Mason Nation 9/11 Day of Service – September 11, 2014

10559771_243027182573440_5865975940717320560_nThe Mason Nation 9/11 Day of Service launches on Thursday, September 11, 2014. This exciting, collaborative, university-wide initiative is open to ALL Mason students, faculty, and staff. Let’s work together on a range of service projects across Mason’s campus to honor the memory of those who were tragically lost on 9/11. Get involved today by taking these four simple steps:

1. PLEDGE. Take the “I will” pledge using your Mason email address so the 9/11 National Day of Service folks can track how active the Mason community is!
2. SCHEDULE. Check the schedule to read more about projects and decide which service opportunity fits your day best.
3. REGISTER ONLINE ASAP. Spots will go quickly! http://911day.onmason.com/registration/
4. CHECK IN. On 9/11 at least 15 minutes before you’re scheduled to serve on your project, check in at the Clock Tower. This is where you will also get your meal ticket for the Thank You Lunch with Veterans and First Responders.
5. Click here to Join the event on Facebook.

18th Annual Victims’ Rights 5K Run and Walk

18th Annual Victims’ Rights 5K Run & Walk
In collaboration with the Aimee Willard Endowed Scholarship Fund

Please join us for GMU’s 18th Annual Victims’ Rights 5K Run & Walk honoring victims of crime. The Run/Walk will take place this Friday, April 4th at Noon at Center for the Arts.

homeimageONLINE REGISTRATION CLOSES TOMORROW! After tomorrow, you can register the day of the race. Race-day registration will begin at 10:30am at the start line (Mason Pond and Center for the Arts). Cash or check will be accepted. Free for Mason students with valid Mason student ID, $25 for all other participants.

Online registration: http://www.active.com/fairfax-va/running/races/the-18th-annual-victims-rights-run-and-walk-2014-5817308

Online registration fees:

  • Faculty/Staff – $15 (Teams – $10)
  • Community Members- $20
  • Mason Students – Free (with valid Mason ID)

Please note there will be a $3.25 processing fee in addition to the above registration cost. Online registration closes Tuesday 4/1. Tee-shirts are available while supplies last. Proceeds of this event go to support the GMU’s Victims of Violence Fund and the Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) Program. Donations to these programs for the Victims’ Rights 5K Run & Walk are made through the GMU Foundation. Participants may use shower facilities in the RAC and Aquatic and Fitness Centers for free after the event. Show your race bib for entrance. Thanks, Mason Recreation!

The wonderful sponsors are: Army ROTC, Housing and Residence Life, Intercollegiate Athletics, Mason Recreation, Patriot Club, University Life, University Police, Wellness, Alcohol and Violence Education and Services, and Wellness By Mason.

For more information about the event, Aimee Willard Endowed Scholarship Fund, or our beneficiaries please go to vrrw.gmu.edu. If you have any questions regarding registration please contact Megan Grant at mgrant7@gmu.edu or 703-993-3630.

The BIG Event

Registration for the GMU Big Event is now open! Click here to register for the BIG Event. The BIG Event is a University-wide day of service that will be held on April 12th, from 9:30am – 3:00pm.

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This year’s projects are:

  • Fairfax Lake Park: Lake and stream trash/debris clean up, Install/spread mulch at playground, and amphitheater.
  • “Take Back the Forest” at Nottoway Park: Remove invasive species, Replant native species, and Clean-Up trash and debris.
  • On-Campus Sustainability Projects:
    • Innovation Food Forest – Weeding, mulching, planting, and clean-up of trash and debris.
    • Potomac Heights Vegetable Garden – Weeding, mulching, planting, and clean-up of trash and debris.
    • Mason Stream Beds Clean-Up – Walking along the streams on the Mason campus, picking up the litter and debris.
  • Sunrise Senior Living Center: Assist with hosting a game day and brunch.

For questions, contact Evan Del Duke (Student Government) at edelduke@gmu.edu.

APO Blood Drive

Alpha Phi Omega will be holding a Blood Drive with INOVA Blood Donor Services and is cosponsored by the Patriot Activities Council. See below for more information.

FINAL Blood Drive ADWhen: April 14th
Time: 12:00pm-6:00pm
Where: The Hub, Ballroom

You may walk-in or register for a time slot.  To make your lifesaving appointment, visit: http://inova.org/donateblood, click on “Find a Community Blood Drive” then enter Sponsor Code: 0363 OR Sponsor Name: George Mason University. Photo ID required.  Allow one hour for your blood donation. Saves 3 lives with just 1 donation! Click here to view the Facebook Event Page.


Official APO Blood Drive Video Promo

 

Crafts for Kids Drive

307853_10150299383893429_949296825_n-300x225The LEAD Office in collaboration with the Women and Gender Studies Center invites George Mason University and affiliates to collect arts and crafts supplies to be donated to the Domestic Violence Action Center’s children center to help support children and families that have survived domestic violence. The drive will run March 1st- March 31st, and donation boxes can be found in the LEAD Office (The HUB, room 2400) and Women and Gender Studies Center (JC, second floor 240K), and various other University Life Offices around campus. Facebook event, click here. 
Suggested Items for Supplies Include:
  • Papers & Boards: construction paper, white drawing paper, manila paper – in 9×12″ and 12×18″ sizes, butcher paper, tissue papers, watercolor paper, poster boards, foam core
  • Paints: tempera paints (assort. colors), watercolors, acrylics, finger paints, oil paints, fabric paints and dyes, palettes, and brushes
  • Drawing media: crayons, markers , washable markers, colored pencils, pencils, Sharpie markers (assorted colors), Mr. Sketch Markers (assorted colors), Flair Markers (assorted colors)
  • Printing materials: stamping blocks, inks, papers
  • Craft materials: modeling clay, paper mache, pipe cleaners, glue stick, liquid glue, colored felt, paper face masks for kids to decorate, yarn,
  • Miscellaneous: ribbon, sequins, buttons, beads, feathers, aluminum foil pie pans, plastic tubs (for holding crayons or water for painting), yarn, paper plates, coffee filters, plastic Ziploc bags, cotton balls, Q-tips, decorative cutting scissors, clothes pins
  • Equipment: paper cutter, cart, staplers, staples, kids’ scissors,  tape (masking and regular), electric pencil sharpener, craft rolling cart to transport materials, Snapware Snap & Stack containers
  • Music: Meditation CDs, CD player
  • Cleaning supplies: Paper towels, Clorox wipes

Alpha Kappa Psi Blood Drive

akpAlpha Kappa Psi, is sponsoring a blood drive on campus. It will be on Tuesday, January 28th from 9:30am to 3pm in the Hub Ballroom. For more information, contact Stacey Shih at sshih@masonlive.gmu.edu. Severe winter storm Hercules dumped deep snow in the Northeast, and extreme cold is penetrating the central U.S. As a result, the American Red Cross expects blood drive cancellations and low donor turnouts in these areas. Donors in unaffected areas are urged to help make up the donations lost in the weather-impacted areas. It’s the blood already on the shelves that helps save lives in an emergency. Together, we can help ensure hospitals and patients have the blood they need!To make an appointment, you can (1) go to redcrossblood.org and search – Sponsor Code: 05315281, (2) call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767), or (3) click the following link http://rdcrss.org/1ma2ILy. Facebook event, click here.

Troops headed to Philippines need donations (WTOP)

Source: WTOP

wtop_logoWASHINGTON – Unwanted items lying around the house could help Philippine typhoon victims as well as members of the U.S. military headed for the disaster zone.

“We’re issuing an urgent plea for donations of food and supplies for delivery to the Philippine storm victims and the troops that are deploying to the area,” Germaine Broussard, founder and president of the Virginia-based charity Troop Treats told WTOP.

Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines leaving behind a death toll of more than 2,300, which is expected to rise as accurate information is collected from the whole disaster zone. Approximately 600,000 people were displaced by the typhoon,– many of them homeless, hungry and thirsty.

Donations are being collected at four drop-off sites in Northern Virginia:

  • The Mason Inn Hotel, 4352 Mason Pond Drive, Fairfax
  • The James Lee Community Center, 2855 Annandale Road, Falls Church
  • Fairfax County Supervisor John Cook’s Office, 9002 Burke Lake Road, Burke
  • The Fratkin Broussard Team at Morgan Stanley, 1650 Tysons Boulevard, McLean (please call first at 703-556-8108 to arrange a drop-off)

“If someone in Maryland or D.C. wants to get involved, please contact us and we can make arrangements to either do a pickup or to meet you somewhere,” said Broussard.

Troop Treats is requesting the following items:

  • First Aid Kits
  • Canned food itemsNoodle packets & Rice
  • Sanitary napkins for women
  • Blankets, socks, underwear, pants
  • Baby food (unbreakable containers)
  • Small/medium flashlights, Portable radios & AA batteries
  • Hotel size toiletries (soap, shampoo, baby wipes, tooth paste)

To make a money donation via PayPal, visit the Troop Treats website.

Some time in the next two weeks, the organization will ask for volunteers to help pack the donations for shipping. Broussard says the items will be packed into boxes the size of those used for copier paper. They cost about $50 each to ship through priority Mail.

Help is needed right away, but there is no deadline for making donations. Broussard said they’ll be shipping items out constantly throughout the next few weeks, and she expects the Philippines will need help for quite some time.

A letter from Jarrell JaJa Gary, a Mason student

From Jarrell JaJa Gary, a Mason student…

My name is Jarrell Gary and I am currently a Student at George Mason University. Being born and raised on the Philippine Island of Samar, my life has been forever changed since Nov. 8, 2013 by the Super Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda. It was likely the deadliest natural disaster to beset this poor nation.

pictureIn Eastern Samar alone, at least 200 are feared dead, according to Rep. Ben Evardone. Most communication lines are still cut off and bridges are impassable in Lawaan, Borongan, and General MacArthur. Eastern Samar remains practically isolated from the rest of the country three days after super typhoon Yolanda’s onslaught. Relief goods are too slow to arrive. People are dirty, hungry and thirsty. Residents of the town of Lawaan who were able to survive the typhoon have to obtain their supplies from hundreds of kilometers away. Both affluent and poor families displaced leaving whole communities in chaos and untold amounts of property damage.

In efforts with my childhood friend, Arjun Germones serving president of the Association of Law Students of the Philippines-Cebu City, we are collecting donations for our town of Bolusao through “Misyon para Bolusao-non” or “Mission for Bolusao”. We have both been directly affected with family deaths and a destroyed community. We guarantee 100% of the proceeds will go directly to the people and communities in dire need. We ask for your kind support through a monetary donation.

For more information about this effort, ways to help, and updates please visit our FaceBook page https://www.facebook.com/alspcebu. Click here to make donation on Jarrell’s GoFundMe page.