Several volunteer opportunities have been provided for students and members of the community by Fort Hays State University's Center for Civic Leadership during January and February.
Jan. 27-Feb. 7: Tigers In Service has begun to collect items such as "gently used" clothing, shoes, coloring books, stuffed animals, book bags and school supplies for an orphanage in Haiti. Donations will be processed at Custer Hall, room 202, and will be delivered in May by Dr. Jeff Burnett, associate professor of health and human performance, and a group of FHSU students. Call 785-628-5537 for more information.
Feb. 8, 6 to 9 p.m.: Jana's Campaign, an organization seeking to stop domestic violence, and Victims 2 Survivors, an organization from Namibia, Africa, that aims to end sexual abuse and sexual violence, will host an international art exhibit, "In the Name of Love," dedicated to raising awareness of sexual violence and its worldwide consequences. The event will be at the Hays Art Council Gallery, at www.haysartscouncil.org, in conjunction with FHSU's Women's Leadership Project and the Leadership Studies 310 Team.
Feb. 10, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.: The American Association of University Women will host a meeting in the Memorial Union's Stouffer Lounge to advise women on breaking through societal barriers and succeeding in their academic, business and personal lives.
Feb. 10, 6 to 7:30 p.m.: The Women's Leadership Project, the Creative Arts Society and Tiger Debs will host an event on the Quad as part of the One Billion Rising movement to stop violence against women. The event, coordinated with similar events worldwide, is welcome to all genders.
Feb. 12, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.: The American Democracy Project and the Global Leadership Project will host an event to mark Red Hand Day, dedicated to ending the use of child soldiers around the world. Volunteers will have the opportunity to make Red Hand Day posters for national and international leaders. Volunteers may also participate by voicing their opinions on child soldiers for a video project, which will be featured on the Red Hand Day website.
Feb. 19-22: At the Model United Nations Conference in St. Louis, Mo., the American Democracy Project will broaden students' minds on politics by attending a Model U.N. Event open to all majors. Participants role-play as U.N. countries and tackle worldwide issues.
Feb. 20: The American Democracy Project and the Department of Political Science will host a screening of the film "Inequality For All," a documentary on how the widening American income gap will negatively affect not only the economy but also democracy. The film won a Jury Award at the Sundance Film Festival. A live webcast with author and narrator Robert Reich will follow.
Feb. 20: The Global Leadership Project and the FHSU Chapter of Free the Slaves will bring to light the issue of modern day slavery with "Call and Response." Made in a Free World, who produced the film, also has a website with information on which brands use slave labor and a quiz on approximately how many slaves make the products used everyday in the United States.
Feb. 22: The Kansas Day of Service with Tigers In Service, the Kansas Food Bank, and the Salvation Army will provide food for senior citizens in and around Ellis County. The project is named Bob Boxes after former presidential candidate and endorsee Bob Dole. Volunteers may pick up an application and return it to Custer Hall, room 202, by Feb. 1.
Feb. 25-26: The Center for Civic Leadership will attend the Kansas Hunger Dialogue in Wichita, put together to create strategies and identify campus-based initiatives to combat malnutrition among the citizens, and children, of Kansas.