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Quick Reminder

Pace’s CVM AmeriCorps is RECRUITING!!! We’re looking for PACE STUDENTS and ALUM to commit to a 9-month PAID internship in one of the following areas:

- Non-Profit Capacity Building

- English Language Literacy

- Computer Literacy

Work at Pace University or in the community around Pace, gain professional skills and experience, serve the community, and earn an education award to help pay for school.

To learn more or to apply for this competitive program, contact Kathryn Quigley: or (212)346-1124 If interested please apply immediately, as space is limited!

Making Art for MLK

January 28, 2010

Words and paint can go a long way…5×5 feet to be exact!

In honor of MLK Day we partnered up with our friends at the YMCA to learn about Martin Luther King Jr. and create a mural. The finished product, which is hanging at MS131 has a hand drawn image of Dr. King and words, the kids painted, that describe the civil rights movement.

Can’t thank the YMCA staff and our members enough! Everything went perfectly because of you all. Until the next one…


Ways to Serve Haiti

January 14, 2010

From our friends at ServiceNation

Yesterday’s earthquake in Haiti was absolutely devastating, and our hearts and sympathies go out to the people of Haiti as they begin the painful process of digging out, saving lives, and starting the long, long road to recovery.

The White House immediately put out this response, with the President saying “My thoughts and prayers go out to those who have been affected by this earthquake. We are closely monitoring the situation and we stand ready to assist the people of Haiti.”

Hard as it may be to imagine, this earthquake was even worse for Haiti than Katrina was for us. And in the aftermath of Katrina, the thousands of Americans who stepped forward to serve brought vital hope and support to fellow humans suffering tremendous loss and adversity. The citizens of Haiti desperately need a similar response, and ServiceNation is working to help support the relief efforts already underway.

Here is a great resource to track what is going on: the Haiti Wiki created by a fascinating new group called Crisis Commons.

And here is an initial list of ways you can respond.

1) Our partners at the American Red Cross are already in action, as they always are when disaster strikes (read the latest here). The best way to help the Red Cross do the work that needs to be done in Haiti is to text “Haiti” to 90999, which will automatically contribute $10 to Red Cross relief efforts. If you would like to donate more, and/or prefer not to donate by text, you can make a direct donation to the Red Cross International Response Fund here.

2) The great people at Mercy Corps are also in action, deploying an emergency response team (you can follow what is happening on Mercy Corp’s blog). You can support Mercy Corp’s efforts by making a donation here. You can also set up your own Haiti fundraising page to help Mercy Corps here.

3) Our friends at Huffington Post Impact have set up a great page where you can track news, and all the ways you can help. The page will be frequently updated. Here’s what the page has so far:

The American Red Cross is pledging an initial $200,000 to assist communities impacted by this earthquake. They expect to provide immediate needs for food, water, temporary shelter, medical services and emotional support. They are accepting donations through their International Response Fund.

UNICEF has issued a statement that “Children are always the most vulnerable population in any natural disaster, and UNICEF is there for them.” UNICEF requests donations for relief for children in Haiti via their Haiti Earthquake Fund. You can also call 1-800-4UNICEF.

•Donate through Wyclef Jean’s foundation, Yele Haiti. Text “Yele” to 501501 and $5 will be charged to your phone bill and given to relief projects through the organization.

Operation USA is appealing for donations of funds from the public and corporate donations in bulk of health care materials, water purification supplies and food supplements which it will ship to the region from its base in the Port of Los Angeles. Donate online at, by phone at 1-800-678-7255 or, by check made out to Operation USA, 3617 Hayden Ave, Suite A, Culver City, CA 90232.

MLK Day Mural Event

January 11, 2010

We love Dr. King and we love the kids at the Chinatown YMCA, so it only made sense to…..celebrate Martin Luther King Jr Day byhosting a mural creation party at the YMCA!!!!

Who: CVM AmeriCorps and YMCA

What: Mural Painting/ Lesson on reason for MLK Day

Where: Chinatown YMCA Hester Center

When: January 22, 2009 3:30-5:30

The finished mural will be donated to the English Language Literacy classes, as a way for them to learn about the man that changed civil rights for this country and world.

TCN group love~~~

December 17, 2009

Hey guys:

This is Daxin Lin from the TCN compartment of AmeriCorp. Thanks to Danielle for all these exciting volunteer event and I really enjoyed caroling. Since there are almost 80 members in the organization, surprisingly, and I don’t think we know each other, there’s this video that I made about TCN members and what we do. Hope you like it.

Carol Singing at Cabrini

December 7, 2009


That’s right, volunteers. Clear your vocal cords and get ready to sing like angels for Cabrini Nursing Home. On December 14th from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm we will be visiting the home to sing carols and bring cheer to residents.

Email to participate.

YMCA Fall Festival

November 10, 2009


Next Friday from 3 to 6pm we will be having our first ever Fall Festival at the Chinatown YMCA!  We strongly encourage volunteers to participate in this fun-filled afternoon of activities.

(We promise it will be more fun than looking at this random tree)

If you are a Pace student and want to get involved in any way, please email ASAP.


Another Great Graffiti Event

October 27, 2009

If you missed it, too bad soo sad!

The graffiti event this Sunday 10/25 was successful with seven gates scraped and painted in Chinatown. Volunteers and members got up just after sunrise to knock out the activity, before the businesses opened up. Not only were the business owners appreciative but so were residents who commented as they passed by. Finished in only two hours, I’d say we did a pretty snazzy job!

Graffiti6 10-25Before



Graffiti9 10-25After

Quick shout out to the Chinatown Building Supply Inc for donating tools!