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Your family goes to bed hungry every night. You scrape just enough money together each day to feed them, but today at the market, the prices of basic foods like rice have jumped. What do you do?
Give your kids less? Eat less yourself?
This dilemma is real. Food prices in recent years have hit record levels, causing riots in 25 countries. Farmers who are producing the world’s food can no longer feed their families.
Our food system is broken…but not beyond repair. Oxfam is launching a major campaign to take on the policies and corporations that control how much food gets produced, where it goes, who eats and who doesn’t – and we need your help.
Hunger isn’t about too many people and too little food. Our world produces enough food for all of us. So why does one in seven people still go to bed hungry each night?
A small handful of corporations control the vast majority of the food we eat. Local elites and frantic investors are grabbing up land we desperately need. Crops are being turned into fuel for SUVs. The causes are complex, but the solutions are pretty simple. And every one of us can make a difference, right now.
Together, over the coming months, we’ll push for a few simple but powerful changes to ensure our planet is ready to feed 9 billion people by 2050. Here’s how we’ll do it:
We aren’t saying it’s going to be easy. But together, we can make sure there is a place at the table for 9 billion people.
Vicky Rateau, Campaign Manager, GROW
- Oxfam launches Food Justice Campaign: GROW (wagnerfpa.wordpress.com)
- “OXFAM says food prices will double by 2030″ and related posts (povertynewsblog.blogspot.com)
- World’s food system broken, Oxfam warns (independent.co.uk)
- Food Prices Will Double by 2030: Oxfam (newser.com)
- [From the web] Food prices to double by 2030, Oxfam warns (hronlineph.wordpress.com)
- Oxfam: Food prices to double by 2031 – UPI.com (news.google.com)
- Oxfam: ‘Broken’ food system leaving millions hungry (via This Just In) (techweev.com)
- Rising food prices could press the poor into hunger, warns Oxfam (plantwise.org)
- New Report: World Hunger Issues To Grow As Food Prices Double (huffingtonpost.com)
- EU accused of dragging feet on global food security (foodsecuritysm.wordpress.com)
Noon Lions Club is recruiting civic-minded college students starting now!
The group meets once a week at noon on Thursdays at the Highland Park Methodist Church. The student group on campus is headed up by Kien How.
Students may join by calling the Service-Learning Volunteer Center at 405-744-515.
A few details about Noon Lions Club:
- Civilian service club
- Largest such organization in the world
- Founded in Dallas, TX in 1917 to foster a spirit of “generous consideration” among people of the world to promote good government, good citizenship & active interest in civic, social, commercial & moral welfare.
- Clubs operate in 190 countries.
- General community welfare projects
- Aid to the blind
- Promotion of knowledge
- Support for the UN
Want more information? Go here.
- Send Money (grumpajoesplace.com)
- King County Councilman Joe McDermott To Speak At Lions Club Wednesday (b-townblog.com)
- Normandy Park Lions Club’s ‘Ivy Removal Day’ Is May 30th At Marine View Park (b-townblog.com)
- Joplin Relief Fund (frankfortlionsclub.com)
- Lions Club Help Recycle Previously Worn Glasses Continues!Do you Recycle Eye Glasses? (takingonacause.com)
- A-16 Lions Convention (smerkette.wordpress.com)
- Talk at the University Lions Club (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- Japan Earthquake Relief (frankfortlionsclub.com)
- Lions Clubs International Foundation Provides US$1.25 Million for Relief in Devastated Japan (prnewswire.com)
The Stillwater Public Library needs volunteers for the Library of Congress Touring Museum Exhibit, which is June 7-8.
Volunteers will work a two hour shift…
- Greeting the public and welcoming people to the exhibit
- Signing up people for entry into the exhibit
- Escorting children’s groups from the staging area to the museum entry
The library is looking for 16 volunteers to help out.
To volunteer, contact Stacy DeLano at firstname.lastname@example.org or 405-372-3633 ext. 124.
- Stillwater Public Library Needs Volunteers this Weekend (osuserves.org)
- Stillwater High Needs Volunteers @ Track Meet, April 29 (osuserves.org)
- TEEM Summer Clean, May 27 (osuserves.org)
- Volunteer with Easter Egg Hunt @ Headstart, 4/22 (osuserves.org)
- Give and Surf Volunteer Opportunity (osuserves.org)
R otaract is a Rotary-sponsored service club for young men and women ages 18 to 30. Rotaract clubs are either community or university based, and they’re sponsored by a local Rotary club. This makes them true “partners in service” and key members of the family of Rotary.
As one of Rotary’s most significant and fastest-growing service programs, with more than 8,400 clubs in about 170 countries and geographical areas, Rotaract has become a worldwide phenomenon.
How does it work?
All Rotaract efforts begin at the local, grassroots level, with members addressing their communities’ physical and social needs while promoting international understanding and peace through a framework of friendship and service.
What are some other opportunities available to Rotaractors?
Rotaractors may also
- Work together with Interact clubs or mentor Interactors
- Participate in Rotary Youth Leadership Awards
- Become Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholars or Group Study Exchange team members
- Seek membership in their local Rotary club after their Rotaract membership ends.
Rotaractors are encouraged to keep their club’s contact information current.
How can I learn more?
- Download the Rotaract Handbook (PDF) and the Rotaract Brochure (PDF).
- Read more about Rotaract events.
- Read about Rotaract twin clubs.
- Read about outstanding Rotaract projects.
Subscribe to the e-newsletter
The New Generations monthly e-newsletter provides news and developments regarding the Interact, Rotaract, and Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) programs.
A group of OSU graduate students recently hosted a program at Grace Living Center for the residents. Check it out here.
To volunteer at Grace Living Center and meet some super cool folks in Stillwater, call 405-372-1000 or drop by the center at 1215 West 10th.
*By Sandy Scott
Joplin, Mo. — In the wake of the nation’s deadliest tornado in six decades, more than 80 AmeriCorps members are working night and day to assist first responders and victims in the recovery efforts in Joplin, Mo.
With the death toll at 126, more than 700 people injured, and thousands of structures destroyed, the EF-5 tornado that struck Joplin last Sunday flattened everything in its path, leaving residents to scramble to find missing family members and find immediate shelter.
AmeriCorps members have traveled from near and far to Joplin to help coordinate relief efforts. Among the first on the ground was a group from the AmeriCorps St. Louis Emergency Response Team, an AmeriCorps program that acts as a multi-functional rapid deployment group that has provided immediate and long-term disaster response to disasters in 29 states over the past 17 years.
As soon as word came of the devastation in Joplin, a team of AmeriCorps St. Louis ERT members packed their equipment and drove through the night to Joplin, arriving at 2:30 a.m. on Monday, not knowing where they would sleep but ready to get to work.
They quickly went into action to open a Missing Persons Hotline for individuals to register a profile of those who have not been accounted for after the deadly tornado. By 5:30 a.m., the AmeriCorps team had set up a 24-hour Missing Persons Hotline with the help of IT staffers at Missouri Southern State University.
Megan MacDougall, an AmeriCorps member who set up and is now overseeing the call center, said thousands of calls have been logged since the hotline opened. Callers give a detailed description of missing family or friends that goes into a database accessible to the Sheriff’s Office, Highway Patrol, Family Assistance Office, and search and rescue teams. The Missouri Department of Public Safety, which oversees the missing person’s effort, yesterday released a list of 232 individuals for whom an official missing persons report had been filed.
“We’ll stay here until we’re no longer needed,” said MacDougall, who hopes to find a job working on disaster relief when her year in AmeriCorps ends.
AmeriCorps members are also in the community, with teams of AmeriCorps members leading groups of 40-50 volunteers into Joplin to clear roads and debris to ensure first responders can maneuver effectively in search and rescue missions. AmeriCorps members are also registering and managing volunteers, overseeing a donation warehouse, and conducting needs assessments.
Stephanie Jackson, an AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) team leader from the Denver, is managing the donations warehouse at Missouri Southern State University. Her team, one of four NCCC teams in Joplin, had been working in St. Louis for the previous three weeks responding to the Good Friday tornado when they were redeployed to Joplin on Monday night. Jackson said her team got two hours of sleep the night they arrived by didn’t mind as they were eager to get to work. “We couldn’t wait to get here to help. It makes me feel alive and I know I am making a difference.”
Twelve AmeriCorps members from Skagit and Yakima counties in Washington State are also serving in Joplin. These AmeriCorps members, part of the Washington Conservation Corps, were redeployed from St. Louis and are assisting in the distribution center, volunteer intake center, and clean up efforts.
The AmeriCorps members in Joplin are part of a much larger national service response to the devastating floods and tornadoes that have struck the South and the Midwest this spring. Hundreds of AmeriCorps members and RSVP volunteers are serving in Alabama, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Mississippi, Missouri, North Dakota, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia, and Wisconsin.
The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), which oversees AmeriCorps, is working closely with FEMA and state officials in Missouri and other states to effectively use national service resources. The agency is deploying four staff members to Missouri to provide assistance to deployed AmeriCorps service projects including project development, logistical support, safety assurance, coordination among voluntary agencies, and support in the various federal and inter-agency disaster offices.
“This spring has seen an unprecedented series of disasters for our country. I’m proud our national service participants have put their skills and training to work to provide critical assistance to our fellow Americans who are facing such devastation,” said Kelly DeGraff, senior advisor for disaster services at CNCS. “AmeriCorps members were on the scene within hours after the tornado struck, and we’ll be there for the long haul.”
The Corporation for National and Community Service is a federal agency that engages more than five million Americans in service through its Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, and Learn and Serve America programs, and leads President Obama’s national call to service initiative, United We Serve. For more information, visit NationalService.gov.
- Volunteer with PNOLA! (osuserves.org)
- Destination AmeriCorps, Part II! (ulmancancerfund.wordpress.com)
- Alums Leading the Way: AmeriCorps Week 2011 (americorpsalums.wordpress.com)
- It’s AmeriCorps Week! (americorpsalums.wordpress.com)
- Why AmeriCorps Week Matters (americorpsalums.wordpress.com)
- Job: VISTA leader position in Northwestern PA (osuserves.org)
- AmeriCorps Week Update – Friday (americorpsalums.wordpress.com)
- Mayor Nutter Addresses Americorps Members in Rally at City Hall to Mark the 5th Anniversary of National Americorps Week (cityofphiladelphia.wordpress.com)
- AmeriCorps Week 2011: From the Frontlines – Tuesday (americorpsalums.wordpress.com)
OSU encourages all groups to record their service hours for not only organizational recognition and awards but also to celebrate what the OSU community as a whole does.
But what do you do if you’re the group service chair and have no idea where to begin?
Here’s your handy dandy guide to recording group service hours. Seven simple steps to success.
- Log into CampusLink using your okstate email address & password.
- Join the Service-Learning Volunteer Center. (You can just click on the link here to immediately get to the SLVC home page.)
- Go to Forms (button on left sidebar).
- Click on Group Service Hours.
- Fill out the form according to your group’s service activity.
- Carefully review your work – does the description clearly describe what your organization did? How did it actually serve others? Do you have a photo that would help OSU promote your group in service?
- Submit & await your approval.
- Tornado Damage in Stillwater: Donations Needed (osuserves.org)
- Work gloves
- Storage containers
- Salvage Bags
- Chap stick
- Bug repellent
- Sun screen
- Hand sanitizer
- Non perishable food
- Meal vouchers
- Tornadoes, tornadoes, tornadoes …. so scary (shinygemskc.wordpress.com)
- Joplin Tornado: Death and Destruction by the Numbers (abcnews.go.com)
- Please Help the Tornado Victims (ellen.warnerbros.com)
- Tornado in Oklahoma kills 13 (thehighlyphe.wordpress.com)
- By the Numbers: 2011 tornado season (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- Sheer devastation of Joplin tornado pictured (telegraph.co.uk)
- Death toll from tornado hits 125 (thesun.co.uk)
- Help Tornado Survivors in Joplin (amendment19.com)