ACTion in the New Year
Welcome to Spring Semester, Mountaineers. Appalachian & the Community Together (ACT) is excited to have you back and ready to engage with our community. Read on for plenty of ways to get involved in the ACT Office and our local community this semester.
Volunteering in our community
You can find individual opportunities through our volunteer spreadsheet. Due to the impact of COVID-19, organizations across our area have had to alter the public-facing activities they can feasibly offer, while recognizing that community needs persist. To accommodate these fluid changes, ACT is currently advertising volunteer opportunities (both in-person and virtual) through a living spreadsheet, also accessible on our website at act.appstate.edu.
Campus Blood Drive
ACT is looking forward to hosting our second large blood drive of the year. In September we partnered with the American Red Cross and collected over 500 points of blood. We will be calling on the Appalachian community to donate again on Thursday April 22nd. COVID-19 has cancelled thousands of blood drives and the need for blood in our region is critical. If you are eligible to donate blood, please consider making a life-saving donation with us. All information about how you can make your appointment will be posted on our website (act.appstate.edu) soon. This drive is only open to ASU affiliates. If you’re at home this semester and would like to join us by donating in your local area, find a drive by searching your zip code on the Red Cross's website.
If you would prefer group involvement, the Alternative Service Experience program will be hosting hybrid local ASEs throughout the semester. These programs will include a mix of virtual and in-person service options. Follow our social media @aseappstate to find out when registration for each program is opening.
Community Fellows Earth Day Programming
This year ACT’s Community Fellows Program will be hosting its first Earth Month celebration. The Community Fellows program seeks to strengthen and nurture Appalachian State University's relationship with students, faculty and Community Partners by facilitating resource sharing and exposure to the nonprofit sector. To reach this mission, three Community Fellows lead local volunteer trips to nonprofit organizations that serve Watauga and surrounding counties. To best reach their mission, the Community Fellows program adheres to the United Nations' (UN) sustainability goals to ensure that all efforts made by the program support a better and more sustainable future for all. In a continuous effort to promote local sustainability, the Earth Month celebration will use the 17 UN’s sustainability goals to countdown to Earth Day on Instagram. Each day of the countdown, followers will get to know how the Community Fellows address that goal on a local level and be introduced to ACT partners that also address that goal. Community Fellows will also be hosting an Earth Month “Litter Challenge” that encourages followers to collect litter around their community and submit a photo of themselves for a chance to win a free Community Fellows T-Shirt and sticker. We hope you join us in creating a more sustained future for all!
Join the ACT Team!
Another way to get involved in the ACT Office is to join the ACT Team. This group of students coordinates and promotes ACT sponsored projects and events, facilitates presentations and reflection sessions and engages the Appalachian State community in awareness and social change activities. ACT Team Members volunteer on various committees coordinating service and community engagement passion projects and Alternative Service Experiences.
This spring semester, ACT Team is starting off the year with strong intentions. At our first meeting we discussed our “word of the year” that we want to focus on for 2021. It looks like there will be a lot of intentional relaxing growth and optimistic confident beauty in ACT this year, as well as some organized peaceful reading? Sounds great!
We will soon be accepting applications for next year's ACT Team, a group of service minded students who want to make a difference and connect to the local community. No previous experience is necessary but a strong candidate will have a desire to grow through leadership development, community engagement, and social change activities. Members of the ACT Team develop and hone skills that will continue to serve them throughout their future academic, professional and personal lives. You can on Engage between Monday, March 1st-Monday, March 22nd
“Being a part of the ACT team has allowed me to meet awesome new people while making a positive impact on campus and the larger Boone community.”
ACT Team member Ella Brose.
If you would like to find out more about ACT, follow our social media accounts @actasu & @aseappstate, visit our website (https://act.appstate.edu), give us a call (828-262-2545) or stop by our office (Plemmons Student Union 138).