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).
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Greenhouse is open

February 24, 2017

By Arlene Medder, former UNC Employee Forum Delegate

For quite a few years, Claire Lorch, manager of the North Carolina Botanical Garden’s Carolina Campus Community Garden (CCCG), wished for a greenhouse. A greenhouse would provide an opportunity to propagate a greater number and variety of plants based on cultural preferences and disease resistance, and she could involve volunteers in that process.

Distributing mature tomato plants is a CCCG tradition greatly appreciated by the Garden’s primary recipients, UNC housekeepers.  With a greenhouse, they can expand beyond tomatoes to other easy-to-grow vegetables that can be grown in containers or in a garden.  It is another way the CCCG can assist in providing nutritional food and encouraging healthy eating habits.

Thanks to funds from the student organization Renewable Energy Special Projects Committee (RECPC), a partnership with NC State School of Design faculty and students, and the efforts of architects and builders from Szostak Design, two solar consultants and others, her wish is now granted.  Construction of the greenhouse began in the summer of 2016.

The greenhouse, recently completed, will be in production very soon. CCCG will host a ribbon-cutting/reception/tour on April 21st. All those who contributed to this effort will attend and the public is invited to join in the celebration.

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Join us for Callings

February 23, 2017

callingsUNC staff are invited to join the Employee Forum book club on February 23, 2017 from 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. at Bulls Head Book Shop. We will discuss the book Callings: A Celebration of Lives of Purpose and Passion by Dave Isay. The book can be purchased at a special discount online or in the store at Bulls Head Book Shop.

Lunch will be provided with registration. http://tinyurl.com/gm36444  Please email employeeforum@unc.edu if you have special dietary concerns.

Description from Goodreads: In Callings, StoryCorps founder Dave Isay presents unforgettable stories from people doing what they love. Some are paid well for their work, others not at all; some found their paths at a very young age, others later in life; many overcame great odds or upturned their lives in order to pursue what matters to them. These stories were collected over the past two years as part of a national outreach campaign, a first for StoryCorps, and most have never been published or broadcast until now.

An essential contribution to the beloved StoryCorps collection, Callings is an inspiring tribute to rewarding work and the American pursuit of happiness.

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InTouch Deadline – March Issue

February 23, 2017

Submit information to be published in our upcoming InTouch Newsletter to intouch@unc.edu. The Employee Forum reserves the right to edit and determine appropriate content in line with our mission.

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Community Service Committee – February 2017

February 15, 2017

The Wednesday meeting has been rescheduled to February 15, 2017 at 3 p.m. in 317 Beard Hall (School of Pharmacy).

 

Community Service Committee Meeting Agenda

 

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

 

3:00 PM – 4:00PM

 

317 Beard Hall

 

I.  Welcome/Introductions

 

Introduction of Representatives from Organizations (Habitat for Humanity, CCPS)

 

 

II. Planning for the Employee Forum/Habitat for Humanity Partnership

 

  • Potential date of Employee Forum Sponsored Build (to coincide with Employee Forum’s 25th Anniversary Celebration)
  • Develop list of proposed Units/Centers who may wish to participate
  • Proposed Goal for donations

-Request monetary support from Chancellor

-Registration fee to participate (unit fee?, individual fee?)

  • Draft/ Design of Pub flier (Rhonda @ CCPS?)/ Website for Event
  • Assigning various duties for implementation of event
  • Date of Ceremony Awarding House to UNC Staff Member

 

III. Community Service Leave Promotion Campaign

 

  • Aspects of Promotional Campaign
  • Creation of Committee to lead campaign (including members from Employee Forum, this committee, and OHR)

 

IV.  Update on other business

 

 

  • Scheduling next meeting
  • Update on Blood Drive Planning (Ricky Roach)
  • UNC Website Update (How to’s for UNC Staff who want to begin volunteering, where to host that information so that UNC’s website can link to it)

 

V.  Questions/Final Comments 

 

 

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Join us for Fall on Your Knees

January 26, 2017

fall-onUNC staff are invited to join the Employee Forum book club on January 26, 2017 from 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. at Bulls Head Book Shop. We will discuss the book Fall on Your Knees by Ann-Marie MacDonald. The book can be purchased at a special discount online or in the store at Bulls Head Book Shop.

Lunch will be provided with registration. http://tinyurl.com/gwav65n Please email employeeforum@unc.edu if you have special dietary concerns.

Description from Goodreads: They are the Pipers of Cape Breton Island — a family steeped in lies and unspoken truths that reach out from the past, forever mindful of the tragic secret that could shatter the family to its foundations. Chronicling five generations of this eccentric clan, Fall on Your Knees follows four remarkable sisters whose lives are filled with driving ambition, inescapable family bonds, and forbidden love. Their experiences will take them from their stormswept homeland, across the battlefields of World War I, to the freedom and independence of Jazz-era New York City.

Compellingly written, running the literary gamut from menacingly dark to hilariously funny, this is an epic saga of one family’s trials and triumphs in a world of sin, guilt, and redemption.

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InTouch Deadline – February Issue

January 26, 2017

Submit information to be published in our upcoming InTouch Newsletter to intouch@unc.edu. The Employee Forum reserves the right to edit and determine appropriate content in line with our mission.

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