This picture of the students and faculty of the Destination Africa: Malawi 2013 Outreach Education Study Abroad program was taken today as we departed the Kamuzu International Airport in Lilongwe, Malawi. We are staying at the Mtendere Village and orphanage. Our group was greeted with a welcome ceremony when we arrived by the children, Teachers and Village staff. Click here for more information.
Auburn Day Care Center is in need of volunteers! Potential tasks include reading to children, playing with children, and setting up computers in their Moton Center. This is a great opportunity for anyone who enjoys working with and for children; become their advocate today! Contact Shanice Richardson at email@example.com for more information.
Looking for a volunteer opportunity? Contact Dr. Trellis Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out about tutoring and float decorating with I Am My Brother’s Keeper! They are needing tutoring volunteers on all Monday and Wednesday evenings; you can go to a planning meeting on August 6th or 13th at 6:00 PM to find out more about tutoring with IAMBK. The float needs to be decorated by August 25th, so go lend a helping, creative hand!
Auburn faculty have been invited to participate in the 2012 Alabama Poverty Project Summer Workshop and Higher Education Alliance Annual Meeting, on Tuesday, July 24th from 10 A.M. to 2 P.M. at the Southside Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama. Click here for more details and to register for this workshop.
The AU Study Abroad Outreach Education program started with our departure from Auburn on May 26th, 2012. Since arriving we have had an excellent immersion in the culture in Malawi, Central Africa. Saturday, June 16, 2012 we hosted a Teacher Professional Development Workshop at the Blanchard Multi-purpose room in the Mtendere Village, in Lumbadzi where we all are staying. The workshop was held from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and attendees included the Lumbadzi Primary School teachers, Deputy Head Teacher, and Head Teacher as well as Mtendere Village teachers and Head Teacher; 18 education professionals in all. Eleven Auburn University student teachers, Mr. Shakeer Abdullah (Director of the AU Multicultural Center), Dr. Chippewa Thomas (Director of Faculty Engagement, VPUO), and Dr. L. Octavia Tripp (Associate Professor, Curriculum and Teaching, College of Education) presented best practice teaching stratiagies, lifeskills content, and assisted in various capacities to see that the workshop was carried out in success (agenda attached). Each participant in the workshop received registration and workshop materials including a small professional development stipend, a certificate of participation and school supplies for their respective classrooms. We left Malawi on Tuesday, June 19th.There are many more stories to report of our time and work here in Malawi, that our team is looking forward to share.
*Many thanks to Dr. Chippewa Thomas, Director of Faculty Engagement, VPUO, for keeping us up-to-date on this wonderful study abroad experience!
Mount Vernon Baptist Church, Auburn, AL
In need of volunteers to assist in a Back to School Summer Enrichment Program. The program, which will start in mid-July, will focus on preparing K-5 students to return to school. Tutors are needed in reading and math. Any interested people should contact Patricia Frazier at 334-444-8998 or 334-826-0678.
Lee County Habitat for Humanity
- Habitat Public Relations Display Project for Annual Event: 2-4 volunteers needed to set up and display point of display materials at an annual community involvement event. Students will be involved with an orientation process on Habitat’s mission and local activity. Students will set up and display Habitat marketing materials and share the organizations purpose with event attendees on June 10.
- Habitat for Humanity Home Construction Project: Construction of a Habitat home sponsored by the We Help coalition of churches Auburn. Welcome skilled and unskilled volunteers needed to help on construction of this home.
Anyone interested in participating in either of these projects should contact Mark Grantham: 334- 745-2123, email@example.com.
Calhoun County Extension Office
- We have community garden, recycling and outdoor classroom projects in Anniston. We can use help with site development and/or general maintenance. Opportunities for arts and crafts, construction, clean-up, vegetable production, county wide recycling program, etc. We have wifi at our semi-remote site, so volunteers can stay in touch. Assignments are available Monday through Friday, 8–4:30. Local volunteers are arriving every Tuesday 8 til noon. Call (256) 237-1621 for more information.
Alabama Rural Ministries
- ARM will be running home repair projects in Macon and Lee County from June 15th till July 23rd. Volunteers can come anytime from 8:30-4:00
- ARM is running a summer day camp for children in downtown Tuskegee. Camp runs M-F from 8:45-2:30. It meets at Tuskegee Public School.
For information contact Kim Dixon at (334) 501-4276 – firstname.lastname@example.org
Food Bank of East Alabama
Volunteers assist the Food Bank of East Alabama by sorting product, re-bagging product, preparing sacks of groceries for seniors, stocking shelves, sweeping, mopping and loading agency vehicles.
Hours of operation:
Monday – Thursday 7:00 AM – 12:00 noon
Monday – Thursday 1:00 – 3:00 PM
Friday: 7:00 AM – 12:00 noon court order volunteers only
We are closed from 12:00 – 1:00.
Attire: Casual clothes, shorts & sleeveless shirts are fine; no tank tops or opened toed shoes. No offensive slogans on your t-shirts.
Community service for school or a civic organization:
- Please call before you come in to be sure there are open spots for volunteers. The hours and dress code apply. The first time you come, someone will acquaint you with the facility and introduce you to the warehouse manager who will direct you on a project.
- If you need verification of volunteer hours for a professor or organization, please tell the person at the reception desk when you sign in.
- If coming as a group of more than three, please call at least 2 weeks ahead to arrange a project specifically for your group.
- Volunteers must be at least 16 years of age.
Court Ordered Community Service
- Please call or e-mail to schedule your first visit to the Food Bank. The necessary paper work will be done to report your hours and a volunteer schedule will be set-up.
- The hours and dress code apply.
- Plan to do a minimum of 2 hours each time you come in. You may do more if it fits with your schedule and ours.
- Volunteers must be at least 16 years of age. If under 18 a parent or legal guardian must come for the first visit to sign appropriate paper work.
- When your hours are complete, our director will send a letter to the appropriate authorities.
For additional information contact: Donna Demous, 334-821-9006
Rebuilding Together CapacityCorps program, is a partnership between Rebuilding Together and the AmeriCorps program. CapacityCorps assigns full-time AmeriCorps members to serve in a number of Rebuilding Together affiliates in several states across the country, including Rebuilding Together Central Alabama (RTCA) located in Montgomery, AL. RTCA currently is interviewing to fill two AmeriCorps positions. Click here for more information.
Just a reminder about some volunteer opportunities left for this semester. It’s never too late to get involved!!
Bravehearts: April 23rd- Final Performance and Art Exhibit 6pm
- Angie Burque, email@example.com
Women’s Hope: End of May- Walk for Life
- Staci Clifton, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Joy to Life Foundation: April 21st- Walk of Life
Holly Shoemaker, Volunteer Coordinator (email@example.com)