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Community Service

Service Projects | Fall 2022

 

September

Saturday of Service | Saturday, September 10, 10a.m.- noonVolunteers are invited to sign up and serve at various locations in Alliance.

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Community Meal | Tuesday, September 13 | 3:30-6p.m. | Volunteers are invited to sign up to help cook and serve a community meal at Christ United Methodist Church.

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Saturday of Service | Saturday, September 17, 10a.m.- noonVolunteers are invited to sign up and serve at various locations in Alliance.

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 Drop-in Service | Thursday, September 29 | 3-6p.m. | Volunteers are invited to stop by van den Eynden Hall as they are able to help with projects 

Ongoing

  • Monthly Collection: Supplies for Stark Parks | Drop off supplies in van den Eynden Hall to support Stark Parks 
  • Monthly Take and Make Project: Placemats | Pick up placemats to color, they will be donated to Meals and Wheels and local nursing homes: Sign-Ups

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October

Meet the Candidates | Stop by to meet candidates on the November ballot. 

Community Meal | Tuesday, October 11 | 3:30-6p.m. | Volunteers are invited to sign up to help cook and serve a community meal at Christ United Methodist Church

Habitat Fundraiser| October 21-23 | Support student led bowling fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity

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Trick-or-Treat for Canned Goods| Monday, October 31 | 5-7p.m. | Volunteers should sign up in groups of 2 or more and will be expected to deliver door hangers to homes on a set route at a time of their choice during the week prior to trick or treat. During the city’s trick or treat (October 31, 5-7p.m.) teams will return to their route to collect food and bring it to the Alliance Community Pantry.

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Drop-in Service | Thursday, October 27 | 3-6p.m. | Volunteers are invited to stop by van den Eynden Hall as they are able to make Veterans Day appreciation gifts

Ongoing

  • Monthly Collection: Supplies for the Alliance Area Domestic Violence Shelter | Drop off supplies in van den Eynden Hall to support the Alliance Area Domestic Violence Shelter
  • Monthly Take and Make Project: Blankets | Pick up blanket kits, they will be donated to holiday outreach programs, Project KARE, and other organizations in the area: Sign-Ups

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November

Community Meal | Tuesday, November 8 | 3:30-6p.m. | Tuesday, March 1, noon, Alliance Country Club | Volunteers are invited to sign up to help cook and serve a community meal at Christ United Methodist Church

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Drop-in Service | Thursday, November 17 | 3-6p.m. | Volunteers are invited to stop by van den Eynden Hall as they are able 

Holiday Helper Project | Tuesday, November 29 | 6-8p.m. | Volunteers are invited to help wrap books and prep other materials for Christmas at the Park

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Ongoing

  • Monthly Collection: Holiday Outreach Gift Collection | Take tags from the tree in KHIC or sign up to shop for a family. Gifts will be collected until December 9 – Sign-ups
  • Monthly Take and Make Project: Cards | Pick up card kits, they will be donated to area nursing homes and hospitals – Sign-ups

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December

Drop-in Service | Thursday, December 1 | 3-6p.m. | Volunteers are invited to stop by van den Eynden Hall as they are able to decorate and bag cookies for Christmas at the Park

Christmas at the Park | Saturday, December 3 | 4-7p.m. |Volunteers are invited to help oversee crafts, serve refreshments, and pass out gifts at Christmas at the park

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Gift Wrapping | Thursday, December 8 | noon-5p.m. | Volunteers are invited to help wrap gifts for the holiday outreach program through the YWCA

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Ongoing

  • Monthly Collection: Holiday Outreach Gift Collection | Take tags from the tree in KHIC or sign up to shop for a family. Gifts will be collected until December 9 – Sign-ups

 

Community Partners

Each year the Center works with partners throughout the community to create experiences for our students, make positive change, and have a presence that reaches beyond our campus. The Center staff and students take pride in these partnerships that have been created and look forward to working with them each year. 

Our community partners traditionally include government agencies, non-profit organizations, local businesses, education institutions, and churches in the Alliance community and beyond.

If your organization is interested in hosting an intern, sharing with students or recruiting volunteers from Mount Union, please contact Abby Schroeder to share your needs.

Non-Profit Awareness Week

April 19-23

Alliance Area Domestic Violence Shelter

Mission

The mission of the Alliance Area Domestic Violence Shelter is to empower and assist survivors of verbal, emotional, financial, sexual, and physical abuse by providing education, resources, emergency shelter and transitional support services.

Director - Kim Stanley

Mount Union Board Members - Michelle Collins-Sibley, Kelly Stout

"I’ve served on the board of the Alliance Area Domestic Violence Shelter for seven years; I’ll begin my eighth year of service this June 2021. Ours a vision of community-wide collaboration such that we not only provide emergency shelter but also educational outreach through programs about teen dating violence offered through area schools or our annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes held here on Mount Union’s campus as well as internship opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate students." - Michelle Collins-Sibley

"I have been a member of the AADVS Board of Directors for about a year and a half. When I moved to Alliance two years ago, I knew I wanted to be involved with the community but specifically with an organization that helped victims of crime. As a victimologist, I work with survivors on a constant basis and know the trauma they face can be devastating. There is always a need for support for survivors of crime but particularly those that suffer from interpersonal violence. AADVS was mentioned to me by several people when I came to Mount Union, and I knew it was an organization that I wanted to be involved with." - Kelly Stout

Alliance Area Habitat for Humanity

Mission

Seeking to put God's love into action, Alliance Area Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities, and hope. Vision: A world where everyone has a decent place to live.

Director - Niki McIlvain

Mount Union Board Members - Carolyn Reid, Stephen Kramer

I was one of the founding members of the Alliance Area Habitat for Humanity board of trustees back in 1993 and have been involved as a board member and/or volunteer every year since then. I have served in various capacities including president through the years.  I am currently the chair of the personnel committee and volunteer regularly on its many builds. Our affiliate has now built over 50 homes in the Alliance Area. Our main goal is to provide decent affordable housing for those lacking it. I see this as a critical need for everyone. Having a decent home to live in is closely related to one's sense of well-being." - Stephen Kramer

Alliance Community Pantry

Mission

Mission: Working within the community to end hunger.

Board President - Carol Henry

Mount Union Board Members - Stephen Dages, Ivory Lyons, Beth Canfield-Simbro

"My favorite part of the experience so far is being with an organization that has values aligning with my own. The Alliance Community Pantry works hard to meet the needs of those in our community by providing help with food, hygiene, and even transportation. My main involvements on the board are to support these initiatives and to serve as the liaison between the Pantry and UMU’s Raiders Cove!" - Stephen Dages

"I value so much that the Alliance community pantry is a choice pantry; everyone deserves to have some choices with the food they eat, and I think it is fantastic that the pantry empowers clients to make decisions about the food they want. The pantry board's ability to pivot during the COVID-19 epidemic by offering pick-up bags of food has awed me. Clients still need food, and even though it is definitely not business as usual, the pantry board and volunteers are still doing their best to end hunger in the Alliance community." - Beth Canfield-Simbro

Alliance Family YMCA

Mission

To put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.

Board President - Brittany Acuff

Mount Union Board Members - Abby Schroeder, Betsy Ekey

"Having access to such a wide variety of enrichment activities for community members of all ages important to me. Providing our community a safe place to seek childcare, exercise, and learn benefits all of us. I know that athletics and healthy lifestyles are important for everyone, especially children and am so proud of all the YMCA offers." - Abby Schroeder

YWCA of Alliance

Mission

YWCA Alliance is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.

Board President - Stacie Weimer

Mount Union Board Members - Renee Young, Callie Flonnoy, Anne Christo-Baker, Michelle Sams

"The mission of the Y speaks directly to my personal values to empower women of all walks of life. I believe that by providing resources that educate and develop lifelong skills for women we will see a lasting impact that can affect future generations. I serve this organization because I can actually see the difference it makes in the community and I do not have to question it." - Callie Flonnoy

"I embrace the mission of the YWCA. For most of my professional life that spans over four decades, I have sought to ensure and promote equality and equity in workplaces and society. This focus is well aligned with the mission of the YWCA and its programming. Thus being a member of this organization, I gladly participate in and support the programming that is geared toward creating lasting change in the lives of community members." - Anne Christo-Baker