OCCE welcomes 117 freshmen for PRE-ORIENTATION
Each fall the Office of Civic & Community Engagement invites first-year students to experience first-hand some of the core ideals of Wake Forest: leadership, tradition, and of course, Pro Humanitate. This year, the OCCE hosted 117 freshmen, with the help of 72 upperclass leaders throughout pre-orientation.
In the days leading up to New Deac Week, freshmen had the chance to participate in one of the three pre-orientation programs offered by the OCCE: B.U.I.L.D. (Building University Inclusion through Leadership and Diversity), Deacon Camp, and S.P.A.R.C. (Students Promoting Action and Responsibility in the Community).
HIT THE BRICKS 2019
On Thursday, September 26, Hearn Plaza was filled with excitement for the 17th annual Hit the Bricks! Teams of faculty, staff, and students laced up their running shoes to raise not only money, but awareness in the fight against cancer. Together 1,200 participants on 109 teams made their way around the upper quad a total of 23,014 times.
Overall, the event raised $83,247.61 - a Hit The Bricks fundraising record - for the Brian Piccolo Cancer Research Fund which supports innovative research at the Wake Forest Comprehensive Cancer Center. Hit The Bricks is one of four campus events that support the fund followed by Wake N’ Shake and Pump Up for Piccolo in Spring 2020.
At the end of the event, participants walked in a remembrance lap for cancer victims and survivors and gathered in front of Wait Chapel to hear from Rev. Auman, University Chaplain, and student speakers to reflect on the day.
BUILDING COMMUNITY DAY
On September 18, 2019, the Office of Civic & Community Engagement and Campus Kitchen partnered with Harvest Table Culinary Group and Second Harvest Food Bank for Harvest Table's annual Building Community Day.
Members of the OCCE staff were present to engage with community members, distribute school supplies, and hand out healthy snacks. Children could pick three school supplies of their choice from notebooks, binders, folders, pencils, rulers, and even backpacks.
Kids Cooking Coalition facilitated two interactive activities throughout the event. “Go-Slow-Whoa”: a tool to think about the context of healthy foods, and “Rethink Your Drink”: an activity to better understand sugar content in different popular beverages like soda, tea, and juice.
Additionally, student leaders facilitated a food demonstration where they prepared apple pie smoothies and white bean chicken chili for those in attendance. Recipe cards were distributed to community members so that they could be easily recreated at home.
PLANET PUMPKIN LAUNCHES TO CELEBRATE PROJECT PUMPKIN'S 31ST YEAR
On October 30, over 800 children from Winston-Salem schools and agencies came to Wake Forest University for the 31st annual Project Pumpkin. This year nearly 350 faculty, staff, and students came together in the Sutton Center to create an engaging environment for children in the community to trick-or-treat to the "Planet Pumpkin" theme. Over 95 student groups and University departments created educational activities and games while keeping in the spirit with Halloween costumes and candy.
Earlier in the month, student volunteers with Project Pumpkin held nine outreach events throughout Forsyth County, that engaged over 500 children. At each event, participating schools and agencies participated in theme-related games and activities. These events expanded the total reach of the event to over 1,000 local children. Additionally, student leaders and volunteers raised over $5,000.00 through the t-shirt sales and other fundraising events to support the Freedom School at Wake Forest University.
TURKEYPALOOZA CELEBRATES 15 YEARS, FEEDS 564 INDIVIDUALS THIS HOLIDAY SEASON
Each November Campus Kitchen celebrates TurkeyPalooza by preparing scratch-made turkey dinners for its community partners in celebration of the Thanksgiving Holiday. In its 15th year, TurkeyPalooza celebrated it’s biggest accomplishment to date, delivering over 500 meals throughout Winston-Salem. With the help of 88 Campus Kitchen volunteers and over 24 hours of cooking shifts, Wake Forest students made 364 meals that were delivered to various community partners throughout the Triad.
This year, Harvest Table Culinary Group, the University’s on-campus food service provider, prepared an additional 200 meals for both Samaritan Ministries and the Aster Park Community, that were delivered in partnership with Campus Kitchen volunteers.
Americorps vista members make impact throughout winston-salem
This Fall, the Office of Civic & Community Engagement (OCCE) welcomed 19 AmeriCorps Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA) members to the Winston Salem Community Action Coalition. Members are placed in full-time, capacity-building roles with partnering community organizations throughout Winston-Salem in the areas of educational equity, economic empowerment, and health and food justice. United by their passion to make a difference, VISTA members have vowed to complete a year of national service and create meaningful change in Winston-Salem and beyond
Since August, VISTA members helped Winston-Salem community partners raise $3,905 worth of in-kind donations and $131,254 in cash donations. In total VISTAs engaged 408 community members in their event programming. Additionally, they helped to recruit 117 community volunteers, who went on to volunteer for a total of 620 hours. Additionally, VISTAs contributed 185 hours to grant writing, obtaining a total of 11 grants.
OCCE WELCOMES ITS NEWEST DASH CORPS COHORT
This fall, the Office of Civic & Community Engagement welcomed its fifth Dash Corps cohort of 15 first- and second-year students and 6 mentors. Dash Corps, a year-long project-based learning program, places students on project teams with upper-class mentors. Each team is paired with a nonprofit that has identified a community need. This year's projects are:
- ABC OF NC | Website Vision & Redesign: Students will work with staff and clients to rethink the website around audience needs, making it more accessible, and train staff on how to maintain the design.
- Down Syndrome Association of Greater Winston-Salem | Teen Community Building: Students will work to develop a plan for both teen and young adult engagement and community-building, and develop pathways for Wake Forest students to support those efforts.
- Neighbors for Better Neighborhoods | Neighborhood Asset Maps: Through canvassing and resident interviews, students will develop asset maps for neighborhoods supported by NBN, with a long-term goal of creating a dynamic community asset map.
- Samaritan Ministries | Tracking System: Students will develop a tracking system for in-kind donations, by conducting an audit of current systems, identifying needs, and building a system for Samaritan Ministries.
- WS Mixxer | Community Garden Strategic Plan: Students will develop both a strategic and a marketing plan for a multi-use community garden at the organization’s headquarters on Martin Luther King Drive near downtown Winston-Salem. While the garden will produce food, the primary goal is to create a “test site” for urban agriculture where makers experiment with growing plants for sale.
nerd reaches over 1,000 community members this fall
The Network of Educational Resources and Development (NERD) is a training and leadership program for Wake Forest students interested in mentoring, tutoring, and educational advocacy. This semester, the network brought together 19 organizations that serve Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools (WS/FCS). Wake Forest Students attended a school board meeting, district-wide parent meeting and supported efforts on campus serving K-12 students.
NERD's impact in the community:
- Over 700 parents/families in the WS/FCS system have been reached by NERD's efforts.
- 312 WS/FCS students have been affected through programming events with NERD.
- 304 Wake Forest students have been trained to work in the WS/FCS system.
occe WELCOMES DEB MARKE AND CAMRY WILBORN
Over the past year, the Office of Civic & Community Engagement has welcomed two new staff members: Deb Marke and Camry Wilborn.
Marke (WFU ‘16) serves as Assistant Director of Advocacy and Social Justice Education where she directs the Social Justice Incubator, Branches Social Justice Retreat, the College Advocacy Summit, and coordinates both the Deacs Decide election engagement project and Wake Alternative Break. Marke returns to Wake Forest after serving as the Program Coordinator for Leadership and Activism in the Women's Center at the University of Cincinnati, where she was named Outstanding New Professional.
In her role as Assistant Director of Community Partnerships, Wilborn (WFU ‘16) works to identify, develop and maintain strategic partnerships with community organizations, and anchors the satellite community office space for the OCCE. Wilborn returns to the University after serving as the Community Outreach Coordinator for Wake Forest Baptist Health, and receiving her Masters in Political Science from the University of Chicago.
coming this spring from the occe
January 25: Martin Luther King Read-In Day
February 7: Kids' Cooking Coalition Competition
February 12: Get Connected Series, Economic Development (hosted by Goodwill)
March 21: Wake N' Shake 2020
April 8: D.E.S.K.
April 14: OCCE End of Year Celebration
April 15: Get Connected Series, Education (hosted by Kimberly Park Elementary School)
April 23: Parent Power, Winston-Salem Forsyth County Schools
*Dates are subject to change