Spring Into Service
In collaboration with various offices across campus, IMPACT is excited to offer a variety of service opportunities and other events in celebration of National Volunteer Week from April 19-23, 2021. See below for our schedule of events!
Are you celebrating National Volunteer Week by participating in an act of service? We want to know! Some ideas include: participate in the Niagara University Day of Giving, send cards to a local hospital, donate clothes or non-perishable items to a local organization, clean up outside on Earth Day, connect with 5 people to help lift their spirits.
Share your service using #NUSpringIntoService on social media or tell us about it here.
*Remember to follow Covid-19 restrictions when participating in service this week. Should you chose to clean up outdoors, be sure to wear gloves and avoid needles, glass, and other sharp objects.
Join us to make self care bags for healthcare workers who have been selflesslessly taking care of others throughout the pandemic.
Time: 12 - 2 PM
Location: Outside of the Gallagher Center (while supplies last)
This is an open event in conjunction with RidgeFest.
Developing a Self-Care Routine
You may have read about self-care and you may be on board with the benefits it can offer, even if at times it requires some extra effort on your part. Self-care means really listening to your body, taking moments to check in, tuning in to your thoughts, and changing your behaviors and belief systems when needed. This 60 min training will go over the basics of self-care and a 3 step approach to creating a self-care routine, we will also discuss common barriers and brain storm how to overcome them.
Time: 12 - 1 PM
Join Active Minds for "Color Me Calm", a time to color, destress, and connect with other Niagara University students!
Time: 3 - 4 PM
Location: Zoom: Join Here
Stop by Academic Complex Room 125 to pick up supplies before the event from 12 PM - 2:30 PM (while supplies last).
Volunteer with Niagara University's re-imagined Books, Balls, and Blocks - now called Book in a Box! Book in a Box is a free, exciting way to bring fun games, stories, art activities, and developmental screenings into your home for children from 4 months to 5 years old.
This event is being held with a closed group of students. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions! To learn more about Book in a Box visit www.niagara.edu/bookinabox.
This interactive training will teach you Hollaback!’s 5Ds of bystander intervention methodology. We’ll start by talking about the types of disrespect that Asian and Asian American folks are facing right now — from microaggressions to violence — using a tool we call the “spectrum of disrespect.” You’ll learn what to look for and the positive impact that bystander intervention has on individuals and communities. We’ll talk through five strategies for intervention: distract, delegate, document, delay, and direct; and how to prioritize your own safety while intervening. We’ll have time at the end for practice, and you’ll leave feeling more confident intervening the next time you see Anti-Asian/American harassment online or in person.
Time: 6:00 PM
Training provided by the Brennan Center.
Stop by the Gallagher Center to pick up a blanket making kit. These blankets are sent to children at Oishei Children's Hospital. Supplies are limited and will be distributed on a first come, first served basis.
Time: Supply pick up 12-2 PM
Location: Outside of the Gallagher Center
Alternate supply pick up is 2-4 PM in the Campus Ministry office.
Please return completed blankets and supplies back to Campus Ministry by Monday, April 26, 2021.
This service opportunity was made possible by Campus Ministry.
Help to make Birthday Cards for the clients of Meals on Wheels and Feedmore WNY.
Location: Outside of Gallagher Center
Time: 12 - 2 PM
This is being held in conjunction with RidgeFest (while supplies last).
With the plastic bag ban, organizations like Community Missions are looking for creative ways to distribute food to their patrons. This is where T-Shirt bags come in!
Location: Multipurpose Room in Gallagher
Time: 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Celebrate National Volunteer Week and Earth Day by cleaning up in your neighborhood! Grab a trash bag and some gloves and take time today to make your area a more beautiful place. Use #NUSpringintoService when you post on social media, and tell us about it here!
Walk around campus and enjoy various "Sunny Spots" that NU students chose as their favorite sunny spots on campus. Click on the "Sunny Spot" on the map for a self-care tips.
Time: Anytime sunny time works!
Stop by the Gallagher Center for a TShirt Handout and Sunny Spot Selfie between 12 PM and 2 PM!
Did you know that people who feel connected to others have lower rates of anxiety and depression? Take some time today to connect with friends, family, neighbors, and others to help boost their (and your) mental health! Use #IMPACTConnect5 and report that you participated here!
Day of Giving is a unique opportunity for Niagara students to advocate for what is most important to them and truly see how impactful philanthropy can be. The students are back on campus and are ready to be champions for what is closest to their Niagara hearts! We are all getting excited about this special day and look to our loyal alumni and friends to join the students in making a gift to an area that means the most to them...we ask that you pay it forward by giving back.
Visit www.niagara.edu/april24 for more information about how YOU can give back!
Thank you to everyone who collaborated to organize the activities of the week!
Service Week Committee:
Katie DeCecco - Brennan Center
Brittany DePietro - IMPACT
Ashley Gruhalla - Campus Ministry
Morgan Genovese - Campus Activities
Andrew Fleckenstein - IMPACT
Noah Hubbel - NUSGA
Patricia Wrobel, Executive Director
Elizabeth Falzone, Literacy Outreach/TESOL Clinician
Lynnette Haley-O'Stewart, Director, Early Childhood Initiatives
Justina Freedman, Mentor/Coach, Niagara Quality Improvement Project