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Volunteer with PNOLA!

PNOLA (more information here) is based in New Orleans and is dedicated to supporting the

recovery of the residents of Lower Mid-City New Orleans and its surrounding neighborhoods by rebuilding quality affordable housing and developing the community assets necessary for a vital neighborhood.

PNOLA needs volunteers like YOU to get involved. How can you start? Go here!

Mid City New Orleans

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Latest news and updates are posted here.


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Student Conservation Association

Interested in protecting the planet? Passionate about plants and sustainability?

Check out the Student Conservation Association. Recent news and upcoming opportunities are posted here.

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ECO-OSU Seeking Volunteers for Earth Fest Next Week

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April 22, 2011

ECO OSU Earth Fest Application

We are excited you’ve chosen to be involved with this annual celebration on our campus. Your skills and passion will allow us to succeed our goals yet again this year and make the OSU 2011 Earth Fest a statewide attraction. Earth Week will begin Monday, April 18 and conclude with Earth Fest on Earth Day, Friday April 22, 2011.

Application Deadline: April 15

All completed applications must be emailed to ecoosu@gmail.com

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Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots: Unveils Environmental Service-Learning Curriculum

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Arlington, Va.–Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots, the Jane Goodall Institute’s global environmental and humanitarian program for young people from preschool through university, has launched an environmental service-learning curriculum, which it is rolling out through a series of teacher trainings in three of the largest public school systems in the United States—New York City, Chicago and Los Angeles. In addition, Roots & Shoots staff will be on site at the National Service Learning Conference (Booth #206) in Atlanta, Ga., from April 6-9, 2011, to present the curriculum to attendees. 

Created in partnership with the Pearson Foundation, the new Roots & Shoots service-learning curriculum helps teachers integrate genuine community needs and service into everyday classroom instruction. The goals of the service-learning curriculum are: to make it easier for educators to incorporate project-based learning techniques into existing lesson plans; enhance students’ retention of academic content; and to help students develop a sense of empowerment by giving back to their communities. By bringing together best practices from the Jane Goodall Institute’s community-centered conservation approach with the latest service-learning techniques, the curriculum also reinforces environmental literacy and fosters civic responsibility in participating students. 

“We are incredibly excited about introducing our new service-learning curriculum in schools across the country,” said Erin Viera-Orr, Roots & Shoots program manager and service-learning specialist in California.

“Training teachers with this new resource will make a dramatic difference in the lives of students and have a measurable impact on their communities. In the past, teachers had to find creative ways to include service learning in the classroom, but our new curriculum is aligned with educational standards, and simplifies the integration of service into lesson plans and academic goals.” 

The process begins when teachers and students work together to identify needs in their communities. Looking holistically at the range of issues facing people, animals and the environment, they develop a classroom campaign that uses academic and life skills to address issues that concern them. The service projects are then incorporated into the classroom curriculum. The curriculum also engages students as participants and leaders while emphasizing the value of education. For students, the curriculum answers the “Why” in “Why are we learning this?”

“In our current educational climate, the integration of real-life issues into classroom lessons is of critical importance,” said Maureen P. Smith, president of the Jane Goodall Institute.

“We need to focus on training young people about local and global issues and how they can solve them. With this new curriculum we are enhancing the existing educational system, and helping young people understand the ways they can effect change in their communities and the world.” 

This comprehensive service-learning resource includes nine different curricula addressing elementary, middle and high school students, as well as extension activities for gifted students and modifications for those with special needs. Available at no cost to educators online, the curriculum and associated resources can be found at www.pearsonfoundation.org/janegoodall. For more information about Roots & Shoots and service learning, please visit http://www.rootsandshoots.org/campaigns/servicelearning 

The launch of the new service-learning curriculum comes at an exciting time for Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots. February 2011 marked Roots & Shoots’ 20th anniversary. Twenty years ago, Dr. Jane Goodall and a group of Tanzanian students started what has become an international movement of young people dedicated to creating a better world. Today in more than 120 countries, hundreds of thousands of Roots & Shoots members work together on youth-led service projects to improve communities and to make the world better for people, animals and the environment we all share. For more information on the 20th anniversary of Roots & Shoots, please visit www.rootsandshoots.org/campaigns/20thanniversary

About the Jane Goodall Institute

Founded in 1977, the Jane Goodall Institute continues Dr. Goodall’s pioneering research on chimpanzee behavior—research that transformed scientific perceptions of the relationship between humans and animals. Today, the Institute is a global leader in the effort to protect chimpanzees and their habitats. It also is widely recognized for establishing innovative community-centered conservation and development programs in Africa, and Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots, the Institute’s global environmental and humanitarian youth program, which has groups in more than 120 countries. For more information, please visit www.janegoodall.org

About Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots

Founded in 1991 by Dr. Jane Goodall and a group of Tanzanian students, the Roots & Shoots program is about making positive change happen—for our communities, for animals and for the environment. With hundreds of thousands of young people in more than 120 countries, the Roots & Shoots network connects youth of all ages who share a desire to create a better world. Young people identify problems in their communities and take action. Through service projects, youth-led campaigns and an interactive website, Roots & Shoots members are making a difference across the globe. For more information, please visit www.rootsandshoots.org. 

About the Pearson Foundation

The Pearson Foundation, a 501(c) (3) nonprofit, extends Pearson’s commitment to education by partnering with leading nonprofit, civic, and business organizations to provide financial, organizational, and publishing assistance across the globe. The foundation aims to make a difference by sponsoring innovative educational programs and extending its educational expertise to help in classrooms and in local communities. More information on the Pearson Foundation can be found at www.pearsonfoundation.org.


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Give and Surf Volunteer Opportunity

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Friends of Give and Surf,

I am happy to share with you information about my non-profit volunteer organization Give and Surf in the islands of Bocas del Toro, Panama.  We are interested in hosting yourself and volunteers from your college at some point in the future.  We feel very fortunate to work with an indigenous Ngobe Indian community on the following initiatives; water catchment installations, educational programs, playground/community constructions, and much more. 

Please view our website at giveandsurf.org for more information on who we are, our volunteer program, and what to expect when volunteering with us in paradise.  If you have a volunteer resource center or website where I can provide students with information please feel free to post our website or contact me.  I also welcome the opportunity to visit your campus and discuss our organization with you in person.

Please feel free to contact me personally with any questions at info@giveandsurf.org.

Hope you can join us,  

Neil and Jaime


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Summer Camp Counselor Positions with Sierra Club

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It is time again to recruit some kid-loving nature nerds!  

Nature Camp is sponsored this year by the Sierra Club!

We are taking applications for counselors for this summer.

  • The 1st week is June 6-10. The 2nd is June 13-17. 
  • A few meetings for training will be scheduled. Also the Saturday before, during and after camp are mandatory for preparation.
  • Must be outgoing, able and love to explore nature with children. This involves getting dirty, sweaty, bug bites, holding critters and a whole lot more!
  • Counselors’ hours are from 8am-1ish. On Friday we have a family picnic so our day could be until 4 pm.
  • We have Sr. and Jr. counselor paid positions available. Education and experience would be helpful.
  • Floaters are also needed. This is volunteer based. Great for past campers or nature nerd teens that need something to do.  
  • There will be 4 teams, each with 10 campers. A Sr and Jr counselor will be leading a team. Guiding them on hikes, canoeing, tree climbing, building a fort (secrete hideout), attending the educational programs provided and modeling, safety, good sportsmanship and of course respect for our earth!

If you or someone you know can help teach our future generations to love and respect the wonders of nature then please e-mail naturecamp11@gmail.com

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Stillwater Trash-Off, April 9

For details of the 2011 Stillwater “Trash Off” go to: http://stillwater.org/content/2011/trash-off.php

This is a great opportunity for those who serve and even those we serve to come together and make a difference in Stillwater, shoulder-to-shoulder.

The morning starts at 9am at The Moose Lodge with donuts and a brief safety presentation. Then, groups get gloves and trash bags and hit the streets!

Done at noon.  Free food from noon-1:00pm.

Please RSVP your group to aid their planning for the day.

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Into the Streets is Coming!

INTO THE STREETS is a national organization designed to promote meaningful community service. “STREETS” is asking student groups and organizations, individuals and faculty to donate one Saturday of their time and provide service to the surrounding community. This is the thirteenth year Oklahoma State University has held INTO THE STREETS event.

This year, INTO THE STREETS will be held Saturday, November 13, 2010. This day gives us a unique opportunity to thank the city of Stillwater for its support of our university and to honor the people in our community.

Our goal for into the streets 2005 is 1800 volunteers. “Streets” invites individuals as well as groups to participate. Individuals that sign up will be placed in a group with other individuals that want to participate. If an individual wants to form his/her own group they may do so (just be sure to mark group on the sign up form). Each group and student organization will need to assign a contact person that will act as a liaison between INTO THE STREETS and his/her group. It is the responsibility of the contact person to keep the group informed. The event will begin at 9 AM at the Cordell parking lot and will end around 4 PM. Please join us and your fellow students for a day of volunteering and giving back to Stillwater community.

Applications are due back to 006 CLB by 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 28. Download here: Into the Streets Application.

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Walking Distance Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteering is great, but if you don’t have a car and live on-campus it may seem that you have few options. Where can you volunteer that’s nearby and within walking distance?

Contact the staff at the sites listed below to get involved.

Raise funds to support the American Cancer Society in research.  Check out the page above to find out how you can form a team, fundraise, recruit, and more!

Take the online orientation to learn how to help out others during or after a disaster. Learn more about the Red Cross at the Web site, then decide if you want to get involved or not. You don’t have to go to the physical building first.

Call to get involved with a few of these programs: adult programming,youth and family programming, academic programming, lending programs, English classes, referral services, and more.

  • Legal Aid: 312 S. Duck (near intersection of 3rd Street & Duck)

Help with clerical work and shadow for legal awareness.

  • Life Adult Day Center: 411 W. Matthews (in the First Christian Church near Gallagher-Iba Arena) NOT RELIGIOUSLY AFFILIATED.

Help with daily activities – meals, games, crafts, etc.

Talk with the attendees. Listen to them. They’ll love to hear your perspective on life and to share theirs.

Perform a skit for them, play an instrument, teach them a game…. have fun with them.

Mobile volunteers direct donors through the donating process from signing in, to the canteen area. Volunteers also explain and track the current promotions, pre-sign donors for their next blood drive and let donors know when they are eligible to donate again. OBI Volunteers are a necessary part of our ongoing life saving process. Get to know your community, help save lives and have fun doing so. Please join our group; call 405-297-5814 or email jdavis@obi.org.

Garden Volunteer – A program designed for individuals who wish to support the OSU Botanical Garden and special events with their talents but currently have limited time resources. Orientation is required before volunteer service can begin.

Volunteer to coach a kids’ sports team! Fill out the volunteer application to begin now.

Become a literacy volunteer and experience the joy of helping others. Tutoring an hour a week can make a difference for someone who needs Reading or English skills. Free training, materials and support are provided for tutors. Call or email the Stillwater Literacy Council today.

Tutor Training will be in September and October. Conducted by Daniel Devers, certified tutor trainer through ODL.


Arlene Devers
Executive Director
Stillwater Literacy Council

Stillwater Public Library
SLC Office, Room 102

Room 102

  • St. Andrew’s Thrift Store: 504 W. Third (Near Hideaway Pizza, same side of the Street as Chris’s University Spirit Store and right across from the Coffee House)

Volunteers can contribute as little as being a substitute volunteer on an “as needed” bases, to volunteering from one to several days a week or month.  Or they may find a particular talent or skill they enjoy doing at the Thrift Shop, such as at the sales counter, working on or displaying the merchandise, or helping the customers.


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Easy Fundraiser & Service Project from Better World Books

Good afternoon,

I want to introduce you to the Better World Books, campus book drive! This is an easy fundraiser that keeps unwanted books out of the landfill, supports worldwide literacy initiatives & pays you for what you collect.

We have partnered with over 1,800 student groups nationwide to coordinate textbook drives. We provide the collection bins, shipping boxes & posters to publicize it. We pay to ship the books to our warehouse, where they are sold online to generate money for our Non Profit Literacy Partners and YOU!

This is an easy service project that makes an incredible impact. To date, we’ve raised over $6 million for literacy initiatives and diverted over 27 million books from landfills. More program details can be found on our Web site. Please feel free to call or e-mail me with questions or if you’re interested in working on this project.

I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Megan Meberg

Account Representative

1-800-894-0242 ext. 419



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