UCF faculty, staff, and students are invited to participate in National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, Nov. 14 - 21, 2016.
In collaboration with Volunteer UCF (VUCF), Graduate Student Association (GSA), and various campus partners, we are happy to announce the third annual National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week 2016. The week will take place November 14-21, 2016, and will include a week long donation drive, interactive educational events and impactful service projects focused on hunger and homelessness issues.
The main goals of the week are to raise awareness of hunger and homelessness on our campus and in our community, to educate individuals on resources available to assist those in need, and to encourage people to get involved to help overcome these social issues. The events will feature engaging activities, powerful speakers, community resources, giveaways and more.
We ask that you support this initiative by promoting and attending these events. We also hope you will join us and participate in the donation drive.
We are excited to announce National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week 2015! The week will take place from November 16-22 and will include a week long donation drive, interactive educational events and impactful service projects. The main goals of the week are to raise awareness of hunger and homeless on our campus and in our community, to educate individuals on resources available to assist those in need, and to encourage people to get involved to help overcome these social issues. We hope you will join us for our events and participate in the donation drive! The events will feature engaging activities, powerful speakers, community resources, giveaways, and more! The events are worth up to 1000 LINK Loot points and qualify as LEAD Impact events.For more information on our events please click on the title to view our graphic or visit the Volunteer UCF Knight Connect events calendar https://ucf.collegiatelink.net/organization/vucf/calendar If you have any questions or concerns please contact Todd at Todd.Currie@ucf.edu
We would like to welcome Todd Currie, our new AmeriCorps VISTA member to the Student Care Services team! What is a VISTA? VISTA stands for Volunteers in Service to America, and VISTA members are placed in different organizations across the country where they work to support community efforts to overcome poverty. Todd’s main responsibility is to help build capacity for the University to provide resources to students who are facing great financial challenges or who are homeless. Todd is also a recent graduate of the University of Central Florida, graduating in May 2015 with a B.S. in Event Management. During his time as an undergraduate student, Todd was involved in many organizations such as Volunteer UCF, LEAD Scholars, the President’s Leadership Council, and 4EVER KNIGHTS. He believes the experience he gained as a student and with the aforementioned organizations will be a valuable resource to him in this position. Todd is passionate about community service and sports, and in his spare time he enjoys volunteering or playing and watching sports. We are excited to have him as a part of the team!
Student Care Services hosted an Americorps VISTA member this year, Lauren Cantrell, whose objectives were to improve the lives of homeless UCF students and those in financial crisis. In this position, Lauren created capacity for the department so that students in need are better served. She created various community connections, awareness programming, and conducted research on resources nationwide. A survey was distributed to UCF students in early February 2015 in order to gain new perspectives about this underrepresented population. Data collected through this survey will help to inform established objectives such as the creation of a student emergency fund that will provide support students in financial crisis. Additionally, Lauren created an interactive resource map that highlights affordable mental healthcare, primary healthcare, and shelters. This map includes service organizations located in the counties that are home to UCF's regional campuses: Orange, Osceola, Seminole, Lake, Brevard, Marion, and Volusia located on the UCF Cares website; UCFCARES.com. Lauren's work and awareness for UCF students who are homeless was also highlighted in the most recent Pegasus Magazine article Invisible Struggles located here: http://pegasus.ucf.edu/invisible-struggles/. We wish her luck in her future endeavors and we will welcome a new AmeriCorps VISTA member at the end of the month to continue with the great work accomplished this year.
The UCF Parent and Family Fund Grant has sponsored the Office of Rights and Responsibilities to facilitate the UCF Creed Art Initiative. This contest encourages creativity and personal reflection of the UCF Creed. Your art piece must represent at least one value of the UCF Creed.