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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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CASA Special Summer Session Training June 21


 

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Library of Congress Touring Museum Exhibit


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 sdelano@stillwater.org or 405-372-3633 ext. 124.


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Peace of Mind Volunteer Opportunity


 

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Fun Times at Grace Living Center


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.

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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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TEEM Summer Clean, May 27


The Education and Employment Ministry is seeking more than 20 volunteers to help with TEEM Summer Clean on May 27. 

Volunteers are needed to paint student bathrooms. Additionally a large group of volunteers are needed to sort, size and hang donations in our clothing closet.

To volunteer, contact Laketa Williams at lwilliams@teem.org or 405-235-5671 ext 215.

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Still Time to Apply to IPSL Summer Service Programs


Dear Colleagues:

While Summer Deadlines for IPSL Study Abroad and Service-Learning Programs are fast approaching, we are still accepting applications and there is still space in most of our programs.

If you have students who may be just deciding to experience an international study and volunteer program, have them check out the IPSL website at http://www.ipsl.org/programs/where-we-go for all our program details.

Our last deadlines are June 8th for Cusco, Peru and June 10th for Montpellier, France. Guayaquil, Quito, Kolkata, Valladolid and Chiang Mai have earlier deadlines.

There is an easy online application at http://www.ipsl.org/apply and best of all, most programs do not require a visa! Summer programs are an ideal way for students to “get their feet wet” in international study and volunteer service without a lengthy time commitment or huge expense. And, it is a great way to practice another language, augment your studies with interesting courses, and gain valuable work skills by volunteering in a non-profit abroad. 

Please let us know if you have students you are currently working with who are planning on doing an IPSL program.

We hope to see many of your students on our programs!
Arianne Newton
Director of Programs
International Partnership for Service Learning & Leadership
anewton@ipsl.org
www.ipsl.org
1515 SW 5th Ave. Suite 606
Portland, OR 97201
ph 503-9541812
fax 503-9541881

VIEW OUR NEW VIDEO, “IPSL VOICES” AT:

http://ipsl.org/node/104
filled with great stories from our alumni.

Check out our new IPSL page on Facebook with lots of great photos! Search Facebook for International Partnership for Service-Learning and Leadership and you will find it. BECOME A FAN!

The mission of the International Partnership for Service-Learning and Leadership is to engage students, educators, and community members in the union of service and learning, so that all may become more civically engaged, interculturally literate, internationally aware, and responsive to the needs of others.

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Give and Surf Volunteer Opportunity


Mer des Caraïbes à Bocas del Toro (Panama)

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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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