"Those who are happiest are those who do the most for others."
-Booker T. Washington
The Center for Service and Social Action is pleased to announce the launch of the JCU Lobo Learning Lab this week!

The Lobo Learning Lab is an after-school virtual hub for learning adventures & creative engagement for students in grades K-12! The Lobo Learning Lab is a space for children to experience exciting virtual after-school programming at no cost. JCU students develop and lead activities each week to keep children engaged and connected.

Goal: With the challenges presented by COVID-19, so many schools and community partners are working remotely and unable to engage students in the normal face-to-face way. The CSSA Team has been working to respond to the needs of our community partners as part of our academic service-learning outreach. In order to be nimble, find a creative way forward, and provide valuable learning activities, CSSA created this dynamic after-school virtual program! Our goal is to engage our JCU students in finding meaning and purpose, and connect them to our community partners and children across the city.

Know a parent or caregiver who might be interested in signing their child up for an activity? Tell them to register here!
Weekly Service Challenge: Donate Supplies to Support People Experiencing Homelessness
Winter is coming and cold nights are closer than we might think. Donate a backpack, sleeping bag, tent, or blanket to a local organization that supports people experiencing homelessness. Be sure to call your chosen organization ahead to let them know you will be making a donation!

If you are in Cleveland, you can make a donation to NEOCH (Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless) to support someone spending their nights on the streets of Cleveland! Please email toni@neoch.org or call 216-432-0540 to make a donation. Learn more about NEOCH on their website.
Learn: Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the Supreme Court’s feminist icon, not only changed the law, she also transformed the roles of men and women in society, according to Linda Greenhouse, contributing writer and former Supreme Court Correspondent for The Times. Ginsburg, the second woman to serve on the Supreme Court, died on Friday September 18, 2020 at the age of 87. Watch the video from the New York Times here.
Advocate: Learn from the National
Coalition for the Homeless
Learn how you can advocate for and help end homelessness through the National Coalition for the Homeless.

You can help end homelessness by simple CAREing:

Advocacy is critical to creating the systemic changes needed to end homelessness. Advocacy means working with people experiencing homelessness to bring about positive changes in policies and programs on the local, state, and federal levels. It means working with various sectors of the community (e.g. city/county officials, members of Congress, direct service providers, and the business community) to develop workable strategies for responding to homelessness. It also means changing your language and behaviors in small ways that may contribute to larger changes in the way people experiencing homelessness are seen and treated in our society. Learn how to be an advocate here.
The Deadline to Register is Today: The Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice
Are you interested in diving deeper into social justice and connecting with students from other universities and also within our JCU community? If so, participate in the Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice (IFTJ), which runs virtually from Oct. 19-26 and will include speakers such James Martin SJ, Sr. Helen Prejean, Greg Boyle SJ, Sr. Simone Campbell, Bryan Massignale SJ, Bishop Mark Seitz, and others. We will come together as a John Carroll group to debrief after the weekend sessions and a few times after the conference. Cost for JCU students is $5. Sign up here if you are interested and we will be in touch with more information. The deadline to register is TODAY, Monday September 28.

Register Today: Sustainable Cleveland Virtual Summit 10/14 and 10/15
Since 2009, Mayor Frank G. Jackson’s Sustainable Cleveland initiative has engaged more than 15,000 people from all walks of life, working together to design and develop a thriving and resilient Cleveland region. Over the past eleven years, Sustainable Cleveland has supported collaboration and action to make Cleveland a greener, cleaner place to live, work, and play for all. From improved water and air quality to increases in bike infrastructure and clean energy, Sustainable Cleveland has come a long way... but we know there's more work to do.
We invite you to attend the Sustainable Cleveland 2020 Virtual Summit from October 14th -15th. We will celebrate the many people and organizations that have gotten us this far, and build off this foundation for even greater progress. The Summit will include remarks from Mayor Frank Jackson, keynote presentations, recognition and awards, facilitated discussions on key priorities going forward, and much more.

If you are interested in attending the 2020 Sustainability Summit on October 14th and 15th, you can REGISTER HERE. This event is free!
Become a Refugee Response Youth Mentor
The goal of the Youth Mentoring Program with The Refugee Response is to connect refugee students with volunteer mentors in order to help students: achieve their own academic, language and social-emotional goals, nurture a growth mindset, and build confidence in their skills, abilities and identities. Youth mentors are academic tutors, role models and friendly community connections. The Refugee Response believes these connections significantly bolster student development. The relationships between students and mentors not only result in increased confidence in English language skills but also increased comfort in new communities. 

This opportunity is virtual this fall. View their flyer for more information.

Visit the Youth Mentoring Page on their website for an overview of the program and their students. Visit the Become a Youth Mentor Page for an overview of each role requirement and a link to the application.
Holy Spirit Church Opportunity
Parish School of Religion at Holy Spirit Catholic Church is looking for two John Carroll students to help successfully deliver online instructions to PSR students and parents. The PSR program is continuing remotely this fall and they are looking for students to help support technology use and procedures. They are requesting approximately 3 hours, every second Saturday of each month for assistance.

If you are interested in assisting Parish School of Religion at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, please contact Dr. Reiko Simmons at rsimmons@jcu.edu
Get Involved with Village in the Heights
Village in the Heights is a nonprofit all-volunteer organization that services University Heights, Beachwood, Shaker Heights, Cleveland Heights, South Euclid, and Lyndhurst. Their members/clients are active older adults living independently in their own homes, who occasionally need help with transportation, light duty home repairs, and visitation.  

Right now, they are seeking people who will deliver groceries and prescriptions to members, once an individual member places and prepays their orders online or by phone.

- Purchases are prepaid - so no money handled by driver
- Purchased goods are placed in driver's car
- Driver contacts member by phone or text to say the merchandise is on its way
- Merchandise is left in front of Village member's door
- Driver again contacts member to say delivery is complete.

Interested in getting involved with Village in the Heights? Find out more and register HERE. Questions? Email service@jcu.edu.
Intern at The City Mission
The City Mission empowers men, women, and children in crisis to overcome their unique, complex paths to homelessness. The City Mission is looking for bright, energetic students and recent grads to fill a wide variety of semester-long paid internships. Some roles are on the front lines of ministering to men, women and children experiencing crisis. Some are administrative or community engagement focused. Each internship is designed to benefit both the student and the Mission in the most meaningful ways possible. If you desire an internship in a ministry setting that offers challenging and inspiring opportunities, The City Mission might be the place for you. Visit https://www.thecitymission.org/internships/ for more information and to browse available internships.

Questions?  Email intern@thecitymission.org, or call Jaime Buxton, Volunteer and Internship Services Supervisor at (216) 431-3510, ext. 317.
Our #MyMagisMessage for the week comes from CSSA Student Leadership Team member, Reilly Haas, a junior Sports Administration and Business major from Cincinnati, OH! Reilly has served with Hope Alliance Church, LMM Men's Shelter Current Events, St. Francis Elementary School.

If you had to state your life mission off the top of your head, in one sentence, what would it be?
My life mission is to live like you have nothing to lose, work as if you have something to prove, and love one another until the end.

When I reflect on what magis means, my mind thinks about leaving the world better than you found it. Each one of us has our own unique blueprint of strengths and weaknesses. The diverse set of talents we each possess can be used to make a difference in our world. I work on living out the magis by performing small acts of kindness, especially when it's challenging.

Like many of you, this year started out in an unexpected way. Embracing these different circumstances has helped me work at becoming a better version of myself. Since August, I have been assistant coaching high school cross country. This type of service has been challenging but also extremely rewarding. As a coach, I've discovered the importance of pushing people to do their best while also creating a welcoming environment that fosters growth. This type of service places an emphasis on doing service for and with others. Teaching the girls how to become better runners though technique or skills has been enjoyable, but it has not been the most rewarding part. What I'll cherish most is the relationships I've developed with each girl. Learning about who each girl is and pushing them to become the best version of themselves has been the most rewarding part.

No two people are the same. The differences we all possess can be used to make a difference, big or small; we just have to believe it. Service helps me leave the world better than I found it and pushes me to become the best version of myself!
October 14-15 .... Sustainable Cleveland Virtual Summit
October 19-26 .... Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice
Tuesday, November 3 .... Election Day
Sr. Katherine Feely, SND, Ed.D  | Director |   kfeely@jcu.edu   | 216.397.1966
Heather Craigie | Assistant Director, Student Development & Logistics|hcraigie@jcu.edu |216.397.6233
John Jackson  | Assistant Director, Community Partnerships | jnjackson@jcu.edu  |  216.397.1662
Carolina Kane |  Marketing Specialist |  cxkane@jcu.edu | 216.397.2024
Amy Bartter  |  Administrative Assistant |  abartter@jcu.edu  |  216.397.4698
Blake Yoho '22G  | Graduate Assistant |  byoho22@jcu.edu | 216.397.6283
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