November Member Feature: Abby Honaker Schroeder, Director of the Regula Center for Public Service and Civic Engagement at the University of Mount Union

An interview with  Abby Honaker Schroeder, Director of the Regula Center for public Service and Civic Engagement at the University of Mount Union At the heart of Ohio Campus Compact’s AmeriCorps VISTA programs are the people that dedicated a year of service to our campuses. For some of our VISTA members, that year stretched into years as service led to employment. We recently reached out to our VISTA alumnus Abby Honaker Schroeder to discuss the impact of her VISTA service with OCC in her current role. OCC: Abby, can you start us off by giving an introduction to yourself and…

Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service

Learn more about this annual day of service, and find local opportunities to serve! https://www.nationalservice.gov/mlkday

MLK Day of Service Grants

Project Grants Available! ServeOhio, along with its corporate Stewards of Service, Honda of America and AEP Ohio, announce the availability of grants to support community service projects organized for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Monday, January 15, 2018. Grant awards will range between $500 to $1,000. How can the funding be used? The Project Grants support projects that create or improve community assets or infrastructure such as parks, schools, senior centers, community gardens or low-income homes through community volunteer engagement. Funds may be used for: Supplies/materials Volunteer Support Who is eligible to apply? Non-profit and public organizations in Ohio…

Public Discourse Resources for Campuses

Brought to you by Campus Compact for Southern New England. Public Discourse is an ongoing public conversation that can take many forms, ranging from in-person discussions, to journalism, to online and off-line activism, to community projects, and beyond. The purpose of public discourse is usually to promote understanding of complex issues among people who disagree, in order to find common ground and take action. Learn more.

Job Alert: Corporation for National and Community Service Program Officer – Ohio

Responsibilities The incumbent will manage a portfolio of AmeriCorps VISTA and Senior Corps projects for the state of Ohio, and will be an active participant in furthering the mission and goals of the Corporation. Primary responsibilities will include: Assists current and potential sponsors in planning, designing, and submitting grant applications consistent with CNCS guidance. Assures portfolio records are well organized and comply with office requirements; annually reviews, promotes and implements CNCS program guidance and directives with grantees, sponsors, and key partners; and records project status activities in project management systems. Provides technical assistance to project sponsors and monitors project/grants data…

Congratulations to Six Ohio ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge Awardees

The All In Campus Democracy Challenge aims to recognize colleges and universities that make a commitment to increasing student voting rates and engage students in democratic engagement. The Challenge is a national awards program and in Ohio, six campuses have been recognized for their achievements in student voting engagement. Hiram University, Miami University and The Ohio State University were each named as Bronze Seal campuses. This designation celebrated voter participation at 50-59%. Silver Seals were granted to Cleveland State University, Mount St. Joseph University, and Otterbein University. These three campuses featured 60-69% voter participation. Miami University was also acknowledged as…

A Fearless VISTA Leader Gives Back

Ava Carvour (bottom right) at a Pack the Mac event at Otterbein University In a year, more than 8,000 Americans commit to national service with AmeriCorps VISTA. Every one of them has a different experience, shaped by the organization with which they serve. I spent three years with the VISTA program, two of them with Ohio Campus Compact as VISTA Leader for the Connect2Complete (C2C) program.  Our goal was to help Pell-eligible and first-generation college students achieve success through peer advocacy and community service and the program took on a life of it’s own on each individual campus: building upon…

Campus Compact Announces Fund for Positive Engagement Winners

Ohio Campus Compact congratulates our members Marietta College and The College of Wooster for receiving an award. 40 institutions to receive funding from Campus Compact to bridge divides on campuses and in communities. ​ BOSTON, Mass. – September 11, 2017 – Campus Compact, a Boston-based non-profit organization working to advance the public purposes of higher education, has announced 40 college and university recipients of grants to bring people together across lines of difference from its Fund for Positive Engagement. The Fund for Positive Engagement is a direct response by Campus Compact to the divisive and destructive climate in the United…

September Guest Blog: Nonprofit Leadership at Youngstown State University

Our most recent Pay It Forward Award Ceremony in May 2017 with the United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley. This photo includes United Way staff, YSU students, myself, and also representatives from the Kool Boiz Foundation, who serve as mentors in the Promising Men Mentorship Program. Greetings from Youngstown State University! I consider this a great honor to serve as a guest blogger for Ohio Campus Compact (OCC), and share some of our great work in the Center for Nonprofit Leadership at YSU. An even greater honor was receiving the 2017 David Hoch Memorial Award for Excellence in…

A New Generation of Philanthropists

Students donate their time during Locks of Love event During the 2016-17 academic year Ohio Campus Compact sponsored ten courses in Licking County at Central Ohio Technical College and The Ohio State University at Newark and Denison University through generous funding from the Licking County Foundation and The John and Mary Alford Foundation, and two courses at Mount Saint Joseph University with funding from the Elizabeth Ricci Family Fund of The Greater Cincinnati Foundation. Each participating course received up to $2,000 to award up to four local nonprofits as chosen by each class. Ohio Campus Compact’s Pay it Forward (PIF) initiative is developing…

Nonprofit Professional Certification

The Nonprofit Leadership Alliance offers an online program to earn recognition as a Certified Nonprofit Professional. Details about costs and coursework are available online. AmeriCorps members can use their Segal Education Award towards the cost of the program. For more information, please contact Kaitlyn Hudgins, Director of Strategic Partnerships, kaitlyn.hudgins {at} nonprofitleadershipalliance(.)org.

2017 Charles J. Ping Student Service Legacy Award Winners Announced

The Charles J. Ping Student Service Award was designed to recognize and honor undergraduate students for their outstanding leadership and contributions to community service or service-learning on their campus and within their community.  These students represent the next generation of civic leaders and problem solvers. The award is named in honor of Charles J. Ping, who served as President of Ohio University from 1975 – 1994.  An early supporter and Board Member of Ohio Campus Compact, Ping has been a tireless advocate for campus-community partnerships and increased opportunities for students to become active and engaged citizens. This recognition is granted…

2017 David Hoch Memorial Award for Excellence in Service Winners

The David Hoch Memorial Award for Excellence in Service is designed to recognize and honor the outstanding work in service-learning and/or civic engagement done by a faculty or staff member at an Ohio Campus Compact member institution.  This award is named for the late David Hoch, the Dean of Honors at The University of Toledo, who served as the Director of Service Learning from 1999 – 2005.  Hoch was instrumental in initiating and nurturing the role of civic engagement at The University of Toledo, not only in the Honors Program, but in residence life and other departments as well. His guidance helped…

Service-Learning, Student Philanthropy & Critical Pedagogy

An interview with Denison University faculty member Emily Nemeth On the surface, “Critical Pedagogy” and the “study of philanthropy” might seem to be disparate topics–certainly not something you would cover in your average Education course.  Yet, these seemingly disconnected concepts were a great fit for Pay it Forward, the Ohio Campus Compact service-learning program* that infuses the study of philanthropy and course-related community service hours into a variety of different curricula across disciplines and provides $2,500 for the class to award to local nonprofits. Ohio Campus Compact recently sat down with Emily Nemeth, Visiting Instructor in the Department of Education…

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