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ASSIST WITH 9/11 DAY CHECK IN AND VOLUNTEER SUPPORT
Service project led by the Honors College and LEAD office
Leaders on site: Kevin Stoy, kstoy@gmu.edu
Location: JC Room E
Project Description: With hundreds of volunteers expected to serve on 9/11, we need help processing volunteers as they check in and help with directing them to appropriate locations across campus. There will also be opportunity to help with monitoring the various projects that will be happening in the JC and in set up of the Service Fair on North Plaza.
Shift times: 8:00—10:00am; 10:00am—12:00pm; 12:00—2:00pm; 2:00—4:00pm
Volunteers needed: 5 each shift

 

BONE MARROW DONATION DRIVE
Service project led by Alpha Pi Omega and Delete Blood Cancer Sorority an organization that works to recruit potential Bone Marrow donors.
Leaders on site: TBD
Location: A JC Kiosk, brothers will also recruit volunteer donors around campus.
Service project description: Two APO brothers will sit at a kiosk throughout the day and recruit potential donors. To do this, all the donors need to do is fill out paperwork and get swabbed. Delete Blood Cancer provides all materials needed for this event, as well as training for our swabbers. This project acts as community service because any random volunteer is able to quickly and easily register to become a potential donor. This is service to the nation, because if a donor is called to donate their marrow they can potentially help a person in a very important way.
Service project duration: The event needs to take place over a four hour time span, so we will have brothers staffing the kiosk on campus from 11am-5pm. With setup though, we will start at 10:30am.
Volunteer shift times: This project will be run by the brothers of Alpha Phi Omega. We welcome anyone to volunteer to become a donor.

 

 

CARE FOR A CAUSE
Service project led by Kappa Phi Gamma Sorority Inc.
Leaders on site: Josephine Amberpeta and Drew Williams
Location: JC MEETING ROOM (preferably a big JC Room)
Description: Join the ladies of Kappa Phi Gamma Sorority Inc.  as we craft thoughtful handmade cards and care packages for those battling the fight against cancer! We will be working alongside Inova Children’s Hospital, as all the care packages will be donated there. Come on down and get crafty and take the time to bring a smile to the faces of those fighting cancer!
Length of Service: 12 to 5pm, 1 hours per shift
Volunteers: 10 per shift, 5 shifts, 50 total volunteers

 

 

CHILD DEVELOPMENT CENTER
Service project led by Hispanic Student Association
Leaders on site: Luisa Villatoro and Leonard Castellon
Location: Children Development Center (even if it rains)
Description: This service project would begin at 10:00 pm promptly. There would be a small lesson given to the children. The theme of the lesson would be community helpers and emergency preparedness. There would be a book read, following interactive activities with the children. The volunteers would act as student aids, helping the children during the lesson. Then, there would be a first responder from the area who would come and speak to the children about emergency preparedness. The remainder of the volunteers would help create care packages that would be given to first responders in the local community.
Service project duration: 10:00am–4:00 pm (6 hours)
Volunteer shift times: Three two-hour shifts at 12 per shift with a possible total of 36 volunteers

 

 

ENVIRONMENTAL AND SUSTAINABILITY-FOCUSED OUTREACH
Service project led by Mason’s Waste Management Team
Leaders on site: Troy Lowery, Recycling Intern, and Dustin Adams, Recycling Manager
Location: George Mason’s Fairfax Campus; specifically, the Johnson Center and SUB I, both inside and outside of buildings.
Alternative Location: If inclement weather strikes, we will limit the stations to being strictly indoors, at the Johnson Center and SUB 1.
Description: The scope of work will consist of student volunteers serving as George Mason University’s ambassadors for recycling. By reducing and diverting as many recyclable materials from Mason’s waste stream, volunteers will be conserving our resources and limiting the amount of materials that are taken to the incinerators. The volunteers will be stationed at every waste/recycling station to aid and educate the community in identifying what can be recycled. As a result of this community service, we will be changing people’s behaviors and enhancing their environmental awareness. The primary locations for this event will be in the common areas of the Johnson Center and Sub 1. Recycling stations (anywhere from 15-50 sites) are contingent on the number of volunteers. Each station will be equipped with 2 volunteers and shifts will be set in one-hour intervals. Before going to their stations, volunteers will receive a 10-15 minute presentation on the many issues that that are encountered and how to identify Mason’s waste streams. Once at their stations, the volunteers will support Recycling and Waste Management in providing outreach and encouragement to people vis-à-vis their recycling and waste management habits, etc. Please wear appropriate attire related to the task at hand, i.e., shoes and eye-catching effects for “broader appeal.” Sequin covered gloves will be provided to volunteers.
Service project duration: 12:00pm–5:00 pm (5 hours)
Volunteers: 5 one-hour shifts, up to 20 volunteers/shift, 30-100 total volunteers.

 

 

IMPACTS OF STORMWATER RUNOFF AND STREAM CLEANUP PROJECT
Service project led by Project Management & Construction, Facilities
Leaders on site: Dr. Zhongyan Xu (Manager) and Brenda Claudio (Project Engineer). Phone: 703-993-4051 Email: zxu8@gmu.edu
Location: George Mason University-Fairfax Campus at unknown tributary to Rabbit Branch located along Patriot Circle between Rivanna River Way and York River Rd. we will meet at the intersection of Patriot Circle and Rivanna River Way)
Project Description: Twice a year, Mason hosts stream cleanups around campus to promote students, staff and general public involvement and participation. The Land Development Team at Mason seeks to alert people on the impacts of stormwater runoff on water quality and provide guidance on how the community can help in minimizing adverse impacts of urban runoff in waterways.
Shift time: 2 to 4pm
Volunteers: Up to 15 volunteers

 

 

INOVA CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL DONATION DRIVE
WISH LIST: https://www.inova.org/upload/docs/Foundation/Inova-Childrens-Hospital-Wish-List.pdf
Service project led by Mason Ambassadors
Leaders on site: Samantha McCurry, Kayla McDonald, Katie Garay
Service project description: The project has two location components; the first of which will take place on campus on 9/11/15, and the other taking place at the INOVA Children’s hospital tentatively scheduled for the same day, but is subject to change based on hospital availability. Work for the INOVA Children’s hospital by collecting items off their “wish list” through a campus-wide donation drive. The donation drive will be held on campus on 9/11/15. After collecting the items, a group of students will have the opportunity to bring a portion of the donated items to the hospital the same day (subject to change). After delivering the items, the students will stay at the hospital to interact with the children by reading with them, playing games with them, etc. Our project will be announced and the INOVA “wish list” will be distributed prior to the Day of Service to give our members time to collect donations. The approximate collection time will span over the week prior to the Day of Service. Donations will also be collected on site during the Day of Service and the following week, as an additional donation is possible. The hospital visit will happen during the Day of Service if agreed upon by the INOVA representatives and project leaders. Although the actual visit will last approximately 1-2 hours, the donation drive will begin a week prior to the Day of Service and complete the following week.
Service project duration: Tuesday, September 8th – Friday, September 18th

*On September 11, Mason Ambassadors will have a table to collect donations. Other than that, there will be a box placed in the Mason Tour and Visitor Center located in Merten Hall. The box will remain there for the duration of the project.
Time Shifts: Two volunteers each hour for one hour shifts (12:00pm – 5:00pm) = approx. 10 volunteers in total

 

PASSPORT KIT ASSEMBLY
Service project led by International Programs and Services
Leaders on site:
Mary Wells, mwells11@gmu.edu
Location: SUB 1 Patriot’s Lounge
Project Description: We will be assembling passport kits that contain information on how to apply for your first US passport to travel overseas, and ways to get involved in global activities on campus.  These kits will be distributed to Mason students in UNIV 100 classes and at various campus outreach events.  We want to encourage international travel and involvement in intercultural activities to Mason students.
Shift time: 12 to 3 p.m.
Volunteers needed:
 30

 

THE PIEDMONT TRAIL
Service project led by The EDGE – Mason Center for Outdoor Experiential Learning
Leaders on site: EDGE staff on site 09/11/15 – Dan Nellis and Cathy Holt
Location: George Mason Science and Technology Campus. Park in the Freedom Aquatic and Fitness Center parking lot where parking is free or take the Mason Shuttle from the Fairfax Campus to the Freedom Aquatic and Fitness Center. http://shuttle.gmu.edu/fxpwshuttle.html
STARTING POINT – The EDGE Field Station covered by a BLUE AND WHITE striped canvas awning. Located adjacent to the Freedom Center, the tent can be accessed by a gravel entry road bordered with a split rail wooden fence.
Description: Help move a mulch mountain! The Piedmont Trail is a walking, hiking and running 1.2 mile loop situated within a 10 acre hardwood forest and wetland on the Mason Science and Technology Campus. At The EDGE, Mason volunteers will spread mulch around elements of The EDGE’s challenge course; thus protecting both the environment and course participants. In addition they will position a mountain of mulch to be used during a bi-annual EDGE service project, Pitch In On The Piedmont, to held September 26, 2015. This is a rain or shine event. Please wear clothes that can get dirty, closed toe sturdy shoes and gloves if you have them. Bring a water bottle, bug spray and a smile! Please contact Cathy Holt cholt10@gmu.edu by 09/04/15 to express interest in participating. We need to know you are coming so Dan Nellis, our Facilities Manager, can have enough equipment on hand.
Volunteers: 8-12 per shift, 2 shifts (12:00 – 2:30 pm and 2:30 – 5:00 pm), 24 total

 

PINWHEELS FOR PEACE
Service project led by International Programs and Services
Leaders on site:
 Mary Wells, mwells11@gmu.edu
Location: JC ROOM C
Project Description: We will be making simple paper pinwheels that have the word “Peace” written on their petals in all different languages.  We’ll be decorating paper pinwheels to attach to the care packages being sent to the children’s hospital and to distribute on campus for Peace Week, 9/14-9/21.  We’ll especially appreciate volunteers who can write the word “Peace” in a language other than English.
Shift time: 1 to 3 p.m.
Volunteers needed:
 50

 

SORTING PROJECT FOR Lutheran Social Service’s Refugee Resettlement Agency
Service project led by Working Group on Displaced Populations
Project Leaders: Tabatha Donley and Mai Ngyuen
Service Project location: 7401 Leesburg Pike, Falls Chruch, VA 22041 and off site storage in Merrifield,VA  (everyone meets in Falls Church first)
Service Project description:  Small acts of service can go a long way.  Make a difference in the lives of refugees in our community by volunteering for Lutheran Social Services’ Refugee Resettlement Agency.  Volunteers will assist in cleaning and organizing storage areas to better improve the access to donations for LSS’s refugee clients and case managers.  In addition, volunteers can learn more about what LSS does and the refugee population throughout the DMV area.
Shift times: 9:30am-11:30am and 12pm-2pm
Volunteers: 10 total; 5 at Falls Church office (1-2 hour shift), 5 at off-site storage area. (1- 2 hour shift)

 

 

SUNRISE SENIOR CENTER
Service project led by the Mindful Living living learning community sponsored by Mason’s the Center for the Advancement of Well-Being
Project Leaders: Jesse Muzzy at jmuzzy@gmu.edu and Dana Blumenfeld at dblumenf@gmu.edu
Location: Sunrise at George Mason, 4300 George Mason Blvd., Fairfax, VA 22030http://bit.ly/1Px417H
Service Project Description: Join the Mindful Living LLC sponsored by Mason’s Center for the Advancement of Well-Being along with other campus partners in leading well-being practices for the residents at George Mason Sunrise Senior Living Center.

This service project will highlight a spirit of unity and reflection for the lives lost on September 11, 2001 as well as Mason’s commitment to supporting individuals, communities, and organizations in thriving together.

Volunteers will assist residents in well-being practices that include mindful music, question and response with residents (i.e., “storytelling” to elicit savoring one’s positive life experiences), and co-creating colorful mandalas—circles of peace symbolizing harmony, appreciation, and joy. Through this service project volunteers act as catalysts for well-being and learn the value of serving others as a means for translating the science of well-being into action for increasing community flourishing.

Length of service project: 2 hours, from 2 to 4pm
Volunteers: 3 shifts, 30-75 volunteers total = 10-25 volunteers per shift
2:00—2:30pm Mindful Music with students from the School of Music
2:30—3:30pm Question & Response with Dr. Harold Morowitz
3:30—4pm Co-creating Mandalas with Mindful Living LLC along with other Mason volunteers

 

VOLUNTEERING AT THE INNOVATION FOOD FOREST
Service project led by Office of Sustainability
Leaders on site: Jonathan Storvick
Location: Innovation Food Forest, which is located at Innovation Hall.  The garden is down the path to the left of the main entrance.
Description: Garden construction and maintenance activities, including but not limited to planting, mulching, weeding etc.
Length of Service: 9am to 3pm
Volunteers: 15 volunteers per shift; shift times are 9-11am, 11am-1pm, 1-3pm for a total of 45 volunteers

 

VOLUNTEERING AT THE POTOMAC HEIGHTS ORGANIC GARDEN
Leaders on site: Ethan Murdock
Location: Potomac Heights Vegetable Garden
Service project description: Volunteers will be helping the GMU Organic Garden Association with weeding, harvesting, mowing, sowing seed, watering plants, and general maintenance of the garden. Volunteers should wear lightweight clothing and sneakers or boots that they don’t mind getting a little messy. No gardening experience required. GOGA members are happy to teach.
Service project duration: 9am to 3pm (6 hours)
Volunteer shift times: 9-11am, 11am-1pm, 1-3pm

 

VOLUNTEERING AT THE PRESIDENT’S PARK GREENHOUSE
Leaders on site: Donielle Ward and Danielle Wyman Castellano
LOCATION: The President’s Park Greenhouse (near Ike’s dining hall)
Service project description: Volunteers will help with seed sowing, cleaning, and organizing the greenhouse and growing channels. Volunteers should wear lightweight clothing that they don’t mind getting a little dirty. A reusable water bottle is highly recommended, as it can get a bit warm in the greenhouse.
Service project duration: 1 to 3 hours will be the amount of time it’ll take for the volunteers to complete the project
Volunteer shift times: 10am to 1pm, 1 to 4pm

 

 

WOMEN GIVING BACK CLOTHING DRIVE

Service project led by the Honors College, Information Technology Services, Human Resources and Payroll, and Housing and Residence Life.
Location: North Plaza (look for a gray tent!)
Description: Women Giving Back collects and distributes clothing to women and children in shelters and programs trying to get back on their feet. In many cases they are victims of domestic violence and have only the clothes on their back. Your donations will be given to them at no cost and help them reenter the world with dignity. Volunteers will collect boxes from donation sites on campus and/or help sort, categorize, and pack clothing for transport to Women Giving Back.
Volunteer shift times: 3-4 volunteers each hour from 10:00am – 5:00pm

 

Up until 9/11 and on the day of we are collecting:

  • Women’s shoes
  • Like-new women’s suits and separates (Mason students ask you mom to donate something!)
  • Business attire
  • Jewelry
  • Coats
  • Unopened make up & toiletries
  • Purses & business accessories
  • Children’s clothing, shoes and toys. Also non perishable foods, personal hygiene items, school supplies, baby supplies and various household items.
Collection boxes are located in:
  • Mason Hall (Honors College student lounge on third floor)
  • Innovation Hall (4th floor lobby)
  • Merten Hall (4th floor in HR & Payroll)
  • Patriot Computers, JC 133
  • Collaborative Learning Hub, JC 311
  • Info Tech Services, Aquia 349
  • Neighborhood Desks
  • Student Health Services (SUB I)

We will continue reviewing service project proposals on a case-by-case basis. You can submit them directly to kstoy@gmu.edu. In your proposals please thoughtfully address these questions:

–What is the service project’s title?
–Who is leading the project? Please list the organization(s) name and at least two individual project leaders who will be on site on 9.11.15
–Where will the project be located? If applicable, please also include alternate rain site.
–Please describe the community service that will be conducted using as much details as you can:
–How long will it take to complete the project?
–How many volunteers can you take and in what time shifts?