GREAT STORIES FROM OCC’S AMERICORPS STUDENT RESOURCE CENTER – AmeriCorps Week Service Project

Ohio Campus Compact was awarded an AmeriCorps 30th Anniversary grant through ServeOhio to complete a service project during AmeriCorps Week in March. The grant awarded $5,000 to create 1,800 care kits full of much-needed hygiene items and distribute to students on OCC’s 10 Student Resource Center (SRC) campuses across the state. SRC AmeriCorps members along with student volunteers assembled and distributed care kits on their respective campuses while raising awareness about AmeriCorps and their campus SRC. From left – Kalena and Alaina, 2023-24 SRC LeaderCorps members SRC LeaderCorps members, Alaina Giovengo (Baldwin Wallace University) and Kalena Speicher (Kent State University)…

GREAT STORIES FROM OCC’S AMERICORPS STUDENT RESOURCE CENTER – 2024 Winter Retreat

In February, Student Resource Center AmeriCorps members attended a Winter Retreat hosted by Ohio Campus Compact. AmeriCorps members spent the day networking, receiving training and professional development skills, participating in Service Speaks sessions, and preparing for a project to celebrate AmeriCorps week. Members began the day with a training on restorative practices. This training shared ways to minimize harm and move forward from harmful situations. Members discussed being open minded to others’ truths, learning from others’ experiences, communicating in tough situations, and assuming positive intent while recognizing unintended impact. Restorative practices led into the first Service Speaks session of the…

GREAT STORIES FROM OCC’S AMERICORPS STUDENT RESOURCE CENTER – MLK DAY OF SERVICE 2024

Ohio Campus Compact Student Resource Center AmeriCorps members participated in MLK Day of Service projects during the month of January in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. In collaboration with campus and community partners, AmeriCorps members planned service projects, recruited and engaged volunteers, and oversaw day of service activities. Our members engaged 377 volunteers for a total of 1,192 service hours.   Alaina Giovengo hosted three pop-up pantries at Baldwin Wallace University. These pantries served 155 campus and community members in need.        Central Ohio Technical College hosts AmeriCorps members Jessica McKeehan and Sonja Darsee, who held…

GREAT STORIES FROM OCC’S AMERICORPS STUDENT RESOURCE CENTER – SERVICE SPEAKS

In November, some of our AmeriCorps members and program staff attended a Service Speaks Training that is sponsored by ServeOhio, Ohio’s commission on service and volunteerism. Service Speaks facilitators lead dialogues about service, justice, and civic engagement based on short texts, images, and videos. The purpose is to bring people together for reflection, resulting in a deeper understanding of the values that drive public service, and thorough reflection of our own service experiences. According to ServeOhio, Service Speaks allows “members and staff more familiar on the art of facilitation and a better understanding of the importance of civic reflection.” Kalena…

GREAT STORIES FROM OCC’S AMERICORPS STUDENT RESOURCE CENTER – OHIO UNIVERSITY CHILLICOTHE

Meet Johnathan Roberts, AmeriCorps member at Ohio University Chillicothe, and read about how the Student Resource Center engaged the local community, including the mayor, to ensure students had a Thanksgiving meal. Food security has always been important to me, even before I started my service with AmeriCorps earlier this year. My mother has directed school nutrition programs my entire life and I was inspired by her commitment to provide meals for students during COVID shutdowns. It really impacted my decision to serve with AmeriCorps. During my service term, my fellow AmeriCorps members and I learned a lot about food insecurity…

GREAT STORIES FROM OCC’S AMERICORPS STUDENT RESOURCE CENTER – OCC AmeriCorps Members Reflect on ServeOhio Conference

Ohio Campus Compact provides training and professional development opportunities to our AmeriCorps members. Eight members representing five campuses attended ServeOhio’s Conference on Service and Volunteerism earlier this month. Below is a reflection from our AmeriCorps members serving at the University of Mount Union. Our AmeriCorps attendees (from left) Kalena Speicher – Kent State University, Alaina Giovengo – Baldwin Wallace University, (back) Jessica McKeehan – Central Ohio Technical College, Jacob Buttar – University of Mt. Union, Jessica Roberts – University of Mt. Union, Kaylee Adkins – University of Mt. Union, (front L) Emily Rubio-Mora – Mt. St. Joseph University, and Sarah…

GREAT STORIES FROM OCC’S AMERICORPS STUDENT RESOURCE CENTER – BALDWIN WALLACE UNIVERSITY

  Meet Alaina Giovengo, AmeriCorps member at Baldwin Wallace University, and read about how the Student Resource Center is bringing awareness to the stigmas associated with student food insecurity and making basic supplies more accessible for students through Pop-Up pantries across campus. Earlier this month, Baldwin Wallace hosted our 2nd Pop Up Pantry of the semester. These Pop-Up events are intended to make food and household products available to our students, as well as break down the stigma for the need of these products. With approximately 1 in 3 college students struggling with food insecurity in the US, this program…

GREAT STORIES FROM OCC’S AMERICORPS STUDENT RESOURCE CENTER – HIRAM COLLEGE

Meet Jared LaPointe, AmeriCorps member at Hiram College, and read about how the Student Resource Center is bringing awareness to sexual assault and expanding other initiatives for students on campus. We opened our Student Resource Center in January of this year and were able to start the process of integrating service and use of community resources on campus! Our main initiative was reopening the Hiram Access Pantry for Personal Items (HAPPI Place), a student led campus resource that had been closed for over a year. Through great community partners and donations, The HAPPI Place can sustain itself through Fall semester…

GREAT STORIES FROM OCC’S AMERICORPS STUDENT RESOURCE CENTER – UNIVERSITY OF FINDLAY

Holly McCoy (L) with OCC Executive Director Stephanie Dodd (R) during a site visit. Meet Holly McCoy, AmeriCorps member at University of Findlay, and read about how she’s fighting food insecurity and developing equality projects on her campus.  Service is about more than us. It is serving the communities that we are a part of. These could be small communities like our friends and family or any clubs we are in. These could be larger communities such as our campus or our city. But more importantly, any service we do can impact our global community. My service on campus truly…

GREAT STORIES FROM OCC’S AMERICORPS STUDENT RESOURCE CENTER – KENT STATE UNIVERSITY

  Meet Kalena Speicher, AmeriCorps member at Kent State University and read about how she’s fighting food insecurity by bringing visibility to the campus’ food pantry. Before accepting my position as an AmeriCorps member for the Flashes Fighting Hunger (FFH), I had no knowledge of there being a food pantry on the Kent State University campus. As I stepped into my service role, it was important to me that I focused on engaging with students and educating them about FFH. I have taken every opportunity to get our name out there. Recently we partnered with Flash Activities Board, a student…

2023 Student Ping Award Recipients Announced

Ping Legacy Award Recipients Emma Hart – Oberlin College Parwinder Singh – Ohio University Ping Award Recipients Alivia Mae Kruczkowski – Defiance College Amanda Kot – Wittenberg University Anthony Wright – Mount St. Joseph University Erin Kipp – John Carroll University Graham Steed – Ohio Wesleyan University Jacob Eppley – Denison University John Holzaepfel – The Ohio State University Joseph Haas – University of Mount Union Kate Brand – Miami University Kyrsten Stuckey – Bowling Green State University Nathan Ritchey – Kent State University Ohio Campus Compact is pleased to announce the 2023 Charles J. Ping Student Service Award recipients. This annual award…

2023 David Hoch Memorial Award Recipients Announced

Ohio Campus Compact is proud to announce the 2023 David Hoch Memorial Award for Excellence in Service Recipients, Anita Ruf-Young from Cleveland State University and Sally Leber from Ohio Wesleyan University. Anita A. Ruf-Young Director, Office of Civic Engagement  Cleveland State University According to Cleveland State University President Laura Bloomberg, “Everything from how Anita came into her current leadership position to how her work has impacted our campus and her own personal life suggests to me that she embodies all that you seek to recognize through this Memorial Award.  Ms. Ruf-Young is herself a strategic servant leader and she inspires…

GREAT STORIES FROM OCC’S STUDENT RESOURCE CENTER – LEADERCORPS MEMBER SOPHIE SENNING

Sophie at one of the Campus Cupboard locations Meet Sophie Senning,  AmeriCorps member at The University of Akron and LeaderCorps member for the SRC, and read about how she’s addressing food insecurity for students and growing UA’s Campus Garden. To me, service is more than a position. It means being an active part of my community and doing what I can to help those around me. Helping your friend, neighbor, or classmate is all service. Through serving with the ZipAssist Campus Cupboard, I have had the opportunity to work with a diverse population of students to help address food insecurity on campus.  A big part of…

GREAT STORIES FROM OCC’S AMERICORPS STUDENT RESOURCE CENTER – MLK DAY OF SERVICE HIGHLIGHTS

MLK Day of Service Highlights from AmeriCorps Student Resource Center (SRC) Campuses SRC AmeriCorps members recruited more than 480 volunteers who volunteered close to 1300 hours! Mt. St. Joseph University By Anthony Wright, OCC’s AmeriCorps SRC Member The Martin Luther King “I Have a Dream Week” on campus included volunteers from the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Office, Mission Integration Office, Office of Student Engagement and Leadership, Black Student Union, Residence Life and Student Resource Center. Around 50 volunteers served 24 hours.  Ohio University Eastern By Bronwyn Spencer, OCC’s AmeriCorps SRC Member OU’s Eastern campus hosted speakers on January 12th and a watch…

GREAT STORIES FROM OCC’S AMERICORPS STUDENT RESOURCE CENTER – OHIO UNIVERSITY ZANESVILLE

Meet Rebekah Gaus, AmeriCorps member at Ohio University Zanesville (OUZ), and read about how she’s helping fellow students break through barriers: Whether it be offering students meals for the holidays or working to open a Cat’s Cupboard, AmeriCorps members Taylor Danner and Rebekah Gaus are advocating for students on OHIO’s regional campuses. AmeriCorps is a nationwide program dedicated to placing volunteers in non-profits and community organizations to help build communities and address the problems facing those communities and as members, Danner and Gaus are doing just that. Danner completed her first year with AmeriCorps in Pike County when she was…

GREAT STORIES FROM OCC’S AMERICORPS STUDENT RESOURCE CENTER – OHIO UNIVERSITY CHILLICOTHE

Meet Paige Danner, AmeriCorps member at Ohio University Chillicothe, and hear about a recent project she developed to introduce campus students to the resource center: The Hilltopper Resource Center is a fairly new program at Ohio University Chillicothe. I knew that we needed to create an event or program that would let students know we were on campus. I thought providing meals for Thanksgiving for students would not only be able to provide a resource to some of our students, but would also bring attention to our center. I contacted a local comedian, Lori Graves and ran through some ideas with her on how to…

GREAT STORIES FROM OCC’S AMERICORPS STUDENT RESOURCE CENTER – MT. ST. JOSEPH UNIVERSITY

Congratulations to Anthony (Ant) Wright, Ohio Campus Compact AmeriCorps member and student at Mt. St. Joseph University (MSJ) for earning the Mission Mug Service Award for his work in the MSJ Student Resource Center! The Mission Mug Service Award is given each semester at MSJ to those who are an example of living MSJ’s mission:  “Mount St. Joseph University is a Catholic academic community grounded in the spiritual values and vision of its founder, the Sisters of Charity. The University educates its students through interdisciplinary liberal arts and professional curricula emphasizing values, integrity, and social responsibility.”  Members of the Mount community…

Meet Our 2022-2023 AmeriCorps Members

Ohio Campus Compact is excited to announce the newest cohort of AmeriCorps members serving across Ohio at Student Resource Centers for the 2022-2023 academic year here. Currently in it’s fourth year, Ohio Campus Compact (OCC) has been selected by ServeOhio, Ohio’s commission on service and volunteerism, to sponsor AmeriCorps members at higher education member institutions throughout Ohio to develop a Student Resource Center program. In support of the mission of Ohio Campus Compact, the AmeriCorps Student Resource Center Coordinators will support the development and growth of the Student Resource Centers, an Ohio Campus Compact initiative, which is designed to support…

We’re Hiring!

Ohio Campus Compact is looking for a Nonprofit Operations Manager to support member engagement, program development and support, and office management. Please see the job description below for more information. Resumes should be sent to admin {at} ohiocampuscompact(.)org by July 20, 2022. Job Title: Nonprofit Operations Manager Organization: Ohio Campus Compact (OCC), 615 N. Pearl Street, Granville OH 43023 Type: Part-time hourly employee position, 25-30 hours per week M-F, flex-time between 9am5pm Contact #: 740-587-8568 Position reports to: Ohio Campus Compact Executive Director Ohio Campus Compact (OCC) is a statewide non-profit coalition of 40 college and university presidents and their campuses working to…

April Spotlight: AmeriCorps Member Mid-Year Retreat

The Ohio Campus Compact AmeriCorps members met at the Food Pantry Network of Licking County in Newark, OH, on Friday, March 18, for their mid-year retreat. Members were able to participate in professional development and receive updates and information from Ohio Campus Compact and ServeOhio. The location of the winter retreat supplemented the LeaderCorps project of member Stephen Pierce who serves at Central Ohio Technical College (COTC). Stephen organized a food drive to coincide with AmeriCorps Week to celebrate the contributions of AmeriCorps members. AmeriCorps is a national service program that engages more than 80,000 Americans in intensive service each…

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