"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."
-Martin Luther King Jr.
Campus Voting Initiative
Whether you’re running to the polls before going to class or work, voting early by mail, or making a day of it with friends and family (adhering to COVID-19 guidelines, of course), make sure that you are both registered to vote and know where and how you’re voting because  YOUR VOTE MATTERS. Sophia Maltese, the Campus Election Engagement Project fellow at JCU, has been doing work to get students informed about the upcoming election. Check out the JCU Student Government Instagram page, @jcustudentgov, to learn about the importance of voting and to stay informed.

Explore these non-partisan voter guides to help you understand the candidates, the issues, and the Supreme Court vacancy impact.
Did you request your mail-in ballot?
Find out about absentee and/or early voting where you live at nass.org! Select the state where your permanent address is located in the dropdown menu, and you will see the steps you must take to request your mail-in ballot and the important voter deadlines in your state.

Need to know when your mail-in ballot request form is due? Visit usvotefoundation.org to find a list of election dates and deadlines for your state.

For those of you living in Ohio, visit Frank LaRose, Ohio's Secretary of State's website to print your Ohio Absentee Ballot Request form.
Ohio's Absentee Ballot Application Deadline is:
  • Received by noon, Saturday October 31
Your Absentee Ballot Return Deadline is:
  • Postmarked by: Monday November 2, 2020
  • In-Person: Received by Tuesday November 3, 2020 7:30pm EST
Help Staff Your Local Polling Place
America is facing a record shortage of poll workers this year due to the Coronavirus. Most poll workers are over the age of 60 and, in the era of uncertainty caused by the coronavirus, fewer are signing up for the job. Our democracy depends on ordinary people who make sure elections run smoothly and everyone's vote is counted. You can make sure we have a safe, fair, efficient election for all.

Living the Mission: The Loveliest Moment in Life
This week on Living the Mission, we present Episode 2: The Loveliest Moment in Life with Andrew Cera, which centers around Consciousness of Self.

Delaney Burns '21 and Caroline Maltese '21 bring you this week's episode of "Living the Mission," the Center for Service and Social Action's official podcast. We welcome you to join us on our journey toward becoming more socially responsible leaders. Our goal is to bring you insights regarding CSSA’s values and the Social Change Model of Leadership as we interview some friends from our John Carroll community. Tune in to create some positive social change together.

You can also listen to Living the Mission on Spotify, Anchor, Google Podcasts, and Apple Podcasts
Footprints for Fatima Goes Virtual
The Arrupe Scholars are excited to announce that Footprints for Fatima is going virtual! Families living in poverty need our help more than ever! Proceeds will help the Fatima Family Center provide food, supplies, and essential items to the Hough community they serve.

Race participants have three days (October 23, 24, & 25) in which to perform in a 5K Run, 1-5 Mile Walk, or a 10K Run. An online race platform will track progress, times, and connect racers with each other. Information will be provided in an email to registrants.

Service Challenge: Sustainable Meal Swaps
Reduce your carbon footprint in the kitchen with sustainable meal swaps! Expand your cooking abilities and seek out one plant based meal (even if not 100% vegan) and make a few cooking swaps for a simple way to dramatically reduce your carbon footprint! Find some vegan and vegetarian recipes at AllRecipes and BudgetBytes.

You can DM the sustainability Instagram @jcusustainability or email the interns ckenney22@jcu.edu and mcoughlin23@jcu.edu with any recipes you made, plants you have growing, or ideas for a more sustainable lifestyle! Be sure to email and tag CSSA (@jcu_cssa) as well!

The JCU sustainability interns wanted to share some ideas to be sustainable at home and some easy ways to incorporate more earth friendly recipes without even noticing it! During this ongoing pandemic, it is easy to become restless in the house but little hobbies can help make us feel more active.

An easy way to occupy your time throughout the week is to grow your indoor plant collection. This can be done through collecting larger plants for decoration or even having one or two small herb plans, such as basil or mint, sitting on a kitchen windowsill. Basil can be used to make pesto for pasta, sandwiches, and many more fun recipes! Vegan pesto recipes are very easy to find on the Internet and any switches to a vegetarian/ vegan meal help reduce your carbon footprint immensely. Some small switches can be found in dairy free coffee creamer (soy, almond, or oat milk based all use less energy and water than dairy milk), vegetable broth instead of chicken or beef, adding more vegetables to any meal while slightly reducing meat intake, or if you really want to challenge yourself, try planning one vegan/ vegetarian day a week. 
Learn: Sustainable Cleveland Virtual Summit
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.

Interested in attending the 2020 Sustainability Summit on October 14th and 15th?REGISTER HERE. This event is free!
Advocate: Climate Change Legislation
Every year, millions of acres of land are consumed by fire in the United States. By raising temperatures, melting snow sooner, and drying soils and forests, climate change is fueling the problem. Since 2015, the United States has experienced, on average, roughly 100 more large wildfires every year than the year before. This changes region by region, and year to year, but generally we’re seeing more wildfires, more acres burned, and longer, more intense fire seasons. Read more about wildfires and climate change here.

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.
Our #MyMagisMessage for the week comes from CSSA Student Leadership Team member, Erin Kipp, a sophomore Peace Justice and Human Rights major and Leadership Development minor from Holliston, MA! Erin has served with Cuyahoga Hills Juvenile Correctional Facility, Roxboro Elementary School, and Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry. She is also currently serving (virtually of course!) at Boys Hope Girls Hope and Building Hope in the City.

If you had to state your life mission off the top of your head, in one sentence, what would it be?
To love unconditionally, change the world in small ways every day, and to do it with gratitude and a smile :).

As I reflect upon this time in particular, I think it is easy to get bogged down by the weight of everything happening in our society. There is so much that is begging to drive us apart both physically and emotionally. I have certainly had days where it all gets to be overwhelming and feels too big a hurdle to jump. But when I think about the term magis, "for the greater good", and think about it in terms of our JCU community, I have been both inspired and humbled with the task of finding the great glory of what we can accomplish while apart.

Service has always been one of the biggest parts of my life, and so to be able to have it as a constant in a time of so many uncertainties has been a blessing. Getting the opportunity to connect with students at places like BHGH and BHITC, even if we just end up talking for an hour, has been a really great reminder that service doesn't always need to be a huge extravagant or unattainable thing. It can be as simple as writing a letter to a neighbor who's having a tough time, talking with some kids who can't see their classmates anymore, or even going out and voting!

I always tell people that I chose John Carroll for the community, and this holds true now more than ever, as I am able to meet with people who share my passions and do so with a smile, behind a mask of course!
October 14-15 .... Sustainable Cleveland Virtual Summit
October 19-26 .... Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice
October 23-25 .... Footprints for Fatima
Saturday, October 31 .... Ohio Absentee Ballot Request Deadline
Tuesday, November 3 .... Election Day
Wednesday, November 11 .... Summer Internship Showcase
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
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