Monday Update * March 10, 2014

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2014-15 AmeriCorps VISTA Positions Available

NC Campus Compact is now accepting applications from candidates for 2014-2015 AmeriCorps VISTA positions. Our next VISTA cohort will begin in early August, 2014 and serve for one full year.


NC Campus Compact AmeriCorps*VISTA members work with community agencies and college campuses to develop a partnership that addresses local needs in one of three areas: education (especially K-12 success or access to post-secondary education), economic opportunity (especially housing or financial literacy), or healthy futures (especially food security). The specific nature and objectives of the project vary depending on host site. Most VISTA members share work time between campus and community partner offices, and thereby gain experience in both non-profit and higher education arenas.


To learn more about the program and the application process, visit the FAQ page for Prospective VISTAs. 

President's Honor Roll Webinars

The application deadline is April 3, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. EST.


The President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll highlights the role that colleges and universities play in solving community problems and placing more students on a lifelong path of civic engagement.

The 2014 Honor Roll will recognize higher education institutions in four categories:

  • General Community ServiceHonor Roll
  • Interfaith Community Service
  • Economic Opportunity
  • Education

Sign-up for one of the upcoming conference calls to answer your questions about the application. 

  • Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at 2 p.m. ET
    Call-In #: 1-888-790-3414
    Passcode: 7167858

  • Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at 2 p.m. ET
    Call-In #: 1-888-790-3414
    Passcode: 8513471

Partnerships 2015 Special Issue:
Call for Submissions



The editorial staff of Partnerships, NC Campus Compact's peer-reviewed, online journal hosted by the UNC Greensboro, announces a Special Issue to be published with Guest Editors Brandon W. Kliewer at Florida Gulf Coast University and Judith Ramaley, President Emerita, Portland State University and Winona State University.



Abstracts due: March 15, 2014

Final drafts due: October 30, 2014



Appalachian State's ACT Office Seeks
Assistant Director of Community Service

Appalachian and the Community Together (ACT) has a 25 year history of meeting local community needs by engaging students in the community.   The successful candidate will have responsibility for the coordination of ACT's successful large-scale programming efforts, and oversight and advising of two leadership teams.



Click here for the full description. 


Review of applications will begin immediately, and will continue until the position is filled. Proposed starting date for this position is July 1, 2014.

National Campus Compact Opportunities

Thomas Ehrlich Civically Engaged Faculty Award

Application Deadline:  April 1stCC logo


The Ehrlich Award is given for exemplary engaged scholarship, including leadership in advancing students' civic learning, conducting community-based research, fostering reciprocal community partnerships, building institutional commitments to service-learning and civic engagement, and other means of enhancing higher education's contributions to the public good.


The award winner is granted $2,000 and the opportunity to conduct a session at the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) Annual Conference. Up to four finalists are also featured in a panel presentation at the conference.  


Nomination Form 


Diving In: Institute for New Community Service-Learning Professionals

June 2-4, 2014, University of Georgia, The Georgia Center, Athens, GA 


This gathering, designed for those new to civic and community engagement roles, will provide opportunities and tools to acquire knowledge, build skills, engage with colleagues and reflect on topics and issues that will enable us to develop competence, confidence, and support in our work and in our lives. The Institute curriculum is based on Campus Compact's Looking In Reaching Out publication, which is a reflective guide for service-learning professionals.


Session Topics Include:

  • Understanding the Mission, Culture, and Organization of Institutions of Higher Education
  • What Does High-Quality Community Service-Learning Look Like?
  • Developing Reciprocal, Mutually Beneficial Community Partnerships
  • Institutionalization Efforts and Your Future in the Work



New Resources from Campus Compact Network


Two state Compact offices have created searchable databases containing community engagement resources and tools.

Grants and Funding

Peace First Prize
Deadline: March 17th


This prize is open to young people (ages 8-22) who show compassion (understanding and caring about other people), courage (taking risks to help others), and the power to create collaborative change (working with others to create positive change in a school or community).  Winners will each receive $25,000 over two years and join a fellowship program, which provides mentoring and leadership development to support their peacemaking work.

Learn more

State Farm Neighborhood Assist
Deadline: March 20th


Submit your ideas for positive change in your community in the areas of education, safety and community development. The State Farm Youth Advisory Board will select the Top 200 finalists, and then open it to a public vote. The 40 causes with the most votes will receive a $25K grant. You must submit your cause through the Neighborhood Assist Facebook app 


State Farm Youth Advisory Board Grants
Deadline: May 2nd 


Grants range from $25,000 to $100,000. Each grant request must focus in one of the priority issue areas. Applying organizations must be a public K-12, charter, or higher education institution.   

Learn more


Home Depot Community Impact Grants Program

Deadline: August 15th


Grants support nonprofit organizations and public service agencies that are using the power of volunteers to improve the physical health of their communities. Proposals for the following community improvement activities will be considered: repairs, refurbishments, and modifications to low-income and/or transitional veteran's housing or community facilities (schools, community centers, senior centers, etc.); weatherizing or increasing energy efficiency of low-income and/or transitional veteran's housing or community facilities; engaging veterans as volunteers to help other veterans in their community through service projects focusing on the renovation, repair, and improvement of homes and other properties serving veterans; and planting trees or community gardens and/or landscaping community facilities that serve veterans. Priority is given to projects for veterans that include housing repairs, modifications, and weatherization work. Grants of up to $5,000 are made in the form of The Home Depot gift cards for the purchase of tools, materials, or services.


Learn more


General Engagement News & Resources

NCPIRG Launches Healthcare 101 Campaign 


NCPIRG, the nonprofit public interest group in North Carolina, has launched a new campaign to inform students of the new health coverage options while they are at school and after graduation. Download the new consumer guide to help students find affordable health insurance here.  

Generator School Network Relaunches; Integrates National Service-Learning Clearinghouse
The National Youth Leadership Council is pleased to announce that the Generator School Network has re-launched with many new and enhanced features including the integration of the National Service-Learning Clearinghouse. With a membership of over 3,200 from across the country and around the world, the GSN is the premiere service-learning resource for both youth and adults who are looking to learn, plan, and connect. Visit the new website here.
New Idealist Network to Launch on March 11 with Online Presentation
On Tuesday, March 11, Idealist will launch a new network - online and on the ground - that will help people everywhere connect and take action on any issue that concerns them, locally or globally, online and in person. They're starting with a live online presentation to take your questions, and to start building this network with you. Here's some background about why Idealist is doing this, and why they need your voice in this conversation. RSVP here and mark your calendar for Noon EST or 11:00pm EST on March 11.   


Articles of Interest

National Civic Engagement Opportunities

Telling the Story of Volunteer Impact webinar

Thursday, March 13, 2014 (2:00pm - 3:00pm Eastern)


You want to share the impact volunteers have in your organization and in the community, but often the information you track doesn't help you tell that story. This free webinar will help you move past number of volunteers and number of hours and start telling the real story. You'll learn about information gathering and the key components to good storytelling, how to evaluate your current measurements and how to build support for a more thorough measurement and evaluation program, and how to engage other staff - paid and volunteer - in this work. You'll also receive a worksheet to help you begin to tell the story of volunteer impact in your organization.

Facilitator:  Jennifer Bennett, CVASenior Manager of Education & Training, VolunteerMatch

Register here. 



2014 Gulf-South Summit on Service Learning and Civic Engagement
through Higher Education

Creating Capacity Collaboratively: Connecting Learning and Civic Outcomes
March 26-28, 2014, Auburn University, Auburn Alabama

Registration Deadline: March 14, 2014 (4pm CT)


Register here.



Indiana Campus Compact
Connecting Campuses with Communities events
Service Learning Institute (May 12-14, Indianapolis, IN)

Research Academy (May 14-16, Indianapolis, IN) 
Application Deadline: March 17th


Learn more



International Institute for Sustained Dialogue's PULSE Institute
July 20 - 25, 2014, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA
Application Deadline: March 17th  



Free training for school teams to experience the PULSE (Perspective, Understanding, Leadership, Sustained, Exchange) program and Sustained Dialogue - a new model of retreat + continued conversation. At the PULSE retreat, students will:


  • form deep relationships across silos
  • cultivate better decision-making skills
  • practice empathy and mindfulness
  • develop traits of authentic leadership
  • tackle the biggest challenges of a global, 21st century
  • Learn more




The International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement (IARSLCE) 2014 Conference
"Reaping What We Sow: Growing a Culture of Community Engagement"
September 29th-October 1st, 2014, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA

Call for Proposals

Deadline: March 21st


Learn more



NERCHE 2014 Virtual Think Tanks webinar 

New Faculty Majority and Community Engagement

April 2, 2014
Presenter: Maria Maisto,
President, New Faculty Majority

The majority of all college faculty now work on part-time or full-time temporary contracts, and many lack sufficient access to the institutional support that is necessary for quality education. In many fields, the majority of adjuncts are no longer simply traditional "second career" or "teaching professionals" but rather trained academics who are encountering a starkly downsized tenure-track job market.

This virtual think tank will explore how campuses can advance student civic learning and democratic engagement when a faculty majority lacks a full voice in campus governance and is treated as second class institutional citizens; how campuses sustain long-term relationships with formal obligations in community partnerships while not providing the institutional support for a majority of faculty; how faculty can pursue community engaged teaching and learning on public issues without the protections of academic freedom. How can campuses advance civic engagement without advancing the professional working conditions of faculty who do not have the rights and protections of tenure?


The registration fee for participation in each real time Virtual Think Tank session is $195. NERCHE also offers recordings of past sessions for $100. 


Register here 



National Volunteer Week is April 6-12, 2014



National Volunteer Week is a nationwide opportunity to recognize the volunteers that are changing our communities every day. A program of Points of Light and part of the AdvilŪ Relief in Action campaign, Volunteer Week is celebrating its 40th anniversary with thousands of volunteer projects and special events scheduled throughout the week.

The National Volunteer Week Resource Guide has event ideas, social media tips, downloads, etc.




Community College National Center for Community Engagement
23rd Annual International Conference
"Connectivity Through Service Learning and Civic Engagement"
May 20- May 22, 2014, DoubleTree Paradise Valley Resort, Scottsdale, AZ

Learn more