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CCSI Newsletter

(Week of July 22, 2013)


Barry Staff and Faculty Urged to Get Involved this Summer


The Center for Community Service Initiatives (CCSI) is urging Barry University staff and faculty members to get involved in the community this summer.


“Collaborative service in community settings advances the university’s mission,” according to a CCSI statement. “All employees should support ongoing efforts to address human, social, economic and environmental problems in the communities surrounding Barry’s campuses.”


Among the many service opportunities available near Barry’s main campus are environmental restoration projects with Urban Paradise Guild, food sorting with Feeding South Florida and speaking engagements at a summer camp.


See “Service Opportunities” below.


For additional information on how to get involved this summer, visit the CCSI website or contact Yleinia Galeano at ygaleano@barry.edu.




Community Partner Spotlight: Heroes Unite


Serving the Miami Shores community since 1994, Heroes Unite is committed to upholding the rights of all children to participate in a safe, nurturing environment utilizing the disciplines of art and culture. This organization aims to strengthen at risk-children and their families against substance abuse, delinquency, anti-social behaviors, low self-esteem and violence.


More than 500 children and their families have benefited from Heroes Unite programs. These include after-school programs; self-defense and self-esteem classes for victims of domestic violence; the Heroines Choir, featuring survivors of breast cancer; and the Mobile Micro Theatre, which offers an affordable theatre experience.


For further information on Heroes Unite, visit www.heroesunite.org.



Service Opportunities


·       July 27: Sorting Saturdays at Feeding South Florida

·       August 3: Back-to-School Family Health Fair

·       Summer: Speakers Needed for Summer Camp

·       Summer: Feeding Our Future at Barry University

·       Summer: Environmental Restoration with Urban Paradise Guild



Sorting Saturdays at Feeding South Florida

Saturday, July 27 ¦ 9:00 AM–Noon ¦ 2501 SW 32nd Terrace, Pembroke Park, FL 33023


Feeding South Florida is one of the largest local food banks, providing non-perishable food to more than 800 agencies in South Florida. Volunteers are needed to unload, sort and repackage food items.

For further information and to register, contact Bianca Perez at 954-518-1863 or bperez@feedingsouthflorida.org.


Back-to-School Family Health Fair

Saturday, August 3 ¦ 8:00 AM–2:00 PM ¦1400 NW 14th Court, Fort Lauderdale, FL  33311


This annual event features free school physicals, immunizations and dental screenings for children, health screening for adults and information regarding social and health services in the community.

Volunteer tasks include assisting with setup and breakdown, registration, directing parking, supervising children's activities and distributing school supplies. There is also a critical need for volunteers to translate in Haitian Creole.


To register, click here.


Speakers Needed for Summer Camp

Ongoing, each Friday ¦ 9:00–11:00 AM ¦ 7321 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL33138


All Age Tutoring of South Florida exists to empower the community through ESOL classes, GED preparation, college and career guidance to high school students, and tutoring/mentoring to K–12th grade students.


The summer camp organizers are seeking student and adult guest speakers with a background in science or psychology to give short presentations on their careers/fields and to encourage students to pursue opportunities in higher education. Presentations can be given on any Friday during the summer between 9 and 11 AM.


To learn more about this opportunity, contact Mr. Gilus Delva at 786-663-1238.



Feeding Our Future at Barry University

Ongoing until Friday, July 26 ¦ 2:00–3:00 PM ¦11300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33161


Feeding Our Future is an eight-week summer program in which Barry University/Sodexo partners with community hunger-relief organizations to offer meals to children who are out of school for the summer. This resourceful program provides the food and labor necessary to provide nutritious meals to children who would otherwise go hungry.


Volunteers are needed Monday through Thursday to help package meals. For more information, contact Nicholas Segretario at nsegretario@barry.edu or 305-899-3697.



Environmental Restoration with Urban Paradise Guild


Urban Paradise Guild (UPG) was founded to bring natural habitats back to Miami by adding native plants, removing invasive species and educating the community. UPG currently has opportunities seven days a week at eight different locations including Oleta River State Park, El Portal and Liberty City.


Volunteers are encouraged to take the following items to the site: gardening gloves, outdoor clothing, closed-toed shoes and a reusable water bottle.


To browse available opportunities and register, click here.


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