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My Day As A Professional


My Day As A Professional by Alexis Simpson For me, the highlight of this the Volunteer Managers' Roundtable at the Volunteer Center of Sonoma County was suggesting to Hope Bohanec, Executive Director at Compassionate Living, that to reach the 18-25 demographic about veganism her organization could partner with a fitness company. I've noticed that many students at Sonoma State University are really into fitness. It was in this moment that I felt like a professional because I was giving a suggestion to another professional...

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Which Side Are You On?: North Bay Organizing Project's 5th Annual Public Meeting


Which Side Are You On?: North Bay Organizing Project's 5th Annual Public Meeting by Ashley Simon I attended the North Bay Organizing Project's 5th Annual Public meeting. The NBOP has been working on several community issues this year and the meeting was a time to share community progress and next steps. "Public Transit for the Public Good". The North Bay Organizing Project aims to extend the free bus access that currently exists for veterans and college students in Sonoma County to k-12 students. Housing inequality and rent control, living wages, and fare-less...

Get Involved: Verity


Get Involved: Verity Content Warning for sexual violation including rape; this post is part of a series that deals with intersectional gender-based violence. by Ashley Simon "I got involved with Verity because I was looking for an internship that allows me to gain experience in a field that reflects my Women's Health minor. I enjoy working with them because I feel that it is important to educate ourselves on topics like sexual assault to know what is happening to people in our community...

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Service & Internship Fair IX


Service & Internship Fair IX Lots of academic departments require internships or volunteer hours from students. The Service & Internship Fair, also called the Involvement & Service Fair, provides community organizations the opportunity to find students for their organizations as well as gives students a sense of the different organizations they can be a part of. Some organizations even hire students out of their internships into full time positions after the students graduate. Many community organizations are wondering how they can get students involved with...

What Happened to the Community Calendar?


What Happened to the Community Calendar? by Merith Weisman Have you noticed that you no longer receive those emails with all the Sonoma County community events? They told you about all the amazing nonprofit and governmental opportunities to help you get out and get involved. But then suddenly in the summer of 2015, they stopped. What happened? In the summer of 2015, the CCE transitioned three programs to the Volunteer Center of Sonoma County (VCSC) Nonprofit Resource Center. The Community Events email was part of...

Welcome, Dr. Rich Whitkus


Welcome, Dr. Rich Whitkus "A university's value arises from its dedication to education, scholarship, and service. Although these activities are readily apparent to the students, faculty, and staff on campus, their true value comes about when individuals, organizations, and businesses from outside the campus are involved. This is why community engagement is so important since it is the conduit of information and collaboration between the university and our partners in the community. I'm excited to work more closely with the CCE to continue Sonoma...

More Changes in The CCE


More Changes in The CCE by Merith Weisman Exciting changes are happening here in the CCE. In addition to my roles as Coordinator of the Center for Community Engagement and Social Media, Academic Affairs has now added Academic Projects Coordinator to my title and job duties. Related: Changes in the CCE In my new role, I will become more involved with internships throughout the University. I will also support the development of a co-curricular transcript. A co-curricular transcript is an official record of student...

Happy 1st Birthday, Just Coffee!


Happy 1st Birthday, Just Coffee! by Ashley Simon The Center for Community Engagement and Community Action Partnership of Sonoma County created Just Coffee as a way to meet the community and create lasting and meaningful partnerships. The casual and intimate nature of the coffee shop as well as the convenient location provides an environment that is conducive to sharing stories, exchanging ideas and getting to know people in the community. [Related: What is Just Coffee?] Just Coffee just had its first birthday. It has...

Elaine Sundberg is Retiring


Elaine Sundberg is Retiring by Merith Weisman, here with Elaine Sundberg In just three short weeks, Elaine Sundberg will retire from Sonoma State University. She has been a force here for 29 years, but it is the last ten or so, particularly her work with the CCE, that I am writing about today. In 2007, I was living in RI and visiting a friend in Palm Springs. I received a message asking that I re-fax my application to open and coordinate the SSU...

Get Involved: Positive Images


Get Involved: PositiveImages This post is part of a series that deals with intersectional gender-based violence. Content Warning for transphobia and homophobia by Ashley Simon Centered in Santa Rosa, Positive Images (PI) is a nonprofit organization that provides resources to queer youth and education to the greater community. There are support groups for youth exploring their genders and sexuality, safe and confidential counseling sessions with trained peers, and fun social events such as dances and potlucks. Why should students get involved? Queer youth...