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SIGN UP NOW to participate in the Fall Weekend of Service.  Activities and events of all shapes and sizes are taking place across the campus and city, and there are plenty of opportunities to still get involved.  Whether it’s helping VSVS with a science carnival, supporting the Nashville Rescue Mission, 2nd Harvest Food Bank, Fannie Battle Day Home for Children or any of the organizations below, there is something for everyone to get involved, explore Nashville and its unique landscape, and make a difference in your community.

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MLK Weekend of Service 2014

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Tuesday, September 10th

Thursday, September 12th

Friday, September 13th

Saturday, September 14th

Sunday, September 15th

Monday, September 16th

 

What will you do to make a difference?

Opportunities currently include:

VANDERBILT WEEKEND OF SERVICE: OVERVIEW OF CURRENT PROJECTS
CAMPUS INFORMATION AGENCY INFORMATION
Campus Organization: Contact: Project Description Name of Agency: Project Date: TIME
1 Kefi Project Roo George-Warren Vanderbilt’s new public art organization, the Kefi Project will be hosting a panel discussion called “Living Before Dying” this Tuesday, September 10th at Alumni Hall. The panel will feature Dr. John Lachs, Dr. Michael Rose, Professor Michael Aurbach, Dr. Norbert Ross and Reverend Mark Foresster as the moderator. Together they’ll discuss topics of life and how art, society, philosophy, and religion all come into play in defining a fulfilling life. “Living Before Dying” Tuesday, September 10th 6pm
2 Humphrey Fellowship Program Elizabeth Rose LP Pencil Box Tuesday, September 10th 8:30-11:30am
3 Habitat for Humanity Ryan Selvaggio ryan.b.selvaggio@vanderbilt.edu Nashville Rescue Mission Thursday, September 12th 4-7:30pm
4 Grassroots Ryan Selvaggio We will be serving at Second Harvest Food Bank by sorting food and aiding the largest food bank in the state of Tennessee! Second Harvest Food Bank Thursday, September 12th 4:30pm-8pm
5 Manna International Project – Vanderbilt Siji Oluwadara We will be sorting food donations in the kitchen and in the coolers at the Food Bank. Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee Friday, September 13th 1-4 PM
6 Vanderbilt Initiative for Vegetarian Awareness Tricia Lebkuecher We will be passing out information at the Wall by Sarratt detailing the benefits of veganism/vegetarianism to animals, individual health, and the environment. Vegan Outreach Friday, September 13th 11 am to 3 pm
7 Students Consulting for Nonprofit Organizations Diana Whitmore We will be sorting books that will be shipped to schools needing reading resources. Book Em’ Friday, September 13th 2:00 – 4:00 pm
8 Vanderbilt Student Volunteers for Science (VSVS) Pat Tellinghuisen We will work in groups lead by VSVS board members to conduct fun demonstrations and experiments, including creating polymer worms, using everyday items as pH indicators, and using UV lights to examine fluorescence! Head Magnet Middle School Friday, September 13th 2:30pm to 5pm
9 Alternative Spring Break Patricia Soo We will be able to serve as helpers for homework and reading for school-age children or simply interact and play with toddlers and pre-school aged children. Fannie Battle Day Home for Children Friday, September 13th 3:00 – 4:30 pm
10 Alternative Winter Break Lakycia Wiggan lakycia.s.dubois@vanderbilt.edu Nashville Rescue Mission Friday, September 13th 4:30-6:30
11 Alpha Epsilon Delta Kristin Bater kristin.l.bater@vanderbilt.edu Ronald McDonald House Friday, September 13th 4:30-7:00 PM
12 College Republicans Hillary Rosenjack We will be cooking dinner for homeless residents of Nashville at Room at the Inn. We will serve, interact with them, and hear their stories. Room at the Inn Friday, September 13th 4:30pm-7:30pm
13 Habitat for Humanity Ryan Selvaggio We will be going to the Nashville Rescue Mission and serving a meal to the residents of the center there. We will also have an opportunity to meet and get to know some of the clients of the Rescue Mission as well as learn more about how the organization works and runs. Nashville Rescue Mission Friday, September 13th 4:30pm-7:30pm
14 International Student & Scholar Services Heather Jones We will prepare and share dinner with the Dismas House residents. Dismas House Friday, September 13th 5:00pm-8:00pm
15 The Gamma Delta Chapter of Sigma Lambda Gamma National Sorority, Inc. Shundra Crumpton We will be informing Vanderbilt students of different internship, job, service, and networking opportunities available through the Office of Active Citizenship and Service (OACS) as well as the Center For Student Professional Development. A speaker from OACS will inform students of requirements for certain Vanderbilt specific service programs. Additionally, the second half of this project will consist of Sigma Lambda Gamma sisters interactively showing students how to utilize online resources such as Doreways and VU Connect. This all ties into how we as students can best utilize our resources at Vanderbilt as preparatory steps to making a difference in society through our future careers. Vanderbilt Classroom Friday, September 13th 6:30 to 7:30 PM
16 Alternative Spring Break Sushma Boppana We will be sorting food donations in the kitchen and in the coolers at the Food Bank; we will also assist with distribution. Second Harvest Food Bank Saturday, September 14th 1-4pm
17 Vanderbilt Juggling and Physical Arts Club Raquel Molina We will participate in small maintenance and construction projects within public schools, such as building desks or installing shelving, to provide the best possible learning environment for our young people. Nashville Tools For Schools Saturday, September 14th 1-4pm
18 Synergy Eunji Jo We will collaborate with Corinthian Baptist Church to throw a “Back to School Bash” for their church community.  We will provide food and games for the students, offering school supplies as prizes. Corinthian Baptist Church Saturday, September 14th 1:00 – 3:00 PM
19 Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. Brittany Melvin We will be working with the center to purchase specific school supplies for newly arrived families. Once the items are purchased, we will be composing them in the Black Cultural Center. Following the backpack stuffing we will have a panel to discuss the process of refugees settling in America. Then on September 19th, those interested will travel to the center to deliver the backpacks to the children and interact with the families. By having personal interaction with the refugees following the panel discussion, we hope to accomplish a newly found appreciation for our country and how helpful we can be at welcoming refugees into it. World Relief Nashville Saturday, September 14th 1:00pm – 4:00pm
20 Alpha Phi Omega Amita Raj We will be assembling and decorating gift bags filled with basic toiletries (e.g. shampoo, toothbrushes, toothpaste, stickers etc.) and toys and games for children–afterwhich the bags will be hand delivered to the organization. We will then take a tour of the house and meet the families who live there. Ronald McDonald House Nashville Saturday, September 14th 10 am to 1 pm
21 Are You M.A.D. (Making A Difference) Shundra Crumpton We will be thanking veterans for their devoted service to our country by listenning to their stories and by showing them that they are truly appreciated. Additionally, we will present a greeting card to each veteran that we have the opportunity to meet. Veterans Affairs Hospital Saturday, September 14th 10 am-12 pm
22 Big Brothers Big Sisters of Vanderbilt Sara Fernandez We will be taking volunteers to work with the elderly residents at Morningside of Belmont. We will deliver cards made by our Big Brothers Big Sisters Littles, and the Vanderbilt volunteers will do a craft with the residents and play games. Morningside of Belmont Saturday, September 14th 12:30pm-2:00pm
23 Vanderbilt Red Cross Nathan Hall We will help ProjectCURE prepare to send shipments of medical supplies and equipment to understaffed and underserved hospitals and clinics around the world. Our service will range from sorting medications and supplies into kits for distribution to testing donated medical equipment before it is sent to hospitals and clinics. Project C.U.R.E. Saturday, September 14th 12pm – 3pm
24 Vanderbilt Student Volunteers for Science (VSVS) Pat Tellinghuisen As Vanderbilt students, many of us enjoyed a fantastic, thorough education before we got to college. Our current success is due, in part, to the opportunities afforded to us from an early age. However, so many children never started with this level of opportunity. Working to equalize this gap, Vanderbilt Student Volunteers for Science (VSVS) will create science kits to send to rural schools across the US. Each kit includes a pre-made lesson plan as well as fun, engaging demonstrations and experiments. Volunteers will work in groups to organize supplies into their 25 corresponding kits to be sent off to rural schools. Drinks and snacks will be provided! Vanderbilt Student Volunteers for Science (VSVS) Saturday, September 14th 1pm-4pm
25 Wesley/ Canterbury Fellowship Kathryn Gillett We will be making Linus blankets and knitting hats and scarves for the sick of all ages at both the Vanderbilt Health One Hundred Oaks Chemo department and Monroe Carell Jr Children’s Hospital. We will meet at the Wesley/Canterbury meeting place of St. Augustine’s Chapel off of Greek Row to work on making the items together. The Linus Blankets will consist of tying together felt pieces, while the hats and scarves will be knitted. After the blankets, hats, and scarves are completed, we will take them to volunteer services at the hospital and to Julie Bulgar at One Hundred Oaks at a time convenient to both of them. Vanderbilt Health One Hundred Oaks and Monroe Carell Jr Children’s Hospital Saturday, September 14th 3:00PM-5:00PM
26 SPEAR Michael Diamond We will be working with Hands on Nashville’s Home Energy Savings Program to educate homeowners about the benefits of weatherization and energy efficiency in the home, including environmental benefits and economic benefits in the form of lower utility payments. We will also be installing energy efficient improvements, such as CFL lightbulbs and insulation. Hands on Nashville Saturday, September 14th 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
27 Vanderbilt Alternative Spring Break Patricia Soo We will be organizing the book room, classrooms, and assisting with any projects needing to be completed at the school. Shwab Elementary School Saturday, September 14th 9:00 am – 12 pm
28 Vanderbilt Protecting Animal Welfare Society (VPAWS) Ashwini Joshi We will be helping with set-up, socializing the animals (both cats and dogs) available for adoption, and speaking to interested individuals about Freedom Farm’s adoption policies. Freedom Farms Animal Sanctuary Saturday, September 14th 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
29 Grassroots Ryan Selvaggio We will be taking a tour of Room in the Inn and then performing some service as a group to better serve the Room in the Inn community! Room in the Inn Saturday, September 14th 9:30am-12pm
30 Alternative Spring Break Sushma Boppana sushma.boppana@vanderbilt.edu The Bridge Bunch Sunday, September 15th 1:30-3
31 Habitat for Humanity Ryan Selvaggio We will be going to the Nashville Rescue Mission and serving a meal to the residents of the center there. We will also have an opportunity to meet and get to know some of the clients of the Rescue Mission as well as learn more about how the organization works and runs. Nashville Rescue Mission Sunday, September 15th 10am – 1:30pm
32 Vanderbilt CKI Matt Harper For one day, Vanderbilt CKI will join Nashville Kiwanis and our local Salvation Army command to host busloads of children and their families from inner-city Nashville at a farm located in Davidson County.  Throughout the day, the children, many of whom may never have left the city, will have the opportunity to go fishing and horseback riding, play sports, and eat delicious grilled foods.  Our team will set up and tear down, as well as facilitate many sporting activities with the children throughout the day.  Transportation and food will be provided for all participants, but spots are limited. Sign up to join us right away! Salvation Army Nashville Sunday, September 15th 11:00 A.M. – 7:00 P.M.
33 Habitat for Humanity Ryan Selvaggio We will be going to the Nashville Rescue Mission and serving a meal to the residents of the center there. We will also have an opportunity to meet and get to know some of the clients of the Rescue Mission as well as learn more about how the organization works and runs. Nashville Rescue Mission Sunday, September 15th 4:30- 7pm
34 Alpha Epsilon Delta Kristin Bater kristin.l.bater@vanderbilt.edu ProjectCURE Sunday, September 15th 9 AM – 12 PM
35 Vanderbilt CARES Lindsey Rice We will participate in a dinner discussion to explore the effects that food and poverty have on the health of someone living with HIV/AIDS. We will also hear about the personal struggle of living with HIV/AIDS, finding affordable and healthy food. Nashville CARES Monday, September 16th 5-8PM
36 Grassroots Ryan Selvaggio We will be assisting with ACT and college prep tutoring. We will also be taking a tour of the center. Oasis Center Monday, September 16th 2:45pm-5:15pm

Vanderbilt Garden Initiative has also added a project on Sunday, Sept. 15th.  They will be out at the Vanderbilt Garden on campus from 10am – 3pm.  Email chelsea.j.lunn@vanderbilt.edu if you are interested in helping with the garden on Sunday.  Thanks!

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