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OLCE Weekly Announcements- 3/24/20

We Are Here For You!
This week, we wanted to try something different. We know this is a challenging time for everyone in their own ways. No matter how you are affected, we hope you are able to continue trying to stay positive and look toward the future. Below are some ways we hope to empower you to stay connected, stay home, and make the most out of these difficult times.

Please visit our website, olce.uncg.edu, for answers to some frequently asked questions about how OLCE has been affected by covid-19. While we are highlighting volunteer opportunities and programs, there is a possibility of cancellations or postponements given the rapid changes occurring in response to Covid-19. Please be sure to communicate with any organizations you are volunteering with to ensure the opportunity is still happening.

For Calming the Nerves
1. Read positive news with Channel Kindness
2. Listen to a real astronaut read you a book from space
3. Take a virtual field trip around the world
4. Find an International penpal

For Helping Adjust
5. Support your mental health
6. Create a new fitness routine
7. Participate in virtual UNCG Pride Month
8. Get advice for your job search

For Looking Toward the Future
9. Apply to be a 2020-2021 Catalyst Leader
10. OLCE Hiring (Paid) Student Reflection Leaders for Fall 2020
11. Farmer Foodshare Intern
12. Eastern North Carolina Internship Program
13. Internship: Casa de Esperanza in Houston, TX

For Continuing to Help our Community
14. Blood donors needed
15. Support seniors or others who are isolated
16. GivePulse Service Database
17. BackPack Beginnings volunteers needed
18. Virtual volunteering


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For Calming the Nerves

1. Read positive news with Channel Kindness
Channel Kindness is a digital platform created by Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation. It is a safe space for young people to tell their stories of kindness, resilience, and community. By highlighting the people and organizations that are doing good in their communities, Channel Kindness’ audience is inspired to create a kinder and braver world, one story at a time. Find an uplifting story through this link.

2. Listen to a real astronaut read you a book from space
This is so cool. Watch and listen to Ada Twist, Scientist, Mousetronaut (written by astronaut Mark Kelly and read by his brother, Scott Kelly), Astronaut Annie and Max Goes to Mars. Click here to join storytime from space!

3. Take a virtual field trip around the world
Parks, Zoos, Aquariums, and Museums around the world are hosting virtual field trips and tours! Tour the Great Wall of China or Yellowstone National Park, check out live webcams from Georgia Aquarium, and explore The Lourve in Paris from your couch. Visit this link to get a full list of these virtual field trips.

4. Find an international penpal
Are you interested in connecting with people all over the world? Click here for a list of websites for those of you who are looking for a pen pal to learn about new cultures, languages, traditions and simply make new friends. Sometimes we feel lonely in our own cities so making friends abroad might make you feel needed. Happy Writing!


For Helping Adjust

5. Support your mental health
One of the bravest things you can do is to ask for help. Whether you’re struggling with a particular issue, just not feeling like yourself, or looking for more ways to take care of yourself, resources exist that can offer the support you need and it’s never too early (or too late!) to reach out. UNCG has put together a webpage, Mental Health and Covid-19, to answer some questions you might have. You can also visit The Born This Way Foundation for more resources and self-care tips.

6. Create a new fitness routine
Working up a sweat and staying healthy while stuck at home can be difficult, but not impossible. Fitness studios have come up with a creative solution to keep you moving: live-streamed and recorded digital classes you can join from anywhere. Visit this website for a list of fitness studios who are live-streaming workout classes for free during the coronavirus outbreak.

7. Participate in virtual UNCG Pride Month
With new restrictions around Campus Operations due to COVID-19, UNCG’s Office of Intercultural Engagement is offering ongoing virtual opportunities to engage with UNCG Pride Month Programming. Many of these programs can be done on your own time, so YOU make your own Pride schedule! Click here to learn more about how you can participate.

8. Get Advice for your Job Search
As companies move to remote work to fight the coronavirus pandemic and an increasing number of workers are being laid off or furloughed, you might be wondering if you should continue to send out resumes or just assume that no one is hiring for the foreseeable future. Read this article for some helpful tips surrounding what you can do to keep moving yourself forward.

For Looking Toward the Future

9. Apply to be a 2020-2021 Catalyst Leader
Catalyst is a Saturday program open for all Spartans to engage in meaningful community service and be a spark for change! Students have the opportunity to learn about the social and environmental issues that have an impact on our community, serve alongside community partners in the triad, and reflect on experiences as a group. We’re looking for leaders who are passionate about community engagement to serve as 2020-2021 Catalyst Leaders. Our Leaders dedicate 10-15 hours a week to communicate with community partners, organize meaningful service projects, and facilitate strong reflections for participants. Apply now on Handshake before April 9th. If you have questions please email Katelyn Bodwell at k_bodwel@uncg.edu.

10. OLCE Hiring (Paid) Student Reflection Leaders for Fall 2020
The Office of Leadership and Civic Engagement is hiring Student Reflection Leaders (SRLs) for the Fall 2020 semester. SRLs are student leaders that support quality service-learning in the classroom. Each SRL is matched with an instructor who teaches a service-learning course. They work with instructors to lead in-class presentations about service-learning, critical reflection activities and discussions, and work with service sites and students to ensure that service projects and hours are running smoothly! You can read more about this position and apply through Handshake. The deadline to apply is April 3rd at 12 noon. Strong consideration will be given to candidates who’ve taken at least one service-learning course at UNCG and/or have significant community service experience. If you have questions please email Katelyn Bodwell at k_bodwel@uncg.edu.

11. Farmer Foodshare Internship
OLCE is searching for dedicated and passionate Farmer Foodshare Interns to fight hunger, promote local produce, and manage the Farmer Foodshare Donation Station at the Greensboro Farmers Curb Market. The Farmer Foodshare Donation Station is managed by UNCG students and collects produce from market shoppers and donates the produce to local hunger relief organizations. Read more about the donation station here. This position is for the summer, with an opportunity to renew through the academic year. As the Greensboro Farmers Curb Market is held on Saturdays, hours will regularly include Saturday shifts during the hours of 6:30am-12:30pm at 501 Yanceyville St. in Greensboro. If you’re the person for the job, apply here.

12. Eastern North Carolina Internship Program
Looking for a unique experience for summer 2020? The Eastern North Carolina Internship Program (ENCIP) wants to connect high achievers with paid, high-impact internships based in Tarboro, NC. In addition, ENCIP has scholarships for three students from Eastern North Carolina. Students should mention this in their application if applicable. Our internship fields include educational equity, medicine, tourism/economic development, public health, innovation in public schools, girl’s mentorship, social innovation, and mental health/job equity. Among other great benefits, ENCIP interns enjoy:
Centrally located housing shared with a cohort of college-age interns
Meaningful, skills-based work with local organizations making the community stronger
Themed weekly dinners in the homes of various community members
Personalized 1:1 mentor relationship with a well-connected community member
Organized weekend activities like trips to the Outer Banks, ATV riding on local farms, paddle-boarding on the Tar River, yoga at the local coffee shop, and so much more
Membership in a lifelong community of ENCIP alumni
Students can apply online by March 28th. To learn more about ENCIP and the 2020 internships available to students, please visit our website. Contact ENCIP directly at theencip@gmail.com if they have further questions.

13. Internship: Casa de Esperanza in Houston, TX
Casa de Esperanza provides residential care to children birth through age six who are in crisis due to abuse, neglect, or the effects of HIV. Their interns, most of whom are recent college graduates, join for a year of service (a twelve-month full-time post-graduation internship). Applicants wishing to complete shorter internships are considered on a case by case basis. This organization provides on-site housing (interns live with the children they are caring for) and interns join from throughout the United States to be part of our internship program. Information about the internship may be found here. Interns gain valuable experience that is relevant to a number of fields and future career goals while simultaneously making a meaningful difference in the lives of a vulnerable group of children. For more information, please email Stephanie Diehl at stephanie@casahope.org.


For Continuing to Help our Community

14. Blood Donors Needed
As the number of individuals with coronavirus increases, fewer eligible donors will be able to give, making it extremely difficult for inventory to recover if we get to shortage levels. Healthy, eligible individuals are encouraged to schedule a blood or platelet donation appointment at RedCrossBlood.org or OneBlood.org today to help maintain a sufficient blood supply and avoid any potential shortages.

15. Help seniors or others who are isolated
Being isolated can feel lonely for many seniors. Check in with them to see what they need; then run errands, deliver food and medication, pick up library materials (if your libraries are still open), etc. Make regular phone or video call visits to combat social isolation/loneliness. Make cards or write letters, emails, or social media messages to seniors in nursing homes who can’t have visitors. Reach out to a local nursing home to see if they will distribute letters to their residents. Check out this article for ways we can support this social connection.

16. GivePulse Service Database
OLCE’s service database, GivePulse, allows you to take control of your community engagement journey! On GivePulse, you can find opportunities you’re passionate about and connect with community-based organizations looking for volunteers. This database allows you to track your service hours in one easy location and is available to all UNCG students. Click here to log-in with your UNCG credentials and build your account.

17. BackPack Beginnings Volunteers Needed
BackPack Beginnings ensures food and basic necessities are given directly to children in need. They are currently working closely with Guilford County Schools and other partner agencies to make sure plans are in place to feed children while schools are closed. Due to the coronavirus, they are experiencing a volunteer shortage and are in need of volunteers to help out in their warehouse. Click here to learn more about how to support BackPack Beginnings in their COVID-19 response.

18. Virtual Volunteering
Do you feel a commitment to serve your community now more than ever? Many nonprofit organizations are utilizing the help of virtual volunteers and showing people how they can be advocates from their homes. To learn more and to continue making a difference, check out DoSomething’s article, 9 Places to Volunteer Online (and Make a Real Impact).