community service office

Community Service and Gephardt Institute to consolidate

In an effort to consolidate resources and increase efficiency, the current community service and civic service offices known as the Community Service Office and the Gephardt Institute for Public Service will be joining forces.

| Senior News Editor

End of Service First allows for fresh ideas and improvements

We do not intend to criticize Service First now that it has come to an end, but rather to use it as a learning experience to relaunch and rethink a different kind of Service First. We propose that more meaningful, enjoyable projects could be selected to not only add greater value to the overall experience but to also enlighten students about Washington University’s vast array of community service organizations.

Service Last

Service First, Washington University’s day-long freshman community service program, will be discontinued for future students due to logistical challenges, according to the Community Service Office.

Nikhil Patel | Contributing Reporter

Experiencing service firsthand

Every year since 1999, on a weekend during the first few weeks of school, more than 1,000 Washington University freshmen put on grungy t-shirts, slather themselves with sunscreen and board school buses bound for elementary schools around the St. Louis area. For several hours, they paint, refinish and clean the schools, beautifying them for the return of students.

Eliana Goldstein | Contributing Reporter

Campus food drive focuses on nutrition

The third annual PB&Joy food drive has sharpened its focus on nutrition this year, targeting donation items beyond just peanut butter and jelly to bring in at least 2,000 more pounds of food donations than in the past.

| News Editor

CGI U opening plenary session tickets limited

Unable to get sufficient students to sign up for its Gateway STEM High School service project, Washington University decided to bribe volunteers with tickets to Friday’s opening plenary session for Clinton Global Initiative University. Not all students, though, said they knew about the incentive when they signed up.

Two new grants double funding for social change projects

Available funding for the Community Service Office’s available Social Change Grants has more than doubled, up from $17,000 last spring to $42,000 this year. The increased funding comes from two new grant categories, called Impact and Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U), whose funding is variable.

| News Editor

Educating WU on hunger and homelessness

At a welcome reception on Thursday, Washington University’s Community Service Office welcomed a new member to the team whom the office hopes will become an invaluable resource for student groups and individuals. Lu Oros brings nearly 15 years of experience working with hunger and homelessness to the Community Service Office.

| Scene Reporter

Cook, deliver and serve through Campus Kitchen

Bam! After baking eggplant parmesan, boiling greens and dicing melon, a group of Washington University students delivered food to The Shalom House—a special needs women’s shelter—and spent an afternoon eating and playing Jenga with the residents last Saturday. This event was not a one-day volunteering endeavor. On the contrary, the event marked the inauguration of the University’s newly founded chapter of Campus Kitchen.

| Staff Reporter

Senior uses CSO grant to promote nonviolence to inner-city children

Washington University senior Jacob Siegel first began studying aikido last October while abroad in Paris, he recognized in its pacifist philosophy a potential for social change.

| Senior News Editor

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