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Nov 222014
 

event info


MVCC Library Lounge

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

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

Location
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 mcguirem72@morainevalley.edu. 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.

Jun 262013
 
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Happy summer! Our Act Out Now big summer project is underway. Many expressed interest in the hygiene kit collection and assembly we are doing for Hospital Sisters Mission Outreach. This is a great opportunity for families with kids of all ages! If you still want to join in on this worthy project, and have yet to contact us, there is still time. Here are all the details of our drive and how it will work.

Who We Are Collecting For

We will be collecting the materials for Hospital Sisters Mission Outreach. Mission Outreach is a not-for-profit organization that addresses unmet medical needs of people in developing countries. The hygiene kits are a valuable product that help save lives. These kits are used as learning tools in literacy, hygiene, nutrition and health classes. The kits are also distributed to people who understand hygiene, but have limited resources.

Items for Each Hygiene Kit

To assemble one hygiene kit, the following items are required:

  • 1 hand towel
  • 1 wash cloth
  • 1 fingernail clippers (no toenail clippers)
  • 1 bath-size bar of soap (3oz or larger)
  • 1 toothbrush in package (no child-size)
  • 1 tube of toothpaste (6.4oz or larger)
  • 6 band-aids
  • 1 comb (large and sturdy)
  • 1 one-gallon zip lock bags

Our Collection Goal

We have an initial goal of at least 25 hygiene kits (of course more would be great!). We hope each family can commit to a certain number of items (e.g. 25 toothbrushes,15 hand towels, etc.).

How to Collect Items for the Drive

  1. Contact Us: If you are interested in participating in the drive, and have yet to be in touch with us, simply send us a quick e-mail to let us know which item(s) from the list above you would like to focus on.
  2. Get creative with collecting: Some ways that you can collect items might include purchasing the items yourself, trying to collect items from family/friends/neighbors, doing a letter writing campaign to companies to see if they will donate items, etc.
  3. Try a Neighborhood Collection: Here you can download a note that can be attached to bags and left for neighbors—you would just need to fill in the blanks on the note, deliver them throughout your neighborhood, and then go back on the date that you indicated to see if anyone donated items.

The Project Timeline

  1. The Drive: The drive/collection will run through the summer.
  2. The Packing: We will meet with all the donated items in August to assemble the kits. The exact date will be determined as we get closer. The location of the assembly will depend on the total numbers of participants for this drive. (Maybe we’ll meet at one of our homes or at the local library.)
  3. The Field Trip (optional): We are planning to visit Mission Outreach to learn more about what they do on Friday, July 19th. Due to their safety/liability rules, Mission Outreach asks that anyone coming to their facility be at least 9 years of age or older. If this outing interests you, please let us know about that too.

That’s it for now. Thank you again for your assistance with this drive. If you have any questions please let us know. We’re really excited about working with all of you on this project. It’s going to be great.

May 272013
 
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We’ve got some exciting service-opportunities already on the calendar for June. Check them out, and more are on the way.

Sertoma Centre Super Sale

June 1 and 2, 2013 9:30 – 5:30 (half shifts available): The good folks at Sertoma Centre need about 40 volunteers to staff their annual fundraising housewares “super sale.” There are many positions available–something for everyone. Also, they will be signing off on community service hours, so if you know of anyone who needs hours for school or clubs, let them know. This is a great opportunity for 7th and 8th graders through High School students as well as college aged individuals. Come volunteer as a family—they would love to have you.

Also, do not forget about the VOLUNTEER ONLY Preview Party and Sale. For any volunteer participating in this event, there is a Preview Sale Day just for YOU! You get to purchase any items you would like before the sale opens to the public. The special preview sale is set for Friday, May 31st from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm on location at 4331 W. Lincoln Highway. All merchandise is deeply discounted. Do not miss out on this great perk.

If you are interested in volunteering for the sale on June 1st or June 2nd, please e-mail Laura Gardner with the day and shift you are available, and she will get you on the list. Dress comfortably. Volunteers will be asked to wear a volunteer shift during their shift. Lunch and snacks will be provided. Just do it. It’ll be a great experience for the whole family. Contact Laura at lgardner@sertomacentre.org.

Romeoville Prairie Nature Preserve Restoration

June 1, 2013 8:00 am – 12:00 pm:The Will County Forest Preserve could use your helping hands. Volunteers will cut, haul, or stack brush; learn about why the District takes such great care of the preserves it owns and manages; and feel a deep sense of accomplishment for a job well done. Please dress for outdoor work and the weather. Wear long pants, closed-toe shoes, and work gloves. Registration is required. Please call 815.722.7364 or e-mail Renee Gauchat (rgauchat@fpdwc.org) for more information or to register for this event.

Feed My Starving Children

June 11, 2013 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm: Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) is always a great way to do good for others. FMSC packs specially formulated food for children who are on the brink of starvation in many developing countries around the world. You can literally save lives by participating in this event. It’s a great way to spend a couple of hours with friends (old and new) and family. It’s a child friendly service opportunity too, so get the little ones involved. Act Out Now will be at FMSC on June 11, so please join us. Just click the link: RSVP NOW.

May 232013
 
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We recently brought our April Shoe Drive to close. Collecting shoes is one thing, but processing them all is quite another. That was our project for Wednesday this week. We had been stockpiling the bags of shoes as they were coming in throughout the drive. (The garage was full.) Early this morning, we packed bag after bag into the back of the pickup and began the journey to Share Your Soles. (The bags were stacked so high, I’m surprised we didn’t lose any along the way.)

At Share Your Soles we received a warm welcome as always and got to work processing our shoes. We unloaded them all and began the count and sort. Four hours of hard labor later, we’re happy to report that we collected 551 pairs of shoes bound for those in need across the globe. Great work to everyone who contributed to this effort. Thank you so much.


Working the Shoes at Share Your Soles