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Welcome Week SOUL 2011

A Little About the Event

What is SOUL?

Welcome Week SOUL is a great opportunity to experience UofL's committment to civic engagement, meet new people, make new friends and have a positive impact in our community through a day of service.

When and Where?

Saturday, August 20, 2011.

2:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m.

Student Activities Center- Multipurpose Room

Please Remember:

  • Wear closed-toe shoes. No flip-flops!
  • Dress for mess
  • Bring sunscreen and stay hydrated
  • Have a positive attitude, a desire to meet new people, and be ready to make a difference!

Service Sites

 

Take a look at the sites below- they are all participating in Welcome Week SOUL. Here are some helpful hints to get you started:

  • Click on the site name in red to go directly to that organization's website and learn about the work they do!
  • To help you with the selection process, we have included suggestions to help match your interests with the missions of the sites.
  • You may notice a "Sponsor: section in the site information. This year, some sites are being sponsored by UofL organizations such as LGBT services and the Sustainability Council. This just means that representatives from these organizations have a special connection with the site, and will be helping to lead the volunteers. 
  • If you see "WE HAVE MET OUR VOLUNTEER GOAL FOR THIS SITE" it means the site is full and you'll need to find another one. Don't let that deter you from participating though- each and every site needs your help and will be thrilled to have you as a volunteer! And don't forget- you get to select your top three choices.
  • You have the opportunity to select your top three site choices. Once those have been decided click the "Register Now!" link at the bottom of the page, submit the registration form, and get ready to make a difference! An email with additional information will arrive within a couple of weeks. 

 

Breaking New Grounds (Book-in-Common site!)

Sponsor: UofL Sustainability Council

If you're interested in: Sustainability, Environmental Justice, Urban Agriculture.

Project Description: This volunteer site will focus on Sustainable Urban Agriculture. The goal is to introduce new UofL students to the complex issues of sustainability through the lens of food and compost production in an urban setting. The project will include managing worm compost operations, community gardens, and hoop-house vegetable production in the middle of one of Louisville's "food deserts".

Special Considerations: closed toe shoes, dress for mess, indoor project, outdoor project

Please Note: Volunteers will be taking TARC transportation so be sure to bring your UofL student I.D.

Brightside

Sponsor: Unspecified

If you're interested in: Environmental Justice, beautifying the campus/community, working outdoors

Project Description: Volunteers will team up with Brightside to perform litter pickup in the neighborhoods surrounding the University.

Special Considerations: closed toe shoes, dress for mess, outdoor project

Brooklawn (Book-in-Common site!) **WE HAVE MET OUR VOLUNTEER GOAL FOR THIS SITE**

Sponsor: Unspecified

If you're interested in: Children, mentoring

Project Description: Participants will  receive a 30 minute orientation to Brooklawn, and will spend some time organizing the clothes closet. Then the fun begins with a recreational or arts and crafts activity with the children!

Special Considerations: closed toe shoes, indoor project, outdoor project, working with children

Please Note: Please dress modestly (i.e. longer shorts, appropriate clothing logos- no drug references, no tank tops, no low cut shirts).

Christian Care Communities- Chapel House **WE HAVE MET OUR VOLUNTEER GOAL FOR THIS SITE**

Sponsor: Unspecified

If you're interested in: Senior citizens, singing, playing games

Project Description: Come hear stories, play games and participate in sing-a-longs with senior citizen residents at this great site! The residents always enjoy the energy and enthusiasm students bring, and look forward to hosting our volunteers each year.

Special Considerations: closed toe shoes, indoor project, working with senior citizens, accessible by wheelchair.

Please note: Please dress modestly (i.e. longer shorts, appropriate clothing logos, no low cut shirts, no exposed bellies).

Down Syndrome of Louisville **WE HAVE MET OUR VOLUNTEER GOAL FOR THIS SITE**

Sponsor: Unspecified

If you're interested in: Working with individuals who have developmental disabilities, special education, early intervention

Project Description: Volunteers will be assisting with preparations for the Grand Opening of DSL's new Life Long Learning Center.

Special Considerations: closed toe shoes, dress for mess, indoor project, outdoor project

Fairness Campaign **WE HAVE MET OUR VOLUNTEER GOAL FOR THIS SITE**

Sponsor: LGBT Services

If you're interested in: LGBT, equal rights, advocacy, legislation, administrative tasks

Project Description: This site is an equal rights organization focusing largely on civil rights legislation for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals. Volunteers will assist with office tasks related to the efficient functioning of the program such as preparing envelopes, sorting t-shirts, and cutting flyers for distribution.

Special Considerations: closed toe shoes, indoor site

Family Scholar House (Book-in-Common site!) **WE HAVE MET OUR VOLUNTEER GOAL FOR THIS SITE**

Sponsor: Unspecified

If you're interested in: Children, Access to education, family-focused advocacy

Project Description: Volunteers will either be at the Louisville Scholar House OR the Downtown Scholar House campus. Projects will vary, but could include donation organization, clerical tasks, painting, and landscaping or other outdoor work. Interaction with some of the FSH children may be possible.

Special Considerations: closed toe shoes, dress for mess, indoor project, outdoor project, working with children

Please Note: Please dress modestly (i.e. shorts must be no shorter than mid-thigh; shirts must have sleeves- no tank-tops or sleeveless shirts.)

Habitat for Humanity ReStore **WE HAVE MET OUR VOLUNTEER GOAL FOR THIS SITE**

Sponsor: Unspecified

If you're interested in: manual labor, organizing, community outreach

Project Description: Participants will assist with opening a new ReStore by completing a variety of activities including helping set up the distribution center, processing carpet, organizing new materials, etc.

Special Considerations: Closed toe shoes, dress for mess

Harambee Health Center **WE HAVE MET OUR VOLUNTEER GOAL FOR THIS SITE**

Sponsor: Unspecified

If you're interested in: health equity, health education, manual labor

Project Description: After a brief orientation to the clinic, participants will paint two exam rooms that are used by the clinic and attach decorative borders. Then, the team will deliver flyers around the community related to programs offered at the Harambee Health Center.

Special Considerations: closed toe shoes, dress for mess, indoor project, painting

Kentucky Jobs with Justice

Sponsor: Unspecified

If you're interested in: social justice, environmental justice, community education

Project Description: Kentucky Jobs with Justice is part of a coalition that will be hosting an educational fair in Chickasaw Park for residents of West Louisville to learn about the high concentrations of toxic emissions in their area and ways to get the emissions reduced. Participants will assist with spreading the word about the event and it's importants to residents of the impacted areas.

Special Considerations: Closed toe shoes, indoor project, outdoor project

Kentucky School for the Blind

Sponsor: Unspecified

If you're interested in: special education, special needs populations

Project Descriptions: Volunteers will perform landscaping duties such as raking, sweeping sidewalks, brush removal, etc.

Special Considerations: Closed toe shoes, outdoor project, working with children, working with special need populations.

Louisville Nature Center

Sponsor: Unspecified

If you're interested in: Nature study and recreation, landscaping, working outdoors

Project Description: Volunteers will assist with landscaping as long as the weather is nice. This includes weeding, planting shrubs and trees, laying mulch and compost on paths and other general landscaping activities. If it rains, volunteers will work inside the nature center assisting with general cleaning and organizing.

Special Considerations: Closed toe shoes, dress for mess, outdoor project

Noe Middle School

Sponsor: Unspecified

If you're interested in: children, education

Project Description: Landscaping around the school building

Special Considerations: Dress for mess, outdoor project

Ronald McDonald House Charities ** WE HAVE MET OUR VOLUNTEER GOAL FOR THIS SITE**

Sponsor: Unspecified

If you're interested in: Children, pediatric health, facility maintenance

Project Description: Volunteers will assist with light cleaning around the RMH in order to provide a clean, warm, welcoming environment for the families that stay in the house in order to better care for their sick or injured children.

Special Considerations: closed toe shoes, indoor project

St. Paul UMC/Highland Community Ministries

Sponsor: Unspecified

If you're interested in: Adult services, facility maintenance

Project Description: Help is needed to prep for painting in the space used by the Highland Community Ministries Adult Day Program. Participants will assist with general clean-up of the facility.

Special Considerations: closed toe shoes, dress for mess, Indoor project, outdoor project

The Center for Women and Families (Book-in-Common site!) **WE HAVE MET OUR VOLUNTEER GOAL FOR THIS SITE**

Sponsor: Unspecified

If you're interested in: Advocacy, support and education regarding domestic violence, facility maintenance

Project Description: Participants will assist with painting, landscaping and general facilities maintenance. Due to the nature of this organization, these needs are often overlooked, but are crucial to clients feeling welcomed and secure during their stay or while receiving services.

Special Considerations: Closed toe shoes, dress for mess, indoor project, outdoor project, painting

Volunteers of America

Sponsor: Unspecified

If you're interested in: beautifying the community, community outreach

Project Description: Participants will assist with improving the outdoor space at the Shelby Street location. This facility provides substance abuse treatment for men and women. The playground needs general sprucing up including mulching, planting flowers, and painting the trim.

Special Considerations: Chosed toe shoes, dress for mess, outdoor project, painting

YMCA Safe Place Services

Sponsor: Unspecified

If you're interested in: community outreach, youth and family advocacy

Project Description: This will be a two part project: Participants will first help organize/clean the storage area for donations and other program items and will then assist with a cleanup of the outdoor garden and picnic area

Special Considerations: closed toe shoes, indoor project, outdoor project

Olmsted Parks-Seneca

Sponsor: Unspecified

If you're interested in: Environmental conservation and preservation, working outdoors, botany

Project Description: Volunteers will focus on the removal of invasive plants along the trail corridors in Seneca Park.

Special Considerations: closed toe shoes, dress for mess, long sleeves/pants needed, outdoor project

Please note: Old sneakers or boots are recommended; No shorts allowed- please wear long pants

Olmsted Parks- Central

Sponsor: Unspecified

If you're interested in: Environmental conservation and preservation, working outdoors, botany, biology

Project Description: TBD

Special Considerations: closed toe shoes, dress for mess, long sleeves/pants needed, outdoor project

Please note: Old sneakers or boots are recommended; No shorts allowed- please wear long pants

 

***Register Now!***

Participants who will be under the age of 18 on August 20, 2011:

You MUST have the forms provided here signed by your guardian BEFORE you come to SOUL. You must BRING THE SIGNED FORM WITH YOU TO SOUL. By law we cannot allow anyone under 18 to participate in this event without your guardian's permission. We apologize for any inconvenience.

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Photo & Video Release Form

 Participation Release Form

Accessibility Statement

If you need a disability related accomoodation to fully particpate in this event, please make your request by contacting Toni Solis at (502) 852-3436 . Please make your request by August 16, 2011 to allow sufficient time to secure the requested accommodation.

Dietary Needs

If you have a food allergy or other specific dietary need, please make your request by contacting Toni Solis at (502) 852-3436. Please make your request by August 16, 2011 to allow sufficient time to make arrangements.

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