Community Engagement Opportunities

February 8th - 13th

Get Up and Get Moving - Tuesday, February 16th and Thursday, February 18th

Volunteers are needed to help with Get Up and Get Moving on February 16th and 18th. Get Up and Get Moving is a healthy kids' initiative that takes place in two local elementary schools once a month and is focused on educating children about healthy and active lifestyles. Volunteers will help facilitate fun games and activities, educate children on special health topics, and serve as positive role models by interacting with children throughout the event.


If you would like to sign up for the event, please use the OrgSync links below. All event times include travel to and from schools. A carpool will be arranged for transportation, and those who wish to drive are encouraged to do so. We hope you will join us for the fun and games, and your help is greatly needed and appreciated!


If you would like to sign up to volunteer for Get Up and Get Moving on Tuesday, February 16th at Rock Cave Elementary from 3:00-5:30 PM, please use this link:

https://orgsync.com/119004/opportunities/1351677/occurrences/3059755


If you would like to sign up for the event on Thursday, February 18th at Union Elementary from 3:00-6:00 PM, please use this link:

https://orgsync.com/119004/opportunities/1357169/occurrences/3073122

EXPAND YOUR KNOWLEDGE

Humane Lobby Day - Thursday, February 11th at 9:00 AM

The Humane Society will be hosting Humane Lobby Day in at the State Capitol in Charleston, West Virginia.


Sponsored by The Humane Society of the United States in state capitals across the country, Humane Lobby Days give citizen animal advocates like you an opportunity to ask your state legislators to pass laws that protect animals.

What is Humane Lobby Day? It's a one-day event in your state organized by The HSUS where you can meet with your elected officials and their staff about animal protection issues in West Virginia.

Why is your participation in Lobby Day so critical? We know legislators are most motivated when their constituents take time to meet face-to-face. It's your chance to show how much animals mean to you.


If you are interested in attending the event, please email mailto:gilbert_cc@wvwc.edu or

mailto:parkins_nd@wvwc.edu.

Our Children Our Future Interest Meeting - Monday, Feb. 8th at 7:00 PM

Join the Our Children Our Future WE LEAD team at their upcoming interest meeting in the Center for Community Engagement (located behind the Bobcat Den) to discuss the benefits of creating access to organic, local, and healthy food options in West Virginia communities as well as current legislation to support farm-to-table initiatives, cottage food laws, and much more.

Children and Youth Interest Meeting - Monday, Feb. 8th at 8:00 PM

The Children and Youth WE LEAD team will be holding an interest meeting in the Center for Community Engagement to discuss issues of childhood abuse and neglect. Join them to learn how you can make a difference in the lives of children facing physical and emotional turmoil in their homes.

Poverty Reduction and Healthy Lifestyles - Tuesday, Feb. 9th at 7:00 PM

The Poverty Reduction and Healthy Lifestyles WE LEAD team will be holding an interest meeting in the Center for Community Engagement to present some misconceptions of poverty. Join them to learn more about what poverty actually is through activities and discussion.

Sustainability Interest Meeting - Wednesday, Feb. 10th at 7:00 PM

The Sustainability WE LEAD team will be holding an interest meeting in the CCE to talk about their upcoming projects as well as environmental issues on campus and beyond. Join them to learn more!

Appalachian Experience Interest Meeting - Wednesday, Feb. 10th at 8:00 PM

The Appalachian Experience WE LEAD team will be discussing issues of childhood obesity during their interest meeting in the Center for Community Engagement. Discussion will also include details of the upcoming Get Up and Get Moving event, a healthy kids' initiative promoting exercise, nutrition, and healthy choices in local elementary schools.

Invisible Illnesses Interest Meeting - Thursday, Feb. 11 at 7:30 PM

Join the Invisible Illnesses WE LEAD team during their interest meeting in the CCE to learn more about their mission to bring increased awareness and education to campus about the issues of invisible illnesses. They will also be discussing their goals and upcoming projects for the semester as well opportunities for volunteer involvement.

ReSpEcT Week - Feb. 8th - 12th - JUST STAND

The week of February 8th-12th has been designated as RESPECT Week through loveisrespect.org. Join with JUST STAND as they participate in raising awareness on our campus about domestic violence.


Events will begin on Tuesday Feb. 9th, which is "Wear Orange Day." This is designated as a national day of awareness where all are encouraged to wear orange in honor of Teen Domestic Violence Month. Make sure to tell people why you are wearing orange, and post pictures and updates on Instagram, Twitter or post to our Facebook event page using the hashtags #Orange4Love and #RespectWeek2016.


On Wednesday, JUST STAND will be outside of the dining hall during lunch to do a fun activity about what love is, and what it is not. They will also have some goodies to give away!


On Thursday, members of JUST STAND will be making fresh hot chocolate to go with information and resources about domestic violence. Come by the Campus Center Plaza between 1:30pm and 3:00pm that day to find out more.


If you would like more information, or would like to help with any of these fun events (there could be a free t-shirt in it for you) contact Lori Thomson, Director of Counseling at thompson_l@wvwc.edu.

CONFERENCE CORNER

ServeConWV Service Year Fair - Tuesday, February 23rd from 2:00-5:00PM

Freaking out about what's next? Join us at ServeCon 2016 at Wheeling Jesuit University for a gathering of service-year sponsors such as AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and more, who are ready to network and recruit students for high impact community-based service-year positions.


If interested in attending, email Katie Loudin at mailto:loudin_k@wvwc.edu.

REGISTER for the ENGAGE Conference of Leadership for Change TODAY!

Registration for the ENGAGE Conference of Leadership for Change at West Virginia Wesleyan is OPEN! Register by Feb. 26th to get the earlybird price at http://www.wvwc.edu/community-engagement/engage-conference! The one-day conference is March 12, 2016 and will feature three keynote presentations, multiple nonprofit organizations, and several workshop breakout sessions!


We are still seeking workshop proposals! Click the link above to submit a workshop proposal and register for the conference!

SUMMER SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES

AmeriCorps Summer of Service - Horseshoe Leadership Center

AmeriCorps is looking for volunteers for the coming summer to serve as counselors, lifeguards, food service workers, and in facility upkeep at the Horseshoe Leadership Center's summer camp. Volunteers will be engaged from May 24th to July 30th for training and camp work. Volunteers will receive room and board, a weekly living allowance, and an educational stipend. Interested volunteers are encouraged to apply immediately.


For more information, please email Erin Hudnall: hudnall_eb@wvwc.edu

Center for Community Engagement & Leadership Development

The Center for Community Engagement & Leadership Development seeks to support the mission of West Virginia Wesleyan College by providing opportunities for transformative learning and community engagement with the intent to promote positive social change.


We're located on the second floor of the Benedum Campus Center behind the Bobcat Den retail store.