Service Projects

 

If you are interested in leading a service project, Social Action and Integrative Studies (SAIL) will be hosting training for all service project leaders.  We ask that service project leaders attend 1 of the training sessions below.  Please contact Jayson Padilla (jpadill2@gmu.edu) for more information.

Training Dates: 

  • Friday, September 1st from 2pm-3pm in Enterprise Hall Room 418 (SIS Conference Room)
  • Tuesday, September 5th from 3pm-4pm in Enterprise Hall Room 418 (SIS Conference Room)
  • Wednesday, September 6th from 5pm-6pm in Enterprise Hall Room 418 (SIS Conference Room)
  • Friday, September 8th from 10am-11am in Enterprise Hall Room 418 (SIS Conference Room)

2017 9/11 Day of Service Project List (project details will be added as they become available)

  • “Allness in Oneness” 9/11 Day Community Art project
    • Project submitted by: Jeremy Kunkel jtkunkel@gmail.com
    • Sponsored by Van Metre Companies
    • Point of Contact: Jeremy Kunkel
    • Location: Johnson Center, Dewberry Hall
    • Number of volunteers: 4 per 1-hour shift
    • Time: 10am-3:00pm
    • Project Details: Looking for volunteers for fun community art project. This project involves engaging the public and have them participate in having a mold made of their hand. The mold making process will involve a skin safe alginate mold making material that will be mixed with water, this will be followed with the participant immersing their hand into the alginate until it cures to a gelatin like state. The participant will then remove their hand and the mold will be stored in a container with the participants name. The result will be a cast replica of each participants hands with a post attached below and a weather vane attached to the wrist area. Together all of the hands will be installed as one sculpture identifying a collective awareness of diversity and community within humanity.
  • Canvas Painting for INOVA Children’s Hospital
    • Project submitted by Kappa Phi Gamma
    • Point of Contacts: Fatima Nayani and Priyanka Singh
    • Location: Johnson Center, Dewberry Hall
    • Number of volunteers: 5
    • Time: 12:00pm-3:00pm
    • Project Details: The Mason community will have a chance to help the Sisters of Kappa Phi Gamma Sorority, Inc. to create canvas paintings for the children at INOVA Hospital.
  • Care Packages for FACETS
    • Project submitted by: Hispanic Student Association in partnership with FACETS
    • Point of Contact: Leny Rodriguez
    • Location: Johnson Center, Room B
    • Number of volunteers: 30 (10 volunteers per 1-hour shift)
    • Time: 12:00pm-3:00pm
    • Project Details: The Hispanic Student Association is looking for volunteers to come help us make care packages for FACETS (an organization that helps parents, children, and individuals who suffer the effects of poverty in Fairfax). We intend to package donations received throughout the prior weeks, but will also be accepting them throughout the event
  • Hidden Heroes
    • Project submitted by: Alex Nowakowski and Gerry Souser, LEAD Office
    • Point of Contact: anowakow@gmu.edu or gsouser@masonlive.gmu.edu
    • Location: North Plaza (during the Service Fair from 11am-1pm) – Look for the LEAD Office Table
    • Number of volunteers: unlimited
    • Time: 11am-1pm during the Service Fair, look for the LEAD Office Table
    • Project Details: During the Service Fair, learn about a few of the hidden heroes of 9/11 while honoring the hidden hero in your life. Stop by the LEAD table to learn what the hidden heroes of 9/11 did to save lives. You can then write a letter to the hero in your life who often goes unseen and add their name to our Wall of Heroes. While you’re there, learn how you can get involved in the community with the LEAD Office and their various service initiatives.
  • Honoring Our Veterans – Community Farming Initiative at East Capitol Urban Farm
    • Project submitted by: The Mission Continues in partnership with the UDC CAUSES
    • Point of Contact: EJ Delpero
    • Location: East Capitol Urban Farm5901 East Capitol Street SE Washington, DC 20019
    • Number of volunteers: 175
    • Time: 9:00am-3:30pm
    • Project Details: The Day: Our 9/11 Day of Service means a lot. It marks an important day. This September 9th, The Mission Continues Washington DC Service Platoons would like to invite you to join us as we do what we do; serve a cause greater than ourselves. Every year, in memory of this day, we will continue to rebuild- ourselves, our community, our country. The Cause: UDC College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences is leading the community farming initiatives in DC. One of their sites, East Capitol Urban Farm, is a major step in connecting the community located in areas classified as ‘food deserts’ to sustainable, healthy foods. There are some important agriculture and natural resource leaders from other land-grant universities looking at the site as well, to figure out how to replicate our goals at other farms. So, our efforts on 9/9 will push East Capital Farm forward to operationally hosting local kids, the community, and education leaders to provide them with the fruits of their labors and teach them about the efficacy of sustainable, community farming.The Scope:* Expand on community garden to make room for more farmers as well as those requiring wheelchair access* Socialize community area to increase efficacy of training modules on the site for kids* Engineer a STEM education space to enable the next generation of kids to learn about math and sciences * Stand up a farmers market with the ability to host 4 vendors. Farmers market will be accessible by community members who require a handicap accessible space to make purchases at a SNAP and Wic eligible farm stand* Finish the walking trail with markers in yards and meters as well as a place for the community to gatherTransportation: We are requesting the help of Mason Parking and Transportation if possible on Saturday, September 9th to bring Mason students to our project!Volunteers get free t-shirts!
  • Innovation Food Forest Maintenance
    • Project submitted by: Mason Sustainability Office in partnership with GOGA
    • Point of Contact: Doni Nolan
    • Location: Innovation Food Forest
    • Number of Volunteers: 30 (15 volunteers per 1-hour shift)
    • Time: 12:00pm-1:00pm and 5:00pm-6:00pm
    • Project Details: Mason students, faculty, and staff will have an opportunity to contribute to the food forest by weeding, composting, watering, trimming, etc. Please wear clothes and shoes you don’t mind getting wet or dirty, and bring your own reusable water bottle to stay hydrated. There will also be an opportunity to taste samples from the food forest and learn more about how to continue being involved.
  • International Mapathon
    • Project submitted by: International Programs and Services and Mason Mappers
    • Point of Contact: Mary Wells
    • Location: Exploratory 2103
    • Number of volunteers: 35
    • Time: 10:00am-12:00pm
    • Number of Volunteers: 35 volunteers for Beginner Mappers and 35 volunteers for Experienced Mappers
    • Project details: No prior experience necessary! Join us in this project to add geographic markings to satellite image maps that are used for humanitarian relief, conservation, and research efforts around the world!
  • Kids Clothing and Equipment Swap
    • Project Submitted by: Support Group for Working Mothers in conjunction with the Mason Administrative Professionals (MAP) Group, and Mason Working Dads
    • Point of Contacts: Heather Aleknavage
    • Location: Johnson Center, Gold Room
    • Number of Volunteers: 2 volunteers per 1-hour shift
    • Time: 8:30am-5:00pm
    • Project Details: Participants bring something to swap and they can pick up something they would like – bring something, take something!  Kids outerwear, shoes, toys, equipment, and clothes up to size 12.  Items leftover will be donated to Women Giving Back (also on campus).
  • Letters and Posters for Veterans
    • Project submitted by Alpha Phi Omega and Alpha Delta Delta Chapter
    • Point of Contact is David Rea 
    • Location: Johnson Center, Room D
    • Number of Volunteers: 40 total volunteers (10 volunteers per 1-hour shift)
    • Time: 11:00am-3:00pm
    • Project Details: Volunteers will create posters and write letters to veterans. The letters will be mailed to an organization that sends care packages and letters to veterans and deployed troops, and the posters will be used by APO brothers to welcome veterans on Honor Flights later in the semester
  • Never Forget – American Flag Memorial Fundraiser 
    • Project submitted by: Mason IFEPM (Independents for Female Empowerment and the Promotion of Equality, Humanity, and ADA Compliance)
    • Point of Contact: Alyssandra Malinish
    • Location: Sub I, Quad
    • Number of volunteers: 10 volunteers per 2 hour shift
    • Time: 12pm-4pm
    • Project Details: American Flag Memorial: 1,000 to 2,000 4″ x 6″ no-tip American stick flags will be displayed on the SUB I Quad on 9/11. American Flag Memorial Fundraiser: A fundraiser will be held during the American Flag Memorial to raise funds and awareness for the Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund
  • ONE LOVE Culture Wall
    • Project Submitted by: Jeremy Stokes (Patriot Activities Council and International Programs and Services)
    • Point of Contacts: Jason Hampton
    • Location: North and South Plaza
    • Number of Volunteers: 5 per hour shift
    • Time: 11:00am-1:00pm
    • Project Details: ONE LOVE Cultural Festival is an event put on by the Patriot Activities Council that seeks to unite the many different cultures on campus through a festival like experience.  The Cultural Wall will be constructed and will allow students to trace their handprint and make flags of their countries that will be put on display at the cultural festival.
  • Operation Paws for Homes: Building Dog Beds for Shelter Dogs
    • Project submitted by Human Resources
    • Point of Contact: Beth Baroody
    • Location: Johnson Center, Room E
    • Number of Volunteers: 40 total volunteers
    • Time: 10am-2:00pm (10 volunteers per 1-hour shift)
    • Project Details: Would you like to make a difference in the life of a foster or shelter dog?  This is your chance. Volunteers will be building dog beds and braiding dog toys for Operations Paws for Homes (OPH) foster and shelter dogs.  If you can braid, follow directions or use some basic tools, then this service project is for you.  All materials will be provided.  There will also be an opportunity to meet a few volunteers from OPH and learn more about volunteer and fostering opportunities beyond the 9-11 Day of Service.
  • Potomac Heights Vegetable Garden Maintenance
    • Project Submitted by Mason Sustainability Office in partnership with GOGA
    • Point of Contact: Doni Nolan
    • Location: Potomac Heights Vegetable Garden
    • Number of Volunteers: 15 volunteers per 90-minute shift
    • Time: 2:30pm-4:00pm and 4:00pm-5:30pm
    • Project Details: Mason students, faculty, and staff will have an opportunity to contribute to the garden by weeding, mulching, harvesting, trimming, etc. Please wear clothes and shoes you don’t mind getting wet or dirty, and bring your own reusable water bottle to stay hydrated.  There will also be an opportunity to take home samples from the garden and learn more about how to continue being involved
  • Presidents Park Hydroponic Greenhouse
    • Project Submitted by Mason Sustainability Office in partnership with GOGA
    • Point of Contact: Doni Nolan
    • Location: Presidents Park Hydroponic Greenhouse
    • Number of Volunteers: 10 volunteers per 1-hour shift
    • Time: 10:00am-11:00am and 11:00am-12:00pm
    • Project Details: Get hands on training and experience with hydroponic growing systems. Learn about plant botany, greenhouse management, pest management, worm composting, and sustainable food systems. Please wear clothes and shoes you don’t mind getting wet or dirty, and bring your own reusable water bottle to stay hydrated. There will also be an opportunity to taste samples from the greenhouse and learn more about how to continue being involved.
  • Resilience Project
    • Project Submitted by: University Life
    • Point of Contacts: Birgit Debeerst
    • Location: Johnson Center, Room G
    • Number of Volunteers: 3 volunteers per 1-hour shift
    • Time: 10:00am-1:00pm
    • Project Details: In Spring 2016, Mason launched the Mason’s Resilience Badging Challenge workshop.  This semester we would like to add student stories about cultivating resilience. Share your stories about navigating setbacks, embracing fears and gaining new perspectives. This can be in writing, voice-recording or video format.
  • Project Name: Stream Cleanup
    • Project Partners (who the project is being led by, if a student organization, please indicate which orgnaization): Facilities/Land DevelopmentProject leader’s name and contact: Zhongyan Xu and Brenda Claudio
    • Points of Contact: Zhongyan Xu (240-501-7378) and Brenda Claudio (703-474-7111)
    • Location:Near Hub: meet in front of Hub (near Apple FCU ATM)
    • Time: 10:30am-12:30pm
    • Number of volunteers: 10
    • Project description:Mason host twice a year stream cleanups around campus to promote students, staff and general public involvement and participation. The Land Development Team at Mason seeks to alert people on the impacts of stormwater runoff on water quality and provide guidance on how the community can help in minimizing adverse impacts of urban runoff in waterways.
  • Thank You First Responders
    • Project Submitted By: Child Development Center
    • Point of Contact: Erin Geiger x39751
    • Project description:  The children of the Child Development Center will be making cards for first responders thanking them for keeping us safe.  The cards will be presented to Fairfax City firefighters and Mason Police officers during the Thank You luncheon
    • Location: Child Development Center
    • Project duration: variable
    • Number of available volunteer slots:  All slots will be filled by teachers and children of the Child Development Center.
  • Women Giving Back Clothing Drive
    • Project submitted by Mason staff
    • Point of Contacts: Whitney Sublett and Janet Walker
    • Location: North Plaza
    • Number of Volunteers: 15 (5 volunteers per 1-hour shift)
    • Time: 10:00am-1:00pm
    • Project Details: Assisting Women Giving Back’s mission to “support women and children in crisis and build their confidence and self-esteem by providing great quality clothing at no cost.”  To this end, we will be collecting donations from collection boxes around campus, accepting donations at the JC Plaza site, sorting contributions (by type, size, etc.) and boxing them for delivery to the Women Giving Back store.  There will also be an opportunity to sign up for future volunteer opportunities at their Sterling, VA location.

Save the date!

• The 5th Annual Mason Nation 9/11 Day of Service will take place on Monday, September 11th.
• Check in for service projects will take place in the Johnson Center, Room anytime between 8:30am-4:30pm. NOTE: You may check in at any time before your service project, but please be sure to check in at least 15 minutes PRIOR to the start of your service project. If you attempt to check in after your registration time, you will NOT receive your t-shirt.

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