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.

Let Your Actions Speak for Peace

I’m always amazed at how quickly the year passes and how it always seems to come to a close with a screeching halt. It’s a time of reflection, but often a time filled with great stress and anxiety as many of you prepare for exams, look forward to the next semester, and think about upcoming holidays or the year or semester ahead.

This year in particular seems to close (for our nation) in similar stress and anxiety. Whether we look to the national news, the larger economic climate, political discourse, or even the stress of our own lives or those of our friends and neighbors, we can see examples of injustice, struggle and confusion.

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As an optimist and someone who has the fortunate opportunity to work with a diverse group of people, I continue to believe in the power of a collective effort. When I look around and wonder how I might have a hand in creating peace in this big, bad world, I’m brought back to the idea that actions speak louder than words.

We can come together. We can stand up for those who cannot stand up for themselves. We can help our neighbor. We can serve our communities. Like any good superhero, we can use our powers for good.

So, how can you get involved?

There are endless ways in which you can let your actions speak for peace. But, if you’re stumped or need a head start, consider marking your calendar for January 19th, and participating in the 2015 MLK Challenge. There’s room for lots of students, and the collective impact creates a positive change in our own community. Change made about by you and me, and peace created for all we encounter.

Blog Contributor:
Amanda Capobianchi
Associate Dean of Student Life

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.

Take the MLK Challenge: Register for a Day of Service

Join us for the annual MLK Challenge

January 20, 2014
8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

The MLK Challenge on January 20th 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, breakfast, lunch and dinner. Check-in begins at 8:00 a.m. on the day of the event in the Student Commons area of the Overcash Building (Central Campus). Participants are asked to dress for anything.

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.