Get Involved Archive


Summer Volunteer Opportunities

Two opportunities for people around Omaha for the summer

1.   Volunteer Opportunity:
Gifford Park Neighborhood Association seeks volunteers to donate 1 hour each week setting up tables, chairs and tents for our weekly farmers market at 33rd & California Street.  The market days are held each Friday, June 7 through Sept 27 from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM.  Set-up would start at 3:30 PM (1/2 hour) and tear-down starts at 8:00 PM (1/2 hour.)  If interested in helping the neighborhood with the project then please contact Martin at (402) 558-4070

2.  Call for crafters and local food gardeners.  Gifford Park Neighborhood Market seeks anyone wishing to make a few bucks this summer selling extra produce or their home-made objects.



Join the Ignatian Advocacy Groups!


Are you passionate about economic justice, migration, sustainability, or peace? Do you want to take action about those issues? Would you like to learn what advocacy is? Would you like the opportunity to meet with state senators, council members, and other political representatives to voice your opinion about issues that you are passionate about?

The CCSJ began Ignatian Advocacy Groups on Creighton’s campus as a way for students to live out the mission of being for and with the poor and marginalized whom they often encounter through their service experiences. Students will be invited to join an issue group, working with other students and two members of the ignatian advocacy team. The group will work together to effectively research and advocate for the issue they choose. After deciding the best course of action the group will participate in direct action advocacy!

If you are interested in this opportunity there will be an informational & education meeting on Wednesday September 19th at 7:00pm in Harper 2066.  Email if you have any questions.


Citizenship Tutoring Weekly Service on Wednesday

Citizenship Tutoring at Catholic Charities Immigration Legal Assistance Service
Wednesdays 4:10-5:50
Start Date: January 23

Come to the Juan Diego Center and help Immigrants study for their Naturalization test, a step to receiving US citizenship. Ability to speak Spanish is helpful but not required. Meet the van at Deglman Circle.

For more information or to reserve your spot, contact:
Roselle Agdipa:
Anna Ferguson:


Worker Appreciation Banquet

Worker Appreciation Banquet!

Friday, April 27th
Lower St. John’s
7:00-9:30 pm

Do you want to show your appreciation for workers from Harper & Skutt, Res Life, Facilities, and Sodexo on a more personal level?  Do you want to share a meal with the workers you already know personally?  Do you want to say thanks for their commitment to the Creighton community?  All students, faculty, and administration are invited to volunteer at the first-ever, student-organized Worker Appreciation Banquet on Friday, April 27th from 7:00-9:30 pm in Lower St. John’s.  The event is sponsored by Justice & Peace Cooperative, Facilities Management and Sodexo.

We especially need student volunteers interested in:
- setting up, working, and cleaning up
- greeting workers and their families
- serving the workers dinner and drinks
- sitting down to visit and share a meal with workers and their families

*To let us know you’ll be stopping by to visit or volunteer, please check out this link:

For questions or comments, please contact Melissa Hollabaugh at, Jocelyn Wu at, or Carissa Smith at


CCSJ Weekly Update: Apr 20 – Apr 29

Featured Events:

CCSJ Feedback & Survey
The CCSJ is seeking feedback regarding our media usage, communication methods, and social media usage. We want to see what you think about our Facebook, Twitter, and Flicker pages, as well as the CCSJ webpage. Please help us better inform and serve you by filling out this brief, 5 minute survey:

  Worker Appreciation Dinner
Do you want to learn more about the many people who work on campus? Do you want to say thanks for their commitment to the Creighton Community? Do you want to give back to show your appreciation?

Attend the Worker Appreciation Banquet! Help is needed to work, serve, and share a meal with workers. This event will take place from 7-9:30 in Lower St. John’s. If you are interested in this event, please contact Melissa Hollabaugh ( or Jocelyn Wu (

Events this week:
Student Needed to Assist with Driving
Creighton University African Student Association Banquet
Sherman-Steichen Memorial Run
Larger than Politics: The Worlds of Lincoln, King, and Ghandi
Volunteers Needed at One World Health Center
International Peace and Security Institute Application Deadline
Summer Bike Storage
Baby Shower to Celebrate LB 599
Disability Awareness Training Volunteers Needed
Worker Appreciation Dinner
Campus Garage Sale
Ollie Webb Center Volunteers Needed
Gourmet Gents

Events More than One Week Away:
Standing Bear’s Footsteps
Friday, April 20
Student Needed to Assist with Driving  The CCSJ recently received a phone call from a woman named Eleanor Caron. She is a senior citizen who is in need of a student (preferably female) who could drive with her (in her car) to Brunswick, Maine in early June, and then back again in late August or early September. Each trip would be split into three days, and return airfare and accommodations would be paid for. She would share in the driving and is primarily looking for companionship and a second driver. She would also be open to having the student stay for a few days and see the area (details to be worked out with Ms. Caron). If you are interested in this position, please call her at 402-553-7286.

Saturday, April 21
 Creighton University African Student Association Banquet 
Ubuntu Africa Banquet “I am because we are.” Ubuntu is a traditional African philosophy that roughly translates to “I am who I am because we are.” It is the essence of a human being based on the self-assurances that comes from knowing that we belong to the greater whole. The African Student Association invites you to experience the Ubuntu of Africa through cuisine, music, fashion, art, and folklore. Micere Mugo, Ph.D.., a renowned African activist, writer, and academic, will present on the meaning of Ubuntu in a 21st century context.

The ASA annual cultural banquet has come to be a tradition at Creighton University. Last year, the banquet was awarded “Undergraduate Event of the Year” by the Student Activities Office. We hope you will join us in making this year’s banquet even more successful.

This event will take place from 6-8:30 pm in the Skutt Student Center Ballroom. Tickets are $10 for students, $15 for faculty, and free for children under 5. Tickets are being sold in Skutt every day. For tickets or more information, please contact Amal Hamdan at

Sunday, April 22
 Sherman-Steichen Memorial Run 
This event is sponsored by the Creighton University School of Pharmacy and Health Professions, the PT Leadership Guild, and Phi Lambda Sigma. This is the 15th Annual 5k/10k Run-Walk. Registration on the day of the Race (Sunday, April 22) will be $20 and will begin at 11:30 am. The race will begin at 1 pm. Walkers are welcome for the 5k. For more information, please visit

Monday, April 23
 Larger Than Politics: The Worlds of Lincoln, King, and Gandhi
This lecture is the Asian World Center Presidential Lecture. Rajmohan Gandhi presents “Larger than Politics: The Worlds of Lincoln, King, and Gandhi.” Rajmohan Gandhi was born in New Delhi, India in 1935 and is the grandson of Mahatma Gandhi. He has followed in the footsteps of his grandfather for more than 50 years, pursuing trust-building, reconciliation, and democracy among nations. Gandhi continues to encourage dialogue among different people and has written widely on the Indian independence movement and its leaders, Indo-Pakistan relations, human rights and conflict resolution. This event will take place from 7:00-8:00 pm in the Harper center Auditorium. More information will be available at

 Volunteers Needed at One World Health Center
One World Community Health Center is looking for volunteers to assist with a special project regarding referrals in the Electronic Health Records. No Spanish is required, and the center is hoping to begin as soon as possible. Volunteers would be assisting with the backlog of referrals pending a report, communicating with special facilities, and navigating the EHR. This is an excellent opportunity for students interested in Medical Information management or pre-med. Please contact Sarah Dworak at (402) 502-8896, or by sending an email to

 International Peace and Security Institute Application Deadline
The International Peace and Security Institute is hosting a course on conflict prevention, resolution, and reconciliation in Bologna, Italy. This course includes training in international negotiation, mediation, facilitation, strategic nonviolent action, social entrepreneurship, project planning and design, trauma healing and more. Training is led by some of the world’s top academics and practitioners. The program runs June 16-July 14. Applications are due Monday, April 23, 2012. For more information and additional programs, please visit

Thursday, April 26 
Summer Bike Storage 
Leaving Omaha this summer? Don’t have a place inside to keep your bike? Want a safe place to store your bike while you are gone? Store your bike in Creighton’s long-term bike storage. All you need is a lock. You will sign a liability waver when you come. There will be a designated day when school begins to take your bike out of storage, but you may remove your bike from storage anytime by simply contacting Public Safety, no need to walk to the storage unit (located at 21st and Cuming St.) Bring your bike to out table on the mall from 11:30 am
-1:30 pm and GreenJays will take care of the rest. Questions or concerns? Contact Morgan Balabanoff ( or Anna Green (

Baby Shower to Celebrate LB599
The CCSJ will be hosting a baby shower to celebrate the passing of LB 599, which restores prenatal care coverage to all low-income women. Stop by the CCSJ (Harper Center 2067) all day, have a cookie, and bring a donation for a baby or expectant mother. For more details and information, please visit the CCSJ’s website,

Friday, April 27
 Disability Awareness Training Volunteers Needed
Ollie Webb Center, Inc. is offering a Disability Awareness Training entitled “Awareness: the Key to Friendship.” This program is directed towards elevating elementary students’ awareness of and sensitivity to the day-to-day obstacles faced by people with disabilities. Through the program, each student will experience a learning disability, hearing impairment, physical disability, and visual impairment by engaging in 4 different activity centers. Volunteers are needed to assist with running the centers. This event will take place from 1-3 pm at St. Robert’s School (118th and Pacific). To volunteer, please contact Lisa Dougherty at

 Worker Appreciation Dinner
Do you want to learn more about Danny Durry (who has worked at the Skutt Student Center for 5 years and won the 2010-2011 Division of Student Life “Outstanding Staff” Award) and other workers on campus? Do you want to say thanks for their commitment to the Creighton Community? Do you want to give back to show your appreciation?

Attend the Worker Appreciation Banquet! Help is needed to work, serve, and share a meal with workers. This event will take place from 7-9:30 pm in Lower St. John’s. If you are interested in this event, please contact Melissa Hollabaugh ( or Jocelyn Wu (

Saturday, April 28 
Campus Garage Sale
Pick up some new-to-you stuff –household goods, fridges, TVs, microwaves, furniture. Who knows what treasures you might find? All items were donated by Creighton students, faculty, and staff. Proceeds to benefit charities chosen by the students. This event will take place in the Lower McGloin Parking Garage from 9 am-1 pm. For more information, please contact Nick Stukel at

 Ollie Webb Center Volunteers Needed
Volunteers are needed to decorate, serve food, assist individuals with Bingo, and clean up. Lunch is provided. This event will take place from 12:15-3:15 pm at the Mockingbird Community Center. To volunteer, please contact Lisa Dougherty at

Sunday, April 29
 Gourmet Gents
This 4th Annual Event features fabulous culinary delights expertly prepared and served by local celebrity chefs and those who boast of being super “gourmet chefs.” TIckets will be $25 in advance, $30 on the day of the event. Proceeds from this event will benefit women of color in Omaha through the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc.- Omaha Metropolitan Chapter’s advocacy programs focused on HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention, leadership development, economic empowerment, political awareness, educational advancement and the NCBW Scholars Program. This event will take place from 2-5 pm at the Joslyn Castle. For more information, please visit

Upcoming Events:
 Standing Bear’s Footsteps
(Thursday, May 3)
In 1877, the Ponca people were exiled from their homeland and sent to Indian territory in present day Oklahoma. To honor his dying son’s wish to be buried in his homeland, Chief Standing Bear set off on a grueling, 600-mile journey home. Captured en route and held at Fort Omaha, Standing Bear sued U.S. Army General George Cook for his freedom- choosing to fight injustice not with weapons, but with words. The chief stood before the court to prove that an Indian was a person under the law.

A special screening of the documentary “Standing Bear’s Footsteps” will take place on Thursday, May 3 from 6:30-8 pm at the Bryan High School Auditorium (4700 Giles Road, Omaha, NE). This high-definition documentary weaves interviews, recreations and present day scenes to tell a story about human rights- one that resonates powerfully in the present.


Earth Day Events

Earth Day Events
Wednesday, April 18, 2012

11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Skutt Student Center (or on the mall, weather permitting!)

Giveaways! Shopping bags, eco-friendly pens, and more!
Carpool information from MetrO! Rideshare and MAPA
Vote for the Campus Tree of the Year and learn about Creighton’s quest to become an arboretum
Drop off your old and unused pens for recycling
Echo Lighting’s display of LED and other energy-saving light bulbs
Information on recycling at Creighton including a display of recyclable items
The world-famous popcorn machine
Clothing drive
Facilities Management’s own electric truck and GEM Car

9:00 am – 9:30 am
Garry Ruliffson, OPPD’s Energy Advisor, will talk about “Energy Savings In Your Future” — how to save energy here and at home.
Skutt Student Center (Room 104)

9:30 am
Robert Byrnes, Nebraska’s Mr. Energy, will present at this time. This article will give you much more information but know that Mr Byrnes has developed the technology on his farm to essentially be off the energy grid. He generates electricity and fuel to conduct his daily life and enterprises.
Skutt Student Center (Room 104)

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Attend the last Green Bag Lunch and Learn Series as students present on: “Climate Refugees: A Humanitarian Cause”
Harper Center (Room 2060)

3:30 pm – 4:00 pm
GreenJays Bike Ride
(meet in Deglman circle for a casual ride to the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge)

5:30 pm
Earth Day Prayer
The Campus Ministry Interns will lead a Prayer Service honoring and praying for all of God’s created world.
Where:  Jesuit Gardens (Rain location:  St. John’s Church)