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Updated: Skipping to the Last Stop


Updated: Skipping to the Last Stop by Merith Weisman Happy Summer! Summer at SSU is a time for reflection and planning for the next academic year. It's a slower time here, while in the community, work continues at its regular high speed. As a result, it's a time when I find I am least successful in addressing community requests. Community partners contact me all the time with requests for collaboration. While the CCE is able to address some of these requests directly, generally, we serve...

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Don't Miss a Thing! Several Programs Are on the Move!


Don't Miss a Thing! Several Programs Are on the Move! by Merith Weisman Big changes are afoot with several programs the CCE currently runs and I want you to be first to know. The Volunteer Center of Sonoma County (VCSC) Nonprofit Resource Center is taking the leadership role of the: Sonoma County Community Events listing Greater Bay Area Nonprofit and Governmental Job listing Sonoma County Nonprofit & Governmental Social Media Professionals group Here's how you can expect these changes to impact you: 1. Sonoma County Community Events Calendar The...

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What is Just Coffee?


What is Just Coffee? by An Okada "Would you like to join us for Just Coffee?," my supervisor asked. I said "yes," but had many questions about it. It sounded very ambiguous and I could not imagine what to expect. It's a truism that in order to get anything done, you have to have trust. Trusting relationships are imperative for a strong community. But how do we build those trusting relationships? We need to start with getting to know each other. Just Coffee...

20 Things I Wish I'd Known About Higher Education When I Worked in Nonprofits Part 2


20 Things I Wish I'd Known About Higher Education When I Worked in Nonprofits Part 2 This post is part 2 of 2 originally published on NPTalk in 2012. Part 1 includes 1-10.Click here to see Part 1. by Merith Weisman Working in partnership with higher education can be quite rewarding. Through collaborating, both sectors can gain benefits for mission achievement through knowledge, funding, broadening constituent bases, etc. that neither can gain alone. When building a relationship, it's important to know about the other entity -- who they are, what they value, how they make decisions....

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20 Things I Wish I'd Known About Higher Education When I Worked in Nonprofits Part 1


20 Things I Wish I'd Known About Higher Education When I Worked in Nonprofits Part 1 This post is part 1 of 2 originally published by NPTalk in 2012. by Merith Weisman Working in partnership with higher education can be quite rewarding. Through collaborating, both sectors can gain benefits for mission achievement through knowledge, funding, broadening constituent bases, etc. that neither can gain alone. When building a relationship, it's important to know about the other entity -- who they are, what they value, how they make decisions. This post explores the mysterious world of the American...

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My Productive Day of Firsts


My Productive Day of Firsts by An Okada The first day of my internship was very productive and interesting. I met my new supervisor at 8am on the first day of school to go to the very first Social Media Professionals Roundtable at the Volunteer Center of Sonoma County. I did not know what to expect until she talked about the meeting in her car. "Working with social media professionally can help nonprofits to address their missions and connect with the resources they need....

Discovery Day VIII


Discovery Day VIII by Ashley Simon "[What] I hope to get out of this experience is to show the younger students a glimpse of college life so they know what to expect." -Jeno, SSU student The Communications & Media Studies Learning Community class greeted 107 students from Roseland University Prep for Discovery Day held at Sonoma State University. Roseland University Prep students work together to untie a human knot. Group activities including a scavenger hunt created friendly bonds between RUP and SSU...

Service & Internship Fair VIII


Service & Internship Fair VIII by Ashley Simon Internships, volunteer hours, and community involvement are just some of the things that students need and want during their time at school. Many students have a hard time finding these opportunities because they do not know where to look or they do not know that the opportunities even exist. Meanwhile, community organizations are wondering how they can get students involved with their projects. "I didn't even know what was out there. There are so many options...

Challenges and Solutions for Service-Learning Health Coaches


Challenges and Solutions for Service-Learning Health Coaches Michelle Kelly, Department of Nursing, Guest blogger of Part 3 of 3 Sonoma State University faculty who presented at the 17th Annual Continuums of Service Conference. Trang Le, a Student Health Coach, role plays working with a community member to better understand how to manage his health information. We were thrilled to present our community collaboration at the Continuums of Service Conference. Linda Allen, Social Worker at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital, Trang Le, Nursing student health coach, and Michelle Kelly,...

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Congrats to CATS!


Congrats to CATS!   "The program has really meant a lot to our school, our children and our families," says Laura Briggin, Cypress School Director. Congratulations to the SSU Department of Psychology's Collaborative Autism Training & Support (CATS) program on winning the United Cerebral Palsy Association and Cypress School: Autism and Behavioral Services Community Recognition Award! Through a deep partnership with Community Parenting Institute (CPI), CATS equips service-learning students with the important skills they will need by working with children with autism through...