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.


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.

A letter from Dr. Al Fuertes

A letter from Dr. Al Fuertes, Assistant Professor for New Century College

Greetings, everyone!
Thank you very much  for you prayers and concern.  As you may have known I was in the Philippines when the super typhoon hit the country. I just returned to the US the other day – emotionally and physically exhausted and overwhelmed by the catastrophic  impact of the disaster on people and the country as a whole. The devastation was/is so overwhelming, it would take years to heal and rebuild. Many communities have not been reached yet by relief assistance and humanitarian services due to roads and bridges that are simply impassable. My home community, Surigao del Norte in northern Mindanao, was badly affected as it was right on the path of the typhoon. This led me to write this letter of appeal to all of you in case some of you may be interested in helping me out.
alI plan to spend my Christmas and New Year offering my time and skills facilitating a series of trauma healing sessions, including trainings of local trainers in the Philippines, with victims and survivors of the super typhoon and the recent earthquake as well (7.2 magnitude which took place 2 weeks before the super typhoon). I am coordinating this effort with my partner organizations in the Philippines and will invite colleagues from the Philippines to co-facilitate with me. This is just the beginning of the long process of healing and rebuilding.

Will you help and partner with me? It is just that facilitating and conducting healing and resiliency sessions and workshops including training of local trainers who will then echo their learnings to local communities, requires a collaborative undertaking, and I cannot do it by myself alone. Many of those who have expressed interest in co-facilitating with me are also survivors of the tragedy; facilitating trauma healing workshops would be healing for them as well.

I will take full responsibility and accountability with whatever assistance you may want to extend, and will send you an update and report about it. If you plan to send financial assistance in a form of a check, please consider mailing it to the following (and kindly include your email address as well) :

UCC Wellspring (or Al Fuertes)
 c/o 10418 Darby Street
Fairfax, VA 22030

For those who wish to donate online, please mail tax deductible donations at www.wellspringucc.org. In the memo line or the “special instructions” box designate donation for “Philippines Healing”
If you wish to send a check instead (tax deductible), you may send it to the following:
UCC Wellspring
c/o 10418 Darby Street
Fairfax, VA 22030
Memo: “Trauma Healing in the Philippines”
Note: I work as part time covenant pastor of UCC (United Church of Christ) Wellspring in Centreville. UCC Wellspring will turn over the donations for the trauma healing program that I am coordinating in the Philippines.

I am forever grateful for your support.

Red Cross Sends Support to Philippines for Typhoon Response

Source: The American Red Cross

Typhoon Haiyan swept across the central Philippines on Friday leaving a trail of massive destruction in its wake. With sustained winds reported at over 145 miles per hour, and significantly stronger gusts, Haiyan was the second category 5 typhoon to strike the Philippines this year. The typhoon affected 4.3 million people across 36 provinces. Philippine Red Cross volunteers throughout the region are reporting significant damage and a growing death toll, while the full extent of the devastation continues to unfold. Currently, 1,200 evacuation centers are housing more than 330,000 people left homeless by the storm.

redcross-logoClick here to donate directly to the Typhoon Relief Efforts in the Philippines. 


Philippine Red Cross volunteers throughout the region are reporting significant damage and a growing death toll from Typhoon Haiyan. Photo: Romulo Godinez/PRC

The American Red Cross deployed two disaster relief specialists on Saturday to assist in the assessment and relief efforts. Since communication is still very limited in the hardest hit communities, the American Red Cross will also send two telecommunication specialists and a satellite system in the coming days. The Red Cross has activated its family tracing services. If you are looking for a missing family member in the Philippines, please remember that many phones lines are down. Please continue trying. If you are still unable to reach them, contact your local chapter of the American Red Cross to initiate a tracing case.

Philippine Red Cross volunteer rescue and relief teams are providing assistance in the hardest hit communities, including assisting in search and rescue efforts and distributing food and relief supplies to survivors. As Haiyan approaches Vietnam the Red Cross continues its relief efforts to communities affected by Typhoons Wutip and Nari, including an American Red Cross volunteer working there.

To support relief efforts for this typhoon, click here.

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.