Help to Welcome a Refugee Family

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Feb 112015

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Run for Your Life
An interactive, sensory refugee simulation designed by the UNHCR.

Tuesday, March 24 · 12:30 – 1:45

Moraine Valley, G-bldg/Gym
9000 College Pkwy
Palos Hills, IL 60465

For More Info
For more information, contact Mike McGuire at 708.974.5770 or by sending an e-mail

According to the latest statistics from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), there are approximately 15.4 million refugees in the world. These are people who are forced to flee their homes and cannot return because they will be persecuted and possibly killed based on their religion, race, nationality, political opinion or membership in a particular social group. According to the Department of State, the United States has resettled at least 3 million refugees since 1975. An average of 2,000 refugees per year come to Illinois and many to the Chicago area.

“Run-for-Your-Life” Experience

Join us for a refugee simulation that was created by the UNHCR. Participants will role play scenarios faced by current refugees around the world. This interactive, sensory learning activity will be led by students from Mike McGuire’s Composition II class, which uses service learning as way of researching community and global issues. All are welcome, but the event is designed for more mature participants (age 14+). The students are also collecting needed items to set up an apartment in cooperation with Exodus World Service to welcome a refugee family to Chicago. We encourage you to bring one or more of the needed items. The list of needed items is below. For more information contact Mike McGuire.

Help a Family Feel at Home

You can help a displaced family by joining us in collecting needed items to help set up an apartment for them and welcome them to America. If you can donate an item or more from the list below, please sign up. Scroll down on the list, as there are many items. Also note that items do NOT need to be brand new. Gently used items are okay, too. Every donation makes a difference.

Donation Sign-Up Sheet
Sign-up for for one or more items below. Once you sign-up, we will send you additional information about where you can drop off the item(s) you will be contributing. Thanks so much!

All spots have been filled.

Needed Item     Name of Donor
Set of Mixing Bowls    #1: Carol H.
Set of Baking Pans    #1: Elizabeth M.
Set of Pots and Pans    #1: Erika D.
Set of Cooking Utensils    #1: Nicolette V.
Set of Sharp Knives    #1: Cynthia R.
Measuring Cups and Spoons    #1: Mariah S.
Med/Large Cutting Board    #1: Laila H.
Manual Can Opener    #1: Panshula G.
3 Kitchen Towels    #1: Christine M.
3 Dishcolthes    #1: Layalee B.
Faltware for 8    #1: Toni S.
Dishes for 8    #1: Nelly R.
8 Drinking Glasses    #1: Jessica C.
1 Bottle of Dish Detergent    #1: Stephenie P.
2 O-Cello Type Sponges    #1: Alyssa C.
Kitchen Trash Can and Bags    #1: Shavonne L.
1 Roll of Aluminum Foil    #1: Lara A.
1 Roll of Plastic Wrap    #1: Mia J.
2 Rolls of Paper Towels    #1: Meg D.
Queen-Sized Blanket    #1: Kevin N.
Twin-Sized Blanket    #1: Jessica S.
#2: Paulina K.
#3: Liliana M.
Queen-Sized Sheet Set    #1: Kathy F.
Twin-Sized Sheet Set    #1: Velma S.
#2: Claudia V.
#3: Elizabeth M.
Bed Pillows    #1: Diem D.
#2: Ngai Yu L.
#3: Stephanie D.
#4: Muhammad A.
Clock Radio with Alarm    #1: Laila H.
Towel Set (bath towel, hand towel, and washcloth)    #1: Cathi P.
#2: Elizabeth M.
#3: Alexis S.
#4: keisha e.
2 Bottles of Shampoo    #1: Manal K.
4 Bars of Soap    #1: Manal K.
4 Tooth Brushes    #1: Manal K.
2 Tubes of Toothpaste    #1: Manal K.
Box of Feminine Supplies    #1: Manal K.
15 Disposable Razors    #1: Manal K.
4 Rolls of Toilet Paper    #1: Stephenie P.
Bottle of Hand Lotion    #1: Stephenie P.
2 Boxes of Kleenex    #1: Cathi P.
Small Trash Basket    #1: Mariah S.
Bottle of Cleaning Spary    #1: Laila H.
Can of Scouring Powder    #1: Elizabeth M.
Broom    #1: Noor J.
Dustpan    #1: Jessica S.
Plastic Laundry Basket    #1: Mariah S.
Pad of Paper    #1: Kim R.
Box of Envelopes    #1: Kim R.
5 Pencils/Pens    #1: Mariah S.
Book of Stamps    #1: Abby M.
Electric Fan    #1: Adaliz B.
Calendar    #1: Carol H.
Small Toolkit    #1: Mandoza E.
2 Light Bulbs    #1: Stephenie P.
5 lbs of Sugar    #1: Meg D.
10 lbs of Flour    #1: Rita K.
5 lbs of Onions    #1: Lynn T.
10 lbs of Potatoes    #1: Lynn T.
Gallon of Cooking Oil    #1: Kathy F.
5 lbs of Rice    #1: Kathy F.
Box of Teabags    #1: Sobia R.
Box of Salt    #1: Noor J.
Can of Black Pepper    #1: Layalee B.
Jar of Instant Coffee    #1: Muhammad T.
Case of Pop    #1: Travaughn C.

Students on Higher Education

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Nov 222014

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MVCC Library Lounge

FREE, but RSVP is encouraged for large groups or classes.

Panel Discussion
December 3, 2014 · 2:30p – 3:45p
Action Forums
December 4, 2014 · 11a – 1:45p

MVCC Library (L211)
9000 College Pkwy
Palos Hills, IL 60465

For More Info
For more information, contact Mike McGuire at 708.974.5770 or by sending an e-mail.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014
2:30p – 3:45p
Thursday, December 4, 2014
11:00a – 12:15p & 12:30p – 1:45p
Moraine Valley Community College
Library (L211)
9000 W. College Pkwy
Palos Hills, IL 60465

Event 1: A Student Panel Discussion

 Ivory Tower: A Topic of Discussion

On Wednesday, December 3 from 2:30 until 3:45, students from Communications 101 will offer their measured views on issues related to higher education, particularly as they pertain to the escalating price of college in the United States. With student debt exceeding $1.2 trillion, this is a matter of immediate concern to us all. Please come see these students as they participate in a moderated panel discussion about these issues and in response to the documentary film Ivory Tower.

Event 2: Student Action Forums

On Thursday, December 4 from 11:00 until 12:15 and then again from 12:30 until 1:45, students from Communications 101 will present action recommendations for the direction they would like to see higher education taking help their shared vision for our society. Recommendations will target higher education generally and Moraine Valley specifically. These group presentations are the results of several weeks of deliberative dialogue, research, and writing on this subject. Students, teachers, and administrators, and concerned community members are all encouraged to attend. This Action Forum event will invite audience members to voice their concerns, as well.

For More Information

For more information on either of these events or to reserve space for larger groups (or your class), please contact Mike McGuire (708.974.5770) or e-mail him Please come on out to support these students and participate in these critical conversations.

Oct 152014

On October 7, 2014, Moraine Valley Community College held it’s first ever day of service—“Community Learning Day.” Mobilizing over 800 people for a day of service wasn’t a simple matter, but in the end the day was a great success. Check out the highlights video.

Oct 062014

This is an election year, and each one of us needs to be well informed on the issues that matter most to our country and to our communities. It’s difficult to wade through all the messaging and manipulation that comes with election season, but don’t let this difficulty send you into the voting booth blind or keep you from voting altogether. Don’t forfeit the power you have to participate in your government and to shape the decisions that shape our lives in this country. Vote. But do it smart. Project Vote Smart can help.

Project Vote Smart is a powerful and easy-to-use resource that brings you millions of facts on over 40,000 politicians. Their online tools make what might otherwise be an overwhelming task quite doable—and actually kind of fun. Easily find critical information regarding where your politicians stand on the issues that matter most to you.

Check it out → Project Vote Smart

Oct 062014

It’s been a while coming, but our resource page is growing with many valuable resources and links to help you take your service learning projects to the next level. We’re adding resources more quickly now than ever before. Currently you’ll find information across many categories including advocacy/policy, civic engagement, curriculum, service learning, voter education, and topical/social issues. You will also find links to quality lectures on subjects related to education and democracy.

As with other areas of this site, we also welcome your input to help build it. If you know of a valuable resource link that you think should be added to our resource page, suggest it here → Recommend a Resource.