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CCSI Registers 20 Agencies as Community Partners

Nursing Students Provide Service to Homeless

Staff and Faculty Urged to Render Service this Summer

Volunteer Opportunities

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CCSI Registers 20 Agencies as Community Partners


The Center for Community Service Initiatives (CCSI) registered 20 agencies as new community partners in academic year 2013-2014.


Dania Beach PATCH/TOUCH Broward, Heartland Hospice, The Life of Freedom Center, and Miami Beach Community Church are among the new community partners. So is Gratigny Elementary School. Although the University has collaborated with Gratigny for several years, the school was not previously registered as a partner.


The others are Arch Creek Park; Empower A Student Program; Florida Virtual Volunteers; Holocaust Documentation and Education Center; The Humanity Project; The Learning for Life Program; The Dan Marino Foundation – Marino Campus; Mentoring Valuable Proteges, Inc.; Miami-Dade Animal Services; Miami Coalition for the Homeless; Pet Project for Pets; Service For Peace; Special Olympics of Miami-Dade County; A Worthy Cause, Inc.; and University Plaza Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.



Nursing Students Provide Service to Homeless


Barry University community nursing students provided health screenings, first aid, foot care, and health education to homeless persons in Miami Beach recently.


The students provided service as part of a program called Matthew 25, organized at the Miami Beach CommunityChurch.



Staff and Faculty Urged to Render Service this Summer


The CCSI is urging Barry staff and faculty members to render service in the local 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 social, economic, and environmental problems in the communities surrounding Barry’s campuses.”


Among the many voluntary service opportunities available to Barry staff and faculty are restoration projects with the Biscayne Nature Center, food distribution with Farm Share, and “citizenship coach” assignments with the Florida Immigrant Coalition.


See Volunteer Opportunities below.


For additional information on how to get involved this summer, contact Courtney Berrien, associate director of the CCSI, at cberrien@barry.edu.



Volunteer Opportunities


·       Restoration Days and Beach Clean-Ups at the Biscayne Nature Center

·       Farm Share Food Distribution at Deerwood Bonita Lakes Park

·       Florida New Americans Citizenship Workshops

·       Miami Design Charette with the Tropical Audubon Society at The Light Box


Restoration Days and Beach Clean-Ups at the Biscayne NatureCenter

Saturday, June 7 and 14; July 5 and 12 ¦9:00 AM–Noon ¦6767 Crandon Boulevard, Key Biscayne, FL 33149


The Marjory Stoneman Douglas Biscayne Nature Center (BNC) is a not-for-profit organization supporting the conservation of local irreplaceable natural resources. On the first Saturday of each month, BNC hosts Restoration Days, when volunteers assist with planting, removing exotic plant species, and restoring the pond. Community members also can contribute to improving marine health every second Saturday by participating in the Center’s monthly Beach Clean-Ups.


To learn more about Restoration Days and Beach Clean-Ups, call 305-361-6767, ext 114, or e-mail info@biscaynenature.org.


Farm Share Food Distribution at Deerwood BonitaLakes Park

Saturday, June14 ¦8:00 AM–2:00 PM ¦14445 SW 122 Ave, Miami, FL 33186


Farm Share's mission is to alleviate hunger and malnutrition by recovering and distributing fresh and nutritious food to those who need it most. Volunteers are needed to assist with packaging and distributing food at local events.


To volunteer, contact Beatriz Lopez at 305-252-4300 or Beatriz.Lopez@myfloridahouse.gov.


Florida New Americans Citizenship Workshops

Saturday, June 14¦11:00 AM–2:00 PM ¦Broward College, South Campus, Gym Building, 7200 Pines Blvd., Pembroke Pines, FL 33024


The Florida Immigrant Coalition (FLIC) is a statewide alliance of immigrant rights organizations that come together for the fair treatment of all people, including immigrants. As part of its Florida New Americans (FNA) program, FLIC holds monthly citizenship clinics in South Florida to help legal permanent residents apply for naturalization as US citizens.


Community members can serve as citizenship coaches. In particular, volunteers can assist in translating, educating the public by hosting a public forum, completing applications, screening applicants for fee waivers, and reminding clients about upcoming interviews and oath ceremonies.


Prospective volunteers can register at www.citizenshipflorida.org or call Toni Penha at 305-571-7254


Miami Design Charette with the Tropical Audubon Society at The Light Box

Saturday, June 21 ¦8:00 AM–5:00 PM¦404 NE 26 St., Miami, FL 33127


The Tropical Audubon Society (TAS) is a not-for-profit organization that works towards protection of the natural world and to promote wise stewardship of natural resources. In an effort to connect the next generation of environmental visionaries and entrepreneurs in Miami with current experts, TAS will host a one-day Miami Design Charette. The Charette will focus on sea level rise, population growth, and transportation needs.


For more information, contact Conservation Outreach Coordinator Celeste De Palma atOutreach@TropicalAudubon.org or register for the Miami Design Charette at http://bit.ly/1nBvcBO.



CCSI Newsletter Schedule


The CCSI Newsletter is being published less frequently until the start of the new academic year, in August. The next issue will be published on June 23. Other issues will be out on July 14 and 28 and August 11. Regular weekly issues of the newsletter will resume on August 25.



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