Current Opportunities to Volunteer
We have several exciting projects in the works for the Spring 2019 semester! Check back here closer to the start of spring term for more information.
Past Opportunities to Volunteer
Crescent Cities Assisted Living
To close out the Fall Semester, Scholars in Action partnered specifically with the Public Leadership (PL) scholars program to provide volunteers to the Crescent Cities nursing home. Over the span of two Saturdays, December 1st and 8th, Scholars in Action provided 7 PL volunteers to help the nursing home staff with the seniors’ weekend activity of Bingo as well as the Holiday Party. The volunteers had the opportunity to interact with residents in a positive way and to help the staff run the events. Both events were important to the residents of the home, and they were able to interact with new faces. Also, the staff members were able to reduce some of their own workload by allowing volunteers to run these activities. Crescent Cities is a nursing home in our community that houses those who suffer from physical disabilities, and the volunteers from Scholars in Action were proud to help Crescent Cities nursing home as much as they could.
Image Source: Crescent Cities Center
Giveback Day Food Drive
For this project, Scholars in Action partnered with Club Sports to run a “Giveback Day” food drive. The event was meant as a way for students to give back to the community, with food proceeds going to College Park Meals on Wheels. The event itself took place in the School of Public Health gym on November 17th from 1:30pm - 3:30 pm. Three student volunteers along with Scholars in Action executive board members and club sports volunteers manned the event to collect canned goods from the college community. Having advertised the event before it was held, the amount of food raised on “Giveback Day” was great. A grand total of $300 worth of canned foods was collected for Meals on Wheels. Meals on Wheels provides food to members of the College Park community who are in need, and this was a great way for students to help Meals on Wheels with their mission.
Because midterm elections were occurring during the semester, Scholars in Action partnered with the TerpsVote (Get Out the Vote), and many other organizations across campus, including SGA and Voter Friendly Campus. Elections are an integral part of our democracy and they allow people’s opinions to be heard. Given the history of low voter turnouts for college students, this was an important initiative to get out the college student vote. Scholars in Action provided volunteers to not only help educate their peers on where, how, and when to vote, but they also manned tables around campus throughout the day to provide voting information to students as they traveled around campus. Between Scholars in Action and the other organization partners, we were able to man tables throughout the day for most days leading up to Election Day on November 6th. Since the midterm elections were such an important event, Scholars in Action volunteers were happy to help out and educate students about how to have their voices heard in our government.
Census Education Workshop with the Academy for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
For its second project, Scholars in Action partnered with the Academy for Innovation and Entrepreneurship to plug its Census Education Workshop to scholars students. Hosted by AIE, the workshop was meant to inform scholars about the importance of the upcoming 2020 Census, and to educate them on how they can be community leaders and help educate others. The event took place on November 3rd from 12pm - 4pm in the AIE Innovation Suite within ESJ. Five members of the representatives board and two student volunteers were present, along with other members of the community who were not from Scholars in Action. Happy to learn and pass the knowledge on, volunteers participated in a plethora of events in order to increase their knowledge of the census as well as hone their leadership skills. The Volunteers from Scholars in Action were able to learn more about what it means to be community leaders. They were given the knowledge they need to help their peers better understand their rights and responsibilities regarding the Census, and we at Scholars in Action were overjoyed to help facilitate such an important event.
College Park Day
For its first major event, Scholars in Action got in contact with the City of College Park to help out with its annual College Park Day. College Park Day is an event the city hosts in order to celebrate its diversity and to show off its great community. The event took place from 12pm - 6pm on October 6th, and was held at the College Park Aviation Museum. Scholars in Action had a great turnout with 19 different student volunteers from a number of scholars programs participating in the event. Volunteers came out as early as 8:45 am to help set-up and run this event. Student volunteers got the chance to interact with the community. They helped facilitate different arts & craft activities, and they accompanied the UMD Mascot Testudo around the event for attendees to meet. The members of Scholars in Action were blown away by the event, and they were happy to have been able to be a part of making it such a great success.