Category Archives: Service

MAPH City Farm visit – Prepare to get muddy!

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Last year’s MAPH cohort at the City Farm

City Farm is an urban farm located in between the Loop and Lincoln Park, and is a start-of-year MAPH tradition of sorts. On Wednesday 9th September (four days before our opening BBQ and film screening!) we’ll visit the farm and volunteer for a couple of hours, hanging out with their chickens and weeding vegetables. In previous years we’ve found this is a great way to explore Chicago’s public transit for the first time, get out of Hyde Park, meet fellow MAPHers and do something active and helpful for the Chicago community. The visit to the City Farm is free and all new MAPHers are welcome. This will be the first of several MAPH service events throughout the year – for instance, in the past we’ve done trips to the Chicago Food Bank and Habitat for Humanity Build Days, which have proved to be great opportunities to get out the library and do something constructive within the community with fellow MAPHers and mentors.

On Wednesday 9th, we’ll meet in the MAPH Lounge at the Classics Building on campus before venturing up to the farm on public transport, so this is a great chance to start on the CTA and show off your new Ventra card (by the way, if you don’t have one already the best places to buy these are probably CVS or Walgreens!). After working in the garden (in comfortable clothes and shoes, sunscreen, and maybe a straw hat?), we’ll take the Red Line back down to Hyde Park together.

Below are some tips from City Farm themselves on what to expect from the day:

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Green-fingered MAPHers on the City Farm (not pictured – green fingers)

Farming is hard work! Come prepared to get dirty and sweaty. You may expect to do things like:

  • Weeding (lots of weeding)
  • Tilling the soil
  • Hauling & spreading resources like compost, mulch, or straw
  • Picking up garbage (it is an Urban Farm after all!)
  • Washing equipment
  • Transplanting seedlings or thinning sprouts in the beds

What to Bring

It is super important to be prepared for the weather on the farm. In Chicago, the weather can be unpredictable! Make sure to check the weather the morning of your visit, but be prepared for a sudden change in temperature. It happens.

  • Boots are recommended (even in the summer!)
  • Headgear and/or sunscreen if you need them
  • A water bottle
  • Work gloves (we have extras of these if needed)
  • Rain gear (when appropriate)

What City Farm Provide

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Weeding on the farm

We want your visit to be memorable, informative, and inspiring. Our farmers will give you a tour of our operation, including hoop houses, compost, wash/processing area, etc. before putting you to work. We’ll also talk about our mission and impact in Chicago. We’ll encourage you to taste the food that we’re growing. Plus, we’ll provide a snack.

Shoot an email to Jess at jh2604@uchicago.edu if you think you can make it, just so we can get an idea of numbers. We’ll meet outside the Classics building at 11am before embarking on an adventure on the 55 bus, Red Line and through downtown Chicago. We hope to see you there!

Best,
Your Mentors

Closing Out Colloquium

Most of you have probably registered for classes by now- congrats! Please keep stopping by and telling us what classes you’re taking and how you like them! It is always fun to hear about new courses, different departments, and overall life at U of C.

Before the Fall Quarter officially begins next Monday, here are a couple of things to keep in mind:

D0117EF4445036DFA797BE700A836EC2*Volunteer Referral: Fall is a great time to start volunteering. Although this quarter sees you adjusting to UChicago and life as a graduate student, this quarter also has a lighter course load than the Winter (and better weather).

Get in touch with the University of Chicago Service Center to set up an appointment- it is low key and low stakes. They will talk with you about your interests and then recommend service partners for you. Don’t miss on the opportunity to leave the ivory tower and get to know a different side of Chicago.

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MAPH Meet Ups

Hey Guys,

Here is a list of some upcoming events, where you can meet other incoming MAPHers, see fun parts of the city, and take a break from unpacking boxes. There will be plenty of other events over the next month (orientation panels, Core lectures, etc.), but these are some of the more fun, social events that we have planned. Keep an eye on the blog for more on upcoming events soon!

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Thinking About the Future: Service Edition

There is life beyond the academic community!

Spring Quarter can be an incredibly exciting time – your thesis starts to fall into place, you’ve got the most productive procrastination excuse ever in internship/externship/mentor apps, and it’s finally (finally!) warmer. But it can also be a scary time if (like most people emerging from a graduate program) you’re not totally sure what you want to be doing next year. Looking into those awesome internship, mentor, & externship opportunities is a great place to start, but if you’re feeling daunted or like you want to do some exploring before you commit, looking into volunteer opportunities may be the right choice for you.

Of course, even if you have an awesome sense of what you’d like to be up to next year, you may be feeling (as I did) at this point in the year that your life has been subsumed into the academy/library to the detriment of all things human. As the year winds down (hurtles toward completion?) it might be worth your time to look into volunteer opportunities. It’s incredibly valuable to make connections to organizations you’re passionate about, or alternatively, find out what kinds of work or organizations you don’t like now, as you go into the summer.

But what does this vague “volunteering” thing look like? How do you find the right organization for you, with the right time commitment? Answer: Volunteer Referrals! UCSC at the University of Chicago maintains an up-to-date, well-researched database of volunteer opportunities in Chicago, and they are happy to help match you with the right organization.

And, as always, come talk to your Mentors – about careers, the future, rad volunteer organizations in Chicago, your thesis, or literally anything else.

Service Match Community Partner Profiles

Get access to all of Chicago!

Get access to all of Chicago!

If you are interested in getting involved with the Hyde Park community while gaining skills and experiences that will doubtless be useful to you after MAPH, please be sure to read Keri’s blog post about Service Match from last week.  We now have the full list of Community Partners & volunteer opportunities for this year’s program, so please read on for brief descriptions of the opportunities available.  There are some pretty amazing ones. You can also find the application online here.

Also, a reminder:  Crystal Coats will be in Classics 110 to talk/answer questions about Service Match this Wednesday, September 18 at 10:30 am.  We strongly recommend that you attend if you are thinking about applying for any of these opportunities.

Coppin Community Center/ Coppin AME Church

5627-33 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60637

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5 Reasons to Apply for Service Match! (or, Do Something Good!)

City Farms

City Farms

In addition to the Service Events put on by your MAPH Mentors (e.g., the City Farms event September 11th) throughout the year, the University Community Service Center puts on Service Match. Service Match is a way for you to go beyond simply volunteering once or twice during the year. By consistently engaging with one organization through the year, you can focus your service to really benefit an organization and make the most of your volunteer time. Put on by the University Community Service Center, Service Match facilitates consistent service by selecting a limited number of talented MA students, partnering with a local non-profit, and offering participants the chance to give teach backs and reflect on their volunteer work.

There will be a Service Match Informational Meeting at 10:30am on Wednesday, September 18 in Classics 110 with Crystal Coats (cpernell at uchicago dot edu), the Community Service Advisor from the University Community Service Center (UCSC). Curious? Read on!

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***Learnapalooza in Logan Square***

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What is Learnapalooza? It’s a community-based festival offering free workshops and classes lead by volunteers and hosted by local businesses. You’re about to go deep into a specific kind of learning, so if you’re looking for different–perhaps more relaxing–ways to use your brain and get to know Chicago/Chicagoans beforehand, consider volunteering for or attending the festival.  This year’s Logan Square Learnapalooza takes place on Sunday, September 22 all day in various Logan Square locations.  Classes include:  Continue reading

Volunteer! The Chicago Humanities Festival

CHF's awesome visual for this year's theme.

CHF’s awesome visual for this year’s theme.

As you may already know, the Chicago Humanities Festival recently announced its Fall Festival schedule. This year’s theme is ANIMAL, and the line-up looks super exciting.

Interested in attending events, but feeling the strain of the imminent tuition bill? Want to get involved with a great humanities-oriented non-profit early in the year? Consider volunteering at the festival!  Volunteering is a savvy way to make connections, get to know an organization, and gain experience (woah, professionalization!).

We are going to have several different volunteering and service opportunities throughout the year–get excited about Service Core, Service Events, and more–but for now, if you want to get going on your volunteerism/humanities activities/exploration of Chicago, check out CHF. At least one of your Mentors will be doing it, so if you have questions, you know where to find us (and if you don’t, scroll all the way down this page).

 

I’m personal hoping there will be some reflections on the following. An event on cuteness? I think yes. Maybe MAPH will have to pick that one up, though. Also, here’s your daily dose of adorable animal, normally to be found at the MAPH Nest:

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