Volunteers Needed For Angels’ Wings Campaign

Posted on 11/3/2015 8:33:41 AM

With the holidays right around the corner, the goal of the Angels’ Wings campaign is to provide gifts for more than 2,000 children, elderly, and physically/mentally challenged people in the Indiana area. Volunteers are needed the week before Thanksgiving break, November 16–19, 2015, to assist with tabling to distribute tags. Volunteers are also needed the week after break, November 30 to December 2, for gift collection. Volunteers will be needed from 10:30–6:00 each day.

If you are able to help out for any amount of time, please contact Brooke Stanford at RFDV@iup.edu or the Office of Service Learning at service-learning@iup.edu specifying what day(s) and times you can commit to. Or, just stop by our office in 302 Pratt Hall for more information.

Volunteers Needed! IUP Career Expo and Graduate School Fair

I am looking for volunteers to work an hour or two (or more!) throughout the day at the IUP Career Expo and Graduate School Fair on Wednesday, September 28, 2016. The event is at the Kovalchick Convention Complex once again, and I will need assistance from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m., and as I mentioned it can be in hour or two increments. Volunteers will be needed to greet employers and students, help with registration, assist employers to their booths with their equipment, etc.

In the past we have always had such wonderful HC students help out for the Expo, plus it gives them a chance to do some one-on-one networking with the employers. This year we added a graduate school component to the day, and we have 35 programs attending from universities in the Northeast.

Also a new feature this year is Career Fair Plus . We are using it in lieu of a printed program, since it can be changed frequently to provide an updated list of registered employers and graduate programs. Please encourage your students to take advantage of this free app.

Please let me know if you have any questions, and thank you again for your promotion of our events!

Janice D. Shellenbarger
Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Career and Professional Development Center
Special Events, Employer Relations and Technology Coordinator
National Student Exchange Coordinator
201 Pratt Drive, Suite 302
Indiana, PA 15705

Breast Cancer Awareness Event Needs Volunteers

IRMC is sponsoring a Super Bingo to be held on Sunday, October 16th at the Coral-Graceton Volunteer Fire Department.  All proceeds benefit the Women’s Imaging Center, and the theme is for breast cancer awareness.

IRMC is seeking volunteers to assist with this event.  Some of the things you might be doing would be to sell bingo specials, sell desserts, assist with food service, and assist with crowd management.  Of course, there will also be some clean-up.    We are expecting approximately 200 people.

Volunteer time is from noon to @ 4 to 4:30 p.m.

If you are willing to assist, please contact Laura Jeffrey through email at ljeffrey@indianarmc.org.

Covering China from the Ground Up – A journey with Michael Meyer (Service Opportunity)

CHC has been asked to provide students to have lunch and/or dinner with Mr. Meyer.  Please let me know if you are interested in doing this.  Email – kevinb@iup.edu.

Sept 22, 7:00 pm HSS 225

Meyer, the author of In Manchuria: A Village Called Wasteland and the Transformation of Rural China” will take us on a journey — via photographs — across Manchuria’s past, a history that explains much about contemporary China—from the fall of the last emperor to Japanese occupation and Communist victory. Meyer will also talk about the challenges of reporting from China and how a freelance writer can fund and produce books that reach a wide audience.

Michael Meyer first went to China in 1995 with the Peace Corps. As the author of the acclaimed The Last Days of Old Beijing, he received a Whiting Writers’ Award for nonfiction, as well as a Guggenheim Fellowship. He has also won two Lowell Thomas Award from the Society of American Travel Writers, including a “Best Travel Book” nod for In Manchuria. Meyer’s stories have appeared in the New York Times, Time, Smithsonian, Sports Illustrated, Slate, the Financial Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune and on This American Life.

Talk organized by IUP Asian Studies


Indiana County Humane Society Cause for Paws

If you are available and interested, consider volunteering for the Indiana County Humane Society Cause for the Paws.  This event is September 17, 2016. Registration is at 11:00 so we would like our volunteers to arrive at 10:30. The event is at Blue Spruce Park and I can provide directions to anyone interested in participating. This event includes a pet contest, basket raffles, food, music, pet photos, vendors, children’s activities, puppy kissing booths, and a lot more! This is a fantastic cause that really helps the animals!
Feel free to contact me if you would like to volunteer! Thank you so much for all of your help!
Brooklynne Sharbaugh
B.S. Early Childhood Education/ Special Education
Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 2016
Board Vice President, Indiana Co. Humane Society
(724) 599-6065

Hopeful Hearts – Volunteer with the Center for Grieving Children, Adolescents and Their Families

Hopeful Hearts Volunteer Training Dates 2016

Center for Grieving Children, Adolescents and Their Families

A Service of the VNA of Indiana County

Volunteer Informational Meetings

Interested prospective volunteers are invited to attend one of two scheduled meetings listed below to learn about volunteer opportunities with Hopeful Hearts.

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IUP Community Involvement Fair

  • The Office of Service Learning welcomes everyone in the IUP community to attend the Community Involvement Fair on Wednesday, September 14, 2016, in the HUB Ohio Room.

    Students may attend the fair at any time during the scheduled hours; no registration or fee is required.

    Agencies in the Indiana community are invited to attend to meet with students and share information on volunteer opportunities and internships available at their organization. Agencies registered with the Service Learning Program can also recruit Federal Work-Study employees.

    Faculty are encouraged to pass this information onto students and help incorporate service learning into more courses on campus.

    Community Involvement Fair: Wednesday, September 14, 2016

    Time: 11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.

    Location: HUB Ohio Room, 319 Pratt Drive, Indiana, PA 15705

  • Agencies Attending Community Involvement Fair
    Agency list for the IUP Community Involvement Fair

Conversation Partners Needed!

Conversation Partners

  • Conversation Partners LogoConversation Partners, sponsored by the Office of International Education, matches international students with domestic students in an effort to promote global awareness, diversity in understanding, and cultural exchange.

    Engage in Cross-Cultural Opportunities

    As international students leave behind their family, friends, and culture, adjusting to a new environment is often difficult. As they adjust to their new surroundings, communication may also be a major concern. Conversation Partners helps international students transition into the United States and become immersed in American culture by becoming involved with American students on and off campus.

    Conversation Partners groupGetting to know people from another culture can be an eye-opening experience. By learning about individuals from diverse backgrounds, international and domestic students can expand their worldview and develop respect for those who are different from themselves. Teaching and learning from each other is mutually rewarding.

    Benefits for international students:

    • Experience American culture
    • Learn about IUP and the surrounding community
    • Practice your English (if you do not speak English already)

    Benefits for domestic students:

    • Experience a unique culture
    • Learn a new language
    • Add international experience to your resume without leaving Indiana

    Conversation Partners Group Partners are required to meet once per month, and have the opportunity to attend optional group events.  During previous semesters, matches have had coffee, went shopping, visited Pittsburgh, went boating at Yellow Creek State Park, attended sporting events, etc.

    American participants who have not participated in the past are required to complete a brief training session designed to strengthen your multicultural understanding and help you succeed in the program. No foreign language experience is required to participate.

    Share the best of your culture—yourself!

    International and domestic students can apply by filling out an application. If you have any questions, please contact Conversation-Partners@iup.edu This program is not available during the summer.

    Note for International Students: Conversation Partners runs on a first-come, first-served basis, with priority given to international students in their first academic year at IUP.

Rho Tau Chi (PTX)

Do you need help meeting your community service hours? Do you want to make a difference in the lives of veterans? Do you want to create relationships and network with people, in and out of IUP, who enjoy giving back to the community? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, consider joining Rho Tau Chi!

Rho Tau Chi (PTX) is IUP’s professional, military-based community service organization. We participate in various service opportunities in the IUP/Indiana Community and surrounding communities. Around IUP, we regularly participate in the Homecoming cleanup, Take Back the Night, and Into the Streets, as well as organize various events – car washes, athletic challenges, bake sales, etc. – to raise money to donate to various veteran-help organizations. We have a close partnership with the Mission Continues and assist them with manpower for various community service projects in Pittsburgh. We also work closely with Team Red, White, and Blue to give back directly to veterans.

If you want to find out more about us, please contact Christina Maziarz (zlnt@iup.edu or 484-369-1239) and consider attending our next meeting tonight (Tuesday, February 16th) at 6:00pm in Pierce Hall. We can escort you from the lobby. We look forward to meeting you!

Alternative Spring Break Option – Trail Building in Tennessee

For the 12th consecutive year, ASB at IUP intends to send out a group of about twelve students to work on the Tennessee trail building project in partnership with Cumberland Trail Conference (CTC). The CTC’s stated mission is: “To preserve the historical and cultural heritage of Tennessee; conserve natural resources and provide educational and recreational opportunities through the development and completion of the Cumberland Trail corridor; and to establish a foundation of support by interconnecting local communities within the trail corridor to acquire, maintain, and promote the Cumberland Trail.”

Specifically, IUP has worked with students from other colleges to build new hiking trails in the southern regions of what will become the Cumberland Trail—Tennessee’s own version of the Appalachian Trail, just on a smaller scale.

The site leader for this amazing and fun trip is Pete Sirianni. Please contact Pete (p.m.sirianni@iup.edu) very soon if you have any interest in becoming 1 of the 12 students chosen for this volunteer trip. And of course, you will get community service hours (up to 30 maximum) for your participation in this program.

Here are some basic facts to consider:

*Departure from Indiana on Saturday, March 5th
*1st night will be spent in Chattanooga, TN
*Check in to the CTC facility in Soddy Daisy, TN on Sunday, March 6th
*Sleep in dorm-like accommodations – and all food is provided for the week
*Work out in the woods building trail
*Depart for Indiana on Saturday, March 12th
*We need drivers!!! If you agree to drive, you will pay a reduced program fee
*Total cost = $350 (all travel, lodging, and food included in this price)

Let Pete know if you have any questions.