Theme

Each year UNIFIED WE SERVE centralizes volunteerism within the context of a theme of service. The theme serves a purpose of providing UNIFIED WE SERVE members with an opportunity to spend one year learning about a prevailing issue facing the community. In addition to participating in diverse service projects throughout the year, the theme of service implements target-specific projects to educate our students. Simulations, Activities/Exercises, Trainings, Guest Speakers, Field Trips, and Service Projects are implemented to develop understanding of the target population we work with throughout the year.

UNIFIED WE SERVE has partnered with University 100 to develop each year's theme around the book chosen for the Freshman Common Reading Program in an attempt to bridge Student Affairs with Academic Affairs so that students can learn about an issue from reading the chosen book and apply their learning through a related community service project to enhance the educational process.




2013-2014 THEME:

Garbology

Garbology

Inspired from the book Garbology by Edward Humes, Let’s Talk TRASH focuses on issues relating to sustainability and the environment. Service projects will include:

  • Building community gardens in low-income neighborhoods so that residents can access free fruits and vegetables.
  • Heal the Bay (Beach Clean Up)
  • Recycling program
  • Clothing & Food Drive
  • Orange pick at CSUN
  • Service booth at Earth Fair
  • Tending to CSUN’s community garden



2012-2013 THEME:

One Amazing Thing

One Amazing Community

Inspired from the book One Amazing Thing by: Chitra Divakaruni, One Amazing Community focuses attention on how members of CSUN and the community at large have turned obstacles into opportunities and the resilience it takes to overcome challenges. Service Projects represent the featured speakers in One Amazing Community that include:

  • One Amazing Community Oviatt Library Gallery Display and Presentation
  • San Fernando Valley Homeless Mission
  • Visits to Hospice Care Centers
  • Student lead workshops in the community
  • Adopting Families for Thanksgiving
  • Clothing & Food Drive
  • Low-Income Family Assessments
  • Four-Week Mentorship Project (in local High Schools and Middle Schools)



2011—2012 THEME:

The Glass Castle

The EmpoWErment Movement

Inspired from the book The Glass Castle by: Jeannette Walls, The EmpoWErment Movement focuses attention on the prevailing issue of homelessness, poverty, trauma, and the resilience it takes to overcome challenges. Service Projects include:

  • The Poverty Simulation
  • The Hunger Banquet
  • Student lead workshops in the community
  • Adopting Families for Thanksgiving
  • Clothing & Food Drive
  • Low-Income Family Assessments




2010—2011 THEME:

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time

UNIFIED4AUTISM

Inspired from the book The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by: Mark Haddon, UNIFIED4AUTISM focuses attention on the prevailing issue of Autism and Health. Service Projects include:

  • Autism Speaks Walk
  • Reading to Kids about Autism
  • Puzzle Piece Collage
  • Autism Carnival
  • Autism Research Fundraisers
  • Light It Up Blue Awareness Campaign
  • Autism Simulation
  • Temple Grandin –Awareness Movie Night




2009—2010 THEME:

The Soloist

Project: Reduce Poverty & Project: E.L.I.T.E. (Every Life Improved Through Education)

Inspired from the book The Soloist by: Steve Lopez, Project: Reduce Poverty (Fall 2009) & Project: E.L.I.T.E. (Every Life Improved Through Education) (Spring 2010) focuses attention on the prevailing issue of Poverty/Homelessness and Education. Service Projects include:

  • Adopting Families for Thanksgiving
  • Clothing & Food Drive
  • Low-Income Family Assessments
  • Survive The Night Homeless Simulation
  • Leadership Development Workshops
  • School Beautification Project
  • Reading To Kids
  • Youth Mentorship Project
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