Spring 2018 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!

Martin Luther King, Jr. Challenge - Monday, January 15 (8am-5pm): Join us in celebrating the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. by making 1/21/13 a difference in our community through a day of service. Registered students will participate in a surprise community service project, participate in reflection, and enjoy spending quality time with other CPCC students. Breakfast, lunch, pizza, & cake will be provided for all who attend. To learn more, please visit https://www.cpcc.edu/service-learning/events-and-programs/mlk-challenge MINIMUM AGE TO PARTICIPATE: 18

ECE Poverty Simulation at Harris Campus, Saturday January 27 (12pm-4pm): 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

Companion Parrots Rehomed – Friday, February 2 (12pm-4pm): The exclusive mission of Companion Parrots Re-homed is to accept companion parrots from unwanted, emergency or crisis situations throughout the Greater Charlotte, North Carolina, area and to facilitate through training and education, new adoptive homes for these sensitive and intelligent birds. Students will assist with general clearn0up and potential painting of the Parrot University facility. Students will NOT interact with the parrots. For more information, please visit http://www.companionparrots.org/ MINIMUM AGE TO PARTICIPATE: 15

Friendship Trays – Friday, February 9 (8:00am-11:30am): 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

Junior Achievement of the Central Carolinas’ JA BizTown– Friday, February 16 (9am-1pm): JA BizTown is a 10,000 square foot city located in uptown Charlotte. Each day, 75-130 fourth and fifth grade students visit JA BizTown to participate in a simulated community/town. Volunteers help students navigate JA BizTown during the on-site simulations. Volunteers work with a small group of students to help them manage their assigned JA BizTown shop. To learn more, please visit https://www.juniorachievement.org/web/ja-carolinas/ja-biztown MINIMUM AGE TO PARTICIPATE: 18

Charlotte 10 Miler – Saturday, February 17, 6am-10:00am: 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. Let Me Run is responsible for providing volunteers for this race. 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 https://charlotte10miler.racesonline.com/ MINIMUM AGE TO PARTICIPATE: 16

Reedy Creek International Festival – Saturday, February 24, 10:15am-2:30pm: This is an annual Reed Creek Elementary School event that invites students and parents to the school to learn more about countries each grade level has studied. The day encompasses an international fashion show put on by our students and parents, international foods, activities, and learning. Service-Learning students will help set up the food and rooms, interact with families, and help clean up. MINIMUM AGE TO PARTICIPATE: 18

Trips for Kids Charlotte – Friday, March 2 (1pm-4pm): 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: 15

Mind Trekkers – Thursday, March 15 (1st Shift: 8:30am-12:30pm, 2nd Shift: 12:30pm-4:30pm): Passport to STEM is a hands-on interactive field trip opportunity for 6th and 7th graders in the Charlotte region. You will help us share the WOW of Science, Tech, Engineering, and Math to these kids (and maybe yourselves!) as you staff an activity booth for your 4-hour shift, interacting with the visiting students as a “near-peer mentor” as you show off your assigned activity. All volunteers are provided lunch during the event. To learn more, please visit https://mindtrekkers.mtu.edu/activities.phphttps://www.cpcc.edu/stem/passport MINIMUM AGE TO PARTICIPATE: 16

Mind Trekkers – Friday, March 16 (1st Shift: 8:30am-12:30pm, 2nd Shift: 12:30pm-4:30pm): Passport to STEM is a hands-on interactive field trip opportunity for 6th and 7th graders in the Charlotte region. You will help us share the WOW of Science, Tech, Engineering, and Math to these kids (and maybe yourselves!) as you staff an activity booth for your 4-hour shift, interacting with the visiting students as a “near-peer mentor” as you show off your assigned activity. All volunteers are provided lunch during the event. To learn more, please visit https://mindtrekkers.mtu.edu/activities.phphttps://www.cpcc.edu/stem/passport MINIMUM AGE TO PARTICIPATE: 16

McCreesh Place – Friday, March 23 (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 games including pictionary with the residents. To learn more, please visit http://supportivehousingcommunities.org/index.php/livinghere MINIMUM AGE TO PARTICIPATE: 18

Promising Pages – Friday, April 6 (2pm-4pm): Promising Pages is a nonprofit organization that inspires underserved children to achieve their dreams by instilling a love of reading. Students will help process book donations which includes counting, cleaning, stamping and sorting books into appropriate reading levels. To learn more, please visit http://promisingpages.org/ MINIMUM AGE TO PARTICIPATE: 16

Project Life – Monday, April 9 (11am-2pm): The Project Life Movement, a campus-based national marrow donor organization, is dedicated to saving lives and curing cancer and other diseases by identifying and registering volunteers for marrow and tissue donation. The goal is to recruit 800 new donors who will be added to the National Bone Marrow Registry List. Student volunteers are needed at the Central campus to help on the day of the event with enrollment, organization, and other tasks as needed. To learn more, please visit http://www.cpcc.edu/student_life/projectlife MINIMUM AGE TO PARTICIPATE: 16

Project Life - Tuesday, April 10 (11am-2pm): The Project Life Movement, a campus-based national marrow donor organization, is dedicated to saving lives and curing cancer and other diseases by identifying and registering volunteers for marrow and tissue donation. The goal is to recruit 800 new donors who will be added to the National Bone Marrow Registry List. Student volunteers are needed at the Central campus to help on the day of the event with enrollment, organization, and other tasks as needed. To learn more, please visit http://www.cpcc.edu/student_life/projectlife MINIMUM AGE TO PARTICIPATE: 16

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Animal Care & Control- Friday, April 20 (9am-12pm): 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

Carolina Raptor Center – Saturday, April 21 (10am-2pm): Carolina Raptor Center is dedicated to environmental stewardship and the conservation of birds of prey, through education, research, and the rehabilitation of injured and orphan raptors. Students WILL NOT be in contact with the raptors, but will assist with set-up for Talon to Table, the CRC’s largest fundraiser of the year. MINIMUM AGE TO PARTICIPATE: 16

Carolinas Aviation Museum - Saturday, April 28, 9am-1pm: 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

Step 2: Sign up for the events by submitting the Spring 2018 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 Spring 2018 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.