Social Action Leadership Team

The Social Action Leadership Team (SALT) is the Spirit-led social justice ministry of the Chapel of the Resurrection at Valparaiso University in which students in community seek to embody the Christian call to be the ‘salt of the earth’ (Matthew 5:13).

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

[Salt-l] so...Kenya dig it?!

Exciting things happened tonight! Read below:


All group meeting 11-29-11

 

·      We heard from Kristin Lewis from Trinity and part of the coalition for the women's shelter called Open Arms.

·      Women arrive between 6 and 9, they receive a meal, a safe place to stay, and breakfast in the morning

·      Volunteers are needed for these: 6-10pm, 10-2a., 2-7am

·                  There is a training on 12/4 from 12-1pm

·                  Contact Kristin Lewis at deac.kristin@yahoo.com or Peggy Ridenour at mrspride@yahoo.com if you are interested in  volunteering and are able.

·      Kathleen Parilac, this years service coordinator, spoke about donating some of our funds to Housing Opportunities to purchase needed paper goods and laundry detergent

·      Focus Groups

·                       We broke into groups again to discuss whether we have a need for further projects in the groups, whether a group wants to do            a VUTV spot, other outreach and education opportunities.

·      WRC brainstorming

·                        Names: "get well soon" "Kisima for Kenya" "Well, let's get started"   "Kenya dig it?"

·                       Well for wellness; "A well-ness project"; Visima for Kenya; Bringing water and wellness to the surface.

·                       Our name is: KENYA DIG IT?   ;)

·                       We will vote on a tag line next week

·                       And also choose our tchotcke

·      Last we heard a Devotion from Andrew

·      He also announced that he will start focusing on Biblical stories and other SALT-y stories from online or the news. If you are interested in speaking for a brief little bit contact Andrew.Denecke@valpo.edu

·      Bible Study meets on Thursday 9:30pm in the Union

·      Events

·      11/30- Safe environment board rally. 8:30pm in Founder's Table

·      11/30-12/2- Spring Break information table

·      12/6-12/9- Fair Trade Fair- come purchase unique and awesome Christmas gifts!!!

·                  10:30-2:00pm on Tuesday, 4:30-7:00pm on Wednesday

·                  10:30-2:00pm on Thursday, 4:30-7:00pm on Friday

·      Announcements

·      Meal card donations are coming up before finals

·                  Donate your extra food card money at the cash registers in the union and then this money will be used to purchase food to be  donated to Hilltop.

·      Adopt-a-family- bring donations, if you are able, and SALT will adopting two families for the Christmas season.

 

If you have questions see these resources:

            http://www.valpo.edu/chapel/salt/index.php

            http://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/2201558493/

            http://valposalt.blogspot.com/

-- Best,
:) Jenni


Valparaiso University '13
BSN-Nursing
Christ College- The Honors College
Ambassador in Admission

[Salt-l] Fwd:OE help desired

Anyone interested in a great volunteer opportunity or a temporary job? Read on!!!

--Kathleen

>>> Sidney Findley <sidney.findley@valpo.edu> 11/11/2011 10:18 AM >>>
Barb,
Darlene, the manager in the retail shop at Opportunity Enterprises is looking for some additional volunteers. They have many large orders coming in for the holidays and need help packaging and doing other small jobs. She is also looking for part time workers and will pay $7.50 an hour. Anyone interested can either stop in for the job, or volunteers need to contact Cathy Kuchenmeister, the volunteer coordinator at OE.
Cathy.Kuchenmeister@oppent.org
Thanks,
Sidney

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Monday, November 28, 2011

[Salt-l] Don't miss SALT...and Pepper!

SALT'ers,

Make sure to join us tomorrow for a Pepper at 9:00pm in Huegli Hall with a representative from Open Arms Women's Shelter.  The shelter has recently opened in Valparaiso and is seeking to get the word out and to get volunteers to get involved!  Following the Pepper, we will spend some time continuing our work in focus groups, followed by a brainstorming session for the World Relief Campaign name (Be thinking...)! 

Finally, try to bring a few dollars for our annual Adopt a Family project.  We will all be pitching in to buy some Christmas presents for 1 or 2 local families who cannot afford gifts this season.


Upcoming Events:
Spring Break Info Table-Volunteer or just stop by! (Wed-Fri during chapel break, talk to Kathleen or sign up at the meeting)
Fair Trade Fair-Volunteer to work the tables (Talk to Laurie Kenyon or sign up at the meeting)
Meal Card Donations-Coming soon in the cafeteria!

Peace,
Alissa Kretzmann
Valparaiso University Social Work Department '12
Social Action Leadership Team (SALT)-Chair
Residential Ministry-Campus Ministry Network Coordinator
419-610-7786

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

[Salt-l] Shaker article reminder

Hello all,

Hope everyone is having a wonderful and relaxing break! I just want to give a reminder to everyone who volunteered to write or submit anything for the Shaker to please turn it in to either Becca or myself soon, so we can start working on editing and layout to then put it together as soon as break is over!

Blessings on your Thanksgiving - we truly have so much for which to be thankful!

God's peace,
Laura

--
Laura Ehlen
Valparaiso University Class of 2012
English, Theology, Christ College
SALT Shaker Editor
Sigma Tau Delta Vice-President

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

[Salt-l] The world relief campaign this year is....

11-15-11 All Group Meeting!

 

·      World Relief Campaign Skype and discussion

·      Dining for Women: Menstrual kits for women in Kenya

·      Mission Guatemala: Mobile dental clinic

·      Heal Africa: Safe home for victims of gender violence in DRC

·      Vision for Kenya: Well project at a hospital in Kenya

 

We voted and the winner is: VISION FOR KENYA

 

Announcements

 

·      Keep working in your focus groups if you have further projects to complete

·      Spring Break Trips

·      Contact: Kathleen.parilac@valpo.edu

·      Registration for trips begins on December 9th

·      New Orleans: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=182410165179265

·      Harvey, IL: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=289420471081285

·      Minot, North Dakota: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=158693720896436

 

·      11/16 11-1pm in Ghandi King Center--International Education day

·       

·      Turn in Shaker Articles to Laura.Ehlen@valpo.edu or Becca.Berry@valpo.edu

 

·      11/16 11-12pm Chapel Branding in the Mueller Hall Refectory

 

 

If you have questions see these resources:

            http://www.valpo.edu/chapel/salt/index.php

            http://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/2201558493/

            http://valposalt.blogspot.com/

Thanks and have a great break!!

Jenni :)

Monday, November 14, 2011

[Salt-l] Help us decide: What will get voted as the 2012 WRC?

SALTers,

Join us Tuesday, at 9:30 in Huegli Hall for the BIG vote!  This week, we are committing our time to hearing from our top 4 World Relief Campaign candidates!  We will be skyping with 3 of them and hearing from 1 of them in person.  At the end of the meeting we will be making our final decision!  If you are a verbal processor, and anticipate needing to talk through this decision, come early to the meeting to chat with others informally about the WRC candidates.

And, don't forget...after the meeting we will celebrate by gathering at Buffalo Wild Wings for our after-SALT social!

*Focus groups, remember to keep in touch about the work you are doing/are wanting to do...We will pick focus groups back up after Thanksgiving Break for a final push and celebration!

This Week's Events

Peace,
Alissa Kretzmann
Valparaiso University Social Work Department '12
Social Action Leadership Team (SALT)-Chair
Residential Ministry-Campus Ministry Network Coordinator
419-610-7786

[Salt-l] Fwd: Focus group input

SALTers,
I'm not usually one to suggest that people do other things during Chapel break, but IMC is conducting a focus sessions regarding the Chapel and it's ministry.
The findings from these sessions will have a direct bearing on the redesign of the SALT logo.

The first session for students is this Wednesday at 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (free pizza will be served) in the Mueller Hall Refectory.

 

Thanks!
Pastor JIm
+++++
James Wetzstein
University Pastor
james.wetzstein@valpo.edu

calendar: http://tinyurl.com/pj-free-or-busy

phone: 219.464.5093, option 3
mobile: 219.405.0630
fax: 219.464.5049

AIM: vupastorjim

Chapel of the Resurrection
1600 Chapel Drive
Valparaiso University
Valparaiso, Indiana 46383



[Salt-l] Suicide Prevention event today 7-8PM

Hi SALTers,

Today (Monday) November 14th there will be a Suicide Prevention event in the Community Room of the Christopher Center from 7-8PM. 

Topics to be covered: the identification and prevention of suicidal behavior for both self and others, social attitudes that are obstacles to suicide prevention, and things that can be done for the individual.

I urge you all to try and make it!

(plus there will be free brownies)

 Peace,

Joel

Thursday, November 10, 2011

[Salt-l] Fwd: A Fantastic Volunteer Opportunity

Anyone want to apply their math skills toward a good cause? Anyone want to learn a great life skill, and share this knowledge? If so, then you could be a BIG help. Read on!

--Kathleen


Begin forwarded message:

The United Way of Porter County is looking for volunteers for the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. VITA provides FREE tax service to residents with low - moderate income, seniors, and people with disabilities. 

A no-obligation informational coffee to learn about the program and how YOU can become a VITA Volunteer, has been scheduled for 9 am Monday, December 5th  at the at the United Way of Porter Co. office, 951 Eastport Centre Dr. in Valparaiso. Due to limited space, please RSVP at (219) 464-3583 or email George@unitedwaypc.org .

This is a wonderful way to make an impact on someone's life by providing FREE tax service and see what a difference it makes in your life as well as others.




Wednesday, November 09, 2011

[Salt-l] Needed: Volunteers for Concession Stand on Saturday!

Hey everyone!

We are still looking for some volunteers to work at the concession stand this Saturday. By volunteering to help, we raise money, for our fall budget (which we are using to reimburse focus group costs and donating the rest to a local organization). I'd like to be able to get enough volunteers to split up the game into two shifts, 12:00-2:00 and 2:00-4:00.  Let me know if you are available for either of these time slots!

Peace,
Alissa Kretzmann
Valparaiso University Social Work Department '12
Social Action Leadership Team (SALT)-Chair
Residential Ministry-Campus Ministry Network Coordinator
419-610-7786

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

[Salt-l] 11-8-11 Minutes

Large Group Meeting 11-8-11

 

·      Recap from Focus groups

·      Fair trade- PSJS they had an activity related to unfair labor laws

·                  They will be having a showing of black gold on 12/1

·      SPEAC- 11/14- 7pm in the Community Room discussing Suicide Prevention

·      Love Food Hate Waste- Project highlighting how much food is wasted each day. Thursday between 10 and 1pm they collected 173 lbs of             waste from the union. Will be holding an event with the University Chef.

·      Human Trafficking- Are looking into possibly getting someone to speak.

·      Mexican Immigrants- At the PSJS they had the group take a portion of the required civics exam and had a pastor from Gloria Dei come in and             talk to the group. Potentially doing a drive for supplies related to the tutoring program.

 

·      World Relief Campaign Descriptions and Voting

·      First we heard a description of each of the 12 proposals and then voted down to 4.

·      These include: Dining for Women, Vision for Kenya, Mission Guatemala, Heal Africa

·      We will hear from the project leaders via skype next week so we can narrow down the project to 1.

See the attached powerpoint for brief descriptions of the projects!

·      Announcements and Events

 

·      11/12 Guild Stand at the football game! We need volunteers for the times between 12pm and 4pm. Sign up with Alissa.Kretmann@valpo.edu

·      11/14- 7pm in the Community Room of the Library. The Suicide Prevention group(SPEAC) will be holding a session related to the topic. This event is CORE approved and there will be brownies!!!!

·      11/15- After SALT social at Buffalo Wild Wings.

·      http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=183021395114816&ref=ts

·      International Education Week this week

·      Submit Shaker Articles to Laure.Ehlen@valpo.edu or Becca.Berry@valpo.edu

 

If you have questions see these resources:

            http://www.valpo.edu/chapel/salt/index.php

            http://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/2201558493/

            http://valposalt.blogspot.com/


Thanks!


Jenni :)

 

Monday, November 07, 2011

[Salt-l] Meeting Reminder: Don't Miss It!

SALTers,

Great work at the PSJS! Join us Tuesday at 9:30 in Huegli to spend some time continuing the great work of our focus groups, and then, get excited to hear about the World Relief Campaign Proposals.  This is a super important and exciting meeting to attend because we are going to be voting on the top 4 WRC proposals which we will narrow down to the final selection next week!

If you haven't been to SALT in a while, don't fret!  We need your help to finish out focus groups and your input as we start to make a lot of decisions about the WRC!

This Week's Events
  • Volunteers needed for GUILD Concession stand this Saturday (for all or part of the game)-Talk to Alissa if you are available
  • The Scavenger Hunt Social (originally scheduled for Saturday) has been postponed until further notice...its a busy time for everyone!
  • But...we will still have our after-SALT social next week!

Peace,
Alissa Kretzmann
Valparaiso University Social Work Department '12
Social Action Leadership Team (SALT)-Chair
Residential Ministry-Campus Ministry Network Coordinator
419-610-7786

[Salt-l] Shaker submissions

Hi everyone!

The Shaker is now asking for submissions again, which are due at the start of Thanksgiving break. Articles should be single space and about half a page to one page. We would love articles on the PSJS, local fair trade or organic/local stores, reflective meditations, focus group issues, or whatever you feel like submitting. Also, we would love pictures, especially from Trick-or-Treating for paper goods, PSJS, and SALT social activities.

Please email all articles, photos, or questions to:
laura.ehlen@valpo.edu
rebecca.berry@valpo.edu
--
Laura Ehlen
Valparaiso University Class of 2012
English, Theology, Christ College
SALT Shaker Editor
Sigma Tau Delta Vice-President

Friday, November 04, 2011

[Salt-l] Peace and Social Justice Symposium Party!

Get Excited Everyone!
 
The PSJS is TOMORROW!!! Registration starts at 9am, the entire event will be over a little after 4pm. 
Here's everyone's room and time slot assignments for our focus sessions:
 
Stop Traffick
9:50am - 10:45am
Alumni Room 269
 
Mexican Immigration
9:50am - 10:45am
Heritage Room 267
 
Advocates for Fair Trade
9:50am - 10:45am
Campanile Room 262
 
S.P.E.A.C.
10:50am - 11:45am
Heritage Room 267
 
Love Food Hate Waste
10:50am - 11:45am
Campanile Room 262
 
* if you are not attending the entire symposium please arrive 15 minutes prior to your focus session time to check in and prepare for your presentation with your group.
 
Here's a reminder for all of my lovely volunteers:
 
Hunger Luncheon Volunteers (12:00-1:30):
Joel Muller
Jennifer Sechrist
Amber Will
Krista Schaefer
Nathan King
Lauren Zager
Joeseph Zandstra
Cate Valentine
 
SALT Info Table Volunteers(3:00-4:00 *tentatively, see me upon arrival)
Laurie Kenyon
Joel Muller
 
*Volunteers, if you are not attending the entire symposium please arrive 15 minutes prior to your volunteer time.
 
SALTers, if you wish to attend the Hunger Luncheon, remember that the cost is $5 per person, but the rest of the Symposium is free!
Don't forget to bring your own laptops(preferably not a mac - no offense, they just have issues with our tech carts sometimes) for your presneting purposes, and have a flash drive with your presentation on it just as a back up.
 
If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, don't hesitate to email me!
 
I look forward to seeing all of you tomorrow!
Peace,
- Josh
 

Thursday, November 03, 2011

[Salt-l] Shaker submissions!

Hello everyone!

I hope November is off to a great start for everyone! The Shaker is now asking for submissions, which are due at the start of Thanksgiving break. Articles should be single space and about half a page to one page. We would love articles on the PSJS, local fair trade or organic/local stores, reflective meditations, focus group issues, or whatever you feel like submitting. Also, we would love pictures, especially from Trick-or-Treating for paper goods, PSJS, and SALT social activities.

Email all articles or send questions to:
laura.ehlen@valpo.edu
rebecca.berry@valpo.edu

Blessings,
Laura

--
Laura Ehlen
Valparaiso University Class of 2012
English, Theology, Christ College
SALT Shaker Editor
Sigma Tau Delta Vice-President

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

[Salt-l] Tonight's AWESOME Meeting!

11-1-11 All-group meeting

 

Tonight we heard from Krista about the World Relief Campaign

·      We have received 12 applications so far

·      We will raise $14,000 next semester for the project that we choose

·      In the coming weeks we will narrow our project from 12 to 4 to 1

·      Women World Wide- launch a training program in Cambodia regarding victims and women at-risk for human trafficking

·      Dining for Women- US organization that chooses an organization to support by dining in. Kenyan Girls stepping out of poverty would be t            he project that we would help this group support

·      Friends elementary school in Tanzania

·      Grace and Healing Ministry- housing and community center for HIV families in Tanzania

·      Gerlandia Orphanage and Education Center

·      Heal Africa- Dominican Republic of Congo Empowering Women in Poverty who experience gender violence

·      Lutheran Immigration refugee and service- improving legal assistance for detainees

·      Mission Guatemala- providing dental health care and establishing a mobile clinic

·      Range of Motion- improving lives of amputees by doing an addition of the hospital and mobile lab for the prostheses in Guatemala

·      Rebuilding Together- Need for Handi cap ramps

·      Shine on Sierra Leone- School in most marginalized community. Looking for computer labs to help establish microloans

·      Vision for Kenya- Health and water related.

 

·      We Mostly focused on our focus groups and the peace and social justice symposium

 

 

Announcements           

 

·      Budgets for focus groups

·      International Education Week this November

·      Thursday nights at 9:30pm SALT Bible study. Talk to Andrew Denecke if interested.

·      11/8- our Tuesday meeting this evening will be related to World Relief Campaign Proposals and Voting for our projects

·      11/15- Skype date with the WRC applicants and our final vote will take place

·      There will be a fundraiser in conjunction with no shave November. Stay tuned for more information!

 

 

·      Events

·      11/5 Peace and Social Justice Symposium  9-4pm in the union ballrooms. Free BREAKFAST!  http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=168905786529458&ref=ts

·      11/12 Scavenger Hunt  3-5pm

·      11/14 SPEAC event 7:00pm in the community room

 

 

If you have questions see these resources:

            http://www.valpo.edu/chapel/salt/index.php

            http://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/2201558493/

            http://valposalt.blogspot.com/

 

Don't forget to come to the Peace and Social Justice Symposium on Saturday! It will be great!!


Thanks,

Jenni