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Fall 2022 Projects List

Friday, September 16, 2022 

Project 1: Let’s Get Trash(y)! SJR State Highway Cleanup

From 1:30-3:30pm, SJR State will hold a Highway Cleanup on the main public road nearby each campus. Highway cleanup participants will gather in the Student Center of each campus on Friday, September 16, 2022, at 1:30pm for a safety chat and to receive safety vests, garbage bags, and disposable plastic gloves. Everyone should plan to dress comfortably and must wear closed-toe shoes and attire suitable for working outdoors in the public. Participants are encouraged to bring heavy work gloves to layer on top of the provided disposable gloves.

Questions about the Highway Cleanup? Reach out to any of the Highway Cleanup Site Captains:

  • Orange Park Campus Highway Cleanup Site Captains: Mike Keller and Paula Reeger
  • Palatka Campus Highway Cleanup Site Captains: Melanie Brown and Kara McKinley
  • St. Augustine Campus Highway Cleanup Site Captains: Myrna Allen and Royce Bass
  • Workforce Training Center Site Captains: Jay Paterson and Michelle Gibson  

Project 2: Viking Exchange Showdown!

Viking Exchange ShowdownMonday, 9/12/2022, through Friday, 9/16/2022, SJR State will hold a collection drive on each campus for nonperishable food, school supplies, and other items needed by our own students. All appropriate donated items will be distributed to our own students who are in need through the Viking Exchange. Any items not well suited for distribution through the Exchange will be donated to a local food pantry.  

Bragging rights will be awarded to the group or individual who collects the most items by weight and variety! 

Questions about the Viking Exchange Showdown? Reach out to any of the Viking Exchange Collection Site Captains:

  • Orange Park Campus Viking Exchange Showdown Co-Captains: Kendall McCurley and Michael Ramey
  • Palatka Campus Viking Exchange Showdown Co-Captains:  Ann Spinler and Heather Jones
  • St. Augustine Campus Viking Exchange Showdown Co-Captains: Brenda Hoffman and Stephen Tomasovitch
  • Workforce Training Center Viking Exchange Captain: Jay Paterson and Michelle Gibson
Results

In total, 4,305 grocery store-sized items in boxes, cans, jars, tubes, bottles, and pouches weighing in at 1,928.9 pounds were donated! Once we break things into individual items (as appropriate), it's well over 20,000 items! By campus: 

  • OPC 804 items weighing in at 518.2 pounds.
  • PAC: 1,641 items weighing in at 749.8 pounds.
  • SAC 1,860 items weighing in at 660.9 pounds. The Chancellor's Team donated 233 items to SAC weighing 84.8 pounds.

We had 11 employee teams and 3 student teams sign up for the Viking Exchange Showdown! The employee teams were organized into 3 categories and donations were scored on weight and variety. The combined score determined the winner of each category and overall winner. And those winners are:

TEAM CATERGORY 

NUMBER OF TEAMS 

TEAM CATEGORY WINNER 

The Small but Mighty! 

5 members or fewer 

The A Team in St. Augustine with 285.5 points! 

Marvelous Mediums! 

6 – 19 members 

IT Takedown in Palatka with 425 points! 

Supersized Superstars! 

Student Affairs in Palatka with 305.4 points! 

 

The winner of the Student Team category is the SNA Superstars with 151.2 points! The Student Nursing Association did an amazing job collecting items for our students in need! ‚Äč

And finally.... The overall winner of the 2022 Viking Exchange Showdown is IT Takedown with 425 points! I and the PAC counters can personally attest to the exemplary job IT did to win the Showdown fair and square. With 11 members on their team, they won all 60 of the available points for variety and donated a whopping 365 pounds of goods! Kudos to IT!

Spring 2023 Project List

2023 Spring into Service Projects

SJR State will be Springing into Service on Friday, January 20, 2023! View the complete 2023 Project List as a pdf or see below!

Click HERE to volunteer for one or more of the Vikings Spring into Service projects! Site captains will email registered volunteers on Monday, January 16, 2023, with final details about the project. If you have questions about a project, please reach out to the project’s site captain.

Clay County Projects

Orange Park Campus Beautification Project: Dixie SquareVolunteers will work with SJR State Orange Park Facilities staff to reseal the ‘Dixie Square’ concrete patio adjacent to the Orange Park Campus Library. 

Project Work Hours

9am-11am

Minimum # of Volunteers

3

Maximum # of Volunteers

5

Required Skills/Physical Abilities of Volunteers

Minimal painting skills, ability to walk distances, bend, and carry a 10 pound load at distance

Required Attire

Closed toe shoes, work gloves, painting attire.

Items Volunteers Required to Provide

NA

Restrictions for Volunteers

NA

SJR State Site Captain

Paula Reeger paulareeger@sjrstate.edu

 

Orange Park Campus Highway Cleanup - Highway cleanup participants will gather in the Student Center of each campus at 1:00pm for a safety chat and to receive safety vests, garbage bags, and disposable plastic gloves.  Everyone should plan to dress comfortably and must wear closed-toe shoes and attire suitable for working outdoors in the public.  Participants are encouraged to bring heavy work gloves to layer on top of the provided disposable gloves. 

Project Work Hours

1pm-3pm

Gather in the Orange Park Campus Student Center at 1pm.

Minimum # of Volunteers

6

Maximum # of Volunteers

NA

Required Skills/Physical Abilities of Volunteers

Walking, bending, stooping, carrying garbage bag

Required Attire

Closed-toe shoes, weather- and sun-appropriate attire

Items Volunteers Required to Provide

NA

Restrictions for Volunteers

NA

SJR State Site Captains

Mike Keller mikekeller@sjrstate.edu

Jim Rogers jimrogers@sjrstate.edu

 

Orange Park Campus Viking Exchange Showdown - Tuesday, January 17, through Friday, January 20, SJR State will hold a collection drive on each campus for nonperishable food, school supplies, and other items needed by our own students.  All appropriate donated items will be distributed to our own students who are in need through the Viking Exchange.  Any items not well suited for distribution through the Exchange will be donated to a local food pantry.  Note: All members of SJR State's community are invited to participate in the Viking Exchange Showdown, and individuals do not need to pre-register in order to participate.  Any Student Club, Department, or other "group" of employees or students who would like to participate as a "Team" in the Viking Exchange Showdown are asked to pre-register. 

Project Work Hours

Bring donated items to collection points on each campus starting Tuesday January 17 until 12 noon Friday January 20.

Minimum # of Volunteers

NA

Maximum # of Volunteers

NA

Required Skills/Physical Abilities of Volunteers

A giving spirit!

Required Attire

NA

Items Volunteers Required to Provide

A suggested list of items to donate will be emailed and can be found online at https://learningresources.sjrstate.edu/VikingExchange/donations

Restrictions for Volunteers

NA

SJR State Site Captains

Anastacia Hohrath Anastaciahohrath@sjrstate.edu

Putnam County Projects

All Hands on Deck at Water Works: Shifts 1 and 2 - The Water Works Environmental Education Center (WWEEC) is a nature-based learning center with a focus on local water history and environmental stewardship. It is owned by the City of Palatka, and the Water Works Committee and its Volunteers build trails, conduct tours, host field trips and meet regularly to review goals and progress. The WWEEC provides a tranquil place for reflection, a site for community activities, and a platform for experiential learning through informative exhibits, walking trails, natural habitat demonstration areas, special projects, and community interactions.   Projects WWEC volunteers will be asked to assist with may include:  

1. Remove air potato vines, Ardisia, & other invasive plants  

2. Work in Food Forest area to pull weeds and replace mulch 

3. Fertilize stone fruit and pecan trees  

4. Pressure wash and clean sidewalks and metal railing –washer   provided                        

5. Help repair gopher tortoise enclosure –materials and tools provided 

6. Clean and paint foot bridges  

7. Work in Glade (weeding, mulching, etc.)  

8. Build earthen terrace steps down to Glade area  

9. Place pavers next to Gopher Tortoise Slide  

10. Defrost little refrigerator  

Service Project Location

Water Works Environmental Education Center 

1101 Whitewater Drive 

Palatka, FL 

Project Work Hours

Shift 1: 8am-noon 

Shift 2: 1pm-5pm 

Minimum # of Volunteers

5 per shift 

Maximum # of Volunteers

25 per shift  

Required Skills/Physical Abilities of Volunteers

Ability to do yard work 

Required Attire

Closed toe shoes 

Items Volunteers Required to Provide

NA

Restrictions for Volunteers

NA

SJR State Site Captain

Richard Anderson richardanderson@sjrstate.edu

Royce Bass roycebass@sjrstate.edu

 

Keep Putnam Beautiful Road Cleanup The mission of Keep Putnam Beautiful is to impact the attitudes and actions of the citizens of Putnam County regarding waste disposal and environmental beautification. A litter clean-up of 309C from State Road 100 to Wes Larson Road. Volunteers will be provided personal protection gear and clean-up supplies and will clean-up trash along the roadside.

Service Project Location

309C from State Road 100 to Wes Larson Road

Palatka, FL

Project Work Hours

9am-noon

Minimum # of Volunteers

6

Maximum # of Volunteers

None

Required Skills/Physical Abilities of Volunteers

Need to be able to walk, stand and bend. The trail is well paced and those in wheelchairs or walkers are able to use the trail.

Required Attire

Comfortable attire, closed toe shoes, sun protection.

Items Volunteers Required to Provide

Please bring water in a reusable bottle.

Restrictions for Volunteers

No young children

SJR State Site Captain

Brittnee Fisher brittneefisher@sjrstate.edu

Jay Paterson jaypaterson@sjrstate.edu

 

Palatka Campus Beautification Project: Refreshing the Flowerbeds - Volunteers will work with SJR State Palatka Facilities staff to plant flowers and mulch flower beds on the Palatka Campus.

Service Project Location

Palatka Campus
 

Project Work Hours

9am-11am

Minimum # of Volunteers

3

Maximum # of Volunteers

5

Required Skills/Physical Abilities of Volunteers

Minimal gardening skills, ability to walk distances, bend, and carry a 10 lb load at distance

Required Attire

Closed toe shoes, work gloves, painting attire.

Items Volunteers Required to Provide

Small gardening tools (optional)

Restrictions for Volunteers

NA

SJR State Site Captain

Jack Hall jackhall@sjrstate.edu

 

Crafting and Games with the ARC - Mission of the organization - Providing advocacy and opportunity to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. During this service project, volunteers will interact with and lead ARC participants in a day of crafts and games.

Service Project Location

Whittaker Center-The Arc
1209 Westover Drive
Palatka FL 32177

Project Work Hours

1pm-4pm

Minimum # of Volunteers

8

Maximum # of Volunteers

15

Required Skills/Physical Abilities of Volunteers

No skills needed, just a willingness to participate in crafts or games

Required Attire

Casual comfortable attire.

Items Volunteers Required to Provide

Paper, glue, crayons, markers, and other crafting supplies identified and requested in advance will be provided by a donor.  Volunteers to bring their creativity and enthusiasm.

Restrictions for Volunteers

NA

SJR State Site Captain

Diane Pagano dianepagano@sjrstate.edu

 

Palatka Campus Highway Cleanup - Highway cleanup participants will gather in the Student Center of each campus at 1:00pm for a safety chat and to receive safety vests, garbage bags, and disposable plastic gloves.  Everyone should plan to dress comfortably and must wear closed-toe shoes and attire suitable for working outdoors in the public.  Participants are encouraged to bring heavy work gloves to layer on top of the provided disposable gloves.

Project Work Hours

1pm-3pm

Gather in the Palatka Campus Student Center at 1pm.

Minimum # of Volunteers

6

Maximum # of Volunteers

NA

Required Skills/Physical Abilities of Volunteers

Walking, bending, stooping, carrying garbage bag

Required Attire

Closed-toe shoes, weather- and sun-appropriate attire

Items Volunteers Required to Provide

Participants are encouraged to bring heavy work gloves to layer on top of the provided disposable gloves.

Restrictions for Volunteers

NA

SJR State Site Captains

Melanie Brown melaniebrown@sjrstate.edu

Kara McKinley karamckinley@sjrstate.edu

 

Palatka Campus Viking Exchange Showdown - 

Tuesday, January 17, through Friday, January 20, SJR State will hold a collection drive on each campus for nonperishable food, school supplies, and other items needed by our own students.  All appropriate donated items will be distributed to our own students who are in need through the Viking Exchange.  Any items not well suited for distribution through the Exchange will be donated to a local food pantry.  Note: All members of SJR State's community are invited to participate in the Viking Exchange Showdown, and individuals do not need to pre-register in order to participate.  Any Student Club, Department, or other "group" of employees or students who would like to participate as a "Team" in the Viking Exchange Showdown are asked to pre-register.

Project Work Hours

Bring donated items to collection points on each campus starting Tuesday January 17 until 12 noon Friday January 20.

Minimum # of Volunteers

NA

Maximum # of Volunteers

NA

Required Skills/Physical Abilities of Volunteers

A giving spirit!

Required Attire

NA

Items Volunteers Required to Provide

A suggested list of items to donate will be emailed and can be found online at https://learningresources.sjrstate.edu/VikingExchange/donations

Restrictions for Volunteers

NA

SJR State Site Captains

Ann Spinler annspinler@sjrstate.edu

Heather Jones heatherjones@sjrstate.edu

St. Johns County Projects

Meal Packing and Food Distribution Event 

Sponsoring Community Organization/Agency/Group

Sea Community Help Resource Center (United Way of St. Johns)

Mission of Sponsoring Community Organization

SEA Community runs a small food pantry and clothing closet on site and is constantly working to meet the basic needs of their community. They organize a summer lunch program to make sure that school children on summer break get meals in the middle of the day. They coordinate visits from the St. Vincent’s Mobile Health Outreach bus, organize a book bag drive just before school starts each year, and work to support migrant farm workers who visit every year to work the fields in the rural part of the county.

Service Project Description

Every Friday, SEA Community hosts a food distribution and serves hundreds of families. They are always in need of volunteers to help pack and distribute. Located in St. Johns County, near the Putnam County line, the event provides food to members of both counties.

Service Project County

St Johns County

Service Project Location

6408 Armstrong Rd.
Elkton, FL 32033

Project Work Hours

8am-1pm

Minimum # of Volunteers

10

Maximum # of Volunteers

20

Required Skills/Physical Abilities of Volunteers

Ability to lift more than 20 pounds and adhere to food handling guidelines

Required Attire

Comfortable clothing and comfortable closed-toe shoes (such as tennis shoes or boots).

Items Volunteers Required to Provide

NA

Restrictions for Volunteers

NA

SJR State Site Captains

Summer Garrett summergarrett@sjrstate.edu

Meghan Deputy meghandeputy@sjrstate.edu

 

Habitat for Humanity Construction Site - Mission of organization: Our vision is to live in a world where everyone has a healthy, affordable place to call home. In short, Habitat welcomes volunteers and supporters from all backgrounds and also serves people in need of decent housing regardless of race or religion.

Service Project Description

Habitat St Augustine/St John’s County is looking for general construction volunteers to join us on the build site to assist with various construction projects (painting, putting baseboards, siding, placing sod, etc.)  under the watchful guidance of the site supervisor. No experience is necessary.

Service Project County

St Johns County

Service Project Location

West St. Augustine—exact address to be provided the week of the service project

Project Work Hours

8am-3pm

Minimum # of Volunteers

5

Maximum # of Volunteers

20

Required Skills/Physical Abilities of Volunteers

Able to lift 20 pounds.

Required Attire

Closed toed shoes and comfortable weather appropriate work clothes.

Items Volunteers Required to Provide

Habitat will provide water, ice, t-shirts and tools but please bring your own lunch.

Restrictions for Volunteers

The minimum age required is 16 with a parent waiver. Every applicant needs to sign the waivers.

SJR State Site Captains

Dustin Latta dustinlatta@sjrstate.edu

Stephen Tomasovitch stephentomasovitch@sjrstate.edu

 

St. Augustine Campus Beautification Project: Flowerbed Refresh - Volunteers will work with SJR State St. Augustine Facilities staff to refresh flowers in the Criminal Justice Courtyard on the St. Augustine Campus.

Project Work Hours

9am-11am

Minimum # of Volunteers

3

Maximum # of Volunteers

5

Required Skills/Physical Abilities of Volunteers

Minimal gardening skills, minimal painting skills, ability to walk distances, bend, and carry a 10 lb load at distance

Required Attire

Closed toe shoes, work gloves, painting attire.

Items Volunteers Required to Provide

Small gardening tools (optional)

Restrictions for Volunteers

NA

SJR State Site Captain

Thomas Lewis ThomasLewis@sjrstate.edu

 

Gardening for St. Augustine’s Seniors

Sponsoring Community Organization/Agency/Group

St. Johns County Council on Aging Coastal Community Center and Sunshine Center

Mission of Sponsoring Community Organization

To lead and advocate for the dignity, independence, health and community involvement of older St. Johns County residents.

Service Project Description

SJR State’s Chapter of PTK installed an herb garden for the kitchen staff to have access to fresh herbs when preparing meals for the seniors. This project will have volunteers working with PTK members to expand and maintain the garden.

Service Project County

St Johns County

Service Project Location

Coastal Community Center and Sunshine Center
180 Marine St.
St. Augustine FL 32084

Project Work Hours

12 noon-2pm

Minimum # of Volunteers

6

Maximum # of Volunteers

12

Required Skills/Physical Abilities of Volunteers

Mobility is needed. We will be raking, planting and weeding.

Required Attire

Wear clothing you don't mind getting dirty.

Items Volunteers Required to Provide

Gardening implements and gardening gloves will be provided.

Restrictions for Volunteers

N/A

SJR State Site Captain

James McCaughern-Carucci jamesmccaugherncarucci@sjrstate.edu

 

St. Augustine Campus Highway Cleanup - Highway cleanup participants will gather in the Student Center of each campus at 1:00pm for a safety chat and to receive safety vests, garbage bags, and disposable plastic gloves.  Everyone should plan to dress comfortably and must wear closed-toe shoes and attire suitable for working outdoors in the public.  Participants are encouraged to bring heavy work gloves to layer on top of the provided disposable gloves.

Project Work Hours

1pm-3pm

Gather in the St. Augustine Campus Student Center at 1pm.

Minimum # of Volunteers

6

Maximum # of Volunteers

NA

Required Skills/Physical Abilities of Volunteers

Walking, bending, stooping, carrying garbage bag

Required Attire

Closed-toe shoes, weather- and sun-appropriate attire

Items Volunteers Required to Provide

Participants are encouraged to bring heavy work gloves to layer on top of the provided disposable gloves.

Restrictions for Volunteers

NA

SJR State Site Captains

Tim Adams timadams@sjrstate.edu

Myrna Allen myrnaallen@sjrstate.edu

 

St. Augustine Campus Viking Exchange Showdown - 

Tuesday, January 17, through Friday, January 20, SJR State will hold a collection drive on each campus for nonperishable food, school supplies, and other items needed by our own students.  All appropriate donated items will be distributed to our own students who are in need through the Viking Exchange.  Any items not well suited for distribution through the Exchange will be donated to a local food pantry.  Note: All members of SJR State's community are invited to participate in the Viking Exchange Showdown, and individuals do not need to pre-register in order to participate.  Any Student Club, Department, or other "group" of employees or students who would like to participate as a "Team" in the Viking Exchange Showdown are asked to pre-register.

Project Work Hours

Bring donated items to collection points on each campus starting Tuesday January 17 until 12 noon Friday January 20.

Minimum # of Volunteers

NA

Maximum # of Volunteers

NA

Required Skills/Physical Abilities of Volunteers

A giving spirit!

Required Attire

NA

Items Volunteers Required to Provide

A suggested list of items to donate will be emailed and can be found online at https://learningresources.sjrstate.edu/VikingExchange/donations

Restrictions for Volunteers

NA

SJR State Site Captains

Renee Bachman reneebachman@sjrstate.edu

Brenda Hoffman brendahoffman@sjrstate.edu

Sign Up Today!

Click HERE to volunteer for one or more of the Vikings Spring into Service projects! Site captains will email registered volunteers on Monday, January 16, 2023, with final details about the project. If you have questions about a project, please reach out to the project’s site captain.

Thank you! 


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