Category Archives: Miscellaneous

Welcome to the Center for Civic Engagement’s New Blog!

It’s not really new, it’s actually been around for a while, but several changes are in order. To date the Center for Civic Engagement has primarily utilized the blog to market and promote events. Although marketing is still an important part of our success as an office, we recently repurposed our website to address that need and allow our blog to focus on bigger and better, if not equally important, things.

Before we address our blog’s new prospects, let’s revisit the Center for Civic Engagement’s Mission:

The Center for Civic Engagement’s mission is to contribute to the holistic development of College of Charleston students and to cultivate in them a passion for positive social change through the use of education, service, and critical reflection.

The Center for Civic Engagement places equal emphasis on education, direct service, and reflection – a philosophy represented by the triangle of quality service. Each of our student interactions revolve around this philosophy; therefore, we feel our online presence should represent the same commitment. Our dream is that the blog will become a resource for students to educate themselves about social change, and provide a context for students to reflect on their direct service experiences through our office.

New Features of the Blog

  1. Education Posts
  2. The Center for Civic Engagement believes that one of the critical components to resolving a social justice issue is being educated about it. We hope to contribute to the education of our blog readers by publishing biweekly articles about specific social justice topics. We hope to inform and inspire our readers to become active and effective citizens in the community. These posts will be written by a member of our office staff or by a guest who has substantial knowledge about a particular subject. Guest writers can be faculty/staff members at the College of Charleston or members of the community. If you are passionate about a topic that relates to our office’s mission and you would like to publish to our blog, contact us at [email protected].

  3. Student Posts
  4. Critical reflection of direct service events gives our student participants new perspectives, inspires passion, and challenges them to learn and do more. It also requires volunteers to evaluate the impact they have on the community through their service. This is an important part of moving individuals to become active citizens in the community. In order to capture students’ reflections, the Center for Civic Engagement will encourage one or two of the student participants in each of our events to post about their experiences.

  5. Newsletter Posts
  6. The Center for Civic Engagement would like to keep the readers of the blog up to date with what is happening in our office. Therefore we will have monthly posts that reflect on the previous month’s events and programs.

  7. Thematic Changes
  8. In the upcoming months, the Center for Civic Engagement may be testing new visual themes for our blog. This will not affect the content whatsoever but it may affect the user experience. If you have any feedback regarding these changes, contact us at [email protected].

We look forward to this exciting new change for our office through the modification of our blog. We hope that these changes will encourage students to engage in the community, and community members to engage with students. We encourage you, whether you are a student at the College of Charleston, or just a kindred spirit, to read our blog and to engage in whatever community you claim.

A Salute to Veterans

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Join the Center for Civic Engagement for service to veterans on Veterans Day:

When: Tuesday, November 11th  

(volunteer shifts available 11am-2pm; 4pm-6pm; or 6pm-8pm)

Where: Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center

Volunteers will meet at the Center for Civic Engagement (203 Lightsey Center) at the beginning of their shift. Groups will have the opportunity to serve lunch, dinner, and play bingo with  residents in the Patriots  Harbor Community Living Center.

Register: Email [email protected] with preferred shift.

Must register no later than 5pm on Monday, November 10th.

 

Alternative Spring Break Applications Due October 24th

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Visit our website volunteer.cofc.edu for more information

Step 1: Attend an information session or stop by an information table to learn more:

Information Session

Wednesday, Oct. 8th  at 7:00pm in Maybank 115

Tuesday, October 14th at 5:00pm in Maybank 115

Tuesday, Oct 21st at 11:00am in Lightsey 203

Wednesday, Oct. 22nd at 1:30pm in Lightsey 203

Information Table

Monday, Oct. 20th:  8:30 AM – 1:30 PM at Cougar Mall

Tuesday, Oct 21st: 8:30 AM – 1:30 PM at Cougar Mall

Step 2: Review these important mandatory dates

Step 3: Apply online!

Step 4: Submit your non-refundable application fee of $25 to the Center for Civic Engagement (Lightsey 203)

Alternative Fall Break Applications LIVE

Apply online for one of our three Alternative Fall Break experiences by 3pm on Friday, September 26th.

Want more information?

Dash for Trash 2014 Registration Open

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Dash for Trash 2014 Registration NOW OPEN!

Dash for Trash is a litter collecting scavenger hunt in which teams of 10 or less compete to have the greatest positive impact on Charleston’s environment. The event will begin at Liberty Square and will take place from 9:00am until 1:30pm on Saturday, October 11th, 2014.

To register your team, visit: https://orgsync.com/35421/forms/117110

 

Volunteer Opportunities

There are a few events community events coming up that we want to highlight.

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Kids Fair is in need of volunteers from 9:00am-1:00pm or 12:30 pm-4:30pm 

Please contact the office in Lightsey 203 or email [email protected] for more information or to sign up. 

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Remembering 9/11

“Time is passing. Yet, for the United States of America, there will be no forgetting September the 11th. We will remember every rescuer who died in honor. We will remember every family that lives in grief. We will remember the fire and ash, the last phone calls, the funerals of the children.” -President George W. Bush, November 11, 2001

Good Deeds unite us through positive action. Pledge to do a good deed on 9/11.

http://www.911day.org/

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Happy October!

 

There is a lot going on in the Center for Civic Engagement this month! Be sure to check out our calendar and facebook for updates!

Register now for Dash for Trash! To register or for general event info, click here. Dash for Trash registration is open until Friday, October 12th.

Fall Break Applications are due Tomorrow, October 3rd. Alternative Spring Break Applications are available on Monday, October 8th.

Looking to get involved? Stop in the Center for Civic Engagement to talk about some volunteer opportunities. One-time volunteer listings are also available here.

 

For all important dates in October, click here.