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East Carolina University. Tomorrow starts here. A P i rat e ’s Guide to Service A publication of the Volunteer and Service-Learning Center Ready, Set, Go! Welcome back! With the start of the 2009 spring semester, the VSLC staff is refreshed and eager to get ECU volunteers into the Greenville community again! Although students are busy adjusting to new classes, another national day of service is right around the corner. This Monday, January 19th, is the MLK Day Challenge! Beginning at 8a.m., students will meet in the Mendenhall Great Rooms for registration check-in and breakfast. They will be greeted by their site leaders and Dr. Lathan Turner, the Senior Associate Dean of Students for a brief introduction on the significance of volunteering on MLK Day. Then, students will depart to their local project sites for the rest of the morning. Overall, there are 14 different projects to be completed for the day. Some of these include: food inspection/sorting at the Food Bank, organizing children’s clothing donations at RHA Howell, removing bushes and overgrown roots at Tar River Manor, repainting bathrooms at the Boys and Girls Club, playing trivia board games and watching movies with the elderly at the Sterling House, and preparing care packages for those soldiers overseas at Give2theTroops. If you are interested in participating in the MLK Day Challenge, then don’t delay! Visit our Web site: to read all of the listed project descriptions and to sign up. The last day to register is Thursday, January 15th at 5p.m. The VSLC Needs Your Help! Along with the MLK Day Challenge, the VSLC has another spring event that requires some student attention pronto! Fairytale Boutique is a VSLC spring project that helps young women of Pitt County attend prom regardless of their financial standing. By collecting donations, the VSLC provides dresses, shoes, and accessories to those who want to attend their high school prom but cannot afford the wardrobe. Any donations would be greatly appreciated (items such as formal dresses, purses, make-up, jewelry, shoes, gloves, etc.) and can be dropped off at the VSLC. If you would like to volunteer during this event, keep checking our Web site for more information. Remember to Turn in Timesheets When a student registers with the VSLC, they are entered into our database where we keep record of all submitted volunteer hours. Students may request verification of their volunteer work at any time during the school year, along with recommendation letters. This can come in handy when building résumés or searching for internships. But beware! Don’t assume the VSLC knows ALL the volunteer work that you do – make sure to fill out AND turn in our timesheets on a continual basis. Even volunteer work for extra credit or for an ECU course should be written down and turned in directly to us, just in case. Page Two Page Three Page Four Student Group Spotlight FOCUS Who Volunteers? On Campus Blood Drives Fall Semester NC-ACTS! Participants Calendar of VSLC Upcoming Events Ongoing and Future Events Community Partner Shoutout

A Pirate's Guide To Service January 2009

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