Spring 2015 Service in Action! Calendar
Service in Action Fall 2015
Step 1: Read the descriptions of the events below and decide which one(s) you would like to attend.
Trips for Kids Charlotte – Friday, September 11, 2015, 9:30am-11:30am: Trips for Kids Charlotte introduces 10-15 year olds from Charlotte's "fragile" neighborhoods to the healthy, lifelong activity of mountain biking and uses biking as a tool to help kids learn life lessons. Trips for Kids Charlotte has a fleet of 50 mountain bikes that periodically need a good cleaning and the bike chains lubed. Volunteers need to wear old clothes and will get set up in a fun production line to get the bikes ready to ride! MINIMUM AGE TO PARTICIPATE: 16 To learn more, please visit www.tripsforkidscharlotte.org
Friendship Trays – Friday, September 18, 2015, 8am-11am: Friendship Trays – also known as Meals on Wheels – delivers, in a caring and friendly manner, balanced meals to individuals in this community who are unable, because of age or infirmity, to obtain and prepare their own meal. For this event, participants will assist in helping package meals to be shared with the community. MINIMUM AGE TO PARTICIPATE: 16 To learn more, please visit http://www.friendshiptrays.org/
The Greater Charlotte Heart Walk of the American Heart Association – Saturday, September 19, 2015, 6am – 12pm: This volunteer opportunity is a wonderful way to get involved in a nationwide event and help with promoting awareness with the #1 and #5 killers in the United States – Heart Disease and Stroke. Designed to promote physical activity, the Heart Walk creates an environment that is fun and rewarding for the entire family. Students participating in this service opportunity will NOT be walking in the Heart Walk, but will help hand out water, work vendor and snack tables, and other duties needed for the day of the event. Please come prepared to move items, stand for most of the event, and be flexible with your assigned task. MINIMUM AGE TO PARTICIPATE: 16 To learn more, please visit http://www.heartwalk.org/site/c.flKUIeOUIgJ8H/b.8939141/k.BD45/Home.htm
LIFESPAN- Friday, September 25, 2015, 9am-noon: LIFESPAN’s mission is to empower children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities by providing education, employment, and enrichment opportunities to live, work, and play in their communities. This volunteer opportunity involves getting the LIFESPAN facility ready for fall by cleaning out flower box benches, planting fall flowers and sprucing up the garden area, in general. Please dress comfortably, and wear clothing that you do not mind getting dirty! MINIMUM AGE TO PARTICIPATE: 16 To learn more, please visit http://www.lifespanservices.org/
Carolinas Aviation Museum, Saturday, September 26, 2015, 9:30-1:30: Students will help with the museum’s STEM education stations which will include a variety of science activities such as building paper airplanes, the ice water hypothermia challenge, shooting bottle rockets, and helping families construct their own planes out of recycled materials. Students will also help with museum operations, and this will include helping with parking, monitoring the museum’s active ramp, and monitoring the museum’s gift shop. MINIMUM AGE TO PARTICIPATE: 18 To learn more, please visit http://www.carolinasaviation.org/coming-up
ECE Poverty Simulation at Harris Campus, Saturday, October 3, 2015, 11am-3pm A poverty simulation is a guided experience that exposes participants to the realities of poverty, including the challenges of navigating the complex world of government services and other essential service providers. Students participating in this volunteer opportunity will assume the roles of different families facing poverty or serving as a government agency. The task for each family is to provide basic necessities and shelter during four 13-minute weeks, while balancing the requirements of various service providers with the realities of daily life. MINIMUM AGE TO PARTICIPATE: 16
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Animal Care & Control- Friday, October 16, 2015, 8:30am-11:30am The main county animal shelter needs help with dog exercise, cat interaction, cage cleaning, and laundry assistance. Students will also have the opportunity to place enrichment toys into the cages and help with personality notes for marketing. Students need to be at least 18 years of age and are asked to wear older clothes to include long pants and close-toed shoes. MINIMUM AGE TO PARTICIPATE: 18 To learn more, please visit animals.cmpd.org
Loaves & Fishes – Friday, October 23, 2015, 1pm-3pm: This volunteer opportunity will focus on students sorting and boxing food and other materials to be distributed to those in need. Volunteers should dress comfortably, keeping in mind that the warehouse we are working in is not temperature controlled. Loaves & Fishes provides a week's worth of nutritious groceries to individuals and families in a short-term crisis. MINIMUM AGE TO PARTICIPATE: 16 To learn more, please visit http://www.loavesandfishes.org/about-us.php
Carolina Raptor Center - Friday, October 30, 2015, 10am-1pm: Students will help get the Raptor Ready for one of their big events, the Hoot and Howl, by raking the trails, prepping the animal enclosures, and general set-up. Students will not be working with the birds, but will be able to see them throughout the Raptor Center as they work. Dress comfortably and wear tennis shoes as much of the time will be spent outside. MINIMUM AGE TO PARTICIPATE: 16 To learn more, please visit http://www.carolinaraptorcenter.org/home
Charlotte Rescue Mission – Friday, November 6, 2015, 9am-Noon: Students will be assisting with final meal preparations, then serving lunch for our residents. Students are encouraged to sit and fellowship with residents during mealtime. The Charlotte Rescue Mission has a long history of reaching out to the homeless and those battling addictions. Dress comfortably and have your hair pulled back if it is long enough to do so since we are serving food. MINIMUM AGE TO PARTICIPATE: 18 To learn more, please visit http://charlotterescuemission.org/about/
Sow Much Good – Friday, November 6, 2015, 1pm-4pm: Sow Much Good is committed to growing healthy communities in underserved neighborhoods by providing direct access to fresh, affordable food, by educating and engaging residents to adopt healthy eating habits, and by advocating for the right of every person to have real food security. Students would be assisting with general farm activities--weeding, watering, planting, harvesting, and more. Volunteers are required to wear comfortable clothes and close-toed shoes that can get dirty. Water and gloves will be available on site, however, we always recommend volunteers to bring their own if able. MINIMUM AGE TO PARTICIPATE: 16 To learn more, please visit http://sowmuchgood.org/
Habitat ReStore- November 7, 2015, 9am-noon: The ReStore exists because 'Home Improvement' starts in the Heart – Every purchase from the Charlotte ReStore supports the mission of Habitat for Humanity to improve the standard of housing in our community. Students will work with Re-store staff to go through donated materials to find out what items may still be useful to Habitat. Items that are unable to be reused but have been donated are sent to this area of the Re-Store and are broken down in useful parts for other projects. MINIMUM AGE TO PARTICIPATE: 16 To learn more, please visit http://www.charlotterestore.org/
Supportive Housing Communities, November 13, 2015, 1pm-3:30pm: Supportive Housing Communities (SHC) is here to do one thing: put a permanent end to homelessness and to do so in way that creates dignity, hope and community. Students will play board games and socialize with the residents during this fun social time. MINIMUM AGE TO PARTICIPATE: 18 To learn more, please visit http://supportivehousingcommunities.org/
Creek ReLeaf – Saturday, November 21, 2015, 9am-Noon: Students volunteering to help with 2015 Creek ReLeaf’s annual effort will spend their mornings planting trees to create a sustainable environment in the Charlotte community. Students need to dress comfortably and wear tennis shoes for this event. MINIMUM AGE TO PARTICIPATE: 16 To learn more, please visit http://www.charlottetreefund.org/
St Mark’s Soup Kitchen – Thursday, November 19, 8:30am-1:30pm: On May 1, 2014, St. Mark’s opened a soup kitchen on Thursdays in their Fellowship Hall. Lunch is offered to all people, free of requirement or charge. Students will assist with meal prep, serving lunch, visiting with the attendees, and clean up. Closed toed shoes are required. MINIMUM AGE TO PARTICIPATE: 16 To learn more, please visit http://saintmarkscharlotte.org/soup-kitchen/
Thanksgiving Day Parade – Thursday, November 26, 2015, 8:00am-12:30pm: Help our over-sized characters make their way down the parade route, while smiling and waving at the crowd! Requirements: training required on a Friday in November, exact date currently to be determined, must be willing to walk at least one mile, must be prepared to help regardless of weather conditions; the parade will take place rain or shine, freezing cold temperatures or bright sunny skies! MINIMUM AGE TO PARTICIPATE: 18 To learn more, please visit http://www.novanthealththanksgivingparade.com/
*IF YOU DO NOT SEE AN EVENT LISTED OR A CARPOOL SPOT LISTED, IT IS BECAUSE THEY ARE ALREADY FULL!*
Step 4: Check the email that you provided during registration for important information regarding event location, time, weather cancellations, etc. the week prior to the event.
Step 5: Show up and have fun giving back to the community with your fellow CPCC students and Service-Learning staff!
**If you sign up for two Service in Action events and fail to show up at all, or email Savannah Greer (firstname.lastname@example.org) at least 3 days in advance, then you will not be allowed to continue to participate in Service in Action for the rest of the semester.