MVC Newsletter
June  7, 2012

Hello Volunteers!
The MVC would like to thank the volunteers who took time out of their busy summer schedules to volunteer with BB4K this week. 
The kids had a fanastic time interacting with all of you! This week we still have many ongoing volunteer opportunites. Not only are we still looking for volunteers for Service Dawgs Day but we're also offering a unique chance to recieve FREE disaster preparedness training. For more information on both events check the newsletter below or visit us at:

Volunteer Opportunties:

Sign-up for Service DAWGS Day 2012!

Come join almost 300 new friends at Service DAWGS Day! "Donate A Wonderful Gift of Service" and participate in over 20 service projects throughout the Starkville community. This year's Service DAWGS Day will be held on Monday, Aug. 13, in the Junction at 8:15 a.m. Make sure to register so you can get a (FREE) t-shirt. After the work is done we will celebrate with a (FREE) lunch where you can hang out and chill with your new pals (FREE). Service DAWGS volunteer slots fill up fast, so register as soon as possible at Don't miss out on your chance to make a difference in the community!

Personal Readiness & Emergency Preparation

Will you and your family be prepared when disaster strikes? Come learn from the experts in disaster preparedness, including experts from MSU Extension, MS.Dept of Health, Red Cross, OSERVS, OCH, Starkville Fire Department, and more. The program is free and open to call campus and community members. Lunch and parking is provided free of charge. Please note that there are a limited number of seats available. To register, please click here

Brought to you by C-CERT, the Campus-Community Emergency Response Team 
Date: July 13th, 8:00am-4:30pm

J.L. King Center needs Volunteer Tutors 

The William F. Goodling Even Start Family Literacy Program is an education program for the Nation's economically challenged families that is designed to improve the academic achievement of young children and their parents, especially in the areas of reading and language. The adult education component provides high-quality, intensive instructional programs in adult literacy or adult basic education, including English language literacy as necessary, that leads to economic self-sufficiency.

The JL King Center in Starkville is contributing to this program by offering a GED program for adults and is looking for volunteers to help tutor the participants with basic math, reading, writing, and social studies. Volunteer sessions are available Monday- Thursday 10-11 am and/or 11 am- 12 pm. Volunteers must have transportation.

For more information, Please email the volunteer center at or sign up online at the MVC website:

Wanted: MVC Service Coordinator

What is a Service Coordinator?
A Community Work-Study Service Coordinator is a work-study eligible student at Mississippi State University that has a passion for community-service and volunteerism. CWS-SCs work approximately 15 hours a week at a non-profit agency with a mission to develop a successful volunteer program within that agency.
What will I be expected to do?
CWS-SCs will receive training by Maroon Volunteer Center staff. They will use the center and its resources to recruit, staff and train volunteers for the select agency. Students will be required to meet weekly with their MVC supervisor and submit weekly reports.
What will I make?
CWS-SC will make $7.25/hr and work approximately 15 hours/week. Students must be work-study eligible.
When do I start?
Students will be recruited and interviewed during the middle of August. Students selected will begin their service towards the end of August.
How do I apply?
Send your resume and a small paragraph about why you love community service to
Maroon Edition Habitat for Humanity Information
Each year Habitat partners with MSU students, faculty, and staff during the fall semester to build the fall Maroon Edition home. This year, we will start building in August as soon as school starts. Students are asked to volunteer via our website Volunteer slots are available on Fridays and Saturdays from 8:00AM-12:00PM or 1:00PM-5:00PM. If you want to sign up your group, please email us at volunteer@saffairs.msstate.eduwith the subject line: HABITAT.
Address: 276 Steadman Lane Starkville, MS
From the MSU campus, go down Hwy 12 past Wal Mart.
After the Hwy 25 overpass, take 2nd left onto Horseshoe Circle.
Take 1st left onto Steadman Lane.

Red Cross Disaster Training

The American Red Cross of Northeast Mississippi proudly serves Benton, Tippah, Alcorn, Prentiss, Tishomingo, Union, Pontotoc, Lee, Monroe, Itawamba, Chickasaw, Calhoun, Lowndes, Clay, Oktibbeha, and Webster Counties. We help our community every day by responding to local disasters such as single-family fires and natural disasters, providing health & safety education, providing emergency military communications and empowering our community to respond to disasters.
Opportunity: Our disaster action teams (DAT) are volunteers/members whom are available to respond to disasters as soon as possible in order to help the affected people. At the county/chapter level, this usually involves helping families who have suffered house fires and have lost all their belongings. Our DAT members meet with the clients to determine their needs and do whatever we can to help them. DAT members also play an important role in responding to larger disasters such as tornadoes, floods, and hurricanes.
Here is the specific information about training required for Disaster Action Teams (DAT):
Required Classes before being able to respond:
Disaster Services: An Overview - 4 hours
Disaster Assessment Basics - 4 hours
Client Casework - 8 hours
Required within the first year:
Psychological First Aid - 4 hours
All disaster training provided by the Red Cross is free. People who want to be part of a Disaster Action Team will need to fill out the volunteer application, submit a background check (provided by the Red Cross), and watch a video orientation. To sign up for a class, please click here.
For more information please contact:
Jonathan Thomas
Community Response Coordinator, Northeast Mississippi Chapter
American Red Cross
662-722-0335 (cell)
662-323-4621 (office)

Thank you for your dedication and commitment to change!

Maroon Volunteer Center
306 South Hall