2011 - 2012 Highlights
A Partnership with Cobb County Schools
With the support of Volunteer Kennesaw, students participating in the Cobb County Schools Supported Employment Transition Services Program were given the opportunity to gain independence while working in a real world setting. The collaborative endeavor between Volunteer Kennesaw and Cobb County Schools began twelve years ago and continues to thrive today.
This year, five students participated in the program. Each student was given the opportunity to gain work experience while completing tasks at various work sites around the Kennesaw State University Campus. These sites included Chick-fil-A, Jazzman’s, PJ’s Bakery, and the KSU Literacy Center.
One task the students completed was shredding documents for the KSU Literacy Center. The completion of this task provided an opportunity for the students to give back to their community and help others by donating the shredded contents to animal shelters around the area.
The ultimate goal of the Supported Employment Transition Services Program is to prepare students for a life of independence. After exiting the program, students are given the opportunity to seek employment with the support of a supported employment vendor.
The collaboration between Volunteer Kennesaw and Cobb County Schools provides a valuable training ground for students with disabilities to gain job experience and to live a productive adult life.
Congratulations to the SETS Graduates!
Forty-six (46) agencies attended the Fall 2011 Volunteer Fair. More than 350 students, staff, and faculty learned more about volunteer opportunities.
The next Volunteer Fair is September 19 from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm in the Student Center University Rooms.
Volunteer Kennesaw (VKSU), Residence Life, KSU Landscaping, and Keep Cobb Beautiful (KCB) sponsor the Homecoming Service Project during Homecoming 2011 week. Over 50 students, KSU staff members, and KCB representatives got up bright and early to help plant flowers and spread mulch in front of the Carmichael Student Center. In addition, in front of Student Center, an October Glory Red Maple tree was dedicated as the 2011 Homecoming tree. Please feel free to go by and visit our Red Maple tree at any time.
American Red Cross Partnership
Thank you to all of the faculty, staff, and students who donated 1,053 units of blood at the four blood drives held during Fall and Spring semesters! Thanks also to the 87 students who volunteered to sign in donors and help with canteen services.
Upcoming blood drives will be held September 11 & 12; November 7 & 8; February 6 & 7, 2013; and April 8 & 9, 2013, from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm each day in the Student Center University Rooms.
SETS Luncheon: A Visit to India
In October the SETS (Supported Employment Transition) students were treated to a traditional Indian-style lunch and KSU international students' presentations about their home country of India. The SETS program is a collaboration between KSU and the Cobb County School system. This program allows students living with various forms of disabilities the opportunity to learn employment skills. The SETS students work in various departments on campus.
Marietta Senior Center Partnership
Every February VKSU and the African American Student Alliance (AASA) sponsor the Marietta Senior Center Luncheon. Thanks to the generosity of AASA, each senior left with a little gift bag of goodies. VKSU would especially like to thank Time to Dine Catering and KSU Department of Student Development employees for donating the delicious food for the seniors.
The project each month focuses on a different non-profit agency that is located in the Metro Atlanta area. We feel that it is important for the students to see firsthand the service that is provided by that agency, and meet some of the clients that utilize their services. To date, students have volunteered at the following locations: Daybreak Village, March of Dimes, Catholic Charities of Atlanta, AIDS Walk, The Extension, Foundation for Hospital Art, and Project Open Hand.
Non-Profit Roundtable Event
During the month of March, VKSU sponsored the Fourth Annual Non-Profit Rountable Discussion. The goal of this event is to allow KSU students the opportunity to learn more about the different non-profit agencies in their community, and to get more information about volunteer and internship opportunities. Students and staff members were treated to a box lunch from Lenny’s Sub Shop. This year eight agencies were represented and more than 50 students and KSU staff members attended.
March of Dimes Partnership
This is the 14th year that VKSU has coordinated volunteers and walkers/runners to participate in the Annual March for Babies. KSU was represented by over 65 student and staff members. VKSU would like to thank all the volunteers and walkers/runners for supporting a great cause.
Federal Work Study-America Reads Fast Start Academy
Volunteer Kennesaw collaborates with the Financial Aid Office to implement the Federal Work Study Program. For the 2011-12 academic year, a total of 212 KSU students gained relevant work experience in the program. 180 students were employed on campus as student assistants and 7 in non-profit agencies: Centers for Disease Control; Giving Back Foundation, Inc.; Survivor's Outreach; YWCA. In addition, 25 were employed under the America Reads Program, which included area Cobb County elementary schools (Kennesaw Elementary, Kennesaw Charter, Hayes Intermediate Elementary, Baker, Pitner, and Chalker), the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, and the 2012 America Reads Fast Start Academy, which provided tutoring to jumpstart rising 3rd and 4th graders by reinforcing their reading, math, science, English, and vocabulary skills. During the academic year, the Federal Work Study Program provided tutoring for over 500 children.
Mr. Harold Demuyakor is a sophomore Biotechnology major. He currently is a member of the KSU Adult Learner Student Organization. Harold started volunteering in 2002 after visiting a homeless shelter as part of a school project. Over the years, Harold has volunteered for The Salvation Army, Must Ministries, and seventy-one (71) hours so far this year with the American Lung Association. For Harold, "Volunteering is important because it is a way of giving back to society, and shows my appreciation for the benefits of living in a community." Harold goes on to say, "In addition, the positive reaction of people on the receiving end of the volunteer work reaffirms its importance." In closing, "Volunteering is a good way to gain work/field experience, meet new people, and become more involved in communal activities." In the future, Harold plans on advancing his education in the field of medical engineering. He wants to work with and develop systems to improve health care.
Melanie Flowers is an adult learner, mother, and wife who returned to Kennesaw State University to pursue her degree. Education was not her original field of study; however, after working for the America Reads Summer Fast Start Academy in 2008, she changed her major to Elementary Childhood Education. From 2008-2012, Melanie continued to work for the America Reads Program during regular semesters at Pitner Elementary School as a lead tutor for the program. Until graduation, she served as a co-lead teacher for three years for the America Reads Summer Fast Start Academy. She graduated from KSU Summa Cum Laude in May 2012. With the work experience gained with the program, she is now a full-time educator at Cornerstone Preparatory Academy.
The Spirit of Giving
Cobb Christmas "Stuff-A-Bus"
In November, VKSU sponsored the annual “Stuff-A-Bus” food drive through the non-profit agency, Cobb Christmas. The KSU family donated more than 1,380 non-perishable food items to help families and individuals that reside in Cobb County. We would like to give a very special thanks to Professor Nicoly Myles’ Fall class for collecting the most food. They received a pizza party for their hard work. VKSU would also like to thank Carolyn Kuzontkoski and the Department of Sports & Recreation for their assistance with this wonderful cause.
In December, KSU faculty and staffagain supported the Volunteer Kennesaw gift-giving program. Adults from the Cobb/Douglas Community Service Board agency, Foster Children from Cobb County, and homeless animals from the Cobb County Animal Shelter were helped to have a brighter holiday.
During the period July 1, 2011, through June 30, 2012, a total of 1,728 students volunteered more than 27,000 hours at more than 350 different on-campus and off-campus volunteer opportunities.
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Mark Your Calendar
August 29 from Noon - 2:00 pm in the Student Center Room 267
September 19 from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm in the Student Center university rooms
American Red Cross Blood Drives:
September 11 & 12, November 7 & 8
February 6 & 7, 2013 and April 8 & 9, 2013 from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm in the Student Center university rooms