Fall 2022 CEL Opportunities

Please click on the links below to read more about the positions. More to come! Click here to review the process to register.

Arts/Media/Culture

Business

Education

Environment, Sustainability, and Farming

Law and Politics

Public Health and Mental Health

Social Services/Social Justice

Urban Planning

Zoo & Veterinary

Asthma Self Management Program Assistance with the American Lung Association

This opportunity is available during the Fall 2022 semester. This is an in person position.

American Lung Association is a national non-for profit organization who’s mission is to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease, through research, education, and advocacy. This is a co-facilitator opportunity – VASSAR Student will team up with another Vassar student volunteer facilitator (if applicable) to implement an asthma self-management program in an elementary school in Poughkeepsie’s School District.

Position Description

Please review here.

Desired Skills:

  • Qualified candidates must be enthusiastic, reliable, and interested in working with children with asthma.
  • Possess strong writing skills, attention to detail, and a keen interest in the mission of the American Lung Association.
  • Ability to lead or facilitate a group of children in a nonjudgmental, caring manner
  • Ability to multitask, perform in a team environment, and a demonstrated willingness to learn
  • Ability to work independently
  • Computer Proficiency – Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Publisher
  • Ability to lift and carry 25 lbs. (supplies)

Other Requirements: Background checks and fingerprint

Hours: Very Flexible on Day of the week and duration. Same day every week for 4 hours (10-2)

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

Artistic Assistance for the Dutchess County Department of Behavioral and Community Health

This opportunity is available during the Fall 2022 semester. This opportunity can be conducted virtually.

The Dutchess County Department of Behavioral & Community Health has launched its Public Health Innovation Lab (PHIL) training program. PHIL is a structured, multi-faceted practicum/internship education program for students and schools interested in contributing to community health in innovative ways. We believe that there are several factors that contribute to a person’s overall wellness and we invite students from all types of academic focus to play a role in helping to create a healthier Dutchess County community.

Description:

  • The student would research and create informational graphics
  • Help design event and program flyers
  • Create tip sheets for coping with various community health and mental health conditions
  • Develop push notifications for the department app
  • Other creativity-driven tasks for the Dutchess County Department of Behavioral & Community Health

Desired Skills:

  • Graphic design experience
  • Research skills
  • Interest in public health and art

Please email jhinkley@vassar.edu for more information.

Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children (CASA) with Mental Health America

This opportunity is available during the Fall 2022 semester. Parts of this position can be conducted remotely.

Mental Health America (MHA) is the nation’s leading community-based nonprofit dedicated to addressing the needs of those living with mental illness and to promoting the overall mental health of all Americans. Our work is driven by our commitment to promote mental health as a critical part of overall wellness, including prevention services for all; early identification and intervention for those at risk; integrated care, services, and supports for those who need it; with recovery as the goal.

The CASA Program provides trained volunteer advocates familiar with laws & courts, conducts home visits, interviews, and meetings with key people in the child’s life. CASA provides written reports that become part of the court record.

Students will provide support to build capacity for the CASA Program.

Hours: 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

Grantwriting with Evergreen Minds

This opportunity is available during the Fall 2022 semester. Parts of this position can be done remotelyEvergreen MindsEvergreen Minds, Inc is a 501(C)(3) charitable organization based in the gorgeous Hudson River Valley region of New York. Evergreen Minds provides people living with dementia and their care partners, enjoyable opportunities for no-pressure experiences in nature and the expressive arts. We keep our group sessions small to ensure a safe, welcoming and personalized experience for all participants.

We strongly believe that people are meant to regularly experience fresh air and nature and this innate connection should not end because we grow older or develop cognitive changes. We also believe fresh air, nature, self-expression and laughter are vital for our mental, physical and emotional well-being.

The objective of ‘Growing Together’ is to join people of various ages and cognitive abilities to create a community garden where ALL are welcome as they ARE. The focus is on abilities not disabilities, and to promote intergenerational relationships and understanding that people living with dementia are able to continue to contribute to society and live a life of purpose and meaning. The garden will be planted at the Environmental Cooperative.

Location: Vassar Farm & Ecological Preserve

Position Description:

  • Research and identify grant opportunities
  • Assist with grant writing

Desired Skills:

  • Students interested in working with people living with dementia
  • Students interested in learning about non-profit funding

Hours: 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