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2011 Resolve to Fight Poverty Conference


This year’s Resolve Conference is slated for November 4-6 at the University of Maryland  in Washington D.C.

For more information, click here  to be taken to the Conference website. Or, contact Amanda Wolfenbarger, amanda@studentsagainsthunger.org or 540-798-8965

 

UPDATE: Now through Thursday, October 27th, students can still register for the Resolve to Fight Poverty Conference at the regular registration price!  The Conference is in just 10 short days!

Additionally, the deal with the College Park Clarion has been extended to Sunday, October 30th.  Students wishing to stay in our Conference block at the reduced rate of $80/night per room with space for four people in each room now have until Sunday to call and make their reservations.

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Sunday Dinners for the GROW campaign


The GROW Campaign through Oxfam America, publicized by Desmond Tutu, has a neat idea to raise awareness about the food imbalance in our world.

It’s called the Sunday Dinner: http://goo.gl/68xHY

This World Food Day, October 16th, “host a Sunday Dinner that fosters a conversation about where your food comes from, who cultivates it, and how we can make the food system more just and sustainable.”

Oxfam will send you all the materials you need, you just need to bring the dinner guests! For more information, follow the link above or contact Sophie Fuchs at sfuchs@oxfamamerica.org or (617) 517-9447

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Take Hunger Personally


The new Youth Service America National Service Briefing is out! Check it out here: http://goo.gl/uimxv

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Oxfam America Emergency!


On top of the widespread famine affecting the people of Somalia, a cholera epidemic has sprouted up in the impoverished region. This preventable disease can be fatal for the malnourished Somalis. Oxfam is airlifting emergency supplies, but they need help! Donate if you can, spread the word if you can’t.

Follow this link to a video about what Oxfam does:
http://goo.gl/KLYF4

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Oxfam America: Fix the Broken Food System


Dear Joyce,
Soon there’ll be nine billion of us on the planet.
The food, water, and land we all rely on could be used up.
Starting today, Oxfam’s GROW campaign will work to change the way we produce, consume and eat.
Take the first step.
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:
  • Demand that our leaders use crops for food, not fuel.
  • Pressure Congress to make sure ALL our food aid actually reaches those who need it most – right now, half never makes it.
  • Hold corporations accountable when they speculate on food prices, causing costs to spike and people to go hungry.
  • Push world leaders to help small farmers, who are facing more frequent droughts, floods and storms.
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.
Sincerely,
Vicky Rateau, Campaign Manager, GROW
Oxfam America

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AmeriCorps Members Working Night and Day to Help Joplin Recover


*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.”

Learn more about ways to donate or volunteer to support Joplin by clicking here.  For more information on national service disaster response, visit our Disaster Services webpage.

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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.

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Tornado Damage in Stillwater: Donations Needed


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We have had 9 families in Stillwater with affected homes from last nights tornado that went thru on the south side of town.  We are in the process of damage assessment with these homes, and assessing the needs of these local families.  Fed Ex is still going to Joplin, I just met with them, but they are also taking supplies for the Oklahoma tornadoes of last night, and will be taking trucks to OKC Red Cross for distribution.  9 is the preliminary report at this time, and there may be other homes yet to be discovered.  At this time we are taking donations of recovery items for the local families here at our office on 8th.  Examples of items needed are:
  • Bleach
  • Work gloves
  • Batteries
  • Flashlights
  • Brooms
  • Buckets
  • Storage containers
  • Blankets
  • Rakes
  • Salvage Bags
  • Chap stick
  • Bug repellent
  • Sun screen
  • Hammers
  • Nails
  • Water/Gatorade
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Non perishable food
  • Meal vouchers
 
We also have a shelter open at the Red Cross office here on 8th street, for the victims of last nights storm.  The shelter will be open as long as needed. We are accepting donations for the Stillwater families at our office. Please pass the word.  Thanks. Vicki
 
Vicki Henington
Executive Director
North Central Oklahoma Chapter
114 West 8th Avenue
Stillwater, OK 74074
Off 405.372.1833
Fax 405.377.5849
Cell 405.780.1327

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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

Image by Karen Apricot New Orleans via Flickr

Latest news and updates are posted here.

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Disaster Relief for Alabama


We are writing to alert you to the efforts of a group of faculty and students from OSU who are organizing disaster relief for victims of the recent tornadoes that hit Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  A group will be leaving Stillwater Sunday, May 8 taking needed assistance to Tuscaloosa.  The effort is being organized by Dr. Cynthia Nichols, School of Media and Strategic Communications.

Contact: Cynthia.nichols@okstate.edu or phone 744-8271.  Donations may be made at 108 JB on Campus.  Primary needs are: nonperishable food, baby supplies, and funding to help support transportation of the supplies.

Of course, we also can support the victims of the tornadoes that swept across the southeastern states by making contributions to:

American Red Cross: https://american.redcross.org/site/SPageServer?pagename=ntld_southern_tornadoes

Salvation Army: https://secure20.salvationarmy.org/donation.jsp

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The Biggest Loser Pound for Pound Challenge


*Article courtesy of Staff Advisory Council*

Oklahoma State University has been invited to participate in the “Biggest Loser’s”Pound for Pound Challenge. The Pound For Pound Challenge is a partnership with The Biggest Loser, General Mills and Feeding America. For every pound you pledge to lose, a pound of groceries will be delivered to a local Feeding America Foodbank.  The foodbank serving Stillwater is Lost Creek United Methodist Church. 

OSU faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to participate in the program by creating an account at http://www.pfpchallenge.com and joining the Oklahoma State University team.   For every pound you pledge to lose, the Stillwater community will receive one pound of food. 

Daris George, former OSU student and Season 9 participant of the NBC show The Biggest Loser, will be on campus February 22 to film segments that will appear on a future episode of the Biggest Loser.    The Feeding America food truck will deliver food to the Lost Creek United Methodist Church at 1:00 pm that same day.

Volunteers are needed to help unload the truck and each volunteer will receive a t-shirt.  To volunteer for this event, please email Mary Talley at mary.talley@okstate.edu.  Daris says, “I am an Oklahoman and did my best to make my fellow Oklahomans as well as myself proud.  Participating in the Pound for Pound Challenge is a win-win situation because you’re not only helping yourself but helping feed America.”  

For additional information, please contact the Seretean Wellness Center at 744.WELL (9355). 

For more information, visit the SAC website at http://sac.okstate.edu.

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