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Name: Tiara Johnson
Position: Graduate Assistant for Alternative Breaks and Community Partnerships
Years in Position: 1

Q: What are your leadership roles on campus and in the community?
A:

I work as the Graduate Assistant of Alternative Breaks and Community Partnerships in the Office of Student Leadership and Civic Engagement. I serve as the Advisor of the Alternative Break Board, which is a group of student leaders that assume leadership roles for our program including identifying sites, raising awareness about our program, developing pre-trip education, and planning creative fundraising events throughout the school year. I also have the privilege of teaching a course to students, Self-Leadership (LEAD 1000). In the community I am a very active volunteer at The Hearts and Hands Clinic of Statesboro. My roles have included: Labs Coordinator, Clinic Manager on medical clinic nights, shadowing doctors, assisting with front office duties, and also volunteering with our prescription program, MedBank.

Q: What do you find most meaningful about your leadership work?
A: Hearing students’ stories and watching them develop their leadership skills is definitely what I find most meaningful about my leadership work. I have been involved with OSLCE and the AB program since my freshman year, so I have watched a lot of students transition through our program. It makes all of the hard work worth it when you get to watch a student go on their first AB trip and watch them come back to lead trips and even branch out and be leaders in other organizations on campus.

Q: How do you hope this work might help you in your career, and in your life?
A: I know for a fact that my experiences through OSLCE, being at Georgia Southern, and during my time here in Statesboro will be helpful during my career and in my life. I have had the privilege and honor to be under great leadership when I first came to college and through their nurturing I have been able to transition and help nurture other students just like I have been. I hope that all of the skills that I have learned here I will be able to use them and see them play out in “real life” situations.

Q: What’s one piece of leadership or engagement advice you’d like to share?
A: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has.” –Margaret Mead

SOLD Website BannerSOLD Workshop Series Begins – Monday, September 8

“Who Will You Be” – Dean Jackson
Monday, September 8 (5:30 – 6:30pm) – Russell Union 2047

SCLClogo13Southern Collegiate Leadership Conference – Saturday, October 4 

Registration Open Now!

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SOLD workshops will be beginning again in the fall. If you haven’t had the opportunity to go to one check out the ones we offered last semester! Click here!

Spaces still available for Service-Learning Facilitators. Freshmen and Sophomores are welcome!  This cohort will train in Fall, and will be in the classroom managing their own students Spring term.

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NEW SIGN IN PROCESS FOR WEEKLY VOLUNTEER TRIPS!

Each week, you will have an opportunity to sign up for trips in the OSLCE from Monday at 8am until the time that trip leaves. For Saturday trips, you have from Monday at 8am to Friday at 5pm to come by the office and sign up. Note: You can only sign up for trips one week at a time!

All Trips depart from the Office of Student Leadership and Civic Engagement in the Russell Union suite 1056

Mondays 

After School Program  3:00-5:00pm - Working with children at Mill Creek Elementary School
* Background Check and application required! Background Check request forms and applications are available in the OSLCE (RU 1056)

Tuesdays 

After School Program  3:30-4:30pm - Working with children at Sallie Z Elementary School
Background Check and application required! Background Check request forms and applications are available in the OSLCE (RU 1056)

Wednesdays

Westwood Nursing Home  3:30-5:00pm - Activities with the Residents

Cone Homes 2:30-5:00pm - Help with an after school program staffed solely by GSU volunteers
Background Check required! Background Check request forms are available in the OSLCE (RU 1056)
**** Attention: Trip leader needed for Cone Homes trip! Please contact Amber Carter at amber-carter@georgiasouthern.edu if you’re interested!

Fridays

Food Bank  1:30-3:00pm - Sorting food to help our community

Saturdays 

Habitat for Humanity 10:00-2:00 – Work at a Habitat site or the Restore  (meet outside OSLCE, RU 1056)

Farmer’s Market and Soup Kitchen  10:45-1:00 – Feed the need  (meet outside OSLCE, RU 1056)

For questions about weekly trips contact Amber Carter at:

amber-carter@georgiasouthern.edu  

Keep an eye on http://students.georgiasouthern.edu/LeadServe/serveweekly/ for updates!


Submit a proposal to host a Social Justice Lunch during Be The Change Week
Be The Change Week 2014 is October 25th through October 31st. We are partnering with University Wellness and are very excited to offer students numerous opportunities to Be The Change encouraging healthier bodies, healthier lives, healthier communities. This week is about students creating positive change in their own lives and communities. On Monday and Tuesday of Be The Change Week we will have a lunch hosted by a student organization around a Social Justice theme. The Office of Student Leadership and Civic Engagement will sponsor food and prizes for the lunch, but we need passionate students to provide the content to be discussed. If your student organization is interested in hosting one of the lunches, please fill out the Form on our website: http://students.georgiasouthern.edu/LeadServe/sjw/ and send an outline of your presentation to Amber Carter at amber-carter@georgiasouthern.edu. 

DIRT Community Service Trip
The Director’s Immediate Response Team- DIRT- will be going on a community service trip on Saturday September 27th to volunteer with Heart of Dixie.  Heart of Dixie is a non-profit horse sanctuary that needs your help!
 
Please email learn.dirt.lead@gmail.com for more information!

“How To Win In Middle School” – Volunteers needed!

Its a fun time at William James Middle School when parents will learn from teachers how to help their child WIN in school, while WJMS students will participate in “Minute to Win It” activities.

The Bulloch County School Board needs volunteers to help us oversee each activity.

Monday, September 15, 2014

5:45-7:00pm

If you are interested please contact Leslie Wiggins atlwiggins@bulloch.k12.ga.us

 

Camp Twin Lakes in need of Weekend Camp Counselors!

We’re gearing up for our weekend camps (September 19-21)
and need a few more volunteers for counselor positions.


Jami Wolfe (jwolfe@gru.edu) is the director for Camp Sweet Life,
a camp for children with Type I Diabetes.

Mandy Lee (malee@gru.edu) is the director for Camp Strong Hearht,
a camp for children with Congenitial Heart Defects.


We are in need of male and female counselors for each.  It’s a Friday-Sunday at Camp Twin Lakes in Rutledge, GA.  Any interested students can email Jami or Mandy for an application.  Thanks!

 

33rd Annual Catface Turpentine Festival

Saturday, October 4th – volunteers are needed to help with this historic festival! Work in all areas, as visitors go back to yesteryear – learning the art of turpentining, eating rosin potatos, and enjoying arts, crafts, games, food, and entertainment!

Parade kicks off the festival at 10:00, party continues through the live music street dance Saturday night!

Please call Jerri Lanigan, 912.865.2810 to volunteer!

 

Southeast Bulloch Middle School

Family Science Night
Tuesday, October 28th from 4:30 pm until 6:00 pm.

We would like to have 12 – 14 volunteers to help with our Family Science Night. Family Science Night allows families and the community to have fun exploring content, activities, and games that support scientific learning. Volunteers and teachers  play and learn with students and their families as they circulate among stations filled with a wide variety of interactive science applications.

For questions or to sign up contact:
Sherry M. Jordan
Parent Involvement Coordinator
Bulloch County Schools
Phone: 912-618-0287/912-212-8557
Fax: 912-489-5855

 

Muscular Dystrophy Association needs volunteers for their annual Lock Up!

MDA is looking for 10-15 volunteers to work the Lock Up event from 9am-3pm on Thursday, September 11th. There will be two shifts available (9-12 and 12-3). The following jobs will be available:

  • Registration – Greet the “Jailbirds” upon arrival and hand out packets
  • Officer for the Day – Drive a donated vehicle around Statesboro to pick up or drop off “Jailbirds”
  • Mug Shots – Taking photos of the “Jailbirds”
  • Parole Officers – In charge of explaining to the “Jailbirds” how they can call and get money for their bail
  • Raffle Tickets – Help the DJ do drawings throughout the event

For more information or to sign up to volunteer, contact Colleen Harvey at charvey@mdausa.org or 912-354-9576.

 

Volunteer with Fall Family Weekend

The Office of Orientation and Parent Programs is preparing for Fall Family Weekend, September 26th-28th. We greatly rely on volunteers each year to ensure that this large event be successful. With that being said, our office could use some help during the shifts listed below.

Check-in and Silent Auction
Friday, September 26th, 3:30-9:30pm and Saturday, September 27, 8:00am-12:00pm (Shifts vary)
Location: Russell Union Ballroom
Volunteers may help set-up, greet families in the parking lot, work check-in, and serve as floaters to answer questions.

Georgia Southern Day Downtown with the Statesboro Farmer’s Market and Silent Auction
Saturday, September 27th, 7:00am-2:00pm (Shifts vary
Location: Downtown Statesboro (East Vine Street)
Volunteers will help greet families, assist with Silent Auction, work booth set up, set-up tables and/or equipment, and/or clean-up after the event.

To volunteer, please sign-up at http://goo.gl/jPLEKT by September 19th at 5:00 p.m. If you have any questions about volunteering, feel free to contact Logan Franks at 912-478-0438 or at lfranks@georgiasouthern.edu.

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VIA Experiences

Chose a community-based project from over 50 job descriptions! Just 5-15 hours a week can give you the critical leadership experience and references you need for your future! Open to all students.


Volunteer Tutors Needed

The Bulloch County ESOL programs are in need of tutors for a diverse population of students who have learned English as their second language. All majors are needed & students will be placed at local schools in Bulloch County.

It’s a great way to not only give back to the community but to also help students do well in the classroom.

Interested? Questions?
Please contact the Community Liaison Robyn Sanders at esolgsu@gmail.com
Send in schedule of availability with first contact.
Must have own transportation and be available for at least an hour between 8am-3:30pm


Statesboro Farmers Market

The Statesboro Farmer’s Market is looking for volunteers to help the market set up and run smoothly.

Saturdays- Downtown in the Sea Island Parking Lot, 7:30-10:30 am and 10:30- 1:00 pm

Every other Tuesday – ON CAMPUS between Hollis and Herty from 8:30am-1:00pm
9/16, 9/30, 10/14, 10/28, 11/11

Tuesdays-  Honey Bowen building off Fair Rd., 4:15-8:00 pm

For more information and to set up a time to volunteer contact:  Samantha Koss  sk02631@georgiasouthern.edu


F1RST Fridays Downtown Statesboro!

Come join Main Street Statesboro and experience a part of Statesboro you did not know was here. By getting involved in our F1RST Friday events you add to the exciting environment that is the wonderful downtown Statesboro. So lend us your and hands a little of your time a become a part of the downtown family.

Every First Friday we have themed events, live music, entertainment, children’s activities, shopping, dinning, art and theater. Volunteers can build their resume portfolio through a variety of outreach opportunities. Make invaluable connections and network with people of all walks of life.
Our festivals include Taste of Downtown, Ag Night Out, Scare on the Square, Holiday Celebration and Spring into Statesboro.
Volunteer Hours 4:30pm-8:00pm
Contact Allen Muldrew, mainstreet@statesborodowntown.com  912.764.7227

Read more about the DSDA here:  http://students.georgiasouthern.edu/LeadServe/agencyinformation/#DSDA


 Help an Adult get their GED

The EAGLES (Enhancing Adult Georgians’ Life and Education Skills) Tutoring Program is seeking tutors in reading, writing, math, science and social studies. Georgia Southern students will be paired with an adult student from the community seeking to improve his/her basic academic skills in preparation for the GED. Tutoring sessions will be held every Friday from 9am-12pm in the College of Education beginning September 12, 2014. No tutoring experience is necessary. Volunteers must be least 18 years of age and preferably able to commit to 1 to 3 hoursper week for the course of the semester. If you are interested in this learning more about this opportunity, contact Dr. Amelia Davis @ adavis@georgiasouthern.edu or 478-0201.


Goodwill Job Connection

Volunteers are needed Monday-Friday each week at the Goodwill Job Connection center. Georgia Southern students are a great help reviewing resumes, assisting applicants with online job searches and applications, and providing one-on-one tutoring for ESOL and GED classes. 9:00 – 6:00 each day, and weekly evening classes. Please call for details:  Edgar Alamo, 912.667.6677.


The Spot – After-school Mentoring Program
Volunteer mentors are needed each Thursday to work with Kindergarten -5th graders (3:30-5:00) and 6th grade – 12th grade (4:30 – 6:00). “Big Buddies” should come to The Spot, 331 S. Walnut St. to participate. Please see our Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Spot-Character-Leadership-Development-Center/522985214389020  or call Roosevelt Cone, 912-541-2809 for more information.

National Church Residences

Help make a difference in the lives of residents at the Statesboro Summit community! Volunteers are currently needed to lead games, activities and classes, administrative tasks, and offer companionship. If you are interested in volunteering please contact: Amanda Lienhard 912-764-3390 (alienhard@nationalchurchresidences.org)


Memorial Health Foundation

Memorial Health Foundation is seeking a volunteer to work with our Development staff. Gain fundraising and special events experience, and the opportunity to use your creative talents for a good cause.  The volunteer performs a variety of administrative, marketing, research and fundraising duties to support the Memorial Health Foundation office.  Transportation required.

For more information please contact:  Janet Kolbush, Development Outreach Coordinator

912.350.6369       kolbuja1@memorialhealth.com


Hospice Advantage

Volunteers are needed with Hospice Advantage in the Statesboro, Claxton, and Metter areas. We are looking for men and women that are willing to dedicate a few hours a week to call Bingo and assist with activities in the local nursing home.  We need people that are hardworking and dedicated because these people trust and depend on them to come and visit with them. If interested, contact Kimberly Williams at 912 764-6222 or 912 433-2222. Volunteers will be required to take a TB test, background check, and complete an application. We love volunteers!!!!!!!!!!!


Volunteer Note Taker

**The Student Disability Resource Center is seeking motivated students with:  -legible handwriting,

-good organizational skills, -a desire to help

Interested students should call (912)478-1566 and make an appointment to register as a volunteer note taker. If you match with a student who needs notes in one of your classes, you will be asked to share copies of notes.  As a thank you for providing notes, volunteers will be given EARLY REGISTRATION privileges (in addition to being able to count the hours spent taking notes towards volunteer hours)!!


Tutoring Opportunities in Rural Georgia

High school students are seeking guidance with essay development, math skills, test preparation, and or completing college applications. Tutors could also be helping elementary and middle school students improve fundamental study skills. Meeting times are Wednesdays from 5:30-6:45pm at Magnolia Missionary Baptist Church (760 Magnolia Church Rd. Statesboro, GA 30458) or Thursdays from 4:30-6:00pm at Mount Moriah Missionary Baptist Church (185 Poplar St. Pembroke, GA 31321).

If you are interested, contact Dr. Meca Williams-Johnson at mecawilliams@georgiasouthern.edu or 912-478-5252.


Red Shirt Drills – “Actors” Needed!

During the school year, CRI hosts several training sessions for RAC lifeguards, which are called “Red Shirt Drills”. These drills have “actors” play the role of victims in various simulated emergencies on the pool deck/in the pool. These are great learning opportunities for our staff, and a great way to get your students involved. CRI has several opportunities each month for you to serve as a victim for these drills, and they are looking for volunteers for these.  Please contact Brad Field (brad-field@georgiasouthern.edu) if you are interested in this opportunity.


Seeking Volunteers for International Conversation Hour! 

The Center for International Studies is looking for volunteers from 11:00-1:00 p.m. every Friday for International Conversation Hour (ICH).  ICH provides a great opportunity for American students to interact with students from around the world and find out about their culture as well as how different their college experience is compared to ours. ICH meets every Friday from 11:30-1:00 p.m. in the Russell Union Ballroom. Volunteers will need to arrive at the Ballroom 11:00 a.m. to help set-up food, drinks, activities, and prizes. If interested in volunteering or for more information, contact Angie Threatte at athreatte@georgiasouthern.edu.


Statesboro High School Band Boosters need help

Statesboro High School Band Boosters has volunteer opportunities available during Fall 2014. Most of these opportunities are working concessions at home football games.  The only exceptions are the East Georgia Marching Band Festival and the Cotton Candy booth at the Kiwanis Ogeechee Fair.  All of the football games and the Festival are held at Womack Field at Statesboro High School. Call Time for all football games is 6:00 pm.  Please report to the concession stand behind the ticket booth at Womack Field.  The Concessions Manager(s) will direct you from there.

You can either sign up on our online system (Charms) at the link listed for each event or contact Devora Griffin (devora@frontiernet.net) unless otherwise noted.

Bulloch County Parks and Recreation Department needs Volunteers

Spanish Speaker: The Parks and Rec department is in need of a volunteer with Spanish speaking skills to teach Spanish Club at Sallie Z Elementary. All lesson plans will be provided. The club will meet twice a month in the afternoon starting in September. Please email Katie Maynard ataspcommintyliaison@gmail.com for more information. 

Office help: The Parks and Rec department is in need of a volunteer to help in the Honey Bowen Building After School Office on Monday or Wednesday. The volunteer would be helping prepare the lessons for the next week which can include preparing crafts, filing paper work, or making copies. Please email Katie Maynard at aspcommunityliaison@gmail.com for more information. 


 

 

 

Office of Student Leadership and Civic Engagement • PO Box 8114 • (912) 478-1435 • leader@georgiasouthern.edu