Rainy, Wet, and Cold

This is not the trifecta that we were hoping for as we start the week.  It is cold, dreary, and rainy.  You can see it on the Quad Cam.

Tomorrow is going to be worse – highs only in the mid-30s, and lows in the upper teens.

My prediction is that there is going to be very little foot traffic today.  Students will stay hunkered down in their dorms, or the library, or wherever they are finding warm and comfortable places to be.

Since I also am not keen to venture out into the rain to survey the campus, today I’ll bring to you information from Volunteer Service Corps about upcoming service opportunities, as well as the Lighting of the Quad.  If your Deacs get a kick out of volunteering and making someone else’s day/week a little brighter, there are many good options for engagement.

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Lighting of the Quad

On December 2nd is Lighting of the Quad and this year we will be conducting a service project with the Emergency Chaplin’s Fund. This fund was created to support the Wake Forest faculty and staff when they are in tough financial times. We will be asking students to bring ‘stocking stuffers’ for the children of the staff or faculty that benefit from the fund to Lighting of the Quad. We are looking for small toys, hats, scarves, or gloves. We will also be accepting monetary donations for the Fund.

Last chance to apply for the International Service Trips going to Rwanda and the Dominican Republic! Applications are due today, the 17th!

Service Opportunities!

1. Jefferson Elementary School
Help students who need assistance with reading and math for 30 minutes a day one day a week; Contact-  Stacey Hiestand (Study Buddy coordinator for Jefferson Elementary) staceyhiestand@nullyahoo.com

2. Riverwood Therapeutic Riding Center
located in Tobaccoville, NC (about 20 minutes from WFU) and offer therapeutic horseback riding and equine-assisted activities to children and adults with special needs; Contact- Aliza McIlwain mcilwainak@nullgmail.com

3. Diggs Latham Elementary School
looking for several volunteers to assist with touring students grade K-5; Contact Principal Donna Cannon, cmjohnson@nullwsfcs.k12.nc.us.

4. Campus Garden Hours
Mondays and Thursdays (4:30-6:30pm), Sundays (4:00-6:00pm); 1141 Polo Rd.  Activities include, harvesting crops, preparing beds, planting, composting, etc. Enjoy a nice afternoon at the garden while learning about sustainable agriculture.

5. Food Bank Garden located at The Children’s Home
Monday and Wednesdays, 5:30PM-7 PM; Saturdays from 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM, 1001 Reynolda Road.  They grow food for Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest NC (No RSVP needed).

6. Volunteering at WFUBMC
Shifts are 4 hours/week at Baptist Medical Center and must make a 50 hour commitment per semester. Volunteering at the hospital in various departments.

7. School of Medicine in PHS
help with filing, computer, phone calls and etc; Contact Betha Watson: bwatson@nullwakehealth.edu

Other happenings!

1. The Hunger Banquet, H&H Week
Tuesday, 11/18 6:00 pm in the Little Mag Room. Exploring the prevalence of food insecurity in North Carolina through food and reflection

2. Documentary: Grown in Detroit, H&H Week
Wednesday, 11/19 6:30-8:00 pm in ZSR Auditorium. Followed by a panel discussion led by Second Harvest Food Bank

3. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay- Part 1- Premiere, H&H Week
Thursday, 11/20 at The Grand Theatre. Win free tickets to watch the 3rd installment of the Hunger Games series premiere before anyone else at hte Grand. Exclusive to WFU students. Following Stu DentUnion on Facebook to find out more!

4. Homelessness and Emotional & Physical Wellness, H&H Week
Friday, 11/21 from 4-5:30 pm, Campus Kitchen Lounge. Discussing the effects of homelessness on mental and physical wellness with Active Minds, Samaritan Ministries and Deacon Dhamaal

5. Project: How sexual violence has impacted Wake Forest students and faculty.  Contact Liz Stalfort staleb11@nullwfu.edu

6. Peace Corps Information Session
Wednesday, 11/19 at 4:30 pm, Farrell Hall A48. Come here from the local recruiter on their hiring needs and opportunities where you can possibly serve.

7. Help students partaking in the Volunteer Service Corps’ trip to Kolkata, India this winter break raise funds!
$12 each/ shirt.  The quote around the elephant design reads: “Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies. – Mother Teresa” Contact Olivia Whitener (whitob11@nullwfu.edu)  if you would like to buy one!

8. Speak Out for Mental Health, Active Minds
Stories will be read by members of Can I Poet on Nov. 24th at 7 p.m. in Ring Theater, during which the campus community can listen to and find solidarity in the anonymous stories of pain and healing of members of our campus community who have dealt or are dealing with mental illness directly or indirectly. If you have submissions or questions, please contact Ade Ilesanmi

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Need a ride home? Try Break Shuttle!
BreakShuttle serves Wake Forest University with a comprehensive transportation network to and from the campus for major academic breaks. All tickets are for one-way travel. Round trip travel requires purchasing two different tickets. Serving: Richmond (VA) and Silver Spring (MD) Thanksgiving Break – November 25-30, 2014

 

 

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