"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly."
-Dr. Martin Luthur King Jr.
Registration is now open  for One-Time Service!  One-Time Service  Opportunities and Special Events are  open to JCU students, staff, and faculty , and can be a good introduction to service for those who've never tried it before. These volunteer opportunities  do not require a weekly commitment.   New opportunities are frequently added. You can register on  GivePulse  now for One-Time Service opportunities!

Service Activities Include:

Serve dinner at Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry's Men's Shelter

Sort, repack, and distribute food items to community members experiencing food insecurity at Stephanie Tubbs Jones Health Center

Assist with registration and the processing of initial paperwork at Legal Aid Law Clinic, a free advice clinic for low-income individuals with civil legal issues.

Help sort and repack nonperishable food that is later distributed to local food pantries, soup kitchens, and shelters at the Greater Cleveland Food Bank

Play non-competitive basketball with teens and young adults with disabilities at Mayfield Village Basketball

Join teens and young adults with disabilities at Mayfield Village Adaptive Recreation in a Game Night, in which all participants join in volleyball, basketball, ping pong, and board games

Serve as a judge at the JCU Science Olympiad for Elementary school children in Grades 4 through 6. Morning and afternoon shifts available.

To browse and register, follow the instructions below:
  • To find one-time service activities, click this link and log in using your JCU credentials.
  • Scroll down to explore one-time service opportunities.
  • You can browse by clicking the calendar icon to search by day and time and view open activities in blue.
  • Click Register, and on the next page, read the waivers and check the boxes to agree. Then hit "continue' to confirm your registration.
  • You will receive an email immediately from GivePulse confirming your service registration was successful.

If you need assistance, email service@jcu.edu or stop by the CSSA office in AD-32.
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
Save the Date: Chasing Ice Film Screening
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 your congressman and senators 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
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.
Save the Date: CRU Event
Have a conversation about the Bible and Immigration with Cru! Uncover how Scripture interacts with current issues of immigration. Learn how education and spirituality can be combined in order to learn how Jesus would approach the current climate of immigration in our country today.

Cru is hosting guest speaker Christy Staats, who was on staff with Cru in London, and is now working with refugees across NE Ohio with local churches. She is also a part of Bibles, Badges, and Business to do advocacy work. She will be speaking about Immigration through the lens of the Bible.

When: Wednesday, February 19, 2020
Where: Jardine Room
Time: 7:00 PM
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! If I had to eat one thing for the rest of my life it would be tacos!

Our #MYSERVICESTORY for the week comes from Samantha Sestito, a senior Exercise Science major and Entrepreneurship minor from Pittsburgh, PA!

At which service sites / community partners have you served or been a student liaison?
I have served at Carroll Reads, CHUH School Districts, and YouthAbility

"I have served at Carroll Reads for six semesters and I have had some K-3rd graders who make doing this site worth it all. Going in week by week and having one-on-one tutoring with the students is not only helpful for them, but rewarding for us tutors. To be a part of this service is not only rewarding it is also an honor. I have had some students for multiple semesters and to see them advance each semester and thrive from the one-on-one interaction is very heartwarming. A lot of students I work with may not get the one-on-one help they need in the classroom or at home due to other circumstances. The students truly excel and are excited to have a special connection with us tutors."
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   | 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Thursday, February 27 .... Beaudry Award Nominations Due
February 29 - March 8 .... JCU Spring Break - No Service
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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