Kittens, puppies and free money

Kittens, puppies and free money

Now that we have your attention….we’re here to offer you opportunities to connect campus and community for positive impact. Whether your schedule allows helping at a one-time event or an on-going commitment, the Center for Service-Learning has a match for you!

Just a few hours ….Help is needed almost every week! For details:

March 29 – Depot district projects, hosted by SGA

April 5th & 12th – adult literacy training (needs 1 hour/week commitment thereafter)

April 6 – Second Helpings – to help feed the hungry

April 12 – city-wide clean up (free food and t-shirt!)

May 3  – youth activities booth at the Amigos Dia del Nino (Children’s Day) at the Boys & Girls Club of Wayne County

May 10 – activities assistant at family earth day – Kuhlman Center, Richmond

May 17 – pet care games at Adopt-a-dog booth at Union County health & safety fair

Ongoing needs are posted here:

We partner with more than 30 local organizations. Contact Ann to find a good match for your interests and schedule!

Ready to lead a project? If you can commit to 30-50 hours per semester, apply NOW for a literacy coach award for Fall 2014. These awards provide $300-500 in funding as you work on community and civic engagement projects.  You will gain valuable experience in project management, leadership, and the reward of accomplishing something tangible to benefit our community.

Meet the Spring 2014 literacy coaches!


Jorge Perez-Orduno is a freshman considering business as a career but exploring options. Growing up as a non-English speaker during a point in time when a lot of the bilingual help that is available today did not exist proved to be a daunting task. Jorge recognized the value of college as these students helped him learn English. As a literacy coach Jorge will help translate documents, work with non-native English speaking students at Richmond High School and also help younger students.


Jeremy Eddy is a senior majoring in mathematics. As a literacy coach he is assisting in the planning of events which will expose others to both the Spanish language and Hispanic culture.  One of his primary projects is the ongoing development of the Campus Library’s literacy connection kits.  He is adding books and accompanying activities to these kits that are either written entirely in the Spanish language or which contain elements of the Spanish language and Hispanic culture.  He will also train service-learning students on how to best use these kits when working with ESL students or young readers.


Katelyn Brown is a sophomore biochemistry major with a Spanish minor. She has led a music program at Girls Inc and also volunteered with the Boys and Girls Club at Fairview elementary, working with children who live in households that speak Spanish. In addition, Katelyn has translated course content for Richmond High School students who are native Spanish speakers she developed creative activities for the Viva! Hispanic Culture Fair. As a literacy coach, Katelyn will focus on using her Spanish language skills to assist youth and families in our community and will also be a liaison for IU East Spanish students working on their service-learning hours.


Eva Thompson is a Junior elementary education major, with minors in Drug and Alcohol Counseling and Criminal Justice. She earned an Associate’s Degree in Surgical Technology as well as a Certificate in Phlebotomy and has experience working with both youth and adults.   Katelyn has a strong interest in working at a correctional facility and also being involved with adult literacy. As a literacy coach, Katelyn will complete the adult literacy training provided by the Wayne County Literacy Coalition and then serve as a trainer for other literacy tutors in addition to her own tutoring schedule.

Opportunities to serve are as varied as your talents and passions. Contact the Center for Service-Learning today and help create a better tomorrow.

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