Community Service & Civic Engagement

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This bi-weekly bulletin is designed to summarize upcoming volunteer events so that you, and your organizations, can get involved in a variety of service and engagement opportunities. Please feel free to peruse the text descriptions below.

Do you have an event you need volunteers for? We are happy to add events to CorkBoard. Please send an email to CommunityService@Muhlenberg.edu with the event name, date(s), time(s), a description of the event and contact information. We will do our best to post it in our upcoming bulletin.

Please feel free to pass CorkBoard on to anyone who may be interested in volunteering and/or attending the described events. Individuals may subscribe to CorkBoard by emailing CommunityService@Muhlenberg.edu with "subscribe" in the subject

Enjoy!
The Office of Community Service & Civic Engagement

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  2. CorkBoard – Vol. 3.13
  3. “Happiness does not consist in pastimes and amusements but in virtuous activities.” Aristotle
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  5. A Campus Discussion of Trayvon Martin
  6. Tuesday, March 27th 12:30-1:45pm
  7. Muhlenberg College, the Center
  8. A Brown Bag discussion will be held to discuss the Trayvon Martin case and how it could be potentially play out on our campus.
  9. For more information contact Robin Riley-Casey at robin.riley-casey@muhlenberg.edu or 484-664-3228
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  11. BOA funding applications are available!
  12. The Board of Associates (BOA) generously supports student organized events, programs and projects which strive to work with and connect to Allentown communities.  A select number of proposals are reviewed by the Board annually.  If you, and/or your organization, would like to present a proposal for funding to the BOA you must first complete the attached application.  Selected projects will be contacted by the end of the day on Friday, March 30, 2012. 
  13. Application Due: Wednesday, March 28, 2012 by 4:30 PM
  14. Presentation date (if project is selected) – April 5, 2012
  15. If you have and questions and/or if you would like to talk through ideas for projects, come by the Office or contact Eveily Freeman at eveily.freeman@muhlenberg.edu
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  17. Supporting the Emerging Workforce (a discussion lead by State Senator Lisa M. Boscola)
  18. Thursday, March 29th at 1:00pm
  19. Northampton Community College Alumni Hall
  20. The Pennsylvania State Democratic Policy Committee invites you to join this roundtable discussion of job creation programs, especially those aimed at assisting the young, emerging workforce. We will discuss the important role played by universities, community colleges, technical and trade schools in career development, and examine how we can match this development with real world jobs.
  21. For more information, please feel free to contact Jeff Warren or Laura Collins of Lisa M. Boscola’s staff at 610.868.8667.
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  23. Volunteer Nominations for Allentown’s Impact Service Plan!
  24. Wednesday, April 18th
  25. Muhlenberg College
  26. Mayor Pawlowski will discuss Allentown's Impact Service Plan on volunteerism. At the same time he will acknowledge and celebrate volunteers at a luncheon with a SERVAllentown recognition certificate from AARP and Cities of Service.
  27. Consider nominating volunteers you know for this special recognition!
  28. Please email Ismael Arcelay- Ismael.Arcelay@allentowncity.org with the following information by March 30, 2012
  29. Criteria for nominations are simple:
    1. ·         Volunteerism occurred in Allentown
    2. ·         Have provided over 100 hours during 2011

  30. Categories include:
    1. ·         Kids  10 – 14, Young Adult  15- 24, Adults     25 – older
    2. ·         Faith-Based, Business, Community Organization, Government,
      1.           Education, Community
  31. All nominations must include;
    1. 1.       name of nominee: ________________________________
    2. 2.       Name and contact information of nominator:_____________
    3. 3.       Brief description of volunteer activity:__________________
    4. 4.       Age category;____________________________________
    5. 5.       Group category: __________________________________
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  33. Justice or Just Us? A Peace Conference
  34. Friday, March 30th 9:00am-2:30pm
  35. Northampton Community College, College Center 220 & Laub Lounge
  36. Northampton Community College will be hosting its second annual Peace Conference.  "JUSTICE OR JUST US? Activism in the Age of Inequality" will be the theme of this year's conference. 
  37. Keynote speaker will be Alan Jennings, Executive Director of CACLV (Community Action Committee of the Lehigh Valley).  His presentation titled "Patience and Good Manners Won't Win the Fight" should provide the foundation for a vibrant discussion!
  38. If you have any questions or need directions, please do not hesitate to contact Debra Bohr at dbohr@northampton.edu or 610.861.5061
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  40. "The School of the Americas and U.S. Foreign Policy in Latin America"    
  41. Friday, March 30th
  42. Dyer Auditorium, Walter Hall, Moravian Academy's Merle-Smith (Upper School) Campus
  43. 4313 Green Pond Road, Bethlehem, Pa. 18020
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  45. Join us for an evening of Latin American tapas, live music, and a presentation by Father Roy Bourgeois, a Maryknoll Priest. The presentation will include time for questions by the audience. No cost, but please donate a non-perishable food item for the New Bethany Ministries' Food Bank.
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  47. 5:00-6:00 p.m. -Reception and Latin American tapas with live music
  48. 6:00 - 7:15 p.m.: Presentation by Fr. Roy Bourgeois and Q & A.
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  50. Register by contacting: Katherine Burd at 610-691-1600, ext. 349, or email kburd@moravianacademy.org
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  53. Chit-Chat & Chow!
  54. Tuesday, April 3rd & 5th  
  55. Common Hour (12:30-1:45pm)
  56. GQ Annex, Seegers Union
  57. That's right, we will provide the lunch if you bring your thoughts and reflections on working with agencies and organizations serving adults (April 3rd conversation) and youth (April 5th converstation) in Allentown! What have you learned about the city through these experiences?  What have you learned about yourself?
  58. Please RSVP (positive only) to Eveily Freeman, efreeman@muhlenberg.edu by Friday, March 30. 
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  60. Blood Drive - ON CAMPUS!
  61. April 11th
  62. Sign-ups: April 3rd-10th
  63. The brothers of Sigma Phi Epsilon are pairing up with Miller-Keystone for our twice-annual blood drive.  The date of the event is April 11th and brothers will be tabling in early April.  We hope you can make it out and donate!! 
  64. For more information please contact Phil Weisgold, pw237487@muhlenberg.edu.
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  66. Allentown Public Library Spring Gala Fundraiser
    Saturday, April 21st 6:00pm-9:30pm
  67. Allentown Public Library
  68. This year the Allentown Public Library will be celebrating its 100th anniversary. The 2nd Annual "A Novel Affair" gala to benefit the Allentown Public Library includes food samplings by area restaurants, caterers and bakeries, a silent auction and prize drawing.
  69. Registration is $75 per person or $140 per couple.
  70. For information on sponsorships, to donate prizes or to receive an invitation, contact Janet Cimino at 610-767-9138.
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  72. Free Benefit Concert for Kids!
  73. Saturday, April 21st 3:00pm
  74. Faith UCC church in Center Valley (5992 Route 378. Center Valley, PA 18034)
  75. El Sistema is a program that was set up to bring in children from impoverished areas, to teach them to play a musical instrument, and give them educational support. The structure and discipline these kids did not receive at home was key to the program, and instilled a strong sense of community, respect, and above all, hope.
  76. Come support El Sistema Lehigh Valley! There will be a concert featuring local student and professional musicians, a short performance by the children involved with the program, guest speaker state representative JUSTIN SIMMONS, refreshments, and a free will offering.  
  77. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Elise Schaffer or Steven Liu at freeESLVconcert@aol.com
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  79. Fridays @ Phoebe!
  80. Every Friday: Meet at 1:45 pm in Parent’s Plaza
  81. Return to campus at 4:00 pm
  82. Interested in spending time with the Phoebe Home residents? Fridays @ Phoebe are looking for volunteers! Come participate in activities with the residents along with other Muhlenberg students.
  83. For more information or to sign up, email Emily Prawer at EP245088@muhlenberg.edu or Matt Bocchese at MB244899@muhlenberg.edu. Or just show up in Parent’s Plaza!
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  85. Do you love scrabble? 
  86. Are you looking for a fun and easy way to be involved and give back to the Allentown communities?  Some of the residents at the Phoebe Home (an elder care facility just blocks from campus) are looking for some students to make a scrabble group with!  The Phoebe Home is just a 5 minute walk down Chew Street and you can meet with the residents during your free time - on your schedule! 
  87. Please contact Kelly Cann, kc246501@muhlenberg.edu if you are interested!
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  89. Volunteer for the Civic Theater of Allentown
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  91. The Civic Theater of Allentown is looking for volunteers to distribute flyers and posters for upcoming performances at local businesses.  This can be done on your own time!  A list of businesses will be provided to volunteers.  This is a great way to stay in the loop regarding happenings at the Civic Theatre and to find out more about local businesses!
  92. For more information and to volunteer contact Tiffany Fritz, 610-433-8903, or by email Tiffany@civictheatre.com and copy (CC) Eveily Freeman, efreeman@muhlenberg.edu,
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  94. Still looking for more volunteers!
  95. Community Bike Works - It's not all about bikes.
  96. Wednesdays: 3:50-5:30 PM
  97. Thursdays: 3:25-5:30 PM **need more volunteers this day!**
  98. Community Bike Works is looking for interested volunteers to take part in "drop-in" hours - you do not have to know anything about bikes!! Seeking volunteers who are enthusiastic about spending time with local Allentown students ages 10-17. Transportation is provided!
  99. Contact Anvi Patel, ap237800@muhlenberg.edu, (848) 391-3705.
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  101. Volunteer at the Steel Stacks with Ride for Life!
  102. May 5th & 6th
  103. Muscular Dystrophy Association is seeking volunteers who like to have fun and can help make this the most successful Ride for Life yet! It is going to be a fun, high energy event with live music, street performers, vendor tents, games, auctions, food and more! Help needed in running the kids activities, manning the incentives tent, operating the silent auction, replenishing food and water, accounting, and more.
  104. If you have any questions, please contact Emily Patrick at empatrick@ursinus.edu or 717-395-6353. 
  105. P.S.
  106. Spread the word about CorkBoard and the Office of Community Engagement! If you know someone who is interested in being put on the mailing list, please have them e-mail their name to communityservice@muhlenberg.edu and write "Subscribe" in the subject line.