Volunteer Events

Volunteer Events-For more information please contact Janed@uca.edu

Volunteers Needed for Poverty Simulation at 2014 Community Development Institute
The Community Development Institute is in need of volunteers for Living on the Edge: A Poverty Simulation. This simulation is not a game, but rather an experiential setting that allows participants to view poverty from different angles.   Living On the Edge: A Poverty Simulation is intended to move community leaders to think about the harsh realities of poverty and to talk about how communities can address the problem. The simulation is a unique, interactive experience that helps people begin to understand what life is like with a shortage of money and an abundance of stress.   If you chose to volunteer, you would play the role of a vendor.  Vendors interact with the CDI participants by imitating some of the common agency staff that individuals in poverty come into contact with.  This aspect of the game requires volunteers to staff all the various “stores” and “government agencies”.  The stores range from pawn shops and grocery stores, while the agencies include Social Security and community action groups.  Each area provides a service to the participant, but takes from the participant valuable time, money, or transportation assets.   The simulation will take place the afternoon of Wednesday, August 6th at UCA’s Brewer Hegeman Conference Center. Volunteers will be trained from 1:00-1:30 pm, and the simulation will take place from 1:30 pm- 4:30 pm.
What is the Community Development Institute?
CDI trains community development and economic development professionals from Arkansas and surrounding states. CDI started in 1987 at UCA and has now evolved into a national training program with four other locations. It is held annually, with the 2014 institute scheduled for August 4-8 at the Brewer-Hegeman Conference Center. CDI is part of the Division of Outreach and Community Engagement. More information can be found at www.uca.edu/cdi.

Email Ctubb@uca.edu to sign up as a volunteer.    The poverty simulation is provided in partnership with the Arkansas Department of Higher Education through the federal Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education program.




Ongoing Volunteer Projects

Soul Food Cafe Mission-501-514-5325  Needs a student with basic web design skills to help update copy and pictures on website.

Big Brothers Big Sisters-501-374-6661 Volunteers needed to provide one-on-one mentoring for children facing adversity.  Mentors are ordinary people who decide to be someone’s extraordianary in a life of a child.

Oakwood Learning Academy-501-205-1614 Brianna Kidd

The mission of the Oakwood Learning Academy (O.L.A.) is to promote future college students who are for their city through creative learning, technology, and service.  We function year-round, therefore there are distinct goals for both the summer and the school year.

Hope Inspiring Minds (Brookside Community) -Erin Kingston 501-205-1614

Hope Inspiring Minds (H.I.M.) is an educational initiative for children and adults taht works to enrich lives and minds through Gospel-centered teaching, mentoring, and collaborating with the people of Brookside.  This initiative offers ESL (English as a Second Language) classes, tutoring, and other educational services.  These services provide assistance to community members supporting educational development, increasing community awareness, and getting the community together to learn.

Up Off the Couch-Kids Program -Angie Maguire at 501-581-7571 or maguireangie@live.com

This is a program designed to get kids up and moving after school.  It is aimed a children that come from families that can’t afford typical and currently available after school activities.  The days programs will be based on the abilities of the volunteers be it yoga, dance, martial arts, running track or any other appropriate activity.  Activity time will be from 3:45 pm until 5:00 pm.  From 5:15 pm to 6:00 pm on all days except Wednesday we will also offer tutoring for the kids that need a little extra help.  Location will be one of two per availability.  Option one is Project Restoration Church.  Option two is Greenbrier Eastside Elementary.


Ushers for UCA Basketball Games

To see dates and times go to:  http://uca.edu/staffsenate/files/gravity_forms/40-ff5869a174756ea829bc72558c34b8ed/2013/09/2013-2014-Team-Leader-Divvy.pdf

Each year, Staff Senate is tasked with acquiring and equiping volunteers to work as ushers for each home basketball game.  These volunteer positions raise money for Staff Senate to use to benefit as many UCA staff members as possible through Staff Senate sponsored programs.  For more information, contact Vick Parish at 450-5059 or vparish@uca.edu.  If you would be willing to serve the UCA staff by ushering at one or more basketball games, please visit http://uca.edu/staffsenate/volunteer-opportunities/

Each volunteer will receive a free drink and snack, a fun opportunity to serve the UCA community, and comp.time for the upcoming winter break.  In addition, there will be some door prizes up for grabs!  We look forward to serving with you soon!  Go Bears.