The Sweet Smell of Summer… and Carpentry!
Graduating Class, Consider Peace Corps!
The summer is not an excuse to be a a couch potato. Get up and help out your
neighboring communities. With Habitat for Humanity you can help a family have a decent, safe place to live. Habitat for Humanity builds for people in need regardless of race or religion, and welcome volunteers and supporters from all backgrounds. The houses are simple, decent, and affordable to low-income families around the world so even if you are not staying in Sarasota county for break, you can still join this non-profit organization. Families left homeless by natural and financial disasters often face dire housing situations as they struggle to rebuild their lives. Habitat for Humanity’s many programs provide shelter and housing solutions to help these families recover. You will be under trained supervision, so there is no need to be an “expert builder.” Ringling College of Art and Design partners up with this organization during the course of the school year, so be on the look out in the fall for more opportunities. Visit habitat.org for more information.
The Color of Change: Can Colorful Images Help Solve Social Problems?
The school year is finally over and summer is here! If you are a graduating senior and want to take a little break from work, this is the perfect program for you. The Peace Corps is a program that began in 1960, when then Senator John F. Kennedy challenged students at the University of Michigan to serve their country in the cause of peace by living and working in developing countries. From that inspiration grew an agency of the federal government devoted to world peace and friendship. According to peacecorps.gov, 200,000+ Peace Corps Volunteers have served in 139 host countries to work on issues ranging from AIDS education to information technology and environmental preservation. Today’s Peace Corps is more vital than ever, working in emerging and essential areas such as information technology and business development, and contributing to the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief.
Peace Corps Volunteers continue to help countless individuals who want to build a
better life for themselves, their children, and their communities. This program does
good for others as well as providing you with benefits. During the course of your tour (approx.. 2 years) you will be paid and a deferment of loans will be available.
This is a great opportunity to help the human race and to be active in the world. Visit www.peacecorps.gov for more information. “ When the world calls roll, answer present.”
Volunteers by Work Area
• Education: 40%
• Health & HIV/AIDS: 23%
• Business Development: 12%
• Environment: 12%
• Youth Development: 5%
• Agriculture: 4%
• Other: 4%*
Where Volunteers Serve
• Africa: 39%
• Latin America: 24%
• Eastern Europe/Central Asia: 18%
• Asia: 9%
• The Caribbean: 4%
• North Africa/Middle East: 3%
• Pacific Islands: 3%
Click this title to read a great article written by Chappell Ellison, writer/designer, about using color as a social vehicle to create change.