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2011-12 Community Service Opportunities
Ongoing Twice monthly, volunteers from the SCU community provide breakfast to residents at the Julian Street Inn Shelter. Faculty, staff, students, and their families are welcome to participate.
Ongoing The Staff Senate has been collaborating with Alumni Relations in a cell phone drive that benefits Next Door Solutions which promotes safety for battered women and their children. The SCU community helps by donating unwanted cell phones and accessories (working or not). Phones are recycled in an environmentally-safe and responsible manner, with proceeds benefitting essential support programs, including emergency shelters. Here's how it works - Next Door Solutions has a non-profit recycling partner, Shelter Alliance, who pays them for used, unwanted cell phones. They pay Next Door anywhere from 50 cents to $100 (no, that's not a typo) per phone. They can even accept iphones, blackberries and androids. Shelter Alliance even pays for the shipping, so it costs the Next Door organization nothing. Phones and their accessories can be dropped off any time at the Alumni Relations office reception desk located in Donohoe Alumni House.
Nov/Dec From 11/7/11-12/9/11 the Staff Senate in collaboration with the Faculty Senate, Campus Ministries, Harrington Commons Library, RLCA, Bon Appetit and the Access Card Office sponsored a campus food drive for Second Harvest Food Bank. The entire SCU community including faculty, staff and students participated and were able to donate over a ton of food. In addition, students donated more than 3,000 dining points.
March As part of an annual SCU tradition, plans are in place to provide residents at the Home Safe Women and Children’s shelter in San Jose a night of celebration where mothers and children have an opportunity to relax and have fun. In the last four years, the SCU community provided volunteer time and donations towards offering Easter, Christmas and Halloween themed celebrations. This year the celebration will be based on a St. Patrick’s Day theme. The event takes place at the shelter on March 8, 2012 from 6-8 p.m. A call for volunteers to serve at the event or to donate funds will be sent out via GroupWise towards the end of January.
April The Staff Senate is taking the lead in putting together a Santa Clara University Community Service Day. This will be the first year for this event which is hoped to become an SCU tradition. Planned for Saturday, April 21, 2012, this event is focused on giving participants an opportunity to give a day of community service together as a team from Santa Clara University. It will include staff, faculty, alumni, and student volunteers including their family members. On September 15, 2011, SCU staff and faculty were sent a short survey to help determine interest in this project. Over a hundred positive responses were received. Habitat for Humanity and the San Jose Parks and Recreation Department are offering opportunities and more organizations are being sought. Participants will be able to pick from amongst a variety of activities suitable for volunteers of all ages. A web page will soon be created that will provide greater detail and allow for participants to sign up for one of the activities. An informational email with a link to the web page will be sent to SCU community members in the near future.