960 Minutes to Save the World

Time is waiting, Pace faculty and staff, but don’t you worry. We’re going to give you more than Madonna and Justin Timberlake’s four minutes to save the world, thanks to a really great Human Resources benefit you may not be aware of, but are going to want to read about.

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Tick tock, tick tock. Did you know that full-time faculty and staff have 960 PAID minutes (that’s 16 hours or two working days) each year to give back by volunteering with the Center for Community Action and Research on any of their hundreds of community service events? Well, you do, and the CCAR, Human Resources, and the world are waiting for you to throw your hands on deck. Last year,  Pace students participated in more than 70,000 hours of volunteering. What are you waiting for? Click here for more info.

(Don’t Let Them) Pave Paradise and Put Up a Parking Lot…

From the Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies to our highly-ranked Environmental Law program to our celebration of Earth Day every day, you don’t even need to walk off-campus to feel like you’re making a difference in the world.

Whether you’ve been at Pace for a few minutes or a few years, there’s no denying how much we cherish the environment here. From Pace Academy programs such as the Environmental Consortium and the grassroots How Green is My Town? to the Environmental Gateway, your guide to all of Pace’s environmental offerings like internships and externships, student organizations, and more; to our extending Earth Day into a full month of campus clean-ups and tree plantings; Pace disproves Kermit’s whole “It’s Not Easy Being Green.”

And the students are taking charge on all campuses. PLV student organizations include NATURE (Natural Activists Teaching an Understanding and Respect for the Environment) and Wave of Green and you can read more about those here. In WP, the Environmental Law Society participates in all kinds of local and regional outreach events. And just because NYC has less green space than Westchester doesn’t mean we don’t care as much. T.H.I.N.K. Environment (The Healthy, Independent, Natural Knowledge of the Environment) has helped transform Drumgoole Park, the One Pace Plaza roof gardens, and more!

If you’re looking to do more with the environment, get in touch with our departments and centers right here at Pace and they’ll tell you about all the great things you can work on.

“I Run for Life…”

“I run for your mother, your sister, your wife. I run for you and me, my friend. I run for life.” –Melissa Etheridge

On September 12, join Pace as we lace up our sneakers and run breast cancer right out of town at the Susan G. Komen Greater NYC: Race for the Cure.

At last year’s Race for the Cure, Pace lost in the Largest University Team to John Jay by one person. This year, Pace professor Ellen Mandel wants to make sure it doesn’t happen again, so read more and sign up now! For those of you on the PLV campus, free breakfast and transportation will be provided.

And this isn’t the only walk Pace students are walking! Just a few months ago, members of Pace’s LGBTQA Task Force participated in the AIDS Walk New York and students, faculty, and staff on both campuses gathered in PLV to raise $40,000 for the American Cancer Society at Pace’s annual Relay for Life event.

Interested in more walks, runs, and races for good causes? Coming up soon: WWP Soldier Ride on Long Island will celebrate our nation’s wounded soldiers and raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project: July 24. JRunners Relay of 2010 will raise money for Lou Gehrig’s disease with a sensational 125 mile relay run from Brooklyn to the Catskills on July 28-29. On August 15, 4,000 people will follow in the footsteps of the World Champion Yankees at the Damon Runyon run/walk for cancer research at Yankee Stadium.

Rather wait until the fall? Well, tis the season to be jogging! Bike for a world free of MS in Westchester on September 26 at Bike MS. In NYC? Raise money to achieve a world of No More Homeless Pets at the Strut Your Mutt walk. For some more charity walks, click here.

Jumpstart Will Make You Jump, Jump!

Move over, Kris Kross. This hit made it past the early 90s. One of the nation’s leading nonprofits in the field of early childhood education, Jumpstart not only realizes that every child is born with the potential to succeed, they work to make sure that happens.

Jumpstart joined Pace University in 2007 and has since attracted almost 150 students, bringing college students and community volunteers together with preschool children for individualized tutoring and mentoring.  Students here at Pace can take part in the Jumpstart program by visiting www.jstart.org/apply. Contact LunYan Tom, Site Manager, at ltom@pace.edu with any questions.

Jumpstart at Pace is housed under the Center for Undergraduate Research Experiences (CURE), which also provides service-learning opportunities through the Community and Volunteer Mobilization (CVM) AmeriCorps, the Liberty Partnerships Program, and Upward Bound.

If you’re interested in long-term work with English language and computer literacy, CVM AmeriCorps is currently recruiting Pace students and alumni for nine-month paid internships. Read more about this exciting opportunity here.

Looking for more ways to help children reach their fullest potential?

“Like a Bridge Over Troubled Water…”

The Pace Women’s Justice Center is changing the lives of the more than 2,800 victims and survivors of domestic violence who PWJC serves every year, as well as the law students who work with them.

The Pace Women’s Justice Center became the first academic legal center in the country devoted to training lawyers and others in domestic violence issues. Every year, Pace Law students who participate in invaluable semester-long externships and summer internships come out of the experience changed. As a former intern says, “Helping women in crisis take the first step towards a better, safer and happier life gave me a true sense of purpose to my legal studies.”

Interested in working more with women’s issues and social justice?

  • Hope’s Door, Inc., an organization in PLV which Pace has worked with in the past, provides a safe haven to survivors of domestic violence.
  • Hour Children, an organization committed to the compassionate and loving care of children of incarcerated women, provides support and empowerment for mothers upon reunification with their families.

“I Get By With a Little Help From My Friends…”

From helping the blind learn photography to playing bingo with homeless men and women to assisting disabled runners train for races and marathons, there are so many things that you can do to help.

Did you enjoy your community course with the AHRC? Do you wish the Special Olympics got as much coverage as professional cricket (no offense batsmen and bowlers)? Here are a few really cool organizations you may not have heard of that are helping people who aren’t as fortunate as we are.

  • KEEN New York: Enjoy an afternoon of fun, non-competitive sports activities with a child or teen with disabilities. Kids Enjoy Exercise Now (KEEN) is a free Saturday recreation program for kids who are not able to participate in other programs due to their disabilities.
  • A Leg to Stand On (ALTSO): Help ALTSO transform the lives of children with limb disabilities in developing countries by offering them the physical capabilities to access the opportunities and self-esteem earned through education, work, and mobility.
  • VISIONS volunteers help make a difference in the everyday lives of people who are blind or visually impaired by helping read mail and other materials, escorting clients in the community, and helping in recreational activities like knitting, quilting, photography, ceramics, and more!
  • Achilles International volunteers help disabled runners with new equipment, participate in workouts, and more.
  • Barrier Free Living: Join the residents at Barrier Free Living, a facility on the Lower East Side that serves homeless, disabled men and women.
  • YAI Network, with more than 450 programs serving 20,000 people everyday, provides hope and opportunity to people of all ages with disabilities and their families.

How Much is That Doggie in the Window?

While you may not be able to house Snoopy or Garfield in your dorm room, that doesn’t mean we don’t love caring for cats, dogs, and all those other furry and not-so-furry friends at Pace. I mean, come on. T-Bone is our mascot after all, and we dedicated a whole post to his pals!

The University is proud to have worked with organizations like the SPCA of Westchester, playing with and bathing dogs; Green Chimneys, which uses animal-assisted therapy to help abused and special-needs children; Sean Casey Animal Rescue, an organization that rehabilitates neglected animals and helps them find healthy, happy homes; and Anjellicle Cats Rescue, which is fully-staffed by volunteers and always on the lookout for more to help provide a lifeline for abandoned, stray, and neglected cats and kittens.

And here are some more opportunities to help our furry friends:

“Matchmaker, Matchmaker, Make Me a Match…”

We can’t list every nonprofit in the metro area, but we can give you a list of some sites that will help you find exactly what you’re looking for–when, where, and no matter what you want to do. Think of it as Match.com for your volunteering soul.

Not sure about committing to a long-term project?  Don’t have a favorite organization? Think a two-hour sesh walking rescued dogs or serving lunch to appreciative seniors is something you can handle? Well, check out Idealist.org, New York Cares, 1-800-Volunteer, and Volunteer Match, where you can choose your hours, area of interest, location, etc., and then get matched up with an organization or assignment. It’s that easy.