific skills, experiences or tools that will be helpful on the work site. Visit UNC disaster relief trips for information about past trips and more details about these experiences. UNC’s disaster relief website is updated with ongoing efforts for Hurricane Matthew and other disasters. Email ccps@unc.edu with questions.

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INTERNSHIPS, FELLOWSHIPS & AWARDS

3/5 – Southern Education Leadership Initiative

The Southern Education Foundation is accepting applications for its Southern Education Leadership Initiative (SELI). SELI provides highly motivated and diverse upperclassmen and graduate students opportunities to develop as leaders, engage with valuable community stakeholders, acquire practical job skills and learn about contemporary education issues. Students spend the summer in trainings and working at an assigned leading nonprofit sector organization. During this experiential learning opportunity, they examine strategies for improving education, addressing community needs and putting theory into practice. Application deadline is March 5.

3/18 – DEMOCRACY SUMMER INTERNSHIP

Democracy Summer is an internship program that exposes young leaders to new ideas and political movements, teaching them how to organize people around a shared vision for a better democracy in our state. Every summer, Democracy NC, a nonpartisan organization that seeks to increase voter participation, hires undergraduate students to work as paid student organizers for nine weeks under the guidance of an experienced Democracy NC organizer. Students work in organizing teams of two in Charlotte, Fayetteville, Greenville, Winston-Salem and Asheville. Student organizers work full time (including some evenings and weekends) from late May to late July and earn a $3,000 stipend. Apply by March 18.

Center for Community Capital internship

The Center for Community Capital seeks a graphic design intern and communication interns for spring 2018. The Center for Community Capital, a non-partisan, multi-disciplinary research center at UNC-Chapel Hill, is a leading center for research and policy analysis on the power of financial capital to transform households and communities in the United States. Learn more at Community Capital internships.

EVENTS & MEETINGS

2/1 – Red Cross Biomedical Transportation open house

The American Red Cross is hosting an informal open house about its Biomedical Transportation program 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Feb. 1 in Durham at 4737 University Drive. Volunteers are needed to assist with the Biomedical Transportation program by transporting boxes of blood to area hospitals using Red Cross vehicles. Flexible shifts are available on weekdays. Learn more at the American Red Cross.

2/19 – Rescheduled UNC MLK lecture and award ceremony

The 37th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Keynote Lecture and Award Ceremony with former Attorney General Loretta Lynch has been rescheduled for 6 p.m., Monday, Feb. 19 in Memorial Hall. All previous ticket arrangements will be honored. Tickets are free, but due to limited space, reservations are required through Carolina Performing Arts. For details on this and other UNC MLK celebration activities, visit the University Office for Diversity and inclusion.

UNC FOOD FOR ALL CAMPUS-WIDE FOOD DRIVE

UNC’s Employee Forum is hosting its Food For All campus-wide, year-long food drive to benefit the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina, and Carolina Cupboard. This drive also contributes to Harris Teeter’s Million Meals Challenge. Donation booths will be set up at several special events and bins will be placed in strategic locations on campus. Donations will be accepted through March 9.

PUBLIC SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES

1/31 – Carolina Navigators service-learning experience

Carolina Navigators is a selective academic service-learning program at UNC. Throughout the semester, students learn about global education and increase their intercultural knowledge by creating global education resources for students and educators in North Carolina. Apply by Jan. 31 through the Carolina Navigators Google doc.

3/24 – Community Egg Hunt

Volunteers are needed for the town of Chapel Hill’s Community Egg Hunt 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., Saturday, March 24 at the Southern Community Park. Volunteers will help with set up and guiding children and parents during this fun, family-friendly event. Sign up using the special events volunteer form.

Volunteer with TABLE

TABLE, a nonprofit organization that provides healthy, emergency food aid every week to hungry children in Chapel Hill and Carrboro, needs volunteers for its weekend meal backpack program. Volunteers will organize food, make weekend bags and deliver the bags. Volunteers are also needed to help with SnackChef, a program that teaches children nutrition lessons and how to make healthy snacks. To volunteer, contact Julia Baker.

Baseball and volleyball coaches needed

Carrboro Recreation and Parks Department is accepting volunteer coaching applications for baseball and volleyball programs. Coaches organize practices, teach playing skills, prepare the team for games, bring enthusiasm and create a positive environment. Communication with players and their families is also important. Players vary in age from 6 – 10 years old for baseball and 10 – 13 years old for volleyball. To apply, contact Craig Wolfe.

Rodeo on Rosemary needs volunteers

Volunteers are needed for the town of Chapel Hill’s Rodeo on Rosemary noon – 4 p.m., April 22. Volunteers will help with recycling. Sign up using the special events volunteer form.

Carolina Cupboard needs basketball volunteers

Carolina Cupboard’s Community Food Pantry is the on-campus food pantry serving the UNC community. Volunteers are needed during the UNC basketball home games to work as a bag checker, ticket scanner or clean-up crew member. All volunteers will receive a food and drink voucher. To sign up, visit Carolina Cupboard’s Google sheet.

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CCPS WEBSITE – FIND US ON THE WEB

The Carolina Center for Public Service (wccps.unc.edu) features the latest information about the APPLES Service-LearningBuckley 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.

UNC’S DISASTER RESPONSE

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.

ABOUT OUR NEWSLETTER

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 https://ccps.unc.edu. If you are involved in public service and would like to post an announcement, fill out our online request at https://ccps.unc.edu/news-events/public-service-news-listserv/next-weeks-listserv/. 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 leave-34847996-76489955.07b7484471051a00b41b3bf1990b60eb@listserv.unc.edu. Thank you.

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Public Service News 1/22/2018

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 ccps.unc.edu/. 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.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

OPPORTUNITIES AT THE CAROLINA CENTER FOR PUBLIC SERVICE

1/22 – Deadline to apply for Davis Projects for Peace Award
1/24 – Deadline to apply for APPLES Service-Learning summer internship
1/31 – Buckley Public Service Scholars spring enrollment
2/5 – Apply to be a Community Engagement Fellow
2/6 – Outward Bound scholarships 
2/7 – Ned Brooks Award
2/7 – Office of the Provost Awards
2/7 – Robert E. Bryan Awards
2/8 – Ronald W. Hyatt Rotary Public Service Award
2/8 – Mingma Norbu Sherpa Fellowship
3/12 – Thorp Faculty Engaged Scholars call for applications

UNC DISASTER RELIEF

Disaster relief trips

INTERNSHIPS, FELLOWSHIPS & AWARDS

3/5 – Southern Education Leadership Initiative
3/18 – Democracy Summer internship

EVENTS & MEETINGS

1/24 – Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity interest meeting
1/24 – Bone marrow donation/registry interest meeting
UNC Food for All campus-wide food drive

PUBLIC SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES

1/23 & 24 – Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools volunteer recruitment
1/24 – Hillel’s NYC alternative spring break trip
1/24 – Poverty Simulation volunteers needed
SOAR literacy tutors needed
Volunteer teaching assistants needed

OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE AT THE CAROLINA CENTER FOR PUBLIC SERVICE

1/22 – Deadline to apply for DAVIS PROJECTS FOR PEACE AWARD

The Davis Projects for Peace Award is open to all undergraduates at the 76 institutions (including UNC-Chapel Hill) that are part of the Davis United World College Scholars Program. Students are invited to design grassroots projects that they will implement during the summer. Davis Projects for Peace selects 100 projects judged to be the most promising and feasible and funds them at $10,000 each. Apply online through the Carolina Center for Public Service Application and Nomination Portal by Jan. 24.

1/24 – APPLES SERVICE-LEARNING SUMMER INTERNSHIP APPLICATIONS

APPLES Service-Learning is accepting applications for its summer internship program. Students intern at a variety of nonprofit and government organizations, receive a $2,500 stipend, and earn one hour of academic credit through the School of Social Work. Partial, need-based financial assistance is available to selected interns who qualify. Students are responsible for summer housing and travel arrangements unless otherwise noted. Apply through the APPLES Partner Portal by Jan. 24. For questions, contact APPLES Service-Learning.

1/31 – BUCKLEY PUBLIC SERVICE SCHOLARS SPRING ENROLLMENT

Spring enrollment for the Buckley Public Service Scholars program is open until Jan. 31. 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. For questions, contact bpss@unc.edu.

2/5 – APPLY TO BE A COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT FELLOW

The Community Engagement Fellowship program awards a maximum of seven fellowships of up to $2,000 each year to develop and implement engagement or engaged scholarship projects that employ innovative, sustainable approaches to complex social needs and have an academic connection. Returning, full-time graduate students at UNC-Chapel Hill are eligible to apply. Previous fellows are eligible to apply for an additional year of funding. To apply, submit a project proposal, sustainability plan, budget, applicant resume(s), a letter of endorsement from a faculty mentor and second letter from a community partner by Feb. 5 through the Carolina Center for Public Service Application and Nomination Portal.

2/6 – OUTWARD BOUND SCHOLARSHIPS

The Carolina Center for Public Service awards Outward Bound scholarships for undergraduate students at UNC-CH to participate in a 28-day course over the summer through North Carolina Outward Bound School (NCOBS). Recipients receive full tuition for the NCOBS course and Wilderness First Aid certification through its completion. Apply by Feb. 6 through the Carolina Center for Public Service Application and Nomination Portal.

2/7 – NED BROOKS AWARD

The Ned Brooks Award for Public Service honors the contributions and values of Ned Brooks, who has served the University since 1972, making significant contributions to the mission of service and engagement. The award recognizes a staff or faculty member of the UNC-Chapel Hill community who throughout his/her career has, in a collaborative and sustained manner, made a difference in the larger community. Full nominations are due by 11:59 p.m. Feb. 7, 2018. Online nominations will be accepted through the Carolina Center for Public Service Application and Nomination Portal. For questions, email ccps@unc.edu.

2/7 – OFFICE OF THE PROVOST AWARDS

Nominations are being accepted for the Office of the Provost Engaged Scholarship Awards. Three Provost awards are given, one each for engaged teaching, engaged research and engaged partnership. The award requires a brief two-paragraph nomination submitted by Feb. 7. Selected nominees will be invited to complete a more detailed submission about their work by Feb. 28. Final selection will be based on both the initial nomination and the nominee application. Nominations are accepted through the Carolina Center for Public Service Application and Nomination Portal. For questions, email ccps@unc.edu.

2/7 – ROBERT E. BRYAN AWARDS

Nominations are being accepted for the Robert E. Bryan Public Service Awards. Five Bryan Awards will be given for a specific effort (rather than an overall record) exemplifying outstanding engagement and service to the state of North Carolina. Bryan awards will be given to recognize an outstanding undergraduate student, graduate student, faculty member, staff member and officially recognized student organization. The award requires a brief (two-paragraph) nomination submitted by Feb. 7. Selected nominees will be invited to complete a more detailed submission about their work by Feb. 28. Final selection will be based on both the initial nomination and the nominee application. Nominations are accepted through the Carolina Center for Public Service Application and Nomination Portal. For questions, email ccps@unc.edu.

2/8 – RONALD W. HYATT ROTARY PUBLIC SERVICE AWARD

Applications are being accepted for the Ronald W. Hyatt Rotary Public Service Award. Two awards will be given, one (up to $3,000) for an international project and one (up to $2,000) for a local project. If the local project involves members of the Chapel Hill Rotary Club in some way, there is a possibility of additional funds. Undergraduate or graduate students at the UNC-Chapel Hill are eligible to apply, individually or in teams. Applicants must be continuing their studies at UNC-Chapel Hill in the following fall semester. Applications can be submitted online through the Carolina Center for Public Service Application and Nomination Portal by Feb. 8. For questions, email ccps@unc.edu.

2/8 – MINGMA NORBU SHERPA FELLOWSHIP

Applications are being accepted for the Mingma Norbu Sherpa Fellowship. Eligible applicants must be an undergraduate or graduate student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill continuing their studies at UNC-Chapel Hill in the semester following their fellowship. Applications are accepted through the Carolina Center for Public Service Application and Nomination Portal until Feb. 8. For questions, email ccps@unc.edu.

3/12 – THORP FACULTY ENGAGED SCHOLARS CALL FOR APPLICATIONS

The Carolina Center for Public Service is accepting applications for Class VII of the Thorp Faculty Engaged Scholars program (FES). FES brings together selected Carolina faculty from across campus to engage in a two-year experiential, competency-based curriculum designed to advance their engaged scholarship. Up to 10 faculty members are selected every other year. The program is highly interactive and experiential, involving field visits, exposure to ongoing projects, and discussions with community and faculty partners. Applications are accepted online through the Carolina Center for Public Service Application and Nomination Portal by Monday, March 12. For questions, email ccps@unc.edu.

UNC DISASTER RELIEF

DISASTER RELIEF TRIPs

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill continues to be responsive to communities still dealing with the impact of recent disasters. Spring relief trips will all take place at UNC’s adopted home in Lumberton, North Carolina through the North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church. Hurricane Matthew relief day trips will be Jan. 26 (hosted by APPLES Service-Learning), March 2 and April 20. All trips will leave from Memorial Hall at 7:15 a.m. and return to campus no later than 6:30 p.m. Breakfast, lunch, snacks and transportation will be provided. There are no required skills needed to volunteer, but please let us know if you have specific skills, experiences or tools that will be helpful on the work site. Visit UNC disaster relief trips for information about past trips and more details about these experiences. UNC’s disaster relief website is updated with ongoing efforts for Hurricane Matthew and other disasters. Email ccps@unc.edu with questions.

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INTERNSHIPS, FELLOWSHIPS & AWARDS

3/5 – Southern Education Leadership Initiative

.The Southern Education Foundation is accepting applications for its Southern Education Leadership Initiative (SELI). SELI provides highly motivated and diverse upperclassmen and graduate students opportunities to develop as leaders, engage with valuable community stakeholders, acquire practical job skills and learn about contemporary education issues. Students spend the summer in trainings and working at an assigned leading nonprofit sector organization. During this experiential learning opportunity, they examine strategies for improving education, addressing community needs and putting theory into practice. Application deadline is March 5.

3/18 – Democracy Summer internship

Democracy Summer is an internship program that exposes young leaders to new ideas and political movements, teaching them how to organize people around a shared vision for a better democracy in our state. Every summer, Democracy NC, a nonpartisan organization that seeks to increase voter participation, hires undergraduate students to work as paid student organizers for nine weeks under the guidance of an experienced Democracy NC organizer. Students work in organizing teams of two in Charlotte, Fayetteville, Greenville, Winston-Salem and Asheville. Student organizers work full time (including some evenings and weekends) from late May to late July and earn a $3,000 stipend. Apply by March 18.

EVENTS & MEETINGS

1/24 – Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity interest meeting

Alpha Phi Omega, the largest coed service fraternity in the nation, has core values that include leadership, friendship and service. If you have at least three remaining semesters at UNC, join us at an interest meeting. Sessions are 9 p.m., Jan. 24 in the Student Union, room 3209; and 8 p.m., Jan. 26 in the Student Union, room 2423. For more information, contact Olivia Huckel.

1/24 – BONE MARROW DONATION/REGISTRY INTEREST MEETING

Learn more about Be the Match bone marrow donation and registry 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Jan. 24 at the UNC Blood Donation Center at the N.C. Cancer Hospital. The session will debunk fears about bone marrow transplants and participants can be swabbed to join the bone marrow registry. To make a platelet donation appointment, visit UNC Health Care Blood Donation Center or email platelet@unchealth.unc.edu.

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UNC FOOD FOR ALL CAMPUS-WIDE FOOD DRIVE

UNC’s Employee Forum is hosting its Food For All campus-wide, year-long food drive to benefit the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina, and Carolina Cupboard. This drive also contributes to Harris Teeter’s Million Meals Challenge. Donation booths will be set up at several special events and bins will be placed in strategic locations on campus. Donations will be accepted through March 9.

PUBLIC SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES

1/23 & 24 – Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools volunteer recruitment

Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools (CHCCS) will be on the UNC campus to recruit volunteers 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., Jan. 23 and 24 in the Student Union, room 3102. CHCCS staff will answer questions about volunteer opportunities and those interested can receive a placement and complete all paperwork that day to start volunteering sooner.

1/24 – Hillel’s NYC alternative spring break trip

North Carolina Hillel UNC-Chapel Hill will offer an intensive seminar March 11 – 18 that explores education justice, food justice, and racial justice learning and service in New York City. The cost is $200 and includes housing, most meals, on-the-ground transportation and program costs. Visit Hillel’s alternative spring break for details.

1/24 – Poverty Simulation volunteers needed

Volunteers are needed to participate in a poverty simulation 1 – 4 p.m., Jan. 24 at the Sonja Haynes Stone Center. Poverty Simulation provides people from all backgrounds an opportunity to walk in the shoes of a low-income family and be exposed to the realities of poverty. Participants receive an assigned identity and family profile. They are provided the opportunity to experience one month of poverty compressed into real time of the simulation. Afterward, participants will debrief and share insights of their experience. Participants will encounter some unique circumstances that may cause them to think differently about poverty. The simulation is free, however registration is required. Lunch and a break will be provided. Participants must be willing to stay for the entire simulation.

SOAR literacy tutors needed

SOAR seeks volunteers to tutor children one-on-one twice a week for a 45-minute session between 3 – 5 p.m. SOAR serves second-graders at North Chatham Elementary School in Chapel Hill and first-graders at Virginia Cross Elementary in Siler City. The students served have been identified as not meeting the North Carolina literacy benchmarks. A free five-day training is provided. Sign up through SOAR’s Google Form or call 919-533-9037.

Volunteer teaching assistants needed

Each year, The Power of the Dream holds a weekend class series to teach unemployed and underemployed adults with autism/IDD how to create their own very small business or micro-enterprise. Volunteers are needed to assist the class. No knowledge of disability or business is required, just the willingness to learn and help others. For more information and to sign up, see the online registration form.

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CCPS WEBSITE – FIND US ON THE WEB

The Carolina Center for Public Service (wccps.unc.edu) features the latest information about the APPLES Service-LearningBuckley 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.

UNC’S DISASTER RESPONSE

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.

ABOUT OUR NEWSLETTER

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 https://ccps.unc.edu. If you are involved in public service and would like to post an announcement, fill out our online request at https://ccps.unc.edu/news-events/public-service-news-listserv/next-weeks-listserv/. 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 leave-34847996-76489955.07b7484471051a00b41b3bf1990b60eb@listserv.unc.edu. Thank you.

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Public Service News 1/8/2018

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 ccps.unc.edu/. 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.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

OPPORTUNITIES AT THE CAROLINA CENTER FOR PUBLIC SERVICE

1/20 – Davis Projects for Peace Award
1/24 – APPLES Service-Learning summer internship applications
1/31 – Buckley Public Service Scholars spring enrollment
2/5 – Apply to be a Community Engagement Fellow
2/6 – Outward Bound scholarships
2/7 – Ned Brooks Award
2/7 – Office of the Provost Awards
2/7 – Robert E. Bryan Awards
2/8 – Ronald W. Hyatt Rotary Public Service Award
2/8 – Mingma Norbu Sherpa Fellowship
3/12 – Thorp Faculty Engaged Scholars call for applications

INTERNSHIPS, FELLOWSHIPS & AWARDS

1/17 – Carolina Navigators spring service-learning experience
2/22 – Breakthrough Collaborative

EVENTS & MEETINGS

1/15 – UNC-MLK 5K
1/18- UNC MLK lecture and award ceremony

PUBLIC SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES

1/10 – Help children with disabilities learn to swim
United Way day of service project opportunities
1/10/18 – Help children with disabilities learn to swim
Join Enrich ELL
Rainbow Soccer needs spring coaches
Alternative spring break opportunity
Spring baseball and volleyball coaches needed

OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE AT THE CAROLINA CENTER FOR PUBLIC SERVICE

1/20 – DAVIS PROJECTS FOR PEACE AWARD

The Davis Projects for Peace Award is open to all undergraduates at the 76 institutions (including UNC-Chapel Hill) that are part of the Davis United World College Scholars Program. Students are invited to design grassroots projects that they will implement during the summer. Davis Projects for Peace selects 100 projects judged to be the most promising and feasible and funds them at $10,000 each. Apply online through the Carolina Center for Public Service Application and Nomination Portal by Jan. 20.

1/24 – APPLES Service-Learning summer internship applications

APPLES Service-Learning is accepting applications for its summer internship program. Students intern at a variety of nonprofit and government organizations, receive a $2,500 stipend, and earn one hour of academic credit through the School of Social Work. Partial, need-based financial assistance is available to selected interns who qualify. Students are responsible for summer housing and travel arrangements unless otherwise noted. Apply through the APPLES Partner Portal by Jan. 26. For questions, contact APPLES Service-Learning.

1/31 – Buckley Public Service Scholars spring enrollment

Spring enrollment for the Buckley Public Service Scholars program is open until Jan. 31. 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. For questions, contact bpss@unc.edu.

2/5 – Apply to be a Community Engagement Fellow

The Community Engagement Fellowship program awards a maximum of seven fellowships of up to $2,000 each year to develop and implement engagement or engaged scholarship projects that employ innovative, sustainable approaches to complex social needs and have an academic connection. Returning, full-time graduate students at UNC-Chapel Hill are eligible to apply. Previous fellows are eligible to apply for an additional year of funding. To apply, submit a project proposal, sustainability plan, budget, applicant resume(s), a letter of endorsement from a faculty mentor and second letter from a community partner by Feb. 5 through the Carolina Center for Public Service Application and Nomination Portal.

2/6 – Outward Bound scholarships

The Carolina Center for Public Service awards Outward Bound scholarships for undergraduate students at UNC-CH to participate in a 28-day course over the summer through North Carolina Outward Bound School (NCOBS). Recipients receive full tuition for the NCOBS course and Wilderness First Aid certification through its completion. Apply by Feb. 6 through the Carolina Center for Public Service Application and Nomination Portal.

2/7 – Ned Brooks Award

The Ned Brooks Award for Public Service honors the contributions and values of Ned Brooks, who has served the University since 1972, making significant contributions to the mission of service and engagement. The award recognizes a staff or faculty member of the UNC-Chapel Hill community who throughout his/her career has, in a collaborative and sustained manner, made a difference in the larger community. Full nominations are due by 11:59 p.m. Feb. 7, 2018. Online nominations will be accepted through the Carolina Center for Public Service Application and Nomination Portal. For questions, email ccps@unc.edu.

2/7 – Office of the Provost Awards

Nominations are being accepted for the Office of the Provost Engaged Scholarship Awards. Three Provost awards are given, one each for engaged teaching, engaged research and engaged partnership. The award requires a brief two-paragraph nomination submitted by Feb. 7. Selected nominees will be invited to complete a more detailed submission about their work by Feb. 28. Final selection will be based on both the initial nomination and the nominee application. Nominations are accepted through the Carolina Center for Public Service Application and Nomination Portal. For questions, email ccps@unc.edu.

2/7 – Robert E. Bryan Awards

Nominations are being accepted for the Robert E. Bryan Public Service Awards. Five Bryan Awards will be given for a specific effort (rather than an overall record) exemplifying outstanding engagement and service to the state of North Carolina. Bryan awards will be given to recognize an outstanding undergraduate student, graduate student, faculty member, staff member and officially recognized student organization. The award requires a brief (two-paragraph) nomination submitted by Feb. 7. Selected nominees will be invited to complete a more detailed submission about their work by Feb. 28. Final selection will be based on both the initial nomination and the nominee application. Nominations are accepted through the Carolina Center for Public Service Application and Nomination Portal. For questions, email ccps@unc.edu.

2/8 – Ronald W. Hyatt Rotary Public Service Award

Applications are being accepted for the Ronald W. Hyatt Rotary Public Service Award. Two awards will be given, one (up to $3,000) for an international project and one (up to $2,000) for a local project. If the local project involves members of the Chapel Hill Rotary Club in some way, there is a possibility of additional funds. Undergraduate or graduate students at the UNC-Chapel Hill are eligible to apply, individually or in teams. Applicants must be continuing their studies at UNC-Chapel Hill in the following fall semester. Applications can be submitted online through the Carolina Center for Public Service Application and Nomination Portal by Feb. 8. For questions, email ccps@unc.edu.

2/8 – Mingma Norbu Sherpa Fellowship

Applications are being accepted for the Mingma Norbu Sherpa Fellowship. Eligible applicants must be an undergraduate or graduate student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill continuing their studies at UNC-Chapel Hill in the semester following their fellowship. Applications are accepted through the Carolina Center for Public Service Application and Nomination Portal until Feb. 8. For questions, email ccps@unc.edu.

3/12 – Thorp Faculty Engaged Scholars call for applications

The Carolina Center for Public Service is accepting applications for Class VII of the Thorp Faculty Engaged Scholars program (FES). FES brings together selected Carolina faculty from across campus to engage in a two-year experiential, competency-based curriculum designed to advance their engaged scholarship. Up to 10 faculty members are selected every other year. The program is highly interactive and experiential, involving field visits, exposure to ongoing projects, and discussions with community and faculty partners. Applications are accepted online through the Carolina Center for Public Service Application and Nomination Portal by Monday, March 12. For questions, email ccps@unc.edu.

INTERNSHIPS, FELLOWSHIPS & AWARDS

1/17 – Carolina Navigators spring service-learning experience

Carolina Navigators is a highly selective academic, undergraduate service-learning program at UNC. Throughout the semester, students learn about global education and increase their own intercultural competence, both online and in face-to-face meetings by creating global education resources for K – 14 students and educators in North Carolina. Apply by Jan. 17.

2/22 – Breakthrough Collaborative

Are you interested in education, teaching and leadership? Consider applying to Breakthrough Collaborative. Breakthrough tackles the opportunity gap with middle-school students across the country. Through nine-week summer residencies, fellows gain more than 100 hours of leadership and teaching training. Fellows receive a living stipend and housing may be available for its 25 programs in cities across the country and in Hong Kong. The summer 2018 application deadline is Feb. 22.

EVENTS & MEETINGS

1/15 – UNC-MLK 5K

Carolina R.O.C.T.S. (Rejuvenating Our Community Through Service) will sponsor its 15th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service 5K run Monday, Jan. 15. Registration begins at 6 a.m. and the run begins at 7 a.m. Proceeds benefit Girls on the Rum of the Triangle and UNC’s Healthy Girls Save the World.

1/18 – UNC MLK lecture and award ceremony

UNC will host its 37th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Keynote Lecture and Award Ceremony at 7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 18 in Memorial Hall. United States Attorney General Loretta Lynch will deliver the lecture. Tickets are free, but due to limited space, reservations are required through Carolina Performing Arts. For details on this and other UNC MLK celebration activities, visit the University Office for Diversity and inclusion.

PUBLIC SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES

1/10 – Help children with disabilities learn to swim

The Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation: Adapted Recreation department needs volunteers to work one-on-one with students with disabilities, ages 5 – 22 years old, during swim practice. Classes are 6:30 – 8:15 p.m. on Wednesdays from Jan. 10 – Feb. 7. For more information, contact Marian Kaslovsky.

United Way day of service project opportunities

Each year, United Way of the Greater Triangle hosts more than 2,000 volunteers for more than 35 projects across the four counties during its Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. Projects range from packing meals to landscaping to one-on-one reading with students. New partners have been added this year, as well as opportunities to volunteer during the weekend before MLK Day. A full list of volunteer projects are available on a first come, first basis.

Volunteer teaching assistants needed

Each year, The Power of the Dream holds a weekend class series to teach un(der)employed adults with autism/IDD how to create their own very small business, or micro-enterprise. Dedicated volunteers are needed to assist. No knowledge of disability or business is required, just the willingness to learn and help others. For more information and to sign up, see the online registration form.

Join Enrich ELL

Are you Interested in teaching English? Join Enrich ELL. Enrich offers free one-on-one English classes to adults in the local community. Volunteers meet 7 – 8 p.m. Mondays at the Chapel Hill Public Library and Wednesdays at Hargraves Community Center. Carpool is provided. If interested, visit Enrich ELL or email enrichenglishunc@gmail.com to get involved. No experience required.

RAINBOW SOCCER NEEDS SPRING COACHES

Rainbow Soccer is recruiting coaches for co-ed and all-girls teams. The spring season runs from March 19 – May 12, and players range from 3 – 15 years old. Teams meet once or twice during the week, and games are held on the weekend. Soccer knowledge and previous experience working with youth is helpful but not required, and you can coach with a friend. Contact Karen Aldridge for more info.

Alternative spring break opportunity

Every year Appalachia Service Project at UNC offers an alternative spring break trip into central Appalachia. We have 14 spots left to fill and are looking for students that would like to spend a week immersing themselves in Appalachian culture and providing critical home repair to a family in need. No construction experience required! All-inclusive cost of $200, scholarships available. Contact asp.unc@gmail.com for more information.

Spring baseball and volleyball coaches needed

Carrboro Recreation and Parks Department is accepting volunteer coaching applications for the spring baseball and volleyball programs. Coaches must organize practices, teach playing skills, prepare the team for games, bring enthusiasm and create a positive environment. Communication with players ages 6 – 10 years old for baseball and 10 – 13 years old for volleyball, parents and recreation department staff is also important. If interested, email Craig Wolfe.

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CCPS WEBSITE – FIND US ON THE WEB

The Carolina Center for Public Service (wccps.unc.edu) features the latest information about the APPLES Service-LearningBuckley 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.

UNC’S DISASTER RESPONSE

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.

ABOUT OUR NEWSLETTER

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 https://ccps.unc.edu. If you are involved in public service and would like to post an announcement, fill out our online request at https://ccps.unc.edu/news-events/public-service-news-listserv/next-weeks-listserv/. 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 leave-34847996-76489955.07b7484471051a00b41b3bf1990b60eb@listserv.unc.edu. Thank you.

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One year after Hurricane Matthew, UNC’s work in the community continues

One of the most destructive hurricanes in the past decade, Hurricane Matthew delivered more than 13 inches of rain in North Carolina over the course of 24 hours. It caused $1.5 billion in flood damage to 100,000 houses, businesses and government buildings, took the lives of 28 North Carolinians, forced more than 4,000 people to evacuate, and slammed into 50 counties across the state, according to the North Carolina Department of Public Safety. One year later, North Carolina is still recovering and UNC continues to help those affected – first in the recovery process and now assisting with rebuilding.

Adopt-A-Home

Hurricane Matthew disaster relief trip to FayettevilleThe Carolina Center for Public Service has pledged $5,000 for building materials to the Adopt-A-Home program founded by the North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church (NCCUMC). Adopt-A-Home completely rebuilds and furnishes houses for displaced Lumberton residents. The Center will work with the Employee Forum, the Carolina Hazards Resilience Planners and other campus partners to provide volunteer labor to repair roofs, install walls and flooring, paint and more.

More than 1,000 Lumberton homes were damaged by Hurricane Matthew and for many residents not yet back in their homes, insurance and FEMA checks do not cover the full cost of repairs. Help from the UNC community ensures that another family will return to their home. In Lumberton, 176 houses are either finished or are currently being rebuilt.

Gary Locklear, regional director of Disaster Response for NCCUMC and a Pembroke, North Carolina native, witnessed his neighbors’ heartbreak as they looked at the remains of what used to be their homes.

“That was my first dose of reality,” Locklear said. “To watch this elderly woman asking ‘what can I keep.’”

Each home adopted through the program will be handicap accessible and will have new appliances. For homes that are beyond repair and must be rebuilt, there are two, three and four bedroom floorplan options to ensure each home is tailored to each family’s needs.

“I’m so passionate because Lumberton is home for me,” Locklear said. “I was there; I sat through all that rain. So many of these clients of ours, I know them… It makes them feel so good when I know someone they know or they recognize my name, and they feel they can trust me.”

Because the program relies on free labor, each house takes several months to build. The primary needs are for carpentry and construction volunteers, and money to meet the shortfall between the actual cost to rebuild or repair and insurance and FEMA funds.

Disaster Relief Trips

In the weeks and months after Hurricane Matthew, groups of UNC students, faculty and staff traveled to Lumberton, Garland, Princeville and Fayetteville, North Carolina to help with recovery efforts. Their work included mucking out buildings, tearing down water-logged walls and cabinetry, pulling up floors and removing debris. The next phase in the relief effort focuses on rebuilding. This semester, the Carolina Center for Public Service is sponsoring rebuilding trips to Lumberton on Oct. 6 and Dec. 1. These day trips are open to the campus community — faculty, staff and students. Work includes installing floors, walls and cabinets, painting and roof repair. While no experience is required, those with building skills are encouraged to volunteer. With supervisor approval, staff and faculty can use community service leave to participate in a relief trip.

Darrell Kidd on a disaster relief trip to LumbertonDarrell Kidd, exercise and sport science utility crew supervisor, has worked in construction for many years. He and his wife, Teresa, who is an accounting tech in the School of Social Work, participated in a disaster relief trip last December and plan to work in disaster rebuilding when they retire from UNC.

“I believe our trip helped people see that there are those who care – [from] those who are older to those who are young,” Kidd said. “We had a great mixed group that worked hard together and I am interested in going down again with UNC. I have many talents in the construction area and believe that I could be of help to those who are working hard to restore the homes that were damaged.”

To learn more about UNC disaster relief trips, visit Hurricane Matthew Disaster Relief efforts.

Research

Researchers across UNC-Chapel Hill are also working on projects in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew. More than sixteen teams are working on storm-related projects on topics such as water quality, buy-out programs and coastal resilience.

Mark Little, director of NC Growth, is helping to coordinate a corporate community investment project and other UNC system resources to address Princeville’s challenges and needs around rebuilding nearly the entire town, much of which sits in a floodplain.

Larry Engle, an epidemiology professor, is developing a web-based tool to help local public health professionals and state decision-makers prioritize and target community-level interventions for areas impacted by hurricanes.

Gavin Smith, Coastal Resilience Center director and head of the Hurricane Matthew Disaster Recovery and Resilience Initiative, and his team are working with city officials and local residents in six priority communities across eastern North Carolina to assist them in developing post-disaster recovery plans.

To learn more about UNC research on Hurricane Matthew, see the Hurricane Matthew infographic.

If you would like to get involved in any of these efforts or know of other projects to share, contact ccps@unc.edu.

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