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Careers in Community Organizing for Social Justice

Posted on: April 7th, 2020 by elpayseu

Careers in Community Organizing for Social Justice

DART will hold an online info session on Wednesday, April 15 at 5 pm central to discuss careers in community organizing. All Ole Miss students and alumni welcome, particularly those graduating before January 2021.

RSVP at www.thedartcenter.org/olemiss

DART organizations unite congregations to work for social, economic and racial justice, including:

* Plugging the school-to-prison pipeline
* Reining in predatory lending practices
* Expanding access to primary health and dental care
* Prioritizing funding for affordable housing and job training
* Fighting for immigrants’ rights
* Police accountability

 Positions start August 10, 2020 and January 11, 2021:

FLORIDA: St. Petersburg, West Palm Beach, Fort Myers, Miami and Fort Lauderdale.

KANSAS:  Lawrence

VIRGINIA: Richmond

Starting salary $39,064/year + benefits.

DART organizations are largely made up of low- and moderate-income, minority and immigrant communities. We strongly encourage people from these backgrounds, as well as fluent Spanish speakers, to apply.

To apply or learn more about DART, visit www.thedartcenter.org. Still have questions? Contact sarah@thedartcenter.org or (937) 974-6093.

Sarah Storar
Associate Recruiter and Training Coordinator

Save Now. Stay Later Campaign

Posted on: April 7th, 2020 by elpayseu

Courtesy of our colleagues at Visit Oxford:


While gatherings and group travel are discouraged at this time, planning for the future is NOT!

Local hoteliers have come together and are offering visitors the opportunity to reserve their stays now and are rewarding them with deep discounts— SAVE NOW STAY LATER

Below is a list of Oxford hotels that are offering specials, and the information to redeem the special offer.

**Please note that blackout dates may apply.**

Resources for Non-Profits

Posted on: April 3rd, 2020 by elpayseu

The Office of Community Engagement wanted to share updates and analysis amidst the Covid-19 pandemic that may be helpful to our campus and community.

This site from the council of nonprofits, which will be updated regularly, has an exhaustive set of suggestions and recommendations for nonprofits, including state by state resources.

Closer to home, the Oxford Chamber has assembled this overview of what the CARES Act recently passed by congress means for small businesses and nonprofits. Included is the following information:

This piece from Forbes provides additional analysis of the CARES Act, but also provides important information about “Economic Injury Disaster Loans” (EIDL) – a fund which for which many nonprofit organizations may also qualify:

The Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs) are the first line of support.  These loans aren’t new. They’ve always been available in the event of disaster. However, according to Alex Contreras, Director of Preparedness, Communication, & Coordination at the Office of Disaster Assistance for the SBA, this is the first time a virus or pandemic event has been defined as a disaster.”

This article from Forbes notes that churches and religious organizations can also apply for relief through the CARES Act.

Finally, Give Pulse is a company that assists campuses and communities in tracking student engagement with communities beyond the campus. They conducted a survey of community partners and campuses across the country, and this excerpt from the article captures well the importance of community engagement – especially in our current moment:

“Access to information and to positive messaging is critical at this time; people need encouragement and will benefit from seeing the many incredible ways that our communities are coming together. If we have learned one thing from the responses we received, it is that our partners are working to connect with community members in need, devoting themselves in this time of crisis to the wellbeing of others. We look forward to highlighting these stories in the days and weeks ahead. NPOs and campuses can similarly highlight these stories, becoming hubs for the communication that will lift spirits and encourage safe practices going forward.”

You can review the full findings of the survey on the Give Pulse Blog.

Stay safe, stay engaged, and please let us know if you have information that would be helpful to share with our community.  Contact us at engaged@olemiss.edu

Coping During Covid-19

Posted on: April 2nd, 2020 by elpayseu

Coping During COVID-19

COVID-19 Impact on Community Agencies

Posted on: April 1st, 2020 by elpayseu

COVID-19 Impact on Community Agencies