Terp Service Days

TerpService Weekend is Saturday, May 3!

If you were unable to register, it's okay! Come to TYDINGS 0117 AT 8:40 AM on SATURDAY, MAY 3 and we will place you with a site in need of volunteers!!

This annual events brings hundreds of University of Maryland students to work with the local community to help facilitate change, address social issues, and do service! Check out the different participating community partners and service opportunities below. Students can register here!

Overview

If you enjoyed participating in Terp Service Weekend or if you are looking for an opportunity to get involved in your local community, participate in a Terp Service Day!

At a Terp Service Day, you will have the opportunity to serve at a local community site with other service-minded Terps. You will also have meaningful opportunities to explore, discuss, and reflect upon critical social issues as well as your service experience.  Days are a great way to make a difference!

Registration is open to any UMD student, student group, faculty/staff, or class. A light breakfast and lunch are provided to participants. All participants will participate in a brief educational orientation prior to their service experience and a reflection with their service team, afterwards. 

Details on upcoming Terp Service Days as well as Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) can be found below. 

Schedule Of Terp Service Days, 2013-2014

Date

Time

Location

Link to Registration

October 5, 2013

9:00am – 3:30pm

Stamp Student Union

Registration is now closed

November 16, 2013

9:00am – 3:30pm

Stamp Student Union

Registration is now closed

February 22, 2014

9:00am – 3:30pm

Stamp Student Union

Registration is now closed

March 29, 2014

9:00am – 3:30pm

Stamp Student Union

Registration is now closed

May 3, 2014

TerpService Weekend!

Times vary depending on sites.

See community partner descriptions below for respective times.

Jimenez & Tydings

Check out the different participating community partners below!

Online registration is closed, BUT! come check-in at 8:40 am at 0117 Tydings on Saturday, May 3rd, and we will place you with a site!


TERPSERVICE WEEKEND COMMUNITY PARTNERS

A Wider Circle

Organization: A Wider Circle has the mission to end poverty, and the amazing thing about this organization is that they do not say no to anyone! AWC provides education and job preparedness, long-term support programs, and basic provision items. Volunteers will be part of A Wider Circle’s Neighbor-to-Neighbor program, which furnishes the homes of about 20 families each day. Anyone in need can find help in the form of home furnishings, appropriate outfits for work, toys and games for kids, and much more, all at no cost to the clients. Find out more at:www.awidercircle.org/whoweare.html

Service: If volunteers are able to move furniture, they can load clients' vehicles as well as restock the warehouse. There are also plenty of tasks for non-loaders including sorting and organizing donations and assisting clients in choosing items. A Wider Circle does require volunteers to wear closed-toed shoes, sleeved shirts, long shorts, and only “family friendly” messages on their clothing. Please remember to dress in layers for the weather and bring a reusable water bottle.

Time: 9:00am - 3:30pm


Community Forklift

Organization: Community Forklift is no ordinary home improvement or environmental protection center. It’s both! The organization provides donated building materials to our College Park community at low prices, helping to reduce the cost of living. Donations from homeowners and contractors allow for environmental preservation in two ways: gently used furniture and other supplies are kept out of landfills and incinerators, and the environmental damage caused by producing new building materials is eliminated. Find out more at: www.communityforklift.org/whatwedo.cfm

Service: Students will support Community Forklift by sorting, preparing, and stocking green building supplies for community clients. Volunteers should wear “work” clothes that can get dirty or even stained with paint and must wear closed-toed shoes. Please remember to dress in layers for the weather and bring a reusable water bottle.

Time: 9:00am - 3:30pm


Interfaith Works

Organization: Interfaith Works serves those in poverty in a truly unique way! This nonsectarian coalition engages over 165 affiliated faith communities in Montgomery County to identify and meet the needs of their clients. Not only can community members find assistance with healthcare, homelessness case management, and support in times of emergency, but they can also find clothing, school supplies, baby necessities, and home goods free of charge. Find out more at: www.iworksmc.org/about-interfaith-works/

Service: Students will support the Interfaith Clothing Center for low-income families by sorting and stocking donations in the store.  Students should wear closed-toed shoes and clothing with “family-friendly” messages. Please remember to dress in layers for the weather and bring a reusable water bottle.

Time: 9:00am - 3:30pm


Seabury Resources for the Aging

Organization: Seabury Resources for the Aging’s mission is to provide personalized, affordable services and housing options to help older adults in Washington, DC to live with independence and dignity. Their Age-in-Place program allows for their clients to continue living in their lifelong homes and apartments by providing volunteers to help with basic upkeep and maintenance that they cannot do themselves. Find out more at:www.seaburyresources.org/community_services/ageinplace_volunteer/index.html

Service: Students will work in groups at the residences of elderly and aging community members. The service itself can include house cleanup, yard work, small maintenance projects, and other upkeep tasks, not to mention engaging with the clients, who love speaking with college students! Volunteers should dress in clothes that they do not mind getting dirty, wear closed-toed shoes, and keep in mind that the sites may contain allergens (pets, dust, pollen, etc.) Please remember to dress in layers for the weather and bring a reusable water bottle.

Time: 9:00am - 3:30pm


Maryland-National Capital Parks and Planning Commission

Organization: Created in 1927, The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (MNCPPC) embodies the vision of forward-looking community leaders who saw the need to plan for orderly development and protection of the natural resources in the two suburban counties bordering the District of Columbia. MNCPPC's mission is to improve the quality of life for all of the citizens of the bi-county area it serves and of the communities in which these citizens live, work and raise their families. Find out more at: http://www.mncppc.org/

Service: Benefit our UMD campus community! Volunteers will pick up trash just off campus along the Paint Branch Trail and at Lake Artemesia! Be sure to wear closed-toe shoes and clothes you're comfortable getting dirty. Dress in layers for the weather and bring a reusable water bottle. 

Time: TBD


Magruder Park

Service: Get outdoors and help out our neighbors in Hyattsville! Projects include, but are not limited to, building a rain garden, tree planting, cleaning up large scale trash and debris, enhancing trails, and removing non-native invasive plants! Be sure to wear closed-toe shoes and clothes you're comfortable getting dirty. Dress in layers for the weather and bring a reusable water bottle. 

Time: 9:00am - 3:30pm


KEEN Sports

Organization: KEEN Greater DC is a nonprofit volunteer-led organization that provides one-to-one recreational opportunities for children and young adults with developmental and physical disabilities at no cost to their families and caregivers. KEEN's mission is to foster the self-esteem, confidence, skills and talents of its athletes through non-competitive activities, allowing young people facing even the most significant challenges to meet their individual goals. Find out more at: http://www.keengreaterdc.org/

Service: Volunteers will assist with the KEEN sports program and have the opportunity to play games with the kids! Bring your energy to chase after them!

Time: 10:00am - 4:30pm


KEEN Soccer

Organization: KEEN Greater DC is a nonprofit volunteer-led organization that provides one-to-one recreational opportunities for children and young adults with developmental and physical disabilities at no cost to their families and caregivers. KEEN's mission is to foster the self-esteem, confidence, skills and talents of its athletes through non-competitive activities, allowing young people facing even the most significant challenges to meet their individual goals. Find out more at: http://www.keengreaterdc.org/

Service: Volunteers will assist with the KEEN soccer program, and have the opportunity to play games with the kids! Bring your energy to chase after them!

Time: 12:00pm - 5:30pm


Gandhi Brigade

Organization: The Gandhi Brigade started in 2005 for the purpose of preparing a new generation of leaders that would be equal to challenges of the 21st century. Youth took up Gandhi's challenge to form a "peace brigade" that trained for justice the way an army trains for war. They taught themselves how to use video and other digital media as a tool to engage young people in the life of their community and to use the power of communication to transform the world. Help them make media not war. Find out more at: http://www.gandhibrigade.org/

Service: Gandhi Brigade is an excellent organization encouraging youth development through forms of media. They just opened a new center, so volunteers have the opportunity to make their mark and get sanding, building, and painting! Volunteers may be exposed to dust, so please be aware of allergies. Please wear clothing that can get permanently stained or dirty, and remember to bring a reusable water bottle!

Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm


United Communities Against Poverty, Inc.

Organization: UCAP was established in 1964 and was designated as the official Community Action Agency (CAA) for Prince George’s County in 1978. UCAP, a non-profit 501(c)(3), is the leading advocate for communities of people facing deficiencies in education, affordable housing, economic stability, and adequate health care access. UCAP is dedicated to providing ample services to individuals and families whose quality of life has been negatively impacted by poverty, unemployment, homelessness, crime, and inadequate public health services. Through UCAP’s rigid outlay of programs, the residents (including individuals and families) of the County are able to achieve stabilization and become self–sufficient members of the greater community. Find out more at: http://www.ucappgc.org/

Service: Volunteers get to serve as role models and interact with kids through recreational activities or arts and crafts! Volunteers are encouraged to wear family-friendly attire and clothes that can get dirty or stained. Please remember to dress in layers for the weather and bring a reusable water bottle!

Time: TBD


FAQs

How do I register for a Terp Service Day?

Registration for Terp Service Days (TSD) is electronic. Registration will open approximately 3 weeks before a given TSD. The link to registration can be found on this same page and is open to all UMD students. We kindly request that students only register if they are 100% sure they can participate for the entire day of service, which lasts from 9:00am - 3:30pm.



Can my group register for a Terp Service Day?

Groups are welcome to participate in a Terp Service Day (TSD). However, group members must register individually. We cannot guarantee that all members will serve at the same service site or that there will be enough spots to accommodate your group. Please review "spots remaining" on the application to see if there is enough spots to accommodate your group. Additionally, Terp Service Days are a good time for your group members to meet new people, so we also suggest that members register for different sites in order to meet other students.

Are there additional opportunities for Terp Service Day participants?

TerpCorps, the student-led program that sponsor the Terp Service Days events, recognizes and engages students who commit to participating in multiple TSDs. The types of recognition and opportunities include:

First-time participant: Students will receive a Terp Service button in recognition of their participation in the TSD and involvement in the Terp Service community.

Second-time participant: Students will receive a Terp Service t-shirt in recognition of their ongoing commitment to service-learning and the Terp Service community. Students will also be invited to become a site leader* for a future Terp Service Day (optional).

Third-time participant: Students will receive a Terp Service canteen water bottle in recognition of their outstanding commitment to service in the greater College Park community. These students continue to have the option to become a site leader.

Fourth-time participant: If participating as a site leader, these students will receive REI site leader backpacks for their personal use and use during Terp Service Days in recognition of their serious commitment to the Terp Service community and to service-based leadership.


 

Can I get a report of my service hours?

All Terp Service Day participants that complete the registration form, waiver, and post-service survey can receive electronic documentation of their hours via email.  Requests for service hours reports must be made at least 72 hours in advance of the time the student needs the report.


Questions? Contact Yoon Shin, Logistics Intern, at terpservice@umd.edu


Past Terp Service DAys & Community Partners

Terp Service Days began as a way to extend the service experience of students who participated in our annual Terp Service Weekend (TSW). TSW engages approximately 300 UMD students in service-learning opportunities every spring at multiple community sites. These sites have previously included:

  • The Anacostia Watershed Society
  • CentroNía
  • The Center for Educational Partnerships
  • Sheridan Street Garden
  • Engaged Community Offshoots (ECO)
  • The ARC of PG County
  • MNCPPC
  • The National Coalition for the Homeless
  • The College Park Food Pantry
  • United Methodist Church of College Park
  • Sasha Bruce Youthwork
  • The Long Branch Community Center
  • The Montgomery Housing Partnership