Convocation / Day of Service

AUS Faculty, Staff, Students and Alumni: join us next Thursday, October 16th at 8:45 AM for Antioch University Seattle’s Convocation celebration. We will begin with a light and informal breakfast, hold a small opening ceremony, then break into groups and leave campus to serve in the local community for the day.

  • Agenda for the day
  • Important things to know
  • List of participating organizations
  • A list of projects at each site

We ask everyone to register for their preferred site(s) so we can let the site organizations know who to expect. We have created a simple survey to collect info for the organizations AND organize carpools!

Agenda

When:

What:

8:45 a.m.

Gather in room 100 for a light breakfast

9:15 a.m.

Welcome President Brian Baird

  • Welcome all
  • Welcome new employees

9:20 a.m.

Faculty Emeritus Celebration

9:35 a.m.

Kick-off this year’s theme Beloved Community

9:45 a.m.

Community Engagement Exercise

10:00 a.m.

Depart for volunteer sites (carpools available)

11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Volunteer at sites

Important! Please read:

  1. In consideration of the different areas and dietary preferences, please bring a brown bag lunch for your site.
  2. Please bring a bottle of water for yourself.
  3. All participants will receive AUS gear to wear in the field!

Here are some examples:

Volunteer Sites:

Our convocation team worked to find projects in various locations around the city so that you can choose the site and work that interests you most:

– Forterra –

Forterra is the largest conservation and community building organization in the Northwest. Forterra’s mission is to act with immediacy to protect, enhance, and steward our region’s most precious resources – its communities and its landscapes. Filling a unique niche as the largest conservation and community building organization in Washington State, we are working to build the foundations for our sustainable environmental and economic futures in the face of a rapidly growing population. For over 20 years, Forterra has successfully led efforts to conserve nearly 234,000 acres of forests, farms, shorelines, parks and natural areas and restore critical landscapes. Join the Forterra work party! We will remove invasive plant species, plant native plants, spread mulch, do stream and trail restoration. No experience needed.

– Pike Place Food Bank –

85 Pike Street, Suite 200 Seattle WA 98101

Is a Food Bank out of the Pike Market Senior Center serving two free meals to members of the community age 55 and up. They also provide social services, resident advocacy, wellness & fitness programs, and have an employment program.

– Ingersoll Gender Center –

1216 Pine St, Seattle, WA 98101

Ingersoll Gender Center is a mutual support and education organization for transgender, trans*, gender variant and genderqueer people, and the people who support them. Ingersoll is a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization headquartered in Seattle and serving the Greater Seattle and Puget Sound region and beyond.

Project List:

  1. Paper-Sorting:  There are stacks of files and paperwork that belong to ERW that are not used for daily work, and most of the file contents are unknown but they take up a lot of space. They will need to be sorted for a) keep/store, b) recycle and c) shred piles.
  2. Moving furniture/Fixing up the Office and Meeting Space. There are a couple pieces of furniture in the back office that will need go once they are cleaned out, and in exchange a big filing cabinet will go inside the office.  We have some paint left so we could touch up spots on the floor and the walls, etc.

And here is where we need some good ideas: Help develop/arrange comfortable work spaces for the inner office – as we will have Interns and a Staff with us in our refreshed space.

On Campus:

– Mary’s Place –

Established in 1999 in response to the need for a complete resource center for homeless women, Mary’s Place is a day center for women and their children. Please share new or gently used items of all kinds – glance at their wish list here: http://www.marysplaceseattle.org/support-us/share-your-stuff

Hope to see you next week!

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