Learn more about our annual civic engagement programs including our Volunteer Fair, the Thanksgiving Basket Drive, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program, CMU’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration, and Carnegie Mellon's hallmark service event, 1000plus.
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- Volunteer Fair
- Thanksgiving Dinner Baskets
- U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program
- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Programming
- 1000plus Day of Service
The Volunteer Fair at Carnegie Mellon has become an annual tradition that encourages our campus to engage in community service within the Pittsburgh area. The main goal of the Volunteer Fair is to create an enjoyable and accessible environment for the community to connect with local non-profit organizations and charities, as well as campus student organizations whose focus is on service and philanthropy.
All students, faculty, staff, and local alumni are encouraged to attend the fair and get connected on campus and/or in the city.
The Volunteer Fair will be held on September 19, 2012 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on the CFA Lawn (rain location will be in Rangos 1, 2, and 3 in the University Center).
Registration Information for Agencies/Organizations
Pittsburgh agencies and Carnegie Mellon service organizations will be able to register shortly. Please check back in the coming weeks for the Volunteer Fair Registration page. Space is limited and will be filled on a first-come, first-served registration basis. Registration will remain open until all available Volunteer Fair tables are assigned. All registrants will receive a confirmation email from our office within two business days of receiving the registration form.
Preparing for the Volunteer Fair
- The Office of Student Activities will provide each group with a 6 foot table, a placard with the group name, and two chairs;
- In addition to name placard, the office will have blank nametags available for use;
- Parking will be available at the East Campus Garage, located off Forbes Avenue (near the University Center). The office will be able to provide a parking validation ticket, so please indicate if you will need one;
- Other items that you might want to bring with you to have at your table: handouts, sign-up sheet for attendees, pens, and hand sanitizer.
Thanksgiving Dinner Baskets
Each year, Carnegie Mellon students, faculty, and staff help local families in need celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday by creating Thanksgiving Baskets. By providing a basket full of all the ingredients for a traditional Thanksgiving meal the Carnegie Mellon community hopes to provide families not only a full, healthy meal, but also the knowledge that their neighbors care. Baskets are donated to Light of Life Ministries and Rainbow Kitchen.
If you, your organization, residential community, or department is interested in organizing a basket, please contact Kristine Kengor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program
In conjunction with the University Police, Carnegie Mellon students, faculty, and staff have donated toys to the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program. Toys for Tots collects new, unwrapped toys and distributes them as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in the local area. Collection dates and locations will be announced in the fall.
MLK Day of Service Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Programming
A day of service celebrating Carnegie Mellon’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, programming celebrates the life and work of Dr. King through community and civic engagement. The program(s) typically takes place in January as a part of the MLK Day Celebration. Together, the events honor Dr. King's legacy of tolerance, peace, and equality by meeting community needs and making the holiday "A Day ON, not a Day OFF." Students, faculty, and staff work on projects relating to social change, community building, diversity and multicultural understanding. Past projects have highlighted social issues such as hunger, homelessness, racism and poverty.
This year's calendar can be found by visiting the Office of Orientation and First Year Programs.
1000plus Day of Service
The 1000plus Planning Committee coordinates a Carnegie Mellon’s day of service during the spring semester. Students, faculty, staff, and alumni have an opportunity to positively impact the greater Pittsburgh community by engaging in service efforts with approximately 30 community partners. 1000plus is a recognized student organization that is advised out of the Office of Student Activities. The 1000plus executive board takes on the responsibility of identifying community partners and service projects that will meet real needs in Pittsburgh, training student site leaders who will lead participants through the project, as well as orchestrating a kickoff event and all necessary logistics for the day. It is 1000plus’ goal to provide personally relevant service opportunities for individuals, groups and alumni in from the Carnegie Mellon community. 1000plus is also provides a chance to connect and network with people of different interests that share the common goal of promoting service.
Learn more about how you can be involved with 1000plus or sign-up to volunteer this year by visiting http://willyoubecounted.com.