"The way you get meaning into your life is to devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning."
- Mitch Albom

Welcome Class of 2024 and Transfer Students!
Welcome Back Class of 2021, 2022, and 2023!
Welcome and Welcome Back to John Carroll University! This e-newsletter will arrive in your inbox weekly with information about upcoming community service opportunities, speakers, events, and information about how to get involved. 90% of students at JCU get involved in service by the time they graduate, and over 68% of students are involved every year! 

How will you get involved this year? The Center for Service and Social Action (CSSA) invites you to discover your gifts, talents, and leadership abilities through service with others.

Watch our video below to meet the CSSA staff and learn about ways that CSSA is
here to support you this fall!
Fall 2020: What will service look like?
We're going VIRTUAL

While our traditional service drives won’t be running this semester, our community engagement work will be continuing virtually. It is important now more than ever to think about how we can nurture a spirit of community, shared responsibility, hope, and connection so that we can truly be men and women with and for others - everyday.

Although we aren't on campus, there is much you can do to make a difference in the lives of others. Our community partners need you now more than ever - even virtually!

We have a host of virtual service opportunities available for you, including:
  • service-learning courses,
  • voluntary weekly service opportunities,
  • advocacy opportunities,
  • community-building projects,
  • weekly community engagement challenges.
Many of our service opportunities will be held through Zoom and other online platforms where you will be working directly with members of the community.

Be sure to also read our E-newsletter each week, as we will be providing one-time weekly engagement challenges, and advocacy opportunities that you can participate in. Our weekly challenges are a good introduction to service for those who have never tried it before, and require less of a commitment, as they do not occur on a regular basis. These service activities are open to JCU students, staff, faculty, and administration.

Explore our online registration system, GivePulse, to explore and learn about opportunities that will keep you engaged and connected to the community this semester!
Get Ready to Register: Fall 2020
Weekly Service and GivePulse!
Get Involved! Weekly service is a ten-week commitment over a semester and works with your schedule!

For students in a service-learning course:
  • Registration opens on Monday, August 31 at 9:00 am
  • Registration closes on Tuesday, September 8 at 5:00 pm

For students interested in voluntary weekly service:
  • Registration opens on Wednesday, September 9 at 9:00 am 
  • Registration closes on Tuesday, September 15 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? Zoom with the CSSA Office (We are located in AD-32, on the ground floor of the Administration Building across from Einstein's Bagels),
and email service@jcu.edu!
NEW!! Be a Part of CSSA's Online Lobo Learning Lab
As part of CSSA's virtual weekly service opportunities this semester, we are introducing to our community partners and their families Lobo Lab, an after-school virtual hub for learning adventures & creative engagement for students grades K-12. The Lobo Lab is a space for children to experience exciting and educational virtual after-school programming while under JCU student supervision. JCU students will be developing engaging lesson plans and activities each week to keep children engaged and entertained.

We are looking for students to be weekly Lobo Lab volunteer participants. Connect with, tutor, and mentor K-12 students in this weekly service opportunity! Grab a friend and be Lobo Lab mentors!

Register for these activities during your correct registration window on GivePulse!
Tutor for the Carroll Reads Early Literacy Program
Carroll Reads is a federally-funded tutoring program aimed at helping children in elementary grades develop reading skills. If you are looking for a paid federal work-study position, this is a great opportunity to work with children in the community. This semester, all Carroll Reads tutoring will be held online through Zoom with Marion-Sterling Elementary.  

Responsibilities include:
  • Conducting virtual one-on-one tutoring sessions with students using educator-provided materials.
  • Building rapport and cultivating enthusiasm with the children.
  • Assisting children in developing their reading and writing skills to reach grade level expectations.
  • Weekly documenting and reviewing student data with the Carroll Reads Site Coordinators to gauge the effectiveness of interventions.
  • Regularly checking in with Carroll Reads Coordinators and Student Liaisons for continued training and assistance in tutoring.
Contact Blake Yoho at carrollreads@jcu.edu, call 216.397.4698, or visit the Carroll Reads landing page for more information.
Look for us on Handshake to apply! JCU students must be eligible for Federal Work Study to apply. Applications are open NOW!
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"Acceptance, Advocacy, & Activism" Talk
Featuring Actress, Kathy Najimy
On Tuesday, September 15, 2020  the National Council of Jewish Women Cleveland will be hosting their 126th Opening Meeting and will be featuring actress and advocate, Kathy Najimy. Kathy will be speaking at a separate, exclusive, free afternoon event specifically designed for students. This event will take place via Zoom at 2:00 pm.  Learn about Kathy's journey from being an actress to becoming an activist. Ann Klotz, Head of Laurel School, will be facilitating the conversation with Kathy.

For a Zoom link and to RSVP, please email Julie Hayes at jhayes@ncjwcleveland.org

When: Tuesday, September 15
Time: 2:00 pm on Zoom

For more information about NCJW/CLE, visit their website HERE.
Monday, August 31 .... Fall 2020 Classes Begin
Monday, August 31 .... Registration Opens for Fall 2020 Service-Learning Courses | 9:00 am
Tuesday, September 8 .... Registration Closes for Service-Learning Courses | 5:00 pm
Wednesday, September 9 .... Registration Opens for Voluntary Weekly Service | 9:00 am
Tuesday, September 15 .... Registration Closes for Voluntary Weekly Service | 5:00 pm
September 14-17 .... Pre-Service Workshops and Orientations
Monday, September 21 .... First Day of Fall 2020 Service
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
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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