Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Event Calendar Jan 29 - Feb 1

Weekly CEC EventsThese events happen every week. They are excellent opportunities to develop or learn skills; do something you love; gain experience related to your major; or perform hours needed for a class, scholarship, or to apply for graduate or professional programs. If you are interested in details or would like to sign up, please contact the program at the listed email.

  • Paiute Center Tutoring--help with reading and elementary math (you're a college student--you know this stuff!), Monday through Thursday afternoons from 4-5 pm (except  Wednesday, 3-4 pm), suugotutor@gmail.com
  • Wee Be Groovin'--no dance experience needed, come out and have fun doing an after-school program with elementary students, Monday afternoon 3:45-5 pm, suuweebegroovin@gmail.com
  • SUU Discover--story and activity time at public library, Tuesday evening at 6:30 pm, suudiscover@gmail.com 
  • After School Sports--sports activities with middle school students, Wednesday afternoon 2:45-4 pm on campus, suuafterschoolsports@gmail.com
  • East Elementary Tutoring, flexible days/hours,suuateast@gmail.com 
  • Animal Rescue, days/hours vary, suuanimalrescue@gmail.com

Weekly Spotlight(s)

  • The HOPE Pantry, located in the Community Engagement Center, has LOTS of bakery items this week. Please come get some!
  • SAIL (the Student Alliance of Interfaith Leaders), needs volunteers to help prepare the weekly interfaith dinner (the dinner is free to students of any/no religious background!). Volunteers are needed from 10 am-noon every Thursday morning (one hour shifts are great). Interested? Meet at the Community Engagement Center at 10 am. Email questions to Matt, suusail@gmail.com
  • A new Hip Hop program at North Elementary is looking for SUU volunteers to teach hip hop dance to students on Wednesday afternoons, until Feb 27. The program director, Mindy Young, says, "It could be a really fun opportunity and I would be happy to write letters of recommendation for [students'] future portfolio's. Interested or want more information? Contact Mindy, mindybyoung@gmail.com

  • Alternative Break Registration is now open!
    • There are a few spots still available with the San Diego trip:
      • Spring--San Diego, California, March 9-16 working with Via International serving with immigrant and indigent populations
    • Trips are $550 each. This trip fee covers all travel, food and lodging costs.
    • A $100 non-refundable deposit is due upon registration.
    • For additional information check out the Alternative Break web page at http://www.suu.edu/uc/ee/cec/abc.html
    • Questions? Contact Pam, braninp@suu.edu
  • SUU VITA is looking for volunteers with experience in preparing taxes.
    • Volunteers will help people with incomes of less than $51,000 prepare their tax forms
    • The VITA experience looks great on resumes!
    • To sign up to help, or for more information, contact Andreah, 435-704-4077 or suuvitatax@gmail.com
  • Youth and Families With Promise in need of Mentors.
    • Mentors needed to help with after school programs and to serve as a big brother/sister role model
    • Commitment is one hour per week
    • For questions or to sign up, contact Cheryl, cheryl.williams@usu.edu or call 586- 8132.
  • Iron County 4-H is looking for volunteer leaders to help with a variety of programs including
    • Small Animal Club (rabbits, ducks, chickens, hamsters, guinea pigs)
    • Summer Camps, 2013
    • Wildlife Habitat program
    • Robotics Club
    • Party and event planning and help
    • These would be great EDGE projects!
    • Interested? Contact Angela Hackwell, angela.hackwell@usu.edu

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Power of Volunteering

Hello everyone,

Normally today we would let you know about the exciting service opportunities we had to offer, but we will not be into the full swing of things for another week or two.  Instead here is a wonderful TED talk on why you should volunteer.  It's only four minutes long and a treat to watch

Mark Bezos: A life lesson from a volunteer firefighter

"Not every day is going to offer us a chance to save somebody's life, but everyday offers us an opportunity to affect one."  - Mark Bezos

Thanks for reading.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Welcome Back!

Hello readers and welcome to post apocolyptia, unless the world didn't end right before Christmas.  The Community Engagement Center would like to wish you a happy new semester.  In celebration for the new year we will be rolling out some great new changes to the blog.  First we now have an update schedule!  That's right, come back every Monday and Thursday and see something new and exciting.  We will also be rolling out improvements and additions to the blog like photo galleries and valuable referential materials.  Keep your eye out because you won't want to miss out on the action. 
This brings me to another valuable update.

The Community Engagement Center is seeking personal stories related to service activities you have been involved with.  The stories should be related to an experience you have had or how volunteer  service has positively affected your life.  If your story is related to service in any way we want to hear it.  The important thing to stress is that it does not have to be about a current service opportunity or about the Community Engagement Center. 

we are collecting these stories in two different ways.  You can write down your story on paper and send them to suucec@gmail.com or you can stop by the Community Engagement Center from 8-1 Tuesdays or Thursdays and take the time to share your story on video. 

These stories will be shared here and will be added to a collection of stories in hopes to inspire more people to have the same opportunities as you to create positive stories in their own lives.

If you know of someone with a great story to tell then let them know about us.  suucec.blogspot.com

Thank you for your time creating these videos or writing down these stories.