Join the Project Life Movement: Save a Life

For over thirty years, one of the best kept secrets in providing cures for cancers like leukemia & lymphoma and for diseases like sickle cell anemia has been bone marrow donation and transplantation. In 1987, a federal mandate created the National Marrow Donor Program. The program had a simple goal: connecting volunteer donors with patients whose only chance for a cure was a bone marrow transplant. 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.

Central Piedmont Community College is partnering with Project Life for the fourth year to educate students, faculty and staff about serving as a bone marrow donor. CPCC is proud to house the first active Project Life chapter in the Charlotte metro area and to be included among ten higher education institutions in North Carolina who are participating in the Project Life Movement. This year’s goal is to recruit 600 potential new donors at CPCC who will be added to the National Bone Marrow Registry List.

Want to Get Involved?

The Cytotechnology Student Association, the Student Government Association, and Phi Theta Kappa Honorary Fraternity are all partnering with Student Life & Service-Learning to support this initiative. We would love to have you come out and be a part of the Movement and help save a life! Please contact Jenn Marts, Central Campus Service-Learning Coordinator, for more details (Jenn.Marts@cpcc.edu) or to volunteer at one of our upcoming Project Life events! We hope you decide to be a potential donor or Project Life volunteer!

Upcoming Project Life Events:

Wednesday, February 11
Cato Campus, Atrium
9 AM – 1 PM

Thursday, February 12
Levine Campus, Student Life
9 AM – 2 PM

Tuesday, February 24
Harper Campus, Room 352-H
10:30 AM – 2:30 PM

Tuesday, February 24
Merancas Campus, TS Hallway
9 AM – 3 PM

Tuesday, April 14
Harris Campus, Harris I Lobby
9 AM – 3 PM

Wednesday, April 15 & Thursday, April 16
Central Campus, Outside Belk Building
9 AM – 4 PM

What Are You Doing for Others?

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Yesterday, in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, 115 students gathered at CPCC for the 11th Annual MLK Challenge. Students had the opportunity to learn about Dr. King’s legacy and to participate in a variety of community service projects throughout the city, including framing a house with Habitat for Humanity and making security blankets for children with the Linus Project. News coverage can be found at the following websites: WCCB Charlotte and Charlotte Observer.

If you didn’t get the chance to participate in this year’s MLK Challenge, you still have plenty of opportunities this semester to give back and make a difference in the community. We challenge you to do something for others this semester, whether it’s a small act of kindness or participating in an upcoming service project sponsored by Service-Learning. CPCC’s Service-Learning Center initiates and supports curricular and co-curricular activities that enhance student learning, promote civic responsibility, and respond to the critical needs in our community through collaborative campus and community partnerships.  Service-in-Action is a series of 12-15 service events hosted throughout the semester. Participants can have a “little of this, a little of that” experience to explore  different ways to give back. For a complete list of Service-in-Action dates for spring semester, please click here. Upcoming January Service Projects include:

Friday, January 30, 2015
Friendship Trays, 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. Want to know more? Please visit: http://www.friendshiptrays.org/

Saturday, January 31, 2015
ECE Poverty Simulation at Harris Campus, 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 govern 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.

To Register: Email Jenn Marts to sign up for any Service-in-Action events at  Jenn.Marts@cpcc.edu or call 704.330.6824. Please remember to leave your CPCC Student ID Number, your email address, your name, if this is for a class, your instructor’s name along with class and course number, and your phone number.

MLK Holiday: Make It a Day ON

Challenge yourself to spend your day off in service to your community.
Challenge yourself to work hard with a group to complete an intensive service project.
Challenge yourself to meet people and share new ideas.
Challenge yourself to make a difference.

Join us for the 11th Annual MLK Challenge

Monday, January 19, 2015 at 8:00 a.m.
Central Campus, Overcash Building, Student Commons
For more information and a video, click HERE!

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This event is FREE and open to the CPCC community only. We will provide transportation to service sites, breakfast, lunch and dinner. Participants are asked to dress comfortably and be prepared for anything, including service projects outdoors. To pre-register, please contact jenn.marts@cpcc.edu.

The Service-Learning Center initiates and supports curricular and co-curricular activities that enhance student learning, promote civic responsibility, and respond to the critical needs in our community through collaborative campus and community partnerships.

Register for the 2015 MLK Challenge

Join us for the 11th Annual MLK Challenge

January 19, 2015
8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

The MLK Challenge on January 19th is an annual Service-Learning Center event that 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. The day begins with an introduction to King’s life and lessons, and then students are 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, students will reassemble to reflect on their accomplishments in a guided discussion. This helps students process all that happened during the day. Click HERE to read student reflections from previous MLK Challenges.

This event is FREE and open to the CPCC community only. We will provide transportation to service sites, breakfast, lunch and dinner. Check-in begins at 8:00 a.m. at Central Campus in the Student Commons area of the Overcash Building. Participants are asked to dress comfortably and be prepared for anything, including service projects outdoors.

To register for this event or to learn more, please contact:

Jenn Marts
jenn.marts@cpcc.edu
704.330.6824
Central Campus, OC 241-D

The Service-Learning Center initiates and supports curricular and co-curricular activities that enhance student learning, promote civic responsibility, and respond to the critical needs in our community through collaborative campus and community partnerships.

Service Project: Memorial Park Playground Build

Through small and simple acts, great things can happen…including a personal transformation. Get involved today and experience the benefits of community service first-hand. CPCC’s Service-Learning Center initiates and supports curricular and co-curricular activities that enhance student learning, promote civic responsibility, and respond to the critical needs in our community through collaborative campus and community partnerships. As a student, you can get involved in the Rotaract Club or participate in community service projects through our Service-in-Action events. One upcoming event is a Memorial Park Playground build on Thursday, October 30, 2014 from 1pm to 5pm. For more information, please see below.

Recently, Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation and the Partners for Parks Foundation have been raising funds to build a playground in memory of the students and teachers lost at the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. This tragedy left 20 elementary school children and 6 adult staff members’ dead and an entire community in mourning. Memorial Playground is being built to let those who lost their lives remain in our hearts and serve as a celebration of each life lost. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Parks and Recreation and CPCC’s Service-Learning department are collaborating on this large scale service project.

The location of the Park Build is on Park Road in Charlotte, NC. Construction for the park will begin on Monday, October 27, 2014 and the park will be completed on Friday, October 31, 2014 at noon. There will be 2 volunteer shifts each day, 8am – noon and 1pm -5pm, which are being covered by multiple organizations, agencies, and volunteer groups. Parks and Recreation will need about 200 volunteers at for each shift. CPCC Service-Learning is scheduled to cover the Thursday, October 30th volunteer shift from 1pm to 5pm, with hopes to bring out 100 students, staff, and faculty volunteers for this event. There will be opportunities for both trained and untrained volunteers; all you need is a service-minded heart, energy, and are ready to help build this very special playground! If you are interested in volunteering, please click HERE to sign up. If you have any questions, please contact Jenn.Marts@cpcc.edu.