Weekly Update for January 19-25

Featured Events:

CCSJ Student Office Team Leader Application

The CCSJ is looking for responsible students who wish to deepen their understanding of justice issues facing the Omaha, national and global communities through personal development, formation and direct service. Students must be self-starters and able to complete projects in a timely manner either individually or as part of a larger group. Qualified applicants should have strong inter-personal skills and a positive disposition, as they will be representing the CCSJ in the Creighton and Omaha communities. There are paid and unpaid team positions available to approximately 25 students. Applications are due on February 4th. We will be conducting interviews in the office on February 21-22 and will have final decisions out by March 8th. For more info or to apply visit http://blogs.creighton.edu/ccsj/2013/01/ccsj-student-office-team-leader-application/

Ignatian Family Advocacy Month Info Meeting

February is Ignatian Family Advocacy Month (IFAM), a chance for Creighton students, and students from Jesuit high schools and colleges across the country to meet with their local and national representatives to advocate for one of three national priorities. We’d love to have you participate in one of these legislative visits with us. If you’re interested in participating in the Ignatiam Family Advocacy month, please come to a meeting on Tuesday January 29th, from 9-10:30pm in Harper 3023. All are invited and encouraged to participate regardless of previous experience. For more information about the national priorities or representative visits go to http://blogs.creighton.edu/ccsj/2013/01/ignatian-advocacy-month-information-meetings/

Project Homeless Connect Omaha Volunteer Registration Open

Building on the success of the past four years, on Friday, March 22, 2013, (8:00am – 2:30pm for Volunteers; guest intake from 8:30am – 2:00pm), with the support of Creighton President Timothy R. Lannon, S.J., Creighton will again host Project Homeless Connect Omaha. This is a one-day event that serves as a one-stop shop, connecting homeless individuals in our community to services including: housing, health care, legal resources, employment counseling, haircuts, Social Security, dental care (which has resulted in more than 170 sets of dentures), and more. Last year, more than 500 guests connected with significant services at Creighton’s Kiewit Fitness Center, assisted by more than 800 volunteers.

General volunteers are needed for set-up, clean-up, greeting, directing, registering, and serving food, among other positions that help the day flow. Most volunteers will serve as “navigators” and assist guests in filling out a basic intake form and staying with them through the process of accessing services. Health care professionals who can offer their skills are also needed (registration information is provided on the website). Volunteers can sign up to help in the morning, afternoon, or all day. Go to http://blogs.creighton.edu/ccsj/project-homeless-connect-omaha/volunteer-registration/ to register.

For more information on Project Homeless Connect Omaha, visit: http://blogs.creighton.edu/ccsj/project-homeless-connect-omaha/ (including video reflections). Contact Patrick O’Malley at the Creighton Center for Service and Justice with questions at 280-1290 or patrickomalley@creighton.edu.

Registration will be open until volunteer capacity is reached, so please register at your earliest convenience.

Events this week:
Campus Kitchen Volunteers Needed
Ignatian Family Advocacy Month Info Meeting
Courageous Voices:TBD
Center for Faith Studies Presents “Slavery By Another Name”

Events More than One Week Away:
Kids Can Community Center Mentoring Program Volunteers Needed
Volunteer Greeters Sought for OneWorld Community Health Centers
Carver Bank Project Internships

Service and Justice Opportunities

Saturday, February 26th
Campus Kitchen Volunteers Needed

Campus Kitchen is looking for volunteers on the following Saturdays 1/26, 2/2, 2/9, 2/16, 2/23, 3/2, and Monday, 2/4. If you are available to volunteer with Campus Kitchen on certain Saturdays from 1:15-3:30pm and/or the first Monday of the month from 4:45-6:30pm, please let Stacey Georgopoulos at campuskitchen@lists.creighton.edu

Tuesday, February 29th
Ignatian Family Advocacy Month Info Meeting

February is Ignatian Family Advocacy Month (IFAM), a chance for Creighton students, and students from Jesuit high schools and colleges across the country to meet with their local and national representatives to advocate for one of three national priorities. We’d love to have you participate in one of these legislative visits with us. If you’re interested in participating in the Ignatiam Family Advocacy month, please come to a meeting on Tuesday January 29th, from 9-10:30pm in Harper 3023. All are invited and encouraged to participate regardless of previous experience. For more information about the national priorities or representative visits go to http://blogs.creighton.edu/ccsj/2013/01/ignatian-advocacy-month-information-meetings/

Courageous Voices: TBD

This Courageous Voices conversation topic is still to be determined. Courageous Voices is a program series that will focus on fostering constructive dialogue about some of society’s most contentious issues, including but not limited to: race, religion, sexual orientation, and conflicts throughout the world. This dialogue will take place in Harper 3029 from 7:00-8:00pm. For more information or if you are interested in participating please contact Luz Colon-Rodriguez at LRodriguez@creighton.edu.

Thursday, February 31st
Center for Faith Studies presents “Slavery By Another Name”

Presented by Douglas Blackmon and based on his Pulitzer Prize winning book, this lecture reveals the lost stories of slaves and their descendants who journeyed into freedom after the Civil War and then back into the shadow of involuntary servitude. Blackmon gives a moving and sobering account of this little-known crime against Americans, and the insidious legacy of racism that reverberates today. This event will take place at 7:00pm at Countryside Community Church located at 8787 Pacific. Tickets are required for all lectures for the suggested donation of $10. Students with ID are admitted for free. For more information, please contact Cyndi Kugler, Director of the Center for Faith Studies: cyndik@ countrysideucc.org or 402.391.0350 ext. 121.

Upcoming Events:
Kids Can Community Center Mentoring Program Volunteers Needed

Kids Can Community Center on 48th & Q St. is starting a new mentoring program and is currently recruiting volunteers who would like to become mentors. They are seeking volunteers who would be willing to commit to spending one hour a week with a child for a period of twelve months. Regular, one-on-one contact with disadvantaged youth has been shown to have positive effects on their academic performance, as well as their relationships with parents and peers. Prior to being accepted as volunteers, they must have a face-to-face interview and attend a two-hour training session.
If interested, please contact Karima Al-Absy, Kids Can Mentoring Coordinator, at 402-731-6988 or kalabsy@kidscanomaha.org

Volunteer Greeters Sought for OneWorld Community Health Centers

Looking to practice your Spanish and provide hospitality at a local health care center? With upcoming expansion, OneWorld is looking for volunteer greeters to help patients find their way. Spanish proficiency is needed, bilingual English/Spanish preferred. We are looking for short-term and long-term volunteers. Short-term volunteers would start February 13th. Our hours are 8AM-5:30 PM weekdays. A volunteer packet would need be completed for a short term volunteer, but with limited information Emergency Contact, etc. Long term greater than 2 weeks will need a more detailed orientation including Drug Screen and Background. For more information contact Ana Gudino, Operations Supervisor agudino@oneworldomaha.org or Rebecca Tamayo Operations Director Office: (402) 502-8902 rtamayo@oneworldomaha.org

Carver Bank Project Internships

The Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts is seeking undergraduate and graduate interns for its Carver Bank project. Opening this winter, the Carver Bank will house exhibition and performance space, artist studios, Big Mama’s Sandwich Shop, and a transformed exterior landscape at 2416 Lake St. For more information about the Carver Bank project, please visit http://www.bemiscenter.org/carverbank/. Contact Jessica Scheuerman at jessica@bemiscenter.org or 402.341.7130 x 20 to schedule a tour of the Carver Bank, schedule a classroom visit, or apply for an internship.

INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES:

Community Partnerships/Neighborhood Planning Internship

Carver Bank is building relationships with schools, churches and nonprofits using a neighborhood planning approach and resources for mobilizing arts and cultural resources for community development. Interns will develop outreach tools, collect data, and develop artists-driven programs that match community-minded artists with North Omaha audiences.

Business Improvement Internship

One of Carver Bank’s goals is increasing Near North Side vibrancy and foot traffic. Interns will focus on building the capacity of Near North Side businesses, conducting research, and developing a retail vacancy list and resource guide aimed at artist entrepreneurs. Interns will work with property owners, the city, local officials, and other stakeholders invested in the neighborhood revival.

Business Sustainability Internship

The Bemis Center is fully invested in the fundraising and management for Carver throughout the next 3 years. Leading up to 2015, the Bemis and its partners will evaluate the fundraising and management structure. Beginning now, intern will research how best to grow and sustain this center and how it could be managed in the future.

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