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Help Support Children This Holiday Season!

Staff Council is working with the Smith Community Service Office and the Hilltown Churches pantry to provide Winter Gifts to those in need in our community. Sponsorship is easy, so gather friends and colleagues to support this wonderful cause. The cost of sponsorship is $50-80 per child; any donation will help. If you are interested in sponsorship, send e-mail to cso@smith.edu for details and a contract. Deadline for contracts is November 6. Make a difference for a child!

Smith College 5th Annual Thanksgiving Match Program

The Student Affairs Office invites you to participate in a program that matches students who are remaining on campus and faculty/staff who agree to host them at their family gathering.

To sign up as a Host for one or more students, please fill out this form. For more information, please email Jan Morris. Sign-up deadline is November 20, 2014.

Opportunity to Teach at Northampton Senior Center

If you are interested in gaining teaching experience and giving back to the community, consider teaching a class at the Senior Center on Conz Street. The center is actively seeking instructors for classes on a variety of topics, and offering both paid and volunteer positions. For more information, contact Heather Cahillane, Program Coordinator, at 413-587-1307 or hcahillane@northamptonma.gov.

Habitat for Humanity Orientation

There will be a Habitat orientation on Monday, October 6, in McConnell 103 at 7:00 p.m. After completing the orientation, volunteers will be ready to sigh up for construction shifts on one of the two houses (Easthampton or Florence). Habitat also needs skilled construction leaders who can supervise crews. Janet Bordwin Kannel is the volunteer coordinator (volunteer@pvhabitat.org, 586-5430 T,W,Th).

American Lung Association: Fight for Air Climb

Calling all volunteers! November 8, 2014 will mark the 7th annual Fight for Air Climb: Springfield event at One Monarch Place, and YOU are needed! This fundraising "vertical marathon" will put the physical strength, stamina and lung power of each participant to the test by allowing climbers to race, run or walk up Springfield's tallest building. Firefighters compete in the challenge in full gear, and an after party/award ceremony will follow the event to celebrate top times and high fundraisers. Proceeds raised will support lung disease research, education, advocacy, and program and services of the American Lung Association.

300 participants are expected and 50 volunteers are needed to contribute services from 7:30 a.m. to 12 noon. Duties will include registration assistance, cheerleaders and route guides, vendor assistance, etc. All volunteers are able to receive community service recognition for their hard work, and will receive a free t-shirt and entry into the event's after party!

If you would like to get involved, please register to volunteer by clicking here or contact SpringfieldClimb@LungNE.org, 860.838.4371.

Meals on Wheels Volunteers

Meals on Wheels is part of a full set of services available to elders in this area, including such things as home health care, care management, money management, adult day programs, etc. Meals are delivered in 27 towns in the area, totaling about 650 meals per day. We are urgently seeking volunteer drivers in a number of locations. Elders are asked, but not required, to make a voluntary donation to help cover a portion of the meal cost. Programs do receive some state and federal funds but are stretched very thin.

More Information

If interested in volunteering, please contact Michael Stephens, Highland Valley Elder Services, at mstephens@highlandvalley.org.

Staff Day of Service

On April 18, 2014, Fabian Anazco (Development), Elaine Chittenden (Botanic Gardens), Shelly Cotnoir (Student Financial Services), Linda Gregory (Libraries), Saari Greylock (Provost's Office), Janice Henderson (Campus School), and Valerie Schumacher (Student Financial Services) volunteered at Nuestras Raíces in Holyoke for a Day of Public Service. This was the first Day of Service group trip organized by Staff Council, but more are planned in the future.

Jonathan Surrency, Volunteer Coordinator, and Tom Trepanier, Farm Site Manager, gave the group a tour of the farm and oversaw the work as they spent a chilly but rewarding spring day wielding shovels, hammers and pickaxes to dig trenches and put up the woodchuck-proof fence for a new set of community gardens, much to the woodchucks' annoyance!

"I was a little sore in the shoulders from digging the trenches but I felt that we accomplished a lot and people would benefit from our work. What a great day!" –Shelly

"I thought it was a great thing for Smith (as an institution) to support. I liked it because it is part of MY community and Holyoke can sure use the help. Everyone was of such good cheer, it was great to see this small and very functional group doing any task that needed to be done." –Elaine

"That garden's looking great and we have all the plots filled. We really couldn't have done it on time without your help! –Jonathan

More Information

Any staff member interested in participating or who has an idea of a local organization that might welcome a future Day of Service trip, is encouraged to contact us at staffcouncil@smith.edu.