COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT BI-WEEKLY UPDATE – May 5-18, 2014 

CCE PROGRAMS

[1] Certificate of Community Engagement

COMMUNITY-BASED VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

[2] Project Bridge Mentor

Green Flamingo Organic Farm Volunteer – May 5, 2014 – 8am-12pm 

Just Trade It Campaign – May 5, 2014   ***FINAL DAY***

Green Flamingo Organic Farm Volunteer – May 9, 2014 – 8am-12pm 

Hatter Harvest Work Day – May 9, 2014 – 12-1pm

CONFERENCE OPPORTUNITIES

2014 NASPA Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement (CLDE) Conference – Deadline May 9,2014

SCHOLARSHIPS, INTERNSHIPS, JOBS, GRANTS, ETC.

[3] Summer Internship Opportunity with the Campus Election Engagement Project (CEEP)

[4] Volusia Literacy Council Internship at DeLand Campus

[5] Council on Aging Marketing Department Volunteer

[6] DeLand Lions Club Volunteer

AmeriCorps Rolling Application

True Hero Project Grants – Deadline June 30th 

COMMUNITY REPORTS

Community Health Assessment – Volusia County 2013

Community Agenda Snapshot 2013

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[1] Certificate of Community Engagement  

The Certificate of Community Engagement is a certificate program, similar to a minor program, which focuses on service learning and volunteerism.  The program consists of 4 units of courses—2 theory based classes and 2 service-learning based classes—100 hours of community service, and a capstone essay. The Certificate is a great way to increase your involvement in the community while expanding your knowledge about social justice.

For more information or to sign up for the certificate, contact Dr. Gregory Sapp gsapp@stetson.edu.

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[2] Project Bridge Mentor

Project Bridge is a program that provides transitional services to those reintegrating back to their home communities from residential commitment programs. Project Bridge is designed to provide core services, such as educational, vocational, and mentoring. The program aims to match youth ages 16+ with mentors recruited from local communities.

Mentoring is a key Project Bridge component that promotes program completion, job placement, employment retention, reduced offending and re-offending, and decreased involvement by youth in risky behaviors. It is seen moreover as the vehicle to prompt youth to properly apply the knowledge, skills, and abilities they learn in Project Bridge to situations they may face while transitioning back home to responsibly take on roles in their families and repay their communities.

So many young people experience circumstances that challenge their chances for living up to their full potential. Yet with the support and guidance of caring adults, their odds for eventual success improve. Being a mentor requires just a few hours each month, yet makes a huge impact on a young person’s life.  There are benefits for mentors too – studies show that mentors gain an increased sense of intrinsic personal and professional satisfaction and enhanced leadership, teaching, and communication skills.

We are accepting mentor applications from all around Central and South Florida, more specifically, Orange, Osceola, Pinellas, Pasco, Polk, Hardee, Highlands, Hillsborough, Miami-Dade, Palm Beach, Okeechobee, and Broward counties. Please visit http://www.eckerd.org/services/aftercare-juvenile-justice-aftercare/project-bridge/ for more information.

If you would like to become a Project Bridge Mentor or you would like to learn more, please feel free to contact Melissa Geiwitz at mgeiwitz@hbi.org or (407) 592 7694

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[3] Summer Internship Opportunity with the Campus Election Engagement Project

The Campus Election Engagement Project (CEEP), a national non-partisan effort that worked with over 500 campuses in 2008 and 750 in 2012, with a combined enrollment of over 5 million undergraduates. CEEP works primarily through the state offices of the key higher education service learning organization Campus Compact, so we’re encouraging Bonners to intern with participating state Compact offices, either in your own state, or in another state you’d like to work with, according to the list below. We’ll also have some opportunities to work directly with the national Compact staff, as described below. The local Compacts have strong ongoing relationships with colleges and universities in their states. They’ll build on these relationships to help the schools use their extensive resources to assist their students in registering to vote, getting educated on the issues, volunteering in the campaigns, and showing up at the polls. After three election cycles, CEEP has pulled together a wealth of effective practical suggestions, drawn from campuses throughout the country, which significantly increase the participation of students as voters and volunteers.

Supervised by the staff of whatever state Compact you’d be interning with, and supported by weekly coaching sessions and conference calls run by CEEP’s national staff (including CEEP founder and Soul of a Citizen author Paul Loeb), you’ll reach out to your Compact’s contacts at colleges and universities state-wide, and help them engage their students.  You’ll distribute the lists of effective engagement approaches that CEEP will provide, and then brainstorm with the schools on how to most effectively apply them. (Here’s a link to our core resource list, Six Key Ways to Engage Your Campus). You’ll begin by finding out what efforts are already going on at a given campus and who is already involved. You’ll then want to identify gaps in current efforts, share relevant resources as CEEP provides them, and find key individuals or groups to get things going at each school you approach. Coached by the CEEP staff, you’ll then talk the schools through how to assemble a broad enough and energetic enough team to be able to contact all key departments and offices. And you’ll keep following up to ensure each schools’ election-engagement efforts keep moving ahead.  Here’s a wonderful video from 2012 Ohio outreach staffer Coral Breuer, describing her experience working with the project.

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[4] Volusia Literacy Council Internship at DeLand Campus

The Volusia Literacy Council is in need of assistance with a few projects at their DeLand campus. They are an organization that offers tutoring to adults and assists them with basic literacy skills. They are located at 1155 C.R. 4139 Deland, FL. 32724. For more information about specific tasks and how to sign up for this opportunity contact one of the below individuals:

Program Director: Jonel Persinger – j.persinger@volusialiteracy.org

Executive Director: William Hinebaugh – w.hinebaugh@volusialiteracy.org

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[5] Council on Aging Marketing Department Volunteer

Council on Aging is currently in need of a volunteer to assist their Marketing Department doing some data entry. Council on Aging is a non-profit organization devoted to assisting our aging community by enhancing their quality of life. The position would have a somewhat flexible schedule, which could be worked around class schedules Monday through Friday.  Currently, the work is backlogged, so it would require someone to volunteer in roughly a few 3-4 hour blocks and then ongoing for a couple of hours per week. If anyone is interested in this volunteer opportunity, please contact the individual below to find out more information:

Nutrition & Volunteer Coordinator: Deb Korfage-Amborn

Phone: 386.253.4700 x 239

Email: dkorfage-amborn@coaiaa.org

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[6] DeLand Lions Club Volunteer

The DeLand Lions Club main goals are sight, hearing, and Diabetes.  We also provide clothing and food; as well as, other emergency needs.  Our international website is: www.lionsclubs.org and we also have a local one if you would like to view it at some point.  The International site explains in much more detail.

The DeLand Lions Club does supply many glasses, hearing aids and eye surgeries each month, but donations are not what they used to be.  They are finding resources to start a Bingo and are looking for volunteers.

Anyone interested in volunteering should contact Wendy Wilson at 386.738.1020 or lionheart815@cfl.rr.com.

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If you anticipate any barriers to your access, participation, transportation to, or inclusion in any of these opportunities, please contact the Center for Community Engagement.

Want to make a submission to the Community Engagement Weekly?  E-mail a title and description (subject of e-mail should read “Community Engagement Weekly Submission”) to Heather.

GOOD LUCK ON FINALS AND HAPPY GRADUATION, SENIORS!!!!!