Category Archives: Service Learning

March is Women’s History Month- 2017!!

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The roots of Women’s History Month can be traced to the first known Women’s History Week that was celebrated in 1978 in Sonoma County, California. From then the movement slowly spread to other cities and gained support from President Carter declaring March 8th National Women’s History Week. March had been declared Women’s History Month in 14 states by 1986. The National Women’s History Project and other lobbying groups used this as evidence when discussing with Congress to declare March as Women’s History Month nationwide. Congress made the declaration in 1987. Since then the movement has grown each year.

There are events nationwide that last all month long to celebrate Women! Here are a few in the area.

In the Fargo/Moorhead community there are also many resources for women. Check out the list below to see if any of them interest you!

  • Junior League of Women – a nonprofit group of women dedicated to bettering the lives of women and children in the F/M area.
  • Dress for Success Red River Valley – a national nonprofit that helps women with employment interview attire, resume-writing, and a few other career services.
  • North Dakota Women’s Network – a coalition of ND women aimed at bettering “the lives of women through communication, legislation and increased public activism.
    • Join them this Friday at Gastropub at 5:30 for the March Feminist First Friday.
    • On March 9th from 9:00am – 5:00pm join the movement at the ND state capitol to lobby for policies that will better the lives of families and women.
  • Girl Develop if Fargo – A chance for female software developers to network and attend seminars relating to the field.
  • Fargo-Moorhead Women’s Business Exchange – A networking opportunity for female business leaders and owners.
  • Women’s Impact – a nonprofit group that provides a variety of resources to women to empower them or help them get involved in their community.
  • Women Connect – a monthly meetup organized by the Fargo-Moorhead-West Fargo Chamber of Commerce “aimed at connecting, inspiring and growing a community for women in business.”
    • Attend the monthly meeting on Thursday, March 26th from 3:30-5:00 at the Avalon Events Center West 2525 9th Ave. SW, Fargo.
  • Women’s Business Center – a group that organizes leadership programs and seminars to help women advance in their careers and develop as leaders in business.
    • Attend the Fargo Leading Ladies Luncheon on March 22nd from 11:00-1:00 at the Fargo Holiday Inn.

Empowering women is a goal in the F/M area and these resources/events are a great way to do it! Get informed, get involved, and get EMPOWERED!!

 

Sources: http://www.nwhp.org/womens-history-month/womens-history-month-history/http://trainingnd.com/event/2017-leading-ladies-luncheon-fargo https://www.fargomonthly.com/community/local-resources-women/

Image Source: http://www.nwhp.org/womens-history-month/womens-history-month-history/

Pay it Forward!

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Today do a good deed without expecting anything in return. That is paying it forward. These kind acts can be as easy as holding a door, paying for someone else’s cup of coffee, or simply smiling at a person you pass on the street. These thoughtful actions can truly change someone’s day.

In 2007, Pay it Forward Day was founded by Blake Beattie in Australia. The following year already 5 different countries were involved in the movement! In 2015 the numbers were up to 75 countries involved with 42 different states and 48 cities! These numbers are expected to keep growing as the initiative gains more and more attention each year.

This is bound to be an exciting day filled with kindness and care. You can also participate in the initiative by volunteering at your local food shelf, donating to a charity, or planning a special outing with a relative or friend. The smallest acts of kindness can make the biggest difference. Not only is this good for one day, but it’s a good thing to practice all year round, so don’t forget to pay it forward!

Source:

http://payitforwardday.com/

 

MSUM Volunteer and Service Fair

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Today, Thursday, February 4th Minnesota State University Moorhead is hosting the Volunteer and Service Fair. Today’s event is taking place in the CMU ballroom from 11:00-2:00. This excellent event is sponsored by the Comstock Memorial Union and Office of Student Activities.  A variety of companies and organizations from the Fargo/Moorhead area will be at the event and would love to meet you. Volunteer and service work is a great way to get to know the F/M community and all that it has to offer. It is also an excellent resume builder and can help you create valuable connections for future opportunities.

Dragon Days of Action!!

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At the end of Hunger and Homelessness Awareness week and International Education week (November 20th-21st), MSUM’s Learning Communities and partners will be hosting the Dragon Days of Action. This event will feature many different activities designed to serve our FM community, as well as teach students about both International and Local Hunger and Homelessness.

These activities include: Fasting for 24 hours (unless not medically safe), sleeping in cardboard boxes overnight (optional), international and local speakers on hunger and homelessness, community service with your peers, and an Oxfam America Hunger Banquet to conclude the event.

This event is sponsored by: Learning Communities, The Office of Diversity and Inclusion, International Student Services, First Year Program’s After Dark, Office of Student Activities, and Community Outreach. Please follow the link and fill out the sign-up sheet if you are interested in participating.

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