On Wednesday, August 28th from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm in Harper Center Ballroom, come and meet with representatives from over 60 Omaha/Council Bluffs area agencies that offer volunteer opportunities in our community. This once a year event, sponsored by the CCSJ, is a great way to learn about where and how you can be involved in service this year. Come check it out!
Service & Justice Volunteer Fair
Meet and visit with representatives from over 60 Omaha/Council Bluffs area agencies that offer volunteer opportunities in our community. This is the only time all year that all these agencies will be on campus! Sponsored by the CCSJ, this event is on Wednesday, August 28 from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm in Harper Center Ballroom.
A complete, on-time Fall Break Service & Justice Trips 2014 application will include the following items:
*For a list of important dates, scroll to the bottom of the page
1) Online Application Applications will be available April 1, 2014. They will be accepted until April 8, 2014 . All applications are to the general Fall Break Service & Justice Trips 2014 Program, not for a specific site. We will take into consideration your preferences but offer no placement guarantee. (Host site placement preference is given to returning participants.)
As part of the online application, You will rank justice issues you are interested in. You will be completing brief essays. There is no option to save and return so plan about 35 minutes to complete the entire application.
2) A deposit of $50 is required to hold your spot. The $50 deposit will only be accepted on April 7 or 8. This deposit is required for your application to be considered complete. Payments of cash, check or credit card will be accepted. The cost of the entire trip is $310 for full week and $210 for 5-day Omaha trips, and the remaining balance of your payment is due on September 4, 2014 by 4:30PM.
**Your $50 deposit is refundable until May 10, 2014 should you choose to not participate in the program. If you withdraw your application between May 10- Sept. 6, 2014 up to $150 of the payment may be refunded. Should you choose to not participate in the program after Sept 6, 2014 no portion of the payment is refundable because donations to host sites and other costs have already been awarded by this time.
** There are a limited number of need-based student scholarships. Please fill out the Fall 2013 Scholarship Application as soon as possible. Priority will be given to earlier applications and all applications are due by April 4, 2013 by midnight **
3) Interview Sign-ups. The 3rd and final part of a complete, on-time application is signing up for an interview when you make your deposit in the CCSJ. You will sign up for an interview in the CCSJ after your deposit is paid, on April 7 or 8th between 8AM-4:30PM. (Interviews are held in the CCSJ; no need to dress up.) The 15 minute interviews will be held April 10-11th or 22-23rd, 8 am – 9 pm. Please read “In the Service of Life” before coming for your interview as one of the questions will be about this reflection.
4) If you will be under 19 during Fall Break 2013 (October 11-19, 2014), download the “Fall Break Service and Justice Trips Under 19 Release” document. You and a parent or guardian both must sign the document and return it by September 4, 2014. Your parent or guardian can fax it to the CCSJ (402-280-1259).
Southern Sudanese Community Association
Start Date: January 28
The SSCA assists refugees in learning to work and live in their new culture in order to provide better lives for themselves and their families. Come help them transition to life in Omaha by tutoring them in English. Meet the van at Deglman Circle.
Monday 4:40-6:15 pm
Start Date: Monday January 28
Share a meal and conversation with Siena/Francis House guests who are homeless or in addiction recovery. Learn about the real-life challenges faced by our neighbors. Meet the van at Deglman Circle.
Paul Bubash, Adam Goodrick, Molly Perroni, Kalyn Flierl, JuYeon Kakazu, Emsy Cullinan, and Eboni Poole.
This is our team. Team Winnebago, Nebraska. We worked, prayed, reflected, and laughed together all week long, and recognized that the good of the people in Winnebago would prevail soon enough.
I think we all went in together thinking this would just be another week of service for people we didn’t know, and would probably never talk to again, in a small Indian Reservation in northern Nebraska. We wouldn’t change the world or anything. But by the end of the week, most of us had come to the conclusion that even though we weren’t changing the world, we changed somebody’s world, and that is what really makes a difference.
To go through our week quickly, the first couple of days were manual labor days. We worked on a sweat lodge, meaning we took off about thirty blankets from a semi circle structure on the ground, reinforced the structure, and then proceeded to recover the structure so that when inside, it would be pitch black. Later on in the week, we had the opportunity to participate in an actual sweat, and that experience is one that words cannot describe.
We spent the latter part of the week working in the school with students while they learned about what it means to set a goal and how to achieve it. We talked a lot about how they could further their education with college, or trade school and the importance of getting their high school diploma, a piece of paper most of us take for granted.
Overall, the immersion experience we had in Winnebago was nothing any of us expected to experience on our Fall Break Service Trip 2012. But we welcomed surprises, encouraged flexibility, and worked to build relationships that will last longer than just one week, and ended up gaining more than any of us could have ever hope to gain.
Go Team Winnebago!!
Major: Business Administration
Host Site: Winnebago NE
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