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Ryan Anderson

Position: BUILD Leader, Weekly Trip Leader
Years in Position: 1 

Q: What are your leadership roles on campus and in the community?
A: I am currently a Community Leader for the Lead and Serve Community at Eagle Village where we are exposing freshmen to volunteer work and leadership opportunities around Statesboro. I am a Weekly Volunteer Trip Leader for the Farmer’s Market Trip which goes out on Saturdays from the Office of Student Leadership and Civic Engagement. At the Farmers Market, we gather up leftover food and take it to the Soup Kitchen in downtown Statesboro. I am a Southern Leaders Coach for incoming Southern Leaders members this semester. I also enjoy leading Alternative Break Trips where we take students out on different trips all over and outside of the U.S. so they can learn about different social issues through direct service. I was a BUILD Leader this past summer and I still continue to take students to Habitat for Humanity when I can!

Q: What do you find most meaningful about your work?
A: The most meaningful aspects of my work include doing good things for great causes while having fun. When I am working with a group of people who are passionate about what they are doing, there is no stopping what we are trying to get accomplished. Getting people genuinely interested in helping a cause is something I intentionally try to do while working. The amount of people we have on this earth is too immense to not have problems and we all should be doing our part to make our planet an awesome place.

Q: How do you hope this work might help you in your career, and in your life?
A: My time here at Georgia Southern has been filled with amazing opportunities that have made me a very different person from who I was before college. Being involved on campus is something that has been a major lifestyle change for me and it is funny how each opportunity prepares me for something coming up. There is no doubt that the interactions I have daily are preparing me for a successful career in Optometry and business. The volunteer work I do on Alternative Breaks have opened up my eyes to different places where I can go do work and make communities even greater. I plan to revisit and perhaps work at some of the places I have visited while on AB Trips later in life.

Q: What’s one piece of leadership or engagement advice you’d like to share?
A:One piece of advice that has stuck with me is to remember that everyone on a team has a role and it is important to make sure everyone is performing so that the team can perform at its best. From a leader’s perspective this means knowing your team members strengths and weaknesses so that you can identify the best plan for the big picture. Empathy plays a huge part in leading a team because it allows you to see how your team members are going to approach something. I love being in new teams where I can see these interactions happening over a course of time to achieve common goals between the members. Everyone has to participate for things to get accomplished which is why being involved on campus and in the community is such an awesome thing!

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2014 Weekend Alternative Break Trip #2

Applications for our second Weekend Alternative Break of the year are now available in the Office of Student Leadership & Civic Engagement.  The trip will travel to Macon, GA to partner with Rebuilding Macon focusing on the rehabilitation of houses of low-income homeowners.  This trip will take place November 7-9 and will cost $25.  If there are still vacant spots, applications will officially close at 5 pm on Thursday, October 23.  Applications will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis and will not be considered complete until you have submitted both your application and payment. 

If you have questions, please contact Katy Kaesebier at kkaesebier@georgiasouthern.edu or Tiara Johnson at tiara-johnson@georgiasouthern.edu

 

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SOLD Workshops @ 5:30 pm in Russell Union 2047

Monday, October 20 – Chris Pugh from the MSC will present on “Finding A Mentor”.  Learn why you should find a mentor and more about the benefits it can give you.

Tuesday, October 28 – Dr. Abby Brooks, Professor of Communication Studies, will present on how to create and give an “Elevator Speech”.  Elevator speeches are incredibly useful for networking in spontaneous spaces.

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Be The Change Week is coming up!

October 25th-31st

Event Calendar   http://students.georgiasouthern.edu/LeadServe/sjw/

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What do you do when your education and passion intersect with a significant social challenge?  Dr. Nandi A. Marshall, a recent graduate of GSU’s College of Public Health and professor at Armstrong State University, will share her story of engaging rural communities in pursuit of health equity in the region.
 

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 Children’s Garden Club 3:00-5:00pm – Promoting sustainability to 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)

Thursdays Rebecca’s Cafe 12:30-2:00pm – Serve meals and meet and greet with Statesboro residents

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!


The 2014 Holiday Helper Tree needs YOUR HELP! 

The Office of Student Leadership and Civic Engagement needs your help to monitor the Holiday Helper Tree while it is open (November 6th – November 21st). To volunteer, come by the OSLCE (RU 1056) anytime between 8am-5pm and sign up! You can volunteer for one (or more) one-hour time slots between 9am and 3pm. First come first serve! 

 

Apply to be a 2014 SOAR Leader

If you would like to spend your summer working with new Georgia Southern students, apply to be a SOAR Leader!  Applications are available now on the Student Employment Center website: https://employment.georgiasouthern.edu/.  You may also find more information by visiting our website at http://admissions.georgiasouthern.edu/orientation/soar/soar-leader-recruitment/.

Attend an Information Session on October 26, 27, or 28 at 7 pm in Lewis Hall on Sweetheart Circle to learn more about the position and hear from past SOAR Leaders about their experiences.

Applications are due Monday, November 3rd. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Office of Orientation at orientation@georgiasouthern.edu or by phone at 912-478-7627.

Volunteer for the Zombie Run on October 25th!

We are looking for volunteers for the Zombie Run, which will be held at the RAC on Saturday, October 25th. I have attached a flyer with all of the details of the event. We need volunteers to help with the 5K at 8:30am, volunteers to dress up as zombies for the one-mile fun run, and several volunteers just to help the event run smoothly. Please tell anyone interested to contact me for more information at edemeo@georgiasouthern.edu or (912) 478-8651

 

Fall Festival Volunteers needed

Mattie Lively Elementary School is looking for volunteers to help with their annual Fall Festival held at the school,  204 Debbie Drive, Statesboro.  The festival will be Saturday, November 8th from 11 am to 2 pm.  Volunteers are needed from 10 am – 3 pm.  Please contact Aimee Moore (828-773-8642) for more information or to volunteer for a shift.

Annual Haunted Forest

The Bulloch County Boys and Girls Club is looking for volunteers for the Annual Haunted Forest. We need volunteers for Oct. 24-25 and 27-31. Volunteers do not need to commit to all days, just as many as they can. We are looking for groups of about five or so to serve as “pushers.” Volunteers would dress up in scary costumes, which will be provided, and move/scare people along the trail. Volunteering would be from 8-12 at night and can be broken up into shifts. All volunteers will be fed dinner!

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

 

Volunteer at the 9th Annual International Festival

The 9th Annual International Festival will take place on November 15th from 10am-4pm at Mill Creek Regional Park. Check out www.georgiasouthern.edu/intfest for more information about the event! If you’re interested in volunteering, contact Angie Threatte at 912-478-0570 or athreatte@georgiasouthern.edu. Orientation sessions will be held prior to the event. A Festival tshirt will be provided.

 

Feed the Boro

For over 20 years State Farm Agent Jimmy Anthony and Gracewood Baptist Church has been feeding the less fortunate and public service personnel in our community on Thanksgiving Day. Mr. Anthony has led this project in the past, until his health made it difficult. Last year, we prepared and delivered over 2800+ meals. This preparation starts on Wednesday, November 27th from 4-8pm at Statesboro High School’s kitchen. The turkeys are cooked and the desserts are sliced and packaged. On Thanksgiving Day from 7am-2pm, volunteers help to prepare the plates and deliver the food. ANY donation or volunteeringwould be helpful in our mission to ensure that everyone in our community enjoys a Thanksgiving meal. If you would like to donate or volunteer, please contact Robin Aspinwall at (912) 596-9542. Volunteers are also strongly encouraged to sign up here: http://bit.ly/ftbvolunteer.

 

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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 hands and 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. 


 

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