Food Pantry Assistant with Ulster Immigrant Defense Network

This opportunity is available during the Fall 2022 semester. This opportunity can be conducted virtually and is only available for CEL credit.

The Ulster Immigrant Defense Network‘s (UIDN) mission is to provide a network of safety and support to immigrants, regardless of status.

UIDN welcomes interns and volunteers and will coordinate with you to create a schedule that works for you – remote, in person from our office in Kingston, or a combination. If you have a special skill or interest and have an idea for sharing it with UIDN, they will consider the possibility!

Location: 30 Pine Grove Ave, Kingston, NY 12401

Position Description:

  • On Wednesdays UIDN distributes food in Kingston.
  • Volunteers receive deliveries, set up tables, sort and pack food, organize food stations, break down boxes for recycling, distribute food to families, cleanup, and sometimes make deliveries.
  • Interns may also help secure and pick up food, help with publicity, and more.

Desired Skills:

  • A commitment to UIDN’s mission and vision, members of immigrant communities, and principles of anti-racism/oppression
  • A non-judgmental attitude and robust interpersonal skills; strong organizational and time management skills
  • The ability to work independently and with members of teams; a learning mindset; and a willingness to accept feedback
  • Spanish fluency is an asset but not necessary.

Hours: Two- and three-hour shifts are available between noon and 6 p.m.  on Wednesdays; Students can register for either 0.5 unit or 1.0 unit of credit ( min. 40 hrs with org over the semester for + 30 hrs of academic work OR min. 80 hr over the semester with org  + 60 hours of academic work)

To Apply:  Please email a statement of interest and your resume to OCELapplication@Vassar.edu

Volunteer with Vassar Brothers Medical Center

This opportunity is available during Fall 2021 semester. This opportunity cannot be conducted virtually and is only available for CEL credit.

Vassar Brothers Medical Center (VBMC) is a 350-bed facility that has served New York’s Mid-Hudson Valley since 1887. Overlooking the beautiful Hudson River in the City Poughkeepsie, NY, VBMC has established expertise in cardiac services, cancer care and women and children’s health services. As a renowned regional medical center, VBMC houses the area’s first and only cardiothoracic surgery program between Westchester and Albany and the only Level III neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) in the region for premature, underweight and critically ill infants. Our teams of physicians, surgeons and specialists bring innovative procedures and services to the VBMC campus. These include robotic orthopedic surgery, liver and pancreatic surgery, interventional neuroradiology, thoracic surgical oncology and transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR).

Interested students should email jhinkley@vassar.edu to discuss the process for applying.

Internships at Global Bioethics Initiative

This opportunity is available during Summer 2022. This opportunity can be conducted virtually and is only available for CEL credit.

Global Bioethics Initiative (GBI) LogoGlobal Bioethics Initiative accepts applications for unpaid internships for students interested in bioethics, health and public policy. The internships offer the unique opportunity to learn about ethical issues pertaining global health and bioethics as well as gain skills in research, project management, events organizing and networking.  Please watch a promo video clip below, which was created by a group of interns who attended the 2018 Summer School on Global Bioethics, Human Rights and Public Policy at the Bohemian National Hall in Manhattan, NYC organized by Dr. Ana Lita, School Director.

Our Motto: We Strive for Excellence!

Description:

Bioethics education International has an opportunity for up to six interns per semester to promote and assist the director in orchestrating various educational events online and in person.

Responsibilities:

  • Advancing the understanding of various issues by conducting research
  • Learning how to blog recent articles in bioethics
  • Learning how to plan, organize and conduct events
  • Improving the ability  to communicate with stakeholders, sponsors and donors
  • Learning various administrative skills including updating and managing websites (WordPress)

Hours: The internship program is ongoing and you design your weekly schedule and length of internship together with the Executive Director Dr. Ana Lita. Dr. Lita is a former professor of Philosophy/Applied Ethics.

To Apply:  Please email a statement of interest and your resume to OCELapplication@Vassar.edu

 

Earth Day Celebration with Evergreen Minds at the Vassar Farm (in person)

Project Growing Together Community Garden is located on the grounds of the ecological preserve at Vassar College.

11 am – 11:45  Musical Meditation in the Garden – Eric Fraser

Eric Fraser is a licensed music therapist and a multi-instrumentalist, educator, composer, and songwriter. Eric’s orientation to Indian classical music serves as inspiration for melody, and a creative tool for improvisation on original styles that incorporate voice, guitar, keyboard, electronics and looping. Join Eric in the garden with his Bansuri (a bamboo flute from India) for a relaxing and grounding musical meditation in and with naturewww.ericfraser.com

12-12:45 – Wild Hudson Valley – Justin Wexler & Anna Plattner

Those That Sustain Us: The Role of Plants in Hudson Valley Native Life:

Local indigenous communities once relied on the great diversity of plants that call the Hudson Valley home. Join ethnoecologist, teacher and farmer, Justin Wexler of Wild Hudson Valley to explore some of the important plants for food, tools, fiber, medicine and dyes, and their role in Lenape culture both centuries ago and today. www.wildhudsonvalley.com

12:50-1:45 Creating Mushroom Sculptures for the Garden! —Serena Domingues:

Serena is a multi-media creator exploring conceptual ideas about human nature and how we impact the natural world and ourselves. She will be hosting a sculpture workshop; teaching the importance of mushrooms and how to make one out of clay! Each participant will be able to keep a mushroom and give one to the garden. Her website is www.serenasnature.com to learn more about her work and classes. Suggested donation $10-$20 pp–Pay what you can for this activity!

1:50 – 2:10 – The Practice and Science of Home CompostingJoyce deVries TomaselliCornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess County

Joyce deVries Tomaselli is Cornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess County’s (CCEDC) Community Horticulture Resource Educator and a Master Gardener. 

Join us as Joyce shares how to effectively compost organic materials and successfully use them in gardening. Learn how organic matter improves key aspects of soil and enables plants to take up the nutrients they need. Join us to learn all about it! http://ccedutchess.org/

 2:30-3:15 – Move with the FLOW of NATURE: Qigong in the GardenKele Baker

Relax, restore and revitalize in this comfortable qigong (“chee-gong”) session. Through a series of easy, fun meditative movements, learn how to embody the resilience of a tree, the joy of the sun, the groundedness of earth, the courage of the mountain, and graceful flow of water. These therapeutic movement and breathing practices are easy to do and adaptable to all abilities. You are welcome to stand or sit for the session. Teacher Kele Baker is a senior trainer for Holden Qigong, Healer Within Qigong and Tai Chi Easy. Locally, Kele teaches qigong courses for Vassar College LLI and Marist College CLS. She also teaches online group classes and one-to-one coaching sessions. www.kelebaker.com

3:30-4 – Closing Celebration & Music in the Garden with Dementia Care Champion, Dr. Al Power, MD

We are honored to have the world-renowned G. Allen Power join us as we officially open our community gardenDr. Power will be playing his guitar for a fun, musical ribbon-cutting in the Garden!

Dr. Power is a board-certified internist, geriatrician, and clinical associate professor of medicine at the University of Rochester. He is also a Certified Eden Alternative® Educator, a member of the Eden Alternative board of directors and an international educator on transformation models of care for older adults, particularly those living with changing cognitive abilities.

In addition, Dr. Power is also a trained musician and songwriter with three recordings, including Life Worth Living: A Celebration of Elders and Those Who Care for Them.  His songs have been recorded by several artists and performed on three continents. Peter, Paul and Mary performed his song of elder autonomy, “If You Don’t Mind”, and Walter Cronkite used his song, “I’ll Love You Forever” in a 1995 Discovery Channel profile of American families.

You can learn more about Dr. Power’s contributions to dementia care and his books, Dementia Beyond Drugs: Changing the Culture of Care and Dementia Beyond Disease: Enhancing Well-Being at http://www.alpower.net/alpower_bio.htm

Other FUN Happenings Throughout the Day:

  • The fabulous Vassar Band, Fowlmouth Adds to the Earth Day Festivities https://www.instagram.com/fowlmouth.band/
  • Our Intern, Lixuanyi (Joy) Pan will be preparing an authentic Chinese Dish!
  • Nature Mandala Making: Everyone is Welcome to add to Our community Mandala!
  • Pix with Chix! Join Bea the Mayor—The World’s Most Beloved Chicken (ok, well…maybe just in the Hudson Valley)…and her person, Evergreen Minds Board Member, Karen Finnegan visit and you can have your photo taken with The Mayor!
  • Our hard-working Vassar Interns and community Volunteers will be here to greet you and help throughout the Event!

Volunteer with Lutheran Care Center

This opportunity is available during Summer 2022. This opportunity can be conducted virtually or in person, and is only available for CEL credit.

The Lutheran Care Network is a ministry of healing, hospitality, and community. Lutheran Care Center (LCC) at Concord Village is a licensed skilled nursing and rehabilitation center in the heart of the Hudson Valley. Since 1998, LCC has been a Life Enhancing Community, providing residents with the medical, social, and spiritual care they need to live well and maintain their personal dignity through purposeful living. Although grounded in Lutheran tradition, we serve adults of all ages and faiths, offering highly skilled and compassionate care for both short-term and extended stays.

Position Description:

  • In person students are paired with one resident for the entire summer.
  • Students could work as a group to develop a project together.
  • Play cards, talk with residents about current events/life, knit together, create art, play music, play games, anything fun that you’d like to share together!

Desired Skills:

  • Reliable!
  • Access to a computer if conducting this position virtually

Additional Requirements: recent negative PPD test; fully vaccinated; occasional COVID-19 testing

To Apply: Email Jean Hinkley, jhinkley@vassar.edu

Intern with the Committee on Diversity for The Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation

This opportunity is available during the Fall 2022 semester. This opportunity can be conducted virtually and is only available for CEL credit.

The Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation was established in 2004 to fund support services for people affected by breast cancer in the Hudson Valley. The Foundation was started by Dana Effron and Cathy Varunok, two community activists who saw a need for increased services for people with breast cancer. Miles of Hope funds support services, education and outreach for people affected by breast cancer within the 9 counties of the Hudson Valley, NY. Read more here!

Responsibilities:

  • The Board of Directors of Miles of Hope has approved the formation of the Ad Hoc Committee on Diversity. Members of the community will be asked to join the committee along with Board members to discuss how Miles of Hope can better serve minority populations in our catchment area.
  • The student will help to identify and research suggestions for committee membership, help to formulate issues to be discussed, attend the zoom committee meetings and take notes, and any follow up from committee meeting discussion action items.
  • Work with social service agencies and doctors offices to learn about patients that might need financial assistance
  • Statistical analysis

Desired Skills: 

  • The student should have direct tie to awareness of minority sensibilities.

Hours: Flexible due to the remote nature; at least 4 hours per week.

Hours: A minimum of 4 hours per week, flexible scheduling.

Spring 2022 CEL Opportunities

Please click on the links below to learn more about the Spring CEL Opportunities. More to come!

Arts, Media, and Architecture

Business

Education

Health

History

Law, Government, and Politics

Research/Grant-writing

Social Services and Social Justice

Sustainability/Environmental Advocacy/Farming

Urban Planning

Dutchess/Ulster Walk to End Alzheimer’s (in person)

Held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide, the Alzheimer’s Association’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. This inspiring event calls on participants of all ages and abilities to join the fight against the disease.

Registration starts at 9 a.m. with the opening ceremony at 10 a.m. followed by the walk.

Register here!

Kingston O+ Festival (in person)

O+ (pronounced O Positive) supports the health of underinsured artists and musicians through festivals at which they exchange art-making and performances for wellness services: the art of medicine for the medicine of art.

O+ helps strengthen community wellbeing with Narcan and CPR trainings, expos of local health-and wellness-related nonprofits, cycling events, classes in the healing arts, mural tours and healthcare forums.

Kingston O+ Festival (in person)

O+ (pronounced O Positive) supports the health of underinsured artists and musicians through festivals at which they exchange art-making and performances for wellness services: the art of medicine for the medicine of art.

O+ helps strengthen community wellbeing with Narcan and CPR trainings, expos of local health-and wellness-related nonprofits, cycling events, classes in the healing arts, mural tours and healthcare forums.