July 01, 2008

Grants, Community Outreach Survey New Components of Case for Community Day 2008

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Case Western Reserve University's Case for Community Day is a campus custom during which faculty, staff and students spend half of a work day helping campus neighbors and organizations.

The Center for Community Partnerships announces that Case Western Reserve departments and organizations seeking charitable funding can apply for its new Community Outreach Program grants. Campus affiliates will be selected to receive up to $1,000 each for the 2008-2009 academic year. Community outreach programs or events may focus on any of the following areas:

  • Pre K-12
  • Senior citizens
  • Health
  • Social service
  • Community and economic development
  • Lifelong learning

"Each year, the Center for Community Partnerships sponsors a variety of programs and special events hosted by campus organizations and departments," said Latisha James, director for the center. "Extending funding to our campus peers who have a passion and commitment to serve and address the needs of our local community is a win-win for everyone involved."

The application process involves the explanation of what the community outreach program is, its purpose and its goals and objectives. University faculty, staff, undergraduate, graduate and local alumni groups are invited to submit grant applications via e-mail to the Center for Community Partnerships by September 2, 2008. Grant recipients will be announced by President Barbara R. Snyder during the 6th Annual Case for Community Day short program at 11:30 a.m., September 19 in the Grand Ballroom at Thwing Center.

The Center for Community Partnerships recognizes that faculty, staff and students volunteer their time year round. As a result, the center is updating the university's community impact information by asking the campus community to complete a Community Service survey.

Last year, the center created promotional materials and a Web site showcasing the university's programs and partnerships. Preliminary information highlighted the fact that Case Western Reserve University has nearly 600 community partnerships, and coordinates over 500 programs primarily in the areas of Pre K-12, health, social service and more. "By extending the Community Survey to the entire campus, we hope to have a more accurate gauge on the type of programs, investment of volunteer service and sponsorships to assess the positive impact the university has in the community at large," James explained. The summary of updated information will be announced as part of Case for Community Day to help increase awareness about the university's collective impact in the community. The survey deadline also is September 2.

Case for Community Day has some new elements this year. Those who are inspired by public art should prepare to have their paint brushes ready. In partnership with the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority and the Progressive Arts Alliance, 100 volunteers are being sought to help repaint a public mural located at the University Cedar Rapid Station. Glenville resident and artist Ron Mims II was selected as a local artist to design a new mural for the station.

Also new this year is a "Thank You" barbecue immediately following Case for Community Day. Campus and community members are invited to attend the festivities, which will be held at the Kelvin Smith Library Oval. Volunteers will enjoy grilled hamburgers, hot dogs and live musical performances by jazz musicians and Cleveland City Councilman Kevin Conwell and the Footprints Band, as well as reggae music performed by the Carlos Jones and Plus Band.

Although there are some new additions this year, giving back to help the university's neighbors remains at the heart and soul of the annual event. Volunteers will have a variety of campus and community projects to choose from, including voter registration drives, arts and crafts and administrative support to area nonprofit organizations.

Refer to the Case for Community Day Web site on September 2 for a complete list of volunteer service opportunities and registration information. To apply for a grant and fill out the Community Service survey, go online to download both applications.

Posted by: Paula Baughn, July 1, 2008 09:33 AM | News Topics: Collaborations/Partnerships, Faculty, Staff, Students

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