Community service spotlight: Carla Rodriguez

February 24, 2017

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Carla Rodriguez, Coordinator in New Student & Carolina Parent Programs, shared her experience as a volunteer for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games:

“My volunteer position was a National Olympic Committee (NOC) Assistant to the delegation from Kosovo. We helped them with whatever they needed throughout the day such as setting up transportation, prepping for competitions, and lots of translating. We were with them in the Olympic Village as well as competition venues to support their delegation staff and athletes.  This was their first time at the Olympics and they won their first Gold Medal in Judo!

“One day a volunteer was explaining to a little girl on the bus what we were doing and used such simple words “we are here to help each other”. The little girl smiled and said “that’s wonderful!” It was a wonder to see people genuinely trying to help each other in whatever mix of languages and hand signals they knew. It was interpersonal communication at its finest.  I met people from all over the world and spoken some combination of every language I know (English, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian). I even met a Tar Heel on the train to the Olympic Park! Yes, the trips to and from work were long and my feet may have hurt but the experience of the exchange was a priceless gem.

“I was able to watch 5 spectacular young women win Gold in gymnastics live and there are not enough emojis out there to adequately express how it felt to be in that arena. One of my childhood dreams was fulfilled. While it was sad to say farewell to the NOC center and the Olympic Village, it was truly the opportunity of a lifetime to represent my country as a volunteer and apply my skills in such a global setting.

“I left Rio full of appreciation for the beauty of simple human interaction. It is so crucial to look up from our screens and have genuine conversations. There are stories to be told and heard. I want to be very clear that those weeks were not a vacation. They were time spent engaged in communities I care deeply about and want to give back to as much as possible. Whether it be by talking with children, dancing because it feels good, using a language you know well or only a little, it is a gift to be able to connect with people, no matter where they are from, what language they speak or how old they are. I encourage everyone to find things that take energy but fill you with purpose. Stop and lend a hand to someone. A small amount of attention and listening go a long way.”

Community service opportunities: March 2017

February 24, 2017

Mark your calendars: UNC Employee Forum sponsored Habitat for Humanity build!

The Employee Forum and other staff groups across campus will sponsor a build day for Habitat for Humanity in early April 2017!

The home being built in Chapel Hill’s Northside neighborhood will be gifted to a UNC Staff member, Thein Oo and his family.

More information on the time and date of this event will be coming soon! Community Service Leave will be available for this event with prior supervisor approval. For more information on Community Service Leave, please visit http://hr.unc.edu/policies-procedures-systems/epa-non-faculty-employee-policies/leave/community-service-leave/.

If you or a group of individuals in your department or unit wish to participate, please reach out to Heather Lewis (hlewis22@email.unc.edu) for more information.

Participate in the Caring Community Walk/Run 5K

Please support the Caring Community Foundation by participating in the Caring Community Walk/Run 5K, which is organized by Kappa Epsilon (KE), a UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy (ESOP) organization. The 5K will start at the Old Well at 7:30AM on March 25th and run through UNC’s campus.

The Caring Community Foundation was founded by an ESOP and KE alumni and works to raise money to help cancer patients with their everyday expenses. More information about the organization can be found at their website, caringcommunityfoundation.org.

Please go to runsignup.com/Race/NC/ChapelHill/KECaring5k to register for the 5K. Registration is $25 and includes a t-shirt.

Hurricane Matthew disaster relief trips

As communities across eastern North Carolina deal with the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew, efforts continue at Carolina to aid in many aspects of recovery. Individuals and groups of staff, faculty and students have already made several relief trips. The Carolina Center for Public Service, together with the university’s campus and community partners, is organizing relief trips for staff, faculty and students who are willing to help with clean-up or who have specialized building and repair skills. Upcoming relief trips are March 17, to Kinston, North Carolina, April 21 to Tarboro/Princeville, North Carolina and May 19 to Lumberton, North Carolina. For details on what to expect and information on completing forms, visit UNC Disaster Relief Trips.

Funding available to support campus disaster relief efforts

Funding is available to support campus relief efforts as donations to Carolina’s Disaster Relief Fund are received. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Students, faculty and staff from any campus unit or organization may submit a letter of request for funding to support relief trips and projects. The application letter should be sent as an email attachment to ccps@unc.edu and should include:

  • a description of the effort,
  • what organization(s) or constituents will participate,
  • which community(ies) will be served,
  • overall budget information,
  • the amount of funding requested and
  • contact information (email and phone number).

Community Service Leave Spotlight: Mary White

January 25, 2017

Mary White of the Health Sciences Library utilized Community Service Leave to volunteer with the Carolina Center for Public Service’s disaster recovery trip to Tarboro, NC on December 9, 2016. She has also worked in disaster response over the past 5 years with the North Carolina-1 Disaster Medical Assistance Team and the Northeast North Carolina Medical Reserve Corps unit.

“As an undergrad at UNC-CH, I volunteered with the Town of Chapel Hill for Hurricane Floyd recovery efforts over 17 years ago, in Speed, NC, a little town in northeast North Carolina. After Hurricane Matthew hit, I saw the Carolina Center for Public Service trip to Tarboro and Princeville, NC, two towns near where I originally volunteered. I immediately signed up, and was delighted to join faculty, staff, and students to travel “out east”. My family is from northeast North Carolina, so it was quite meaningful to go there to help out.

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“We connected with the community through the local Methodist church, whose parent organization has a substantial disaster response unit, drawing volunteers from as far away as Canada. Our group worked at two houses. At one, we helped a gentleman move furniture from his house, so that he could repair and replace flooring and walls affected by the floods. At the neighboring house, we helped to move the contents of the house to the roadside, to be picked up later by trash haulers.

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“During the trip, we were able to help out for a day in this flood ravaged area, but we were also able to learn about the history of the area, the impact that flooding had in the past, and the structural and social reasons why it happened again. We found out that these houses had been affected by Hurricane Floyd almost 2 decades ago, and again the owners were having to start over, gut, and rebuild their houses. It was sad to see people’s belongings having to be thrown away due to the flooding and mold, and a delicate thing to handle someone else’s memories.” -Mary White, Health Sciences Library

Community Service Opportunities: February 2017

January 25, 2017

Volunteer with the Ronald McDonald House of Chapel Hill

The Ronald McDonald House of Chapel Hill is always seeking volunteers to help their families feel more at home both at the House and at the hospital! Whether you are available once a week or once a year, they welcome any and all assistance. This is also a great opportunity for UNC departments who may wish to gather a group of Staff/Students/Faculty to volunteer as well! For more information on how to volunteer with this great organization, please visit http://rmh-chapelhill.org/get-involved/.

 

Hurricane Matthew Disaster Relief Trips

The Carolina Center for Public Service, together with the campus and community partners, is organizing campus-wide relief trips to areas affected by Hurricane Matthew. These trips are for UNC staff, faculty and students who are willing to help with clean-up or who have specialized building and repair skills.

If you would like to receive updates on future relief trips, email ccps@unc.edu.

 

Funding available to support campus disaster relief efforts

Funding is available to support campus relief efforts as donations to Carolina’s Disaster Relief Fund are received. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Students, faculty and staff from any campus unit or organization may submit a letter of request for funding to support relief trips and projects. The application letter should be sent as an email attachment to ccps@unc.edu and should include:

  • a description of the effort,
  • what organization(s) or constituents will participate,
  • which community(ies) will be served,
  • overall budget information,
  • the amount of funding requested and
  • contact information (email and phone number).

Top 5 reasons to join the Employee Forum

January 25, 2017
  1. Provide feedback on critical campus issues and policies, like parking and adverse weather. Whether through online or in-person discussion, Forum delegates provide feedback to guest speakers at Forum meeting or through the Executive Committee. Delegates work on Forum committees related to their interests, and they may also serve on committees across the University. In Fall 2016, the Forum provided feedback on the Five Year Plan for Transportation & Parking and to the Workforce for the Future committee.
  2. Access to the Vice Chancellor for Workforce Strategy, Equity, & Engagement, who serves as an ex-officio, non-voting member of the Employee Forum. Employee Forum delegates have an opportunity to meet once every other month with senior administration to discuss current issues impacting employees.
  3. Advocate for staff across the University and the UNC system. In providing an effective two-way communication link between the administration and the employees, the Forum creates space to share employee input about issues facing the University. For example, the Forum raised employee concerns around privatization, and it took a stand against privatization. It successfully worked with UNC administration to maximize benefits for staff during the transition of Student Stores to Barnes & Noble College.
    Additionally, three Forum delegates represent UNC-Chapel Hill staff on the UNC Staff Assembly, which addresses issues concerning the entire UNC System.
  4. Be the first to receive updates and information from senior UNC administration – and share them with others. Guest speakers at the Forum monthly meeting provide important updates about the University and employee benefits and discounts. Whether it’s regular updates from Human Resources about changes related to new FLSA rules (Fall 2016) or Chancellor Folt’s overview of the Blueprint for Next (December 2016), Forum delegates learn about changes impacting employees first!
  5. Have fun! Delegates connect to others across campus, forming friendships in addition to professional relationships. There are so many opportunities: monthly book club, annual Twitter Scavenger Hunt and Employee Appreciation Day, community service activities, potlucks, and more.

 

Community Service Opportunities

December 13, 2016

The Jackson Center Seeks Food Pantry Volunteers During Winter Break

The Jackson Center is a nonprofit oral history and community development center located on Rosemary Street which works primarily in Northside and Pine Knolls, two of Chapel Hill’s historically black neighborhoods.

Heavenly Groceries/Comida Celestial, the food pantry that the Jackson Center partners with, is in desperate need of volunteer support during UNC’s winter break. Volunteers staff the following shifts every weekday: van driving (2:15p-3:45p), van unloading (2:30p-4:00p), and food distribution and cleanup (3:45p-5:15p).

If you are willing to volunteer for a day (or more!) over break or want more information, please contact William Page at william@jacksoncenter.info or visit www.jacksoncenter.info/volunteer/ to create an account and sign up for volunteer shifts.

 

Hurricane Matthew Disaster Relief Trips

The Carolina Center for Public Service, together with the campus and community partners, is organizing campus-wide relief trips to areas affected by Hurricane Matthew. These trips are for UNC staff, faculty and students who are willing to help with clean-up or who have specialized building and repair skills. If you would like to receive updates on future relief trips, email ccps@unc.edu.

 

Funding available to support campus disaster relief efforts

Funding is available to support campus relief efforts as donations to Carolina’s Disaster Relief Fund are received. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Students, faculty and staff from any campus unit or organization may submit a letter of request for funding to support relief trips and projects. The application letter should be sent as an email attachment to ccps@unc.edu and should include:

  • a description of the effort,
  • what organization(s) or constituents will participate,
  • which community(ies) will be served,
  • overall budget information,
  • the amount of funding requested and
  • contact information (email and phone number).

 

Community Service Leave spotlight: Frances Dancy Burton

December 13, 2016

Frances Dancy Burton of the Carolina Population Center utilized Community Service Leave to volunteer at the Durham Homeless Shelter in early December 2016. She has been volunteering each quarter over the last twenty years with her choir.

“We always purchase and prepare a home cooked meal and serve anywhere from 200 to 350 or more meals each time we go.  Our choir funds this project ourselves as part of our mission service.  Earlier before learning about the Community Service leave, I used at least 2 hours vacation time to leave early to prepare these meals.  The Community Service leave has been very helpful to me to use for this purpose.  It gives me so much pleasure to serve and see the smiles on the faces of those that are being served.  The need has grown so much over the years and no longer do I see mostly men as I did early on, but now there are just as many families as well as single women and children.  There are many hungry people out there!”

Photos courtesy of Frances Dancy Burton

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Frances Dancy Burton (maroon sweater), a UNC Staff member for the Carolina Population Center, mixing a salad to serve with the meal prepared for the Durham Homeless Shelter on Friday, December 9, 2016.

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Join the Forum at our December blood drive

December 1, 2016

Red Cross joins the UNC-Chapel Hill community for 18th annual Holiday Carolina Blood Drive

CHAPEL HILL, NC (Dec. 2, 2016) — The American Red Cross and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill are teaming up once again to give time and memories to patients in need this season at the 18th annual Holiday Carolina Blood Drive. This year’s drive is 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, December 13 at UNC-Chapel Hill’s Fetzer Hall on South Road. Presenting donors will receive a long-sleeve Red Cross T-shirt, while supplies last. UNC students, faculty and community members who give blood will ensure hospital patients continue to receive treatment over the holidays.

Sponsored by the Employee Forum, the blood drive supports the Red Cross in its lifesaving mission of making blood available for those in need including heart surgery patients, organ transplant patients and those receiving treatment for leukemia. Donations often decline between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, but patients don’t get a holiday from needing blood – right now, every two seconds someone needs blood in the U.S. Giving blood is an easy way to impact the community and make a difference in someone’s life.

“UNC students, faculty and staff have supported the Carolina Blood Dive for many years because we understand the importance of fulfilling the university’s mission to serve our community,” said Jim Fuller, chair of the blood drive planning committee and a member of the Employee Forum. “We hope the Carolina community will come out in full force to help us reach our goal of 400 pints of blood. That will help a lot of people this holiday season and would be a great way to show how much we care about our community.”

To make an appointment to donate, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767), download the Red Cross Blood Donor App or visit redcrossblood.org and use sponsor code UNC. Free parking is available in Cobb Deck off Country Club Road.

All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

Blood donors can now save time at their next donation by using RapidPass to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, prior to arriving at the blood drive. To get started and learn more, visit redcrossblood.org/RapidPass and follow the instructions on the site.

 

About the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the nation’s first public university, is a global higher education leader known for innovative teaching, research and public service. A member of the prestigious Association of American Universities, Carolina regularly ranks as the best value for academic quality in U.S. public higher education. Now in its third century, the University offers 77 bachelor’s, 113 master’s, 68 doctorate and seven professional degree programs through 14 schools and the College of Arts and Sciences. Every day, faculty – including two Nobel laureates – staff and students shape their teaching, research and public service to meet North Carolina’s most pressing needs in every region and all 100 counties. Carolina’s more than 308,000 alumni live in all 50 states and 150 countries. More than 167,000 live in North Carolina.

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

 

UNC/ Carolina Blood Drive committee media contact: Rhonda Beatty, 919-843-6993, rbeatty@unc.edu

Red Cross media contact: Alyson Barraza, 781-366-4635, @ARCBloodCAR,  redcrossblood.org

 

Professional development spotlight

December 1, 2016

Below are several professional development opportunities to consider for Spring 2016.These are just a few of the programs on campus offering career opportunities for staff and faculty throughout the year. Please visit these sites to learn more about enrichment classes, professional development and career possibilities that await you!

Program in the Humanities & Human Values
Offers engaging and innovative public seminars and lectures on a variety of topics and themes throughout the year. Programs draw upon the humanities to nurture a deeper understanding of history and culture, enrich the life of the mind, and contribute to the development of a more humane world. To view a listing of all upcoming programmatic events, visit their Program Calendar.

UNC School of Government
Offers up to 200 courses, workshops, webinars, and professional conferences each year.
Go to https://www.sog.unc.edu/courses/ for more information.

UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health
Explore Public Health Careers! Departmental Career Resources with information about many career paths.
Visit http://sph.unc.edu/students/career-resources/for more information.

UNC School of Nursing
Offers a full complement of nursing education programs including:
A bachelor of science in nursing program (BSN)
A master’s of science in nursing program (MSN)
An RN-MSN option
Post-master’s program
Doctor of Nursing Practice program
Doctoral program (PhD)
Pre- or post-doctoral fellowships

For more information, go to http://nursing.unc.edu/about/.

Access your W-2 in January with 2-step verification

December 1, 2016

The new 2-Step Verification process gives you anytime, anywhere access to your W-2 form while protecting you from the endless phishing scams that attempt to steal your online information. But it’s only a valuable service if people use it, so register today! It’s easy and only takes a few minutes.

UNC Finance receives multiple requests for print W-2 forms year-round. With 2-Step Verification, you can access your W-2 whenever you want or need it without delay. What’s more, it helps the University go green.

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What is 2-Step Verification?

2-Step Verification adds a second layer of security to sensitive information. Once you have registered, you’ll log in to ConnectCarolina same as always. But to access your W-2, you will need to respond to a special access code sent to your mobile phone, tablet, or landline phone. Basically, 2-Step Verification proves that you are you. So, even if a phisher has managed to get your Onyen credentials, he will not be able to access your W-2 form (with your Social Security number) without actually having the device you registered with 2-Step.

Many Carolina employees are already using 2-Step Verification for bank accounts, credit cards or personal email accounts. If you have ever received a code sent to your phone before you can sign in to an account, you have used 2-Step Verification!

The University’s service is powered by Duo Security, a proven solution already in use by many universities around the country – including UC Berkeley, Boston University, Ohio State and Virginia Tech.

Where can I find more information?