"Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without
leaving happier." - Mother Teresa
Get Ready to Register: Spring 2020
Weekly Service and GivePulse !
Get Involved!

CSSA sponsors an average of  100 weekly service activities each semester at more than  75 community partner locations.  Engage in a wide range of activities serving children, youth, senior citizens, those who are homeless, refugees, and developmentally challenged individuals. Weekly service is a ten-week commitment over a semester, works with your schedule, and transportation is provided!

For students in a service-learning course:
  • Registration opens on Monday, January 13 at 9:00 am
  • Registration closes on Tuesday, January 21 at 5:00 pm

For students interested in voluntary weekly service:
  • Registration opens on Wednesday, January 22 at 9:00 am 
  • Registration closes on Friday, January 24 at 5:00 pm

Do not miss your chance to register for service! To learn about, view, and register for available activities during these first two weeks,  visit  CSSA’s online registration system , GivePulse during your registration window!
Questions to Ask Yourself

  • Am I doing service for a course? If so, what is my professor’s requirement?
  • Why am I interested in doing service?
  • What issues/causes interest me? 
  • What population do I want to work with?
  • Do any service sites or activities relate to my career goals?
  • What is my availability?
Still have questions? Stop by the CSSA Office, AD-32, on the ground floor of the Administration Building across from Einstein's Bagels, email service@jcu.edu ,
or visit a Service Advising Cafe!
Need some help determining which weekly service placement will work best for you? Stop by one of our Service Advising Cafes this week or next week and meet with peer student advisors who can assist you and answer any questions!

Check the schedule below to speak to a peer service advisor, grab a snack, and ask all of your questions about service!
Tuesday, January 14
Wednesday, January 15
Thursday, January 16
Friday, January 17
Tuesday, January 21
Wednesday, January 22

10:00 am - 4:00 pm
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm*
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
AD-32  outside the CSSA Office, on the lower level of the Administration Building, across from Einstein's Bagels

*There will also be a Service Advising table in the LSC Atrium available on Wednesday, January 22, from 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm*
Tutor for Carroll Reads Early Literacy Program
Carroll Reads  is a federally-funded tutoring program aimed at helping children in grades K-3 develop reading skills. If you are looking for a  paid work-study position,  this is a great opportunity to work with young children in the community.  

Responsibilities include:
  • Conducting one-on-one tutoring sessions with students using scripted STEP literacy materials provided by CSSA
  • Assisting children to improve their reading skills and abilities to reach grade level expectations
  • Documenting each students’ weekly progress
  • Regularly reviewing student data with the Carroll Reads Site Coordinator to gauge the effectiveness of the literacy intervention
Service placement hours are as follows: 

Marion-Sterling Elementary AM: M/W 9:00 - 11:30 am
Marion-Sterling Elementary PM: M/W 11:50 am - 2:10 pm
Shoreview Elementary: T/R 9:00 am - 11:30 am
St. Francis Elementary: T/R 12:45 - 3:00 pm
St. Thomas Aquinas: M/W 12:30-3:00 pm
For more information, contact Blake Yoho at   carrollreads@jcu.edu , stop down to room  AD-32,  or call  216.397.4698!
Look for us on Handshake to apply! JCU students must be eligible for Federal Work Study to apply. Applications are open NOW !
Congratulations to the Fall 2019
Assessment Drawing Winners
We had a phenomenal response rate this year for our Fall Student Assessment of Service and Service-learning, and we would like to thank all students who provided their invaluable feedback to CSSA!

Four students who participated were randomly selected from 392 responses for a $25 Chipotle Gift Card. Congratulations to our winners:

  • Miranda Day, YouthAbility Exercise Class (Sundays)
  • Sarah Fallavollita, Jennings Center Opening Minds through Art (Fridays),
  • Marianela Guerra, Eliza Bryant Village Adult Day Music & Memory (Mondays)
  • Anya Slota, The Saturday Tutoring Program (Saturdays)

Come to CSSA in AD-32 between 8:30 am - 5:00 pm to claim your gift card!
Applications Open for a CEEP Fellowship for 2020!
The Campus Election Engagement Project (CEEP) is funding a fellow to assist with  voter engagement at JCU.  The fellow will work with JCU staff to lead voter registration, education, and engagement on campus in preparation for the 2020 elections. The fellow will receive a $500 stipend for the position. CEEP provides an orientation, training support and guidance. The position is for  spring 2020 with the potential of extending through Fall 2020.

To learn more or apply, click  HERE
The 20th Annual IRTF Social Justice Teach-In
The Interreligious Task Force in conjunction with Case Western Reserve University presents this day of workshops and speakers as an opportunity for people of all ages to learn about critical local, domestic, and global justice issues. Facilitators may not only present empirical data, but also engage community members through art and storytelling.

Date: Saturday, February 8
Time: 11:00am - 3:30 pm
Location: CWRU Tinkham Veale Center

Contact Heather Craigie for more information
Click HERE to view the 2020 flyer
Follow us on Instagram!
CSSA is excited to have a brand new  Instagram account this year! Follow us  to get the latest news from CSSA, hear about upcoming opportunities, get reminders about service, hear from our featured students about service, and to learn about all of the great things happening in the Center for Service and Social Action! 

Follow  @jcu_cssa  on  Instagram   NOW to join the fun!
The JCU Student Food Pantry
Having trouble making ends meet? We've got you covered, Blue Streaks! 
If you could use some help with basic food staples, a new food pantry on campus is available.  The Food Pantry is FREE AND OPEN TO ANY STUDENT.

The next pickup is Friday, January 24!
Sign up for the food pantry   HERE
Questions? Contact   foodpantry@jcu.edu
Check out the new food pantry website   HERE
Fun Fact! I can play the harmonica part of Piano Man!
Our first Monday #MYSERVICESTORY for the spring comes from Christopher Downey, a sophomore History and AYA Education major from Pittsford, NY!

At which service sites / community partners have you served or been a student liaison?
I have served at Griot Village Tutoring, Carroll Reads at St. Francis, Tutoring at St. Martin de Porres, and Mayfield Village Games Night.

"My first exposure to CSSA was tutoring at Griot Village for service-learning as part of a theology class. At Griot, each volunteer got paired with a student for the majority of the ten weeks of service, and I was with a girl named Dinah. She was quite shy for most of the semester, but worked really hard on all of her homework, often finishing before the others. Finally, on the last day of service, she started talking more than ever before and mentioned her very successful brother who lived in Houston. She went on and on about how he did really well in college and owned a hundred pairs of shoes, and she proudly looked up to him. She told me she was extremely grateful that I came in every week and helped her with her schoolwork, and that one day, she was going to own a hundred pairs of shoes thanks to me. As an aspiring teacher, this was the first interaction that confirmed my choice of career, and made me want to impact more young students' lives."
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
Monday, January 13  .... Spring 2020 Classes Begin
Monday, January 13  .... Registration Opens for Spring 2020 Service-Learning Courses | 9:00 am
Monday, January 20  .... JCU Closed for MLK Day
Tuesday, January 21 .... Registration Closes for Service-Learning Courses | 5:00 pm
Wednesday, January 22 .... Registration Opens for Voluntary Weekly Service | 9:00 am
Friday,January 24 .... Spring Service Registration Closes for All Students  | 5:00 pm
Friday, January 24 .... Background Check Fair #1 | 1:00 - 5:00 pm
Friday, January 24 .... JCU Student Food Pantry Pick - Up in Campus Ministry| 12:00 - 3:00 pm
Monday, January 27 .... Pre-Service Workshop #1 | 2:00 - 3:00 pm
Monday, January 27 .... Tutor Training Tips Workshop #1 | 3:00 - 3:30 pm
Monday, January 27 .... Pre-Service Workshop #2 | 3:30 - 4:30 pm
Tuesday, January 28  .... Celebration of Service Award Ceremony | 4:00 pm - Dolan Atrium
Wednesday, January 29 .... Pre-Service Workshop #3 | 4:00 - 5:00 pm
Wednesday, January 29 .... Background Check Fair #2 | 1:00 - 5:00 pm
Thursday, January 30 .... Pre-Service Workshop #4 | 3:30 - 4:30 pm
Thursday, January 30 .... Tutor Training Tips Workshop #2 | 4:30 - 5:00 pm
Thursday, January 30 .... Pre-Service Workshop #5 | 5:00 - 6:00 pm
Saturday, February 1 .... First Day of Spring 2020 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
Pam Zangara  |   Administrative Assistant |   pzangara@jcu.edu   |  216.397.4698
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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