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Volunteer

Unified We Serve, the volunteer program at California State University, Northridge, is an opportunity offered by the Matador Involvement Center for students to participate in furthering their education through serving the community.

About Unified We Serve

Unified We Serve provides students with multiple resources to engage in volunteerism. Here are the key ways the organization accomplishes its goals for students.

  • Membership: Students joining Unified We Serve participate in community service events as a collective group. Events have consisted of clothing and food drives, providing holiday food baskets for families in need, mentoring youth, reading to kids, and fundraising walks. Members attend two meetings a month and are eligible to receive the President’s Volunteer Service Award.
  • Volunteer opportunities: One-day community service events. Our group’s interests vary from working with young children to sponsoring community growth to remembering our soldiers to specific interest fundraising. See our Events and Meetings page for upcoming events and our Membership page for past options that may come up again.
  • Recognition: Earn the President’s Volunteer Service Award for your club, organization or team. Completing a required number of service hours will earn your organization a Presidential pin, letter from the President of the United States and a certificate from the President.

Unified We Serve Accomplishments and Awards

  • Recipient of the 2010 Association of College Unions International Service Award for Outstanding Service Project of the Year
  • Adopted an increasing number families for Thanksgiving between 2009 and 2011 (40 families in 2009; 70 families in 2010; 85 families in 2011)
  • Donation drive of clothing, food, toys and books that has exceeded a thousand items since 2009 (5,000 items in 2009; 15,000 items in 2010; 16,000 items in 2011)
  • Raised $4,500 for Haiti relief
  • Raised $25,000 for Autism research

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Annual Themes

Each year, Unified We Serve centralizes volunteerism within the context of a theme of service. The theme serves a purpose of providing 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 and 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 by 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 and Food Drive
  • Orange pick at CSUN
  • Service booth at Earth Fair
  • Tending CSUN’s community garden

 

2012-2013 Theme: 

Book Cover for One Amazing Thing by Chitra Divakaruni

One Amazing Community

Inspired by 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 led workshops in the community
  • Adopting families for Thanksgiving
  • Clothing and Food Drive
  • Low-Income Family Assessments
  • Four-Week Mentorship Project (in local High Schools and Middle Schools)

 

2011-2012 Theme:

Book Cover for The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

The EmpoWErment Movement

Inspired by 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 and Food Drive
  • Low-Income Family Assessments

 

2010-2011 Theme: 

Book Cover for The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

UNIFIED4AUTISM

Inspired by 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:

Book Cover for The Soloist by Steve Lopez

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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