Welcome to Wake Forest’s Volunteer Service Corps (VSC)! We are a student run organization dedicated to furthering the University’s motto of “Pro Humanitate” by engaging students, faculty, and staff in meaningful volunteer service. This web site is a resource for Wake Forest students, faculty, staff and Winston-Salem community agencies. Please search around to learn about all the great things that VSC does and to find a place where you can get involved!
Are your books from last semester taking up space? Why not donate them to high school students seeking a challenge?
From Wednesday, Jan. 23rd to Wednesday, Jan. 30th, VSC will be collecting old textbooks and novels for local area high school students. If you have any books, please feel free to drop them off at Benson 506 or in any of the following collection boxes:
ZSR Library: Across from the Circulation Desk
Benson: 1st floor, by the main stairs
Tribble: Front Lobby
Carswell: Front Lobby
Greene: 1st floor, by the back elevator
Manchester: Computer Science Office
Olin: First Floor Elevator
Salem: Chemistry Office
Winston: Front Lobby
Winter is here, and while we hope that you’re all keeping nice and warm during the changing weather, we know that some people can’t afford to be warm and cozy during the holiday season. During the Lighting of the Quad on Tuesday, December 4 from 7-9 p.m., VSC will be collecting blankets to donate to The Potter’s House, which helps needy families in the Winston-Salem area.
You can bring a blanket from home, or purchase one from discount stores like Wal-Mart, Goodwill, or the Army Surplus store. Don’t have time to pick up a blanket? We will accept a $5 donation for you to sponsor one! Look for the VSC station during the festivities to drop off your blanket or make your donation. The first three hundred people to donate will get a free, commemorative ornament! Be sure to drop your donation off by the VSC station at Lighting of the Quad!
All Week: Library Display Cases
Check out the display case in the library to learn about hunger and homelessness in Winston-Salem and what we, at Wake, can do to alleviate this problem.
Challah for Hunger (November 10-12)
This event is sponsored by the Hunger Advisory Board, Hillel, Interfaith Council, and VSC. Challah is a traditional, Jewish braided bread. You can volunteer to help with the dough making at Temple Emanuel on Saturday, the Challah baking at Temple Emanuel on Sunday, and selling of Challah in Benson on Monday. The money raised will go to Mazon which is a Jewish foundation committed to eliminating hunger in members of all faith groups. Contact Shoshanna Goldin for more information and be sure to buy some Challah on Monday.
Saturday 8-9 PM at TBD
Sunday Set up at 9:30 AM Event from 10-11 AM at TBD
Monday Selling in Benson 11 AM- 2 PM.
Hunger and Homelessness Trivia Tuesday (Tuesday November 13)
Test your knowledge on hunger and homelessness issues. Located in Shorty’s. 8 PM. Co-sponsored by Habitat for Humanity and Student Union.
Turkeypalooza (Tuesday November 13 to Tuesday November 20)
Campus Kitchen makes and delivers Thanksgiving dinner for food insecure families in the Winston-Salem community. There will be cooking shifts and delivery shifts which will be determined. Contact Brad Shugoll for more information.
Poverty, Hunger, and Food Panel (Thursday November 15)
Dr. Wetzel’s English 210 class will be having a panel discussion and public debate on these important issues. Detamble Auditorium in Tribble Hall 5-7 PM.
Hunger Banquet (Thursday November 15)
Hosted by Amnesty International from 7-8:30 PM in Benson 401b. This is a unique experience to raise awareness about poverty. Attendees will be randomly assigned to a social status which will determine what they receive for dinner. The event is free and includes a speaker and entertainment. Contact Caroline DeCelles for more information.
Habitat for Humanity Turkey Trot 5K (Saturday November 17)
Habitat for Humanity is committed to constructing and sponsoring well-built and affordable homes for families in need. The 5K registration cost is $15 and the event will be on-campus. Registration starting at 9am or on active.com. Race starts at 10. Contact Edward Landsman for more information.
Hunger Games Archery Tournament (Saturday November 17)
A Hunger Games style archery fundraising competition from noon to 3 PM. Co-sponsored by the Archery Club, VSC, and Campus Kitchen. Games include an archery competition, javelin contest, Tug of War and training for these events. Cost is $15 per person which includes a T-shirt. Search active.com to register for the event or contact Amy Forbes for more information.
Volunteer Service Corps will be hosting an open forum on Wednesday, October 17, at 8:30 p.m. in DeTamble Auditorium. Members of the Advisory Board will explain ways to get involved in VSC and on campus, give information about our service trips, give information on upcoming programs, and answer any questions that you may have about volunteering at Wake Forest. Volunteer coordinators for several area agencies will also be in attendance to give information about service opportunities with their organizations. We hope to see you there!
VSC is partnering with Campus Kitchen, Campus Life, IPE, Amnesty International, Nourish International, Hillel, and Habitat for Humanity to sponsor this year’s Hunger and Homelessness Week November 12th-20th. Hunger and Homelessness Week will include Turkeypalooza. All week VSC will be running the Penny Campaign to benefit Samaritan’s Ministries. A complete list of events is below:
Saturday 11/12: 7pm Brendle Recital Hall. Amnesty World Cultural Dance Off to benefit Second Harvest Food Bank Winston Salem Urban Plunge (all day) & habitat for Humanity volunteering (all day)
Sunday 11/13: 3pm in ZSR Library (4th floor) Amy Liang ’12 presents her summer research. ”Linkages between Homelessness, Diet, and Diabetes in Winston-Salem, NC.”
Turkeypalooza shifts: 12-2pm(cooking) 2-4pm(delivery) 4:45-7pm(delivery)
Monday 11/14: 5pm in Annenburg Forum (Carswell Hall). Campus Kitchen, Campus Life, and the Institute for Public Engagement hosts Doug Coutts, Visiting Professor at Auburn University and UN World Food Program representative for “Challenging Hunger: reflections on fighting global hunger at home and abroad”
Turkeypalooza shifts: 4-6 (pickup) 4::45-7pm(delivery) 5-7pm(cooking) 7-9pm(cooking)
Tuesday 11/15: Habitat for Humanity sponsors Student Union’s Trivia Night in Shorty’s @8pm
Turkeypalooza shifts: 4-6(pickup) 4-6:30(delivery) 5-6:30(delivery)
Wednesday 11/16: 7pm Annenburg Forum (Carswell Hall) Documentary Film Program shows a screening of a film on the world hunger crisis. The title is not available for promotion as the film is under consideration at several festivals.
Turkeypalooza shifts: 4-6pm(pickup) 5-7pm(cooking) 7-9pm(cooking)
Thursday 11/17: 6-8pm Luter Residence Hall Lounge. Amnesty International Hunger Banquet featuring Chi Rho
Turkeypalooza shifts: 4-6pm(pickup) 4:45-7pm(delivery) 5:30-7pm(delivery)
Friday 11/18: Turkeypalooza shift 4-6pm
Sunday 11/20: 2pm Reynolda Campus. Habitat for Humanity Turkey Trot 5K
Applications for Wake Alternative Break trips are now available for completion on Wake Sync. Trips will travel to sites across the country from Chicago to the Everglades and work on conservation, youth programs, and anti-poverty and hunger programs. Apply today! Applications are due by Monday, November 28th.
National Students celebrates and promotes social responsibility amoung students across North America. Sponsored by Wake Forest stores, tt’s an opportunity to get thanked for your good deeds. Share your service for a chance to win scholarships, iPads, and other prizes. All you have to do is log on and share your story by OCTOBER 6TH. Find out more @ nationalstudentday.com
In October, our SOS (Service on Saturday) will be held on SUNDAY October 16th @ the CROP Walk to Stop Hunger being held at Joel Coliseum. For more info on the walk, visit http://www.cropwalkforsyth.org/home.html . Contact Elaine Shao @ Join us and fight hunger!
Join us for 10 days in Nicaragua as we work in the community on a service project alongside local high school students.
Interest session: April 6, 4:00 pm, 407 Benson
Service trip dates: June 25 – July 4, 2011
Special funding available, will cover most costs, including housing (in doubles or triples), three group meals per day, local transportation, social activities and some sightseeing
Space is limited, so apply soon!
Contact the Center for International Studies for additional information and an application * Reynolda Hall 116 * 336.758.5938. Applications are due April 8
Check out the Power Point under applications and downloads!