It’s the start of the semester and there are still many students – and not just first-years – who are trying to find some meaningful engagement and activities. One way to get involved and meet students from all parts of campus is to volunteer.
I am on the distro list for the Volunteer Service Corps (VSC) newsletter, and the most recent issue had a lot of options for service, but also some internship opportunities. This could be a great way for your Deac to gain some valuable experience that might help build ‘real world work skills’ and perhaps even discern potential career paths (or rule them out! It’s just as critical to learn what you don’t enjoy as what you do enjoy – that will help make ultimate career seeking a more targeted search).
So here is the VSC newsletter. You can see the breadth and depth of options here. Even if your student isn’t inclined to participate, it’s part of the rich tapestry of our campus that we have students from all walks of life, all interests, all levels of community engagement. Our students will learn from classmates with different perspectives, interests, and experiences. Your student may or may not volunteer, but can get to know others who do and understand about how that fulfills them – and in turn can talk about the activities that he does that other students don’t.
*~*~VSC Service Events- Let’s serve together!~*~*
Fiesta – Fiesta is a block party in downtown Winston Salem that showcases Hispanic culture. Its happening September 13th from 12-7. We are volunteering from noon to 2pm and enjoying the event afterward for about an hour.
Volunteers can sign up for different stations based on their interests but they just need to make sure their station will be open during the time VSC will be there, unless they have other transportation. Sign up to volunteer with VSC here. Sign up for transportation here. For more information contact Jasmine Higgins (email@example.com) or Cazandra Rebollar (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Homecoming Weekend – Saturday, September 20 – VSC is participating in two service events at the football stadium
1.) Service event being coordinated with Emily Johnson
2.) Game Day Recycling
(Look out for more information coming your way soon!)
Other Service Opportunities!
1. The Pro Humanitate Institute is looking for volunteers to help put small American Flags around the perimeter of the Mag Quad (lower quad) on the night of Sep. 10, 10-11pm. Please email Naijla Faizi if you are interested in volunteering.
2. The Pro Humanitate Institute is sponsoring service events for Sep. 11 Day of Remembrance and Service. See flyer for details, be aware of events that require registration. Email Emily Blake or Naijla Faizi for more information.
3. The Muslim Students Association along with WFU Red Cross Club are sponsoring a Muslims for Life Blood Drive for the third year to commemorate the lives that were lost on Sep. 11, 2001. Please register ahead of time at www.redcrossblood.org/make-donation-sponsor with the sponsor code: WFU. Email Naijla Faizi or Anna Grace Tribble for more information.
4. Komen Northwest NC Race for the Cure® – September 27, 2014
Race Downtown Winston-Salem
Pre and Post Race Celebration at BB&T Ballpark
951 Ballpark Way, Winston-Salem, NC 27101
The Race for the Cure is our major fundraising event of the year that celebrates survivorship; honors those who have lost their battle, and most importantly raises funds and awareness for the fight against this life threatening disease. The Race is a 5K with an optional shorter family route. The money raised for the Race for the Cure goes toward supporting our mission in our 11-county service area in Northwest North Carolina.
Volunteers on Race Day! To learn how to volunteer, visit http://www.komennorthwestnc.org/komen-race-for-the-cure/volunteer/
Runners/Walkers to Participate! To register, visit http://www.komennorthwestnc.org/komen-race-for-the-cure/
Fundraisers! To find out how to fundraise or make a donation, visit http://www.komennorthwestnc.org/komen-race-for-the-cure/fundraise/
5. Are you interested in speaking with international students, linguistics, or just being very helpful? We are looking for native English speaker volunteers to help with oral skills workshops for international students. You can help international students gain facility with the rapid pace of native speaker English, idiomatic expressions, American culture, and help increase their confidence and ability to participate in their classes. It’s a lot of fun!
Volunteers are not required to attend every session, but should be available on a semi-regular basis. Sessions are planned for Fridays from 3:30-5, Greene Hall 312. Sessions will begin Sept. 12th. Tuesday and/or Thursday sessions may also be added depending on interest. Please contact Andrew Smith at email@example.com if you are interested, and indicate which days (Tuesday, Thursday, or Friday) you would be available.
6. 6th Annual World Cultural Festival
Friday, September 26th
5:30-8pm, Manchester Plaza (Rain Location: Benson 401)
Sign up HERE to volunteer.
1. Susan G. Komen Northwest NC is dedicated to combating breast cancer at every front. We serve 11 counties and up to 75% of our net income goes toward funding grants to local hospitals and community organizations to provide breast health education, screening, and treatment programs to underserved women. Our signature fundraising event, the Race for the Cure, is coming up quickly on September 27, 2014. We have a desperate and urgent need for interns in our office on Burke Street in Winston-Salem. Our highly valued interns make a real impact with our organization and mission; we assign our interns to projects that suit their talents and interests, such as graphic design, volunteer management, mission outreach, writing and editing, social media marketing, and so much more! Our interns work with us part time based upon their availability. Please fill out our quick & easy internship application (no essays!) if you can donate some time to us. We greatly appreciate the work of our interns and we know it’s a valuable experience for them. Contact Sarah Thompson (a WFU/VSC alumni) at SThompson@nullkomennorthwestnc.org or 336-721-0037with applications, questions, or concerns!
2. Public Health Leadership Opportunity
Health inequities are unjust and preventable differences in health between groups of people. United Against Inequities in Disease (UAID) is a national organization that empowers students and communities to fight this injustice and eliminate health inequities.
At the national level, you will attend an annual symposium, participate in educational webinars, and get certified in medical Spanish. At the campus level, you will have the exclusive opportunity to lead a one-of-a-kind, hands-on, research-driven project that will improve the health of your own local community.
Based on college campuses like yours, UAID’s presence spans from coast to coast. But only a few students have the unique opportunity to lead the organization as the Founder of their own chapter. This fall, UAID will accept no more than 10 new chapters. To apply for the position of UAID Chapter Founder of your school, submit an application using the following link by October 1st: http://www.uaidnational.org/application. Priority will be given to those who apply early.
For more information about UAID, visit our website at www.uaidnational.org. If you have any questions, please e-mail the UAID CEO, Sonia Gupta, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for your interest!
Other great events to keep on your radar!
Make Every Bite Count
Wednesday, September 10 @ 7:00-8:30 pm
Panel: Eliza Greenman, Eric Hallman, April McGreger
Tuesday, October 7 @ 7-9 pm
Documentary Screening and Q&A with filmmaker Jeremy Seifert
Dr. Vandana Shiva Keynote Lecture
Tuesday, November 4
“Challenges and Realities of Feeding the World”
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