"Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have
within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the
stars to change the world."
-Harriet Tubman
Join Dr. Jeffrey Johansen, Professor of Biology, and the Center for Service and Social Action for a film screening of "Chasing Ice," the story of one man’s mission to change the tide of history by gathering undeniable evidence of our changing planet . After the film, Dr. Johansen will lead a discussion about the significance of the film for future climate change. There will also be the option to write letters to elected officials via email if you bring your laptop or phone.

Click HERE to view the trailer

When: Tuesday, February 25, 2020
Where: Dolan Auditorium
Time: 7:00 PM
Upcoming One-Time Service Opportunities
When: March 10, 2020
Where: Mayfield Village Adaptive Recreation
Time: 6:10 - 8:20 pm
Transportation is provided
Mayfield Village Basketball: Tuesday, March 10
This is a non-competitive program where everybody gets the chance to learn and build skill.  Participants begin with a warm-up and stretches and then work on basketball fundamentals. There should be enough time at the end to have a short game among the players.  This program involves active participation with individuals with physical, sensory, or developmental disabilities. The main thing is to provide interaction with the participants and have fun!

Register  HERE   to volunteer for Mayfield Village Basketball on  GivePulse!
Greater Cleveland Food Bank: Wednesday, March 11
Help sort and repack nonperishable food that is later distributed to local food pantries, soup kitchens, and shelters.

Register  HERE   to volunteer for Greater Cleveland Food Bank on  GivePulse!
When: March 11, 2020
Where: Greater Cleveland Food Bank
Time: 5:30 - 8:30 pm
Transportation is provided

When: March 13, 2020
Where: Mayfield Village Adaptive Recreation
Time: 5:40 - 8:20 pm
Transportation is provided
Mayfield Village Game Night: Friday, March 13
Join teens and young adults with disabilities in a Game Night, in which all participants join in volleyball, basketball, ping pong, board games, and other fun activities. These programs involve participation with individuals with physical, sensory, or developmental disabilities.

Register  HERE   to volunteer for Mayfield Village Game Night on  GivePulse!
JCU Science Olympiad: Saturday, March 14
Students are needed to serve as judges at the JCU Science Olympiad. Children of Elementary schools from the Diocese of Cleveland, Grades 4 through 6, will compete at JCU. Judges are needed to set up, score and tally for their assigned specific event. All supplies are provided. Lots of fun for the judges and for the participants!

All participants must attend a training on Wednesday, March 11 from 6 - 7 pm in front of Einstein's Bagels in the Administration Building.

Register  HERE   to volunteer for JCU Science Olympiad on  GivePulse!
When: March 14, 2020
Where: JCU Campus
Morning Shift: 8:30 am - 1:00 pm
Afternoon Shift: 1:00 - 4:30 pm

To browse and register, for one-time service opportunities, register on  GivePulse!
Contact   service@jcu.edu  with any questions.
We are lookling for applicants who embrace the JCU mission of being men and women for and with others! Student Liaisons  serve as  ambassadors  that connect JCU to the community, facilitate a positive service experience for their fellow students, lead reflection, and transport students to and from community partner locations.  This paid position allows you to do all this and more!

Do you have a good driving record and embrace the JCU mission of being a  "man or woman for others?"  Do you enjoy participating in service and interacting with other students and the community?  You can apply to be a student liaison too!

Responsibilities include:
  • Model engaged participation in service
  • Lead and support students at the service site
  • Represent CSSA to the community partners
  • Facilitate Reflection
  • Transport students to and from service sites

Click HERE   to read more and apply!
Questions? Contact CSSA a t   service@jcu.edu
Nominate a Graduating Senior for the Beaudry Award, Due Thursday, February 27
Nomination form is available  HERE

Nominations must be submitted by  5pm on Thursday, February 27th
The Beaudry Award is given to the graduating senior who has been voted by his or her senior class as most deserving of this honor. This award will be presented at Commencement in May . More information about the history of the award and previous winners is available  HERE.

The Beaudry Award recognizes outstanding service in the following areas:
  • Leadership
  • Commitment to Christian values
  • Academic achievement
  • Service to the University and/or greater community.

Any student, faculty, or staff member may nominate an individual.

The Beaudry Award Committee, comprised of representatives from a variety of departments, will review all nominations and determine a final voting ballot with 5 - 6 most qualified finalists.
Seniors will be able to vote for the Beaudry Award winner either online or at cap and gown pick up April 6-7. More details on voting will come soon.
Apply Now for the Lassiter Award
Rev. Dr. Valentino Lassiter began a "Continuing the Dream" lecture series in 2013 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King's August 1963 speech. After Rev. Lassiter's untimely death in 2015, JCU's Theology and Religious Studies Department decided to sponsor a student essay contest to celebrate students working for economic, religious, racial and social justice to continue Lassiter's work. This essay contest provides the opportunity to celebrate students who are continuing the dream shared by the Rev. Drs. Lassiter and King of one nation united together in freedom and harmony, with each person being treated with justice and respect. The contest comes with a $500 award.

Contest Requirements:
  • Submit a 1,000-word essay and a 500-word project proposal.
  • In the essay, describe one activity in which you have participated that helps further the work of the Rev. Drs. Lassiter and King to realize the American dream of “one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.” (1,000 words)
  • Based on the activity described in the essay, outline a workshop or other short program you could do with other JCU students that would help them grasp the significance of the justice question at the heart of your activity. (500 words)
  • The prizewinner will be expected to run this workshop or other program in the spring semester. Please review the University academic and events calendars and then specify how and when you would propose to carry out your program.

Submissions are due Friday, March 13. Click HERE to learn more and to submit.
Participate in YWCA's 21 Day Racial Equity and Social Justice Challenge
The challenge starts on Monday, March 2nd and continues (Monday – Friday) through Monday, March 30th. It is designed to create dedicated time and space to build more effective social justice habits, particularly those dealing with issues of race, power, privilege, and leadership.

Participants will be prompted daily with challenges such as reading an article, listening to a podcast, reflecting on personal experience and more. Participation in an activity like this helps us to discover how racial injustice and social injustice impact our community, to connect with one another, to identify ways to dismantle racism and other forms of discrimination.

Click HERE for more information and to sign-up.
JCU Student Food Pantry
If you could use some help with basic food staples, the JCU food pantry on campus can help. All JCU students are eligible for this free service. Choose from twelve nonperishable food items.

The JCU Student Food Pantry now has drop in hours and no sign-ups are necessary! The new location is in Room 27 in the D.J. Lombardo Student Center (across the hall from the Office of Residence Life) and the pantry is open during the following times:

  • Monday/Wednesday/Friday: 12:00-2:30 pm 
  • Tuesday/Thursday: 10 am-1:30 pm 
Email foodpantry@jcu.edu with any questions.

Visit the Food Pantry website HERE
Fun Fact! I went on an immersion to Jamaica this winter break!

Our #MYSERVICESTORY for the week comes from Jordan Spradlin, a senior Exercise Science major and Psychology minor from Pittsburgh, PA!

At which service sites / community partners have you served or been a student liaison?
I have served at St. Francis School, YouthAbility Spinning Class, Thomas Jefferson International Newcomers Academy, and Roxboro Middle School.

" Last semester, I was fortunate enough to participate in the YouthAbility program, which is for adolescents and adults with special needs. Every Thursday, we got the opportunity to hangout with them during a spinning class. It was always so much fun. The participants always had the biggest smiles on their faces when we got there each week and were just as excited as we were to get to know each other. My favorite thing about this service site was how positive and uplifting the experience was each week. Seeing the participants always put me in a better mood. They definitely made me think about what I can do during my day to be a light in others lives, like they were in mine. Between the smiles, hugs, dancing, and high fives, it was an experience I will always remember."
Each week  we feature stories of students who have made service a cornerstone of their JCU experience. Complete the form below to show us how you #ServeCLE!
We’ll share your story  on social media and in our weekly e-newsletter. If you’re a CSSA student liaison, you’ll earn points for your mentor group!

Submit your service story at  https://jcu.edu/myservicestory
Tuesday, February 25 .... Climate Change Film Screening   | 7:00 pm
Thursday, February 27 .... Beaudry Award Nominations Due
Saturday, February 29 - Sunday, March 8 .... JCU Spring Break - No Service
Monday, March 9 .... Service Resumes
Friday, March 13 .... Lassiter Award Applications Due
Saturday, April 25 .... Jesuit Day of Service
Sr. Katherine Feely  |  Director |    kfeely@jcu.edu    | 216.397.1966
Maryellen Callanan  |  Associate Director |    mcallanan@jcu.edu   |  216.397.2022
Heather Craigie |  Assistant Director, Student Development & Logistics| hcraigie@jcu.edu  |216.397.6233
Lisa Morde |  Assistant Director, Student Engagement & Data Mgmt |  lmorde@jcu.edu  | 216.397.6227
John Jackson  |  Assistant Director, Community Partnerships |  jnjackson@jcu.edu   |  216.397.1662
Carolina Kane |  Administrative Assistant & Marketing Specialist |   cxkane@jcu.edu  | 216.397.2024
Josefina Moreno '18, '21G  |  Graduate Assistant |   jmoreno18@jcu.edu  | 216.397.6283
Blake Yoho '22G  |  Graduate Assistant |   byoho22@jcu.edu  | 216.397.6283
JCU Center for Service and Social Action
Administration Building | AD-32
Monday-Thursday, 8 am - 8 pm | Friday 8 am - 5 pm
216.397.4698 |  (f) 216.397.1661

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