All posts by Tara Newsom

Your SERVICE counts!

SPC’s Center for Civic Learning & Community Engagement (CCLCE) wants to honor your service hours.

Please remember to log all volunteer and civic education hours under the ENGAGE FOR CHANGE survey link found under “Log Volunteer Hours” tab here: https://www.spcollege.edu/friends-partners/community-resources/center-for-civic-learning-and-community-engagement

Thank you for being part of the SPC family and contributing to the civic health of our communities!

Celebrate National Volunteer Month!

National Volunteer month in the United States takes place in the month of April. This month is dedicated to honoring all of the volunteers in our communities as well as encouraging volunteerism throughout the month

Join SPC in celebrating National Volunteer month!

Students, Faculty & Staff are all welcome as we focus on two volunteer projects:

Florida Native Plant Landscaping Community Garden Project

FRIDAY, APRIL 16TH 

9:00AM

3803 HAINES ROAD NORTH,ST. PETE

NO REGISTRATION NEEDED! If interested, email Tara Newsom at newsom.tara@spcollege.edu

SPCA Pet Walk

SATURDAY, APRIL 17TH

8:30AM – 12:00PM

NORTH STRAUB PARK

400 BAYSHORE DRIVE NORTHEAST 

REGISTER HERE: https://spcatampabay.org/volunteer/  

Prefer to walk from home? You can still join as the entire event will be simulcast that morning on the SPCA’s social channels,@SPCATampaBay. 

Remember to log your volunteer hours on the Engage for Change survey: https://web.spcollege.edu/survey/28979

MLK Day of Service: SPC Shares!

At St. Petersburg College, we honor Dr. Martin Luther King’s legacy on this national day of service by partnering with Hope Villages of America to distribute food boxes to those in need.

Food boxes will be distributed on Friday, January 15 from 9 – 11 a.m. at SPC’s Clearwater and Midtown Campuses.

Last year, the MLK Day of Service inspired hundreds of thousands all over the country to come together to serve their communities. Volunteers in Pinellas County and beyond refurbished schools and community centers, collected food and clothing, recruited mentors, completed home improvements for the elderly, and more. As part of this national effort, let’s continue SPC’s leadership with the SPC Shares food distribution project.

How to get involved:

  • Share the news of food availability with your neighbors, co-workers, students and families
  • Volunteer to help with food distribution on Friday, January 15 at 7:30 a.m. at either campus (Face masks are required and volunteers will be provided gloves.)

Please, always report your volunteer hours by using the Center for Civic Learning & Community Engagement’s “Engage for Change” survey measurement tool.

Please note that the college and all of our locations will be closed on Monday, January 18.

SPC Get’s Out the VOTE Volunteer opportunities!

League of Women Voters St. Petersburg (LWVSP) Voter Guide Give Away
Saturday October 10th 8 am Tropicana Field


Want to help your neighbors secure non-partisan voter guides to prepare for the election? Join the LWVSP this Saturday at 8 am for voter guide distribution.

Volunteers should arrive at 8 am at Tropicana for Feeding Tampa Bay mega-food pantry, enter at Trop Field Lot 4, entrance off 16th S and 5th Ave S.
 
Tell volunteers at lot entrance you’re a LWVSPA volunteer and drive up to far end of the lot, where they set up.
 
Wear a mask and no partisan clothing.
 
WHAT YOU WILL DO: Volunteers will walk back and forth in the lot as cars arrive and roll through, handing Voter Guides to drivers.
 
Make sure you’ve got sunblock, a hat, water, whatever you need to stay hydrated.
You can volunteer until Feeding Tampa Bay runs out of food, which is anywhere from 11-noon.
You do not need to stay the entire time as some volunteers arrive in shifts.
 
Interested in additional VIRTUAL GET OUT THE VOTE volunteer opportunities ?

Monday October 12 & Tuesday October 13th
Next Gen Virtual Volunteer Opportunity
CLICK BELOW AND SIGN UP!

https://www.mobilize.us/nextgenfl/event/325163/?utm_source=FL-3B1

https://www.mobilize.us/nextgenfl/event/325160/?utm_source=FL-3B1

For additional virtual volunteering click here:
https://www.spcollege.edu/friends-partners/community-resources/center-for-civic-learning-and-community-engagement

Get ready to vote!

Today is National Voter Registration Day, and SPC is ALL IN to celebrate this day and to ensure that we’re all #VoteReady. Florida’s registration deadline is fast approaching on October 5! 
SPC encourages you to register to vote and participate in the November 3 Presidential election.

Here’s how YOU can get started! 

Register to Vote: It’s simple, it’s free and it’s secure. College students can register at their school address or their permanent/home address, if these are different. Start the process here. Already registered? Take a moment to confirm it.

You can also sign up for TurboVote, the non-partisan text messaging system to make sure you never forget an election. Please visit the SPC TurboVote website for more information and to register.
Spread the Word: Once you make sure you’re registered, forward this email to a friend and ask them to join you in publicizing the day on social media. Don’t forget to tag @allintovote on all platforms, and make sure to use #allintovote and #VoteReady in all of your social media posts as well as #NationalVoterRegistrationDay for any posts on September 22! For more up-to-date information on the upcoming election, remember to follow the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge on TwitterFacebook, and Instagram

Get #VoteReady: Already registered? Even better! If you want to vote by mail this year, request your ballot today. Take ten minutes today to visit allintovote.org to learn more about what’s on the ballot, where your polling station is, and other ways to get involved ahead of Election Day.  

Mark Your Calendars:
September 22 | National Voter Registration Day
October 5 | Florida Voter Registration Deadline
October 24 | Florida General Election Early Voting October 24 – 31
November 3 | Election Day

Thanks for taking a few moments to strengthen your community – and our country – with your voice.

All the best!

SPC’s SBSHS Week!

Join SPC’s Social & Behavioral Sciences Department and the Center for Civic Learning & Community Engagement in a series of virtual civic engagement activities!

Monday@6pm: Engage in civic engagement for Patriot Day 2020 (Participants will hear from the League of Women Voters, Tri-Partisan Canvas, and the Public Interest Research Group and will then be asked to engage in voter education & outreach in real time).
https://spcollege.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Ev6pZhYYTSOhAiOGqg2iDQ

Tuesday@6pm: Engage with local political candidates (Pinellas County Sheriff, Tax Collector, School Board)
https://spcollege.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEode-vrDooG9H_vf3ip1GBtgfuX77n-9mS

Weds@6pm: Meet Social Science Employers
https://spcollege.joinhandshake.com/login

Thur@1pm: Participate in civil debate & celebrate Constitution Day (win prize $$) https://spcollege.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0sf-qupzItHtPGvOkxmbsgthMnioMS7Y-C

Friday@10am: Learn about PSY Majors (Liebert.david@spcollege.edu)
https://spcollege.zoom.us/j/96390176803

SPC’s Award Winning Model UN team is also recruiting!

Email questions: rivero.douglas@spcollege.edu

SPC honors 9/11 Day of Service with SPC VOTES

During the month of September, people across the country are called to volunteer in their local communities with a common purpose to commemorate the tragedy of 9/11 and honor the memory of those who died that day. Each year we call on SPC students, faculty and staff to remember 9/11 by volunteering service, both virtually and in-person where it can be done safely.

As we start a new academic year, Titans are encouraged to represent the best of America by participating in this nationwide celebration. We encourage you to invite your students and colleagues to join in remembering this important day.  

There are two ways you are encouraged to get involved in SPC’s 9/11 Virtual Day of Services:

1.      Virtual Day of Service- September 14 at 6 p.m.

Join us for a robust discussion about the myths about voting, how to vote by mail and real time voter registration. Participants will also contribute to SPC’s first ever text bank effort to help get out the vote in 2020!

This event will include:

·       The League of Women Voters
·       The Tri-Partisan Canvas
·       The Public Interest Research Group

Register here for the event.

2.      Looking for other service opportunities?

If you are familiar with an organization in your community with virtual or other safe volunteer opportunities available, commit to a day of service with the organization of your choice. Or, go to https://www.volunteermatch.org/covid19 find a volunteer opportunity near you.

You can report your volunteer hours by using the Center for Civic Learning and Community Engagement survey link for student and faculty reporting:  https://web.spcollege.edu/survey/28979.

For more information, contact Tara Newsom at newsom.tara@spcollege.edu

We Need Your Voice! NPR Listening Session TOMORROW

Your voices are important to a healthy democracy! St. Petersburg College has been selected by National Public Radio to be a participant in NPR’s America Amplified National Listening Session about Voting, which will take place this Thursday, August 27 at 12:30 p.m.

Florida is a swing state and is on the I-4 corridor, a sweet spot for voting impact. Only five states were chosen to participate. SPC and Valencia are the only Florida schools curating students.

Your comments will help direct NPR to look at issues that may not be what the elections focus on-allowing your voices to influence issues that need to be amplified.

Please email me at newsom.tara@spcollege.edu and I will share the registration link!

Want to get involved in the 2020 Election? Fellowship and Internship Opportunities!

SPC is partnering with a number of organizations determined to increase student participation in democracy. Read below for two opportunities to get involved in the 2020 Election!

Campus Election Engagement Project (CEEP) is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to providing nonpartisan support to colleges and universities to assist their students in becoming politically engaged through voter registration, education, and action.

We are currently recruiting students for the Fellows program for the 2020 fall semester. This fellowship, which pays a student a stipend of $1,000 to work 5-10 hours each week during the semester to assist with our work on campus.

More information can be found here: https://campuselect.org/about-ceep/2020-ceep-fellows-application/.

Fellows work virtually on campuses where students are not physically present due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

FALL 2020 INTERNSHIPS FOR THE 2020 ELECTION

In the months leading up to the 2020 election, hundreds of student volunteers with Florida PIRG Students will reach out to their peers on college campuses across the state to register them to vote and turn them out on Election Day. 

We are the largest and most diverse generation and we have the power to elect leaders that will work for our generation and the future we want. 

Interns will:

Gain firsthand experience into the political and campaigning process

Sharpen your communication skills by working with the media

Learn to develop and run an effective campaign to influence decision-makers

Gain experience recruiting and working with volunteers 

Learn to build a coalition and work with coalition partners

Work remotely while making an impact

We are working hard on college campuses across the state to defend our democracy and make voting easier and more accessible, especially in the wake of ongoing changes and barriers due to COVID-19. Want to join?Fill out an applicationand an organizer will be in touch with you shortly!

Volunteering: Not interested in interning or taking on leadership but would like to still help out? Fill out this volunteer interest form!  

https://actionnetwork.org/forms/campus-internships-with-florida-pirg-students