Fall 2016 Service in Action! Calendar

**ALL FALL 2016 SERVICE IN ACTION EVENTS ARE FULL AT THIS TIME! Please contact Savannah Greer at Savannah.Greer@cpcc.edu with questions regarding your registration. Thank you!**

Service in Action (SiA) events span the entire fall and spring semesters – a true "buffet of service."

Step 1: Read the descriptions of the events below and decide which one(s) you would like to attend.

Honor the Warriors and Patriot Military Family Foundation Bike Event– Friday, September 9, 10am-1:30pm: THIS EVENT IS FULL AT THIS TIME! The mission of Honor the Warriors is to encourage each and every person to live their lives with joy, to define themselves not by what they can't do but by what they will do and to guide and mentor all we meet by encouraging and helping them to reach beyond their expectations. This bike event is for veterans who are riding bicycles during the Community Ride throughout Charlotte with a stop at CPCC for lunch. Students will assist in set-up, serving lunch to veterans and sharing in fellowship with the riders and clean up. MINIMUM AGE TO PARTICIPATE: 16

ECE Poverty Simulation at Harris Campus, Saturday, September 10, 12am-4pm: THIS EVENT IS FULL AT THIS TIME! 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 10-minute weeks, while balancing the requirements of various service providers with the realities of daily life. MINIMUM AGE TO PARTICIPATE: 16

CCI Dog Fest, Saturday, September 17, 10am-2pm: THIS EVENT IS FULL AT THIS TIME! Canine Companions for Independence (CCI) is a non-profit organization that enhances the lives of people with disabilities by providing highly trained assistance dogs and ongoing support to ensure quality partnerships. Dog Fest is a fun walk for assistance dogs and their handlers which also serves as a fundraiser for CCI. Students participating in this volunteer opportunity will assist with Dog Fest in many capacities including manning registration and information booths, assisting children with crafts and activities and passing out water and cheering people on along the walk route. To learn more, please visit www.cci.org/dogfestcharlotte MINIMUM AGE TO PARTICIPATE: 16

Trips for Kids Charlotte – Friday, September 23, 1pm-5pm: THIS EVENT IS FULL AT THIS TIME! 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! To learn more, please visit www.tripsforkidscharlotte.org MINIMUM AGE TO PARTICIPATE: 16

Carolinas Aviation Museum, Saturday, September 24, 9:30am-1pm: THIS EVENT IS FULL AT THIS TIME! 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. To learn more, please visit http://www.carolinasaviation.org/coming-up MINIMUM AGE TO PARTICIPATE: 18

Project VOTE – Tuesday, September 27, 9am-2pm: THIS EVENT IS FULL AT THIS TIME! Project VOTE is a civic engagement initiative at CPCC designed to promote interest among our students in the November election.  Students will have the opportunity to register to vote, to learn what precinct they live in and where they vote, to check out a voting machine, and to become familiar with sources of both partisan and non-partisan information and issues related to the election. Service-Learning students will assist with set-up and take-down as well as well as helping fellow students navigate the Project VOTE booths and areas. MINIMUM AGE TO PARTICIPATE: 16

Sow Much Good – Friday, September 30, 9am-noon: THIS EVENT IS FULL AT THIS TIME! 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. To learn more, please visit http://sowmuchgood.org MINIMUM AGE TO PARTICIPATE: 16

Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure – Saturday, October 1, 8am-10:30am: THIS EVENT IS FULL AT THIS TIME! Susan G. Komen is the world’s largest breast cancer organization, funding more breast cancer research than any other nonprofit while providing real-time help to those facing the disease. Students will assist with the Breast Cancer Survivor Ceremony by handing out items and being a part of leading the celebration activities. MINIMUM AGE TO PARTICIPATE: 16

Hospitality House- Friday, October 14, 9am-11am: THIS EVENT IS FULL AT THIS TIME! Since 1985, Hospitality House of Charlotte has provided shelter to families while their loved ones receive treatment at nearby hospitals. Hospitality House of Charlotte's 22 bedroom facility is available to its guests 24 hours-a-day, 365 days a year. Service-Learning students participating in this event will prepare and cook a pancake breakfast for the residents of The Hospitality House. To learn more, please visit http://hospitalityhouseofcharlotte.org/about.asp MINIMUM AGE TO PARTICIPATE: 16

Reedy Creek Elementary School Fall Festival – Saturday, October 15, 10:30am-1pm: THIS EVENT IS FULL AT THIS TIME! Reedy Creek Elementary is working hard to build community within the school. We would love to have students come and volunteer their time to work with our students while playing fun games at the fall festival. This will help students to build new relationships while allowing our teachers to mingle with the students and parents at the festival. MINIMUM AGE TO PARTICIPATE: 18

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Animal Care & Control- Friday, October 16, 2015, 8:30am-11:30am THIS EVENT IS FULL AT THIS TIME! 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. To learn more, please visit animals.cmpd.org MINIMUM AGE TO PARTICIPATE: 18

Second Harvest Food Bank – Friday, October 28, 1pm-4pm: THIS EVENT IS FULL AT THIS TIME! Second Harvest Food Bank is the largest hunger fighting agency in 19 counties of North and South Carolina, and last year alone distributed over 45 million pounds of food and grocery items to individuals in need through over 650 partner agencies. Our primary activity is sorting, inspecting, boxing and stocking donations for the agencies. Other activities may include: packing food boxes and/or food backpacks for kids or sorting through non-food products and pet food. Please wear comfortable conservative clothing, and closed toe shoes are required. To learn more, please visit http://www.secondharvestmetrolina.org/ MINIMUM AGE TO PARTICIPATE: 16

Friendship Trays – Friday, November 4, 8am-11am: THIS EVENT IS FULL AT THIS TIME! 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. To learn more, please visit http://www.friendshiptrays.org/ MINIMUM AGE TO PARTICIPATE: 18

St. Mark’s Soup Kitchen – Thursday, November 17, 9am-1pm: THIS EVENT IS FULL AT THIS TIME! 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. To learn more, please visit http://saintmarkscharlotte.org/soup-kitchen/ MINIMUM AGE TO PARTICIPATE: 18

Creek ReLeaf – Saturday, November 19, 9am-Noon: THIS EVENT IS FULL AT THIS TIME! 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. To learn more, please visit http://www.charlottetreefund.org/ MINIMUM AGE TO PARTICIPATE: 18

Step 2: Sign up for the events. NOTE: ALL FALL 2016 EVENTS ARE FULL AT THIS TIME! PLEASE CONTACT SAVANNAH GREER at savannah.greer@cpcc.edu WITH ANY QUESTIONS.

Step 3: If you would like to participate in the carpool if there is one available for the event(s) you selected, please sign up for the carpool using this Service in Action Carpool Form.

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!

**CELL PHONE INFORMATION FOR SERVICE IN ACTION EVENTS: If you have questions and need to reach the Service-Learning staff about your upcoming Service in Action event, you can call or text the number that was provided to you in your confirmation email BUT please read the following:

-          We will only respond to texts or phone calls 1 hour prior to the start time and during the event.

-          If you need us at any other time, call our office phone number.

-          We will not text or call you back while we are driving, so be patient!

-          The Service-Learning staff have different phone numbers, make sure to call the number on your confirmation email.

**If you sign up for two Service in Action events and fail to show up at all, or email Savannah  Greer (savannah.greer@cpcc.edu) 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.