14th Annual MLK Challenge Set for Jan. 15!

The 14th Annual MLK Challenge will take place on January 15, 2018. This event celebrates the life and teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The day incorporates an educational kick-off, service projects, and a reflection wrap-up. We will begin with an introduction to King’s life and lessons, students are then randomly assigned to groups and given a service project at a local organization to complete. Students must work together and utilize problem-solving skills in order to finish their task.

At the end of the day, we will reassemble to reflect on their accomplishments in a guided discussion. This helps students process all that happened during the day. This event is free and open to the CPCC community only. We will provide transportation, breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Participants are asked to dress for anything.  

Registration begins 8 a.m. the day of the event in lobby of the Zeiss Building.

Details: MLK Challenge, January 15, 2018;  8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

To sign up for this event please click here or contact Savannah Greer at savannah.greer@cpcc.edu , or Jenn Marts at jenn.marts@cpcc.edu  or 704.330.6824.

 

Participate in our Toys for Tots Drive!

All CPCC students who want to help make a child’s holiday special are invited to participate in our upcoming Toys For Tots Drive!Toys for Tots

        What:            CPCC Service-Learning, Rotaract and Phi Theta Kappa are collecting donations of unwrapped toys for Toys For Tots – you can grab an angel off any of the Toys for Tots holiday trees, or buy any toy that you think a child would love to have as a gift! Please leave them unwrapped and only donate new items. Help us make the holidays brighter for a child in need!

        When:           November 2 – December 1, 2017 – any donations received after this date will be shared with Bright Blessings

        Where:          Drop off spots are on each campus:

  • Central Campus: Overcash 257
  • Merancas: Claytor Lobby
  • Levine: Student Life, LV 1400
  • Harper: Student Life HP 342 or Service-Learning HP 344
  • Cato: Cato I, Main Lobby
  • Harris (Jackson Park Ministries Donations), Student Life Lounge

Questions? Contact Director of Service-Learning, Jenn Marts, at 704-330-6824 or Jenn.Marts@cpcc.edu.

National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week

National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week is held each year the week before Thanksgiving. This is a time for us all to start to think about what we are thankful for, a perfect time to share our compassion with our neighbors who are experiencing homelessness and work toward a world where no one has to experience Hunger and Homelessness.

The Service-Learning Center is hosting the 3rd annual week of educational programming that will allow our campus communities to come together around the topics of Hunger and Homelessness and to spur conversations around how each of us can serve as a catalyst for making our local communities free of Hunger and Homelessness.

Review the schedule of Hunger and Homelessness Week of events. Please feel free to join us for as many of these programs as you wish to – all are welcome to attend. If you have any questions please contact Dr. Jenn Marts, director of Service-Learning, at Jenn.Marts@cpcc.edu or at 704.330.6824.

Help Feed Charlotte’s Hungry!

In honor of Dr. Deitemeyer’s upcoming inauguration on Nov. 3, CPCC’s Service-Learning and Student Life teams have coordinated a number of community outreach initiatives focused on feeding Charlotte’s hungry during the week of Oct. 30.

CPCC students, faculty and staff are invited to participate in the following events taking place at CPCC campus near you! Enjoy a free dessert from one of the on-site food trucks (while supplies last!), sign a well wish card for Dr. Deitemeyer and more!

Help us reach our goal of making 2,500 sandwiches during this special week of service. We look forward to seeing you there!

Monday, Oct. 30
Merancas Campus

Urban Ministries – Making PB&J Sandwiches Event
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Quad

Levine Campus
Urban Ministries – Making PB&J Sandwiches Event
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Levine II, Second Floor, Atrium

Tuesday, Oct. 31

Harper Campus

Urban Ministries – Making PB&J Sandwiches Event
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Harper I, Lobby near Security Office

City View

Urban Ministries – Making PB&J Sandwiches Event
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Fall Fest

Harris Campus

Urban Ministries – Making PB&J Sandwiches Event
10 a.m. – noon and 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Harris I, Lobby


Thursday, Nov. 2

Central Campus
Urban Ministries – Making PB&J Sandwiches Event
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Overcash Center, Lobby

Cato Campus
Urban Ministries – Making PB&J Sandwiches Event
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Cato I, Room 024

Register for the National Bone Marrow Registry on Nov. 1!

For the sixth-consecutive year, CPCC is partnering with the Project Life Movement, a campus-based national marrow donor organization, to solicit new donors to the National Bone Marrow Registry List in

Project Life

Project Life

honor of Dr. Deitemeyer’s inauguration on Nov. 3.

CPCC and Project Life invite students to attend its upcoming Drive Thru Swabbing event, being held on CPCC’s Central Campus from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., on Nov. 1, in the Overcash Driveway.

CPCC-based student organizations, including Rotaract Club, Cytotechnology Student Association and Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, are all partnering with CPCC Service-Learning/Student Life to play a key leadership role in this initiative which seeks to add 700 new donors to the National Bone Marrow Registry List.

During the event, participants will have the inside of their cheeks swabbed for a tissue sample and complete paperwork. The process will take no longer than 10 minutes. After completing the registration process, participants will not only be added to the National Bone Marrow Registry List, but also have the opportunity to enjoy a free lunch – provided by CPCC’s Baking & Pastry Arts students – sign a well wish card for Dr. Deitemeyer and win a variety of prizes.

Come out and be a part of the movement and help save a life!

Donate to a Loaves and Fishes Food Barrel

CPCC’s partnership with Loaves & Fishes continues during Dr. Deitemeyer’s inauguration week when Loaves & Fishes sets up food barrels at each CPCC campus between Oct. 19 and Nov. 30. The CPCC community is invited to donate non-perishable items during this time.

If you’re not sure what to donate, visit the Loaves & Fishes Priority Needs List. All donated items will help feed individuals and families in need who are experiencing a short-term crisis by providing them with a week’s worth of nutritionally balanced groceries.

Thank you in advance for your generosity and helping a neighbor in need!

Write a Well Wish Card to Dr. Deitemeyer

As you’re participating in the various Service-Learning events taking place in celebration of Dr. Deitemeyer’s upcoming inauguration on Nov. 3, don’t miss the opportunity to write her a well wish card. Staff will be on hand to direct you to the card signing table at each event where you’ll have the opportunity to write a personal message to her as she officially begins her tenure as CPCC’s fourth president. Completed cards will be displayed at the Inauguration Luncheon (which students are invited to!) on Nov. 3 for all to read! Thank you for participating!

Emergency Food Pantry to Open on Central Campus April 13

The Emergency Food Pantry is able to provide individuals and households within the CPCC community with a two-day supply of non-perishable food per visit. 
The amount of food you receive depends on how many people live in your household. 
You are eligible to visit the food pantry two times each month.
Pantry hours are:
Monday and Thursday from noon – 4 p.m.
The pantry is located in Pease 066.
For more information please contact Dena Shonts at ext. 6558, dena.shonts@cpcc.edu or visit http://www.cpcc.edu/service-learning/emergency-food-pantry.

CPCC Student Honored for Community Service

Central Piedmont Community College student DaQuane Cherry has been recognized for outstanding leadership and service by North Carolina Campus Compact, a statewide network of colleges and universities with a shared cpcc_daquanecherrycommitment to civic engagement. Cherry is a recipient of the network’s Community Impact Award, honoring one student leader at each member school.

Cherry is one of 25 students selected by their campus for the 2016 honor, joining more than 200 college students recognized by the network since the award was first presented in 2006.

A second year marketing student from Elizabeth City, Cherry has been an active leader across the spectrum of civic and community engagement at CPCC. He is a SGA Senator and serves as the Election Engagement Fellow on Central Campus, working to engage his peers in the 2016 election. As a Rotaract member, he has been part of many community-based service projects, and as a Service Learning Program work study student, he has helped other students become involved in service learning. He is also a frequent performer in CPCC plays and musicals.

Dr. Jenn Marts, CPCC’s Director of Service-Learning, says Cherry “has been a fantastic addition to the Service-Learning team,” and she praises his “outgoing, energetic, inclusive” leadership style.

Cherry will be honored at the Compact’s annual CSNAP student conference, held this year on November 12 at the University of North Carolina at Asheville. The event will convene more than 160 students and staff from 24 campuses in the network. In addition to awards and networking opportunities, the conference will include student-led workshops on diverse community engagement topics and a showcase of organizations working for social change, including the Campus Kitchens Project, Rachel Carson Council, and the Sustained Dialogue Institute.

North Carolina Campus Compact is a statewide coalition of 36 public, private, and community colleges and universities that share a commitment to civic and community engagement. The network was founded in 2002 and is hosted by Elon University. North Carolina Campus Compact is an affiliate of the national Campus Compact organization, which claims 1,000 member schools representing nearly 2 million college students.

Please Donate for the Toys for Tots Toy Drive

The annual Toys for Tots drive is kicking off at Central, Merancas, Levine, Harper and Cato campuses the week of November 3, 2016, and running through December 1, 2016! Service-Learning, Student Life, Rotaract Clubs, and Phi Theta Kappa have come together to sponsor this annual toy drive campaign in conjunction with United States Marine Corps to provide gifts to children in need during this holiday season. The primary goal of Toys for Tots is to deliver, through a new toy at Christmas, a message of hope to less fortunate youngsters that will assist them in becoming responsible, productive, patriotic citizens.

All you need to do to participate is to donate a small gift and we will make sure that these are given to the Toys for Tots to help brighten the holidays over 7 million children throughout the United States.

Please consider picking up an extra gift this season to donate to this wonderful organization, or feel free to donate a few dollars to help purchase gifts. All donations can be dropped off at the Service-Learning Center, Overcash 257 from 9am-5pm, or to the Student Life / Service-Learning Center at your individual campus. Please make sure that all gifts are unwrapped and are turned into our donation areas prior to noon on Thursday, Dec. 1.

If you have any questions, please contact your service-learning representative:

Central Campus: Jenn Marts, 704.330.6824 (Overcash 241 D) or Kay Printy, 704.330.6183 (Overcash 248 B)

Cato & Merancas Campuses: Becky Hackeny, 704.330-2722, ext. 7150, Cato 130-C; Merancas 1108-B

Levine & Harper Campuses: Lindsey Graves, 704.330.2722, ext. 7375; Levine 1402; Harper 344

If you have any questions, please contact Jenn.Marts@cpcc.edu and thank you ahead of time for your generosity this holiday season!

Please note: The Toys for Tots campaign officially ends on Dec. 1, which will be our final pick up. If we receive any items that Toys for Tots cannot accept or late donations, Service-Learning will share all donations with another local non-profit that we work closely with, Birthday Blessings in Matthews, NC, an agency that provides birthday parties and gifts for children in need.

 

 

Register Today for the Annual Service-Learning MLK Challenge

The 13th Annual MLK Challenge will take place on January 16, 2017. This event celebrates the life and teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The day incorporates an educational kick-off, service projects, and a reflection wrap-

Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther King Jr.

up. We will begin with an introduction to King’s life and lessons, students are then randomly assigned to groups and given a service project at a local organization to complete. Students must work together and utilize problem-solving skills in order to finish their task.

At the end of the day, we will reassemble to reflect on their accomplishments in a guided discussion. This helps students process all that happened during the day. This event is free and open to the CPCC community only. We will provide transportation, breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Participants are asked to dress for anything. 

Registration begins 8 a.m. the day of the event in the Student Commons area of the Overcash Building.

Details: MLK Challenge, January 16, 2017; 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

To sign up for this event or to learn more please visit our website: http://www.cpcc.edu/service-learning/events-and-programs/mlk-challenge or contact Dena Shonts at Dena.Shonts@cpcc.edu, 704-330-6558 or Kay Printy at Kay.Printy@cpcc.edu or 704-330-6183.

Are You Interested in Service and Seeing the World?

Service-Learning will be taking eight students to Panajachel, Guatemala, for an Alternative Spring Break Trip! images

We will be offering eight students a $1,000 dollar scholarship to assist with paying for the trip.

This trip will take place March 11-18, 2017, and with the scholarship, will cost you approximately $1,000. That price will cover airfare, hotel and most of your meals.

For more information on this exciting opportunity please visit: http://www.cpcc.edu/service-learning/events-and-programs/ASB

The application deadline is November 4, 2016.

If you have any questions, please contact dena.shonts@cpcc.edu or 704.330.6558.

CPCC’s Skyline Run Needs YOU to Volunteer!

The 2016 CPCC Skyline Run is quickly approaching! This 5K event that raises money for student scholarships is taking place on Saturday, April 30, 2016, and we need you to help make this event a huge success! We usually have more than 125 volunteers for this event, so your willingness to join us and help make the Skyline Run fun and safe is greatly appreciated!! Please visit this website to register as a volunteer and choose your volunteer role.  Gather your family and friends; register to volunteer; and have a wonderful morning! If you have any questions, please contact me via email at Jenn.Marts@cpcc.edu or call 704.330.6824. I want to say a BIG thank you to those who have already committed to volunteering!

Some of the areas we still need assistance with for the Skyline Run include – you can register for any of these assignments on the Skyline Run website:

  • Balloons—Blow up and distribute balloons on race day for start line/directions
  • Food Zone  – Pass out snacks and pizza to runners/walkers/families
  • Kid Zone – Play with the children in bouncy houses and keep an eye on them
  • Course Intersection Monitor—Stationed at intersections to keep racers on track; keep cars off course
  • Family Fun Run—Keep cars away from race course; make sure kids stay on track; give out ribbons to kids
  • Pre-Registration Packet Pick-Up—Help give out race packets day before the race
  • Water Team—Give water to runners on the course, help with clean-up
  • Pre-race activities listed on the volunteer registration form