Spring 2017 Service in Action! Calendar

Service in Action (SiA) events span the entire fall and spring semesters – a true "buffet of service." To sign up for Service in Action events, please follow the steps below.

Step 1: Read the descriptions of the events below and decide which one(s) you would like to attend.  Please make sure that the events you select do not conflict with your work or class schedule before signing up!

Trips for Kids Charlotte – Friday, September 8, 1pm-5pm: THIS EVENT IS FULL! 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

Carolina Breast Friends – Friday, September 15, 12pm-2pm: THIS EVENT IS FULL! The mission of Carolina Breast Friends is to serve the breast cancer community in a positive environment. They provide education, encouragement and friendship during any stage of the journey. For this event, students will assemble comfort bags that are distributed to women at The Pink House. For more information, please visit http://www.carolinabreastfriends.org/ MINIMUM AGE TO PARTICIPATE: 16

Hospice and Palliative Care Hit the Brixx 5k-Saturday, September 16, 6:30am-10am: THIS EVENT IS FULL!Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte Region (HPCCR) is the beneficiary for the 2017 Hit the Brixx 10K/5K, a Run For Your Life Signature Event. This event has a variety of volunteer opportunities for: check in, bib/chip pick up, course monitors, water stop hosts, finish line detail (water and snacks). For more information, please visit https://www.hpccr.org/volunteers/volunteer MINIMUM AGE TO PARTICIPATE: 16

Men’s Shelter of Charlotte- Friday, September 22, 11:30am-1pm: THIS EVENT IS FULL! The mission of the Men’s Shelter of Charlotte is to provide safe emergency shelter while working to end homelessness for each man. Students will serve lunch to men experiencing homelessness. For more information, please visit http://www.mensshelterofcharlotte.org/ MINIMUM AGE TO PARTICIPATE: 16

Carolinas Aviation Museum - Saturday, September 23, 9:30am-1pm: THIS EVENT IS FULL! 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

Friendship Trays – Friday, September 29, 8:30am-11am: THIS EVENT IS FULL! 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

Firm Foundations, Inc.- Friday, October 6, 8am-12pm: Firm Foundations Youth & Family Outreach’s mission is to EDUCATE, EXPOSE and EMPOWER youth and families to become self-sufficient and confident of succeeding in society. Our vision is to transform lives through creative yet engaging programing that effectively reach underserved youth, rather than merely provide “a safe place for fun activities”. By establishing a “firm foundation” within youth and families we seek to make a long-term impact that will aid in a successful future. MINIMUM AGE TO PARTICIPATE: 18

Ada Jenkins Mac-n-Cheese Cook Off – Saturday, October 7, 11am-3pm: THIS EVENT IS FULL! The purpose of Ada Jenkins Center is to improve the quality of life for the residents of our communities through the integrated delivery of health, education and human services. Students will be assisting with the Mac-n-Cheese fundraiser. Students will assist with setting up and breaking down event (tables, decorations) cleaning up during the event, directing guests and handing out materials. For more information, please visit https://www.adajenkins.org/impact/macncheese/ MINIMUM AGE TO PARTICIPATE: 16

Second Harvest Food Bank – Friday, October 20, 1pm-4pm: THIS EVENT IS FULL! 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

Special Olympics Soccer Tournament – Friday, October 27, 9am-1:30pm: THIS EVENT IS FULL! Special Olympics Mecklenburg County offers community-based and school-based programs to more than 3,350 athletes participating in 19 sports, including Unified sports. For this opportunity, students may be asked to assist with any of the following job assignments: scorekeepers, timers, prepare the ribbons/medals, or as a buddy to accompany an athlete during the event. To learn more, please visit http://sonc.net/local-programs/mecklenburg-county/ MINIMUM AGE TO PARTICIPATE: 16

ECE Poverty Simulation at Harris Campus, Saturday, October 28, 12pm-4pm: THIS EVENT IS FULL! 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

Habitat for Humanity Restore – Saturday, November 4, 1pm-5pm: THIS EVENT IS FULL! Habitat for Humanity ReStores are nonprofit home improvement stores and donation centers that sell new and gently used furniture, appliances, home accessories, building materials and more to the public at a fraction of the retail price. ReStores are independently owned and operated by local Habitat for Humanity organizations. Proceeds are used to help build strength, stability, self-reliance and shelter in local communities and around the world. For more information, please visit http://www.charlotterestore.org/ MINIMUM AGE TO PARTICIPATE: 16

McCreesh Place – Friday, November 17, 1pm-3:30pm: Since 2003, Supportive Housing Communities (SHC) has owned and operated McCreesh Place, Charlotte’s first permanent supportive housing apartment community for disabled men overcoming homelessness. The purpose of McCreesh Place is to provide affordable housing to alleviate homelessness and human suffering. For this event, students will play Thanksgiving holiday Pictionary with the residents. This event corresponds with Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week. To learn more, please visit http://supportivehousingcommunities.org/index.php/livinghere MINIMUM AGE TO PARTICIPATE: 18

Let Me Run 5k – Saturday, November 18, 7am-10:30am: THIS EVENT IS FULL! Let Me Run is a national non-profit boy’s character building/running program that is based in Charlotte.  Let Me Run inspires boys through the power of running to be courageous enough to be themselves, to build healthy relationships, and to live an active lifestyle. This event has a variety of volunteer opportunities for:  check in, bib/chip pick up, course monitors, water stop hosts, finish line detail (water and snacks). To learn more, please visit http://www.letmerun.org/ MINIMUM AGE TO PARTICIPATE: 18

Creek ReLeaf – Saturday, November 18, 9am-Noon: TO REGISTER FOR THIS EVENT, PLEASE SUBMIT THIS FORM. Students volunteering to help with 2017 Creek ReLeaf’s annual effort will spend their morning 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 by submitting the Fall 2017 Service in Action Registration Form.

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 and the day prior to each 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.