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East Carolina University. A P i rat e ’s Guide to Service Tomorrow starts here. A publication of the Volunteer and Service-Learning Center What’s New with the VSLC Fairytale Boutique The VSLC is expanding! We have added two more full time staff members to our home! Alice Tyson, our new administrative assistant, began work on Monday, February 16th. With an extensive background in customer service and experience working closely with ECU students, she has already transitioned comfortably into our office. She helped with registration at the Service-Learning Conference on Thursday, February 19th and contributed to a roundtable discussion focused on project-based service-learning courses at ECU. Although she is only in her second week, the VSLC is already benefitting from her daily support and upbeat personality. Michael Loeffelman, our new volunteer coordinator, will begin work on Monday, March 2nd! Coming all the way from Providence, Rhode Island, he will be bringing expertise and years of experience working with college students at RISD as a residential director and as an AmeriCorps Vista member in South Carolina. He will hit the ground running next week, helping the VSLC with Holocaust Awareness Day and finalizing the details on our three domestic alternative spring break trips that will leave on Sunday, March 8th. Needless to say, the VSLC has been very fortunate to receive these two positions, especially during a time when the job market is decreasing and budget cuts seem to be a regular topic of conversation. With the new staff, we look forward to expanding our influence across campus and the Greenville community. This past weekend, the Center remained open during selected hours for those young women in Pitt County who had received invitations to Fairytale Boutique. This was a unique opportunity for ECU volunteers to help women attend prom, regardless of financial circumstances. The Center had collected an assortment of new and gently used prom dresses, shoes, purses, jewelry and accessories over the last few months. These items were organized and put on display for those with invitations to come and browse. The women arrived by appointment and were assigned a personal shopper to help them find the perfect prom outfit. Volunteers also helped with make-up and hairstyling tips, as well as set-up and clean-up. Since this event was run solely on local donations, the only thing the young women need to worry about now is finding that perfect date! Holocaust Awareness Day The VSLC will be sponsoring the annual Unto Every Person is a Name reading on Monday, March 2nd, as part of Holocaust Awareness Day at ECU. Beginning at 6:00 a.m. and ending at 3:00 p.m., volunteers will stand in the university mall and read the names of victims of the Holocaust, and excerpts from diaries or memoirs in fifteen minute increments. A luminary will also take place in the university mall later this semester, where 1,000 white paper bags will be filled with sand and a candle to honor those who lost their lives in the Holocaust. ECU volunteers will set up bags, light candles, and help with clean-up. Page Two Page Three Page Four Student Group Spotlight Peer Counselors President Obama and Volunteerism MLK Day Challenge 2009 Spring Semester Service Fair Calendar of VSLC Upcoming Events Ongoing and Future Events VSLC in the News

A Pirate's Guide To Service February 2009

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