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Attention Grads - Student Service Program

Attention Grads - Please see the information below regarding the St. Mary's Student Service Program.
St. Mary's Parish (Kitchener): Canada Student Service Grant (CSSG)
HOW IT WORKS
  • St. Mary’s CSSG projects run July 3 to August 31, 2020
  • Each participating student will receive $1000 from the federal government for every 100 hours of service, up to a maximum of $5000
  • St. Mary’s is offering 2 exciting volunteer opportunities which are outlined below.  A variety of work times will be offered at our first orientation meeting, whose date and time will be sent to all applicants.
  • We have space for up to 100 eligible students. See https://apply.iwanttohelp.org/for eligibility requirements.
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
There are 2 volunteer opportunities that will be offered by St. Mary’s Parish. Students must choose one of the following two opportunities:
TINY HOME WORKER: Students will be split into teams to fundraise and build up to 10 Tiny Homes for the homeless in Kitchener-Waterloo.  Students will also have the opportunity to learn from and network with professionals who work in KW’s housing and homelessness sector.  This opportunity will take place onsite at St. Mary’s Parish, Kitchener in addition to virtual components.
CAPTURING THE WISDOM OF OUR ELDERS:  We know that the pandemic has disproportionately affected our elderly population.  These are people who have lived remarkable lives of resilience, faith, and love.  Students will be placed on teams and matched with a parish in Kitchener-Waterloo where students will connect with and capture the stories of the elderly of their parish.  They will then find creative ways of celebrating their stories through multimedia platforms (video, photography, social media, photo-book, etc.). This will be a great opportunity for anyone seeking to build their creative skills in photography, videography, graphic design, interviewing.  This project will mostly take place virtually, with some onsite opportunities.
*Government regulations for protection from COVID-19 will be followed closely for everyone's safety.
HOW TO APPLY
Apply online at https://apply.iwanttohelp.org/ using the following code: ED1045. You must use this code to be placed within St. Mary’s volunteer projects
Complete this brief Google Form
We will be accepting late applications.  Please follow the application steps above, and if you run into any issues email rianne.stmarys@gmail.com.  Keep an eye on your inbox for next steps as the project unfolds.
WHY THE PROGRAM WAS CREATED
The federal government recognizes that students have been struggling to find summer employment, and that many were depending on this income to pay for tuition in the coming Fall or Winter terms.  The government also recognizes that the pandemic has led to increased isolation and need amongst vulnerable populations.  In an effort to address both problems, the Canada Student Service Grant (CSSG) was created to support you in your journey through post-secondary education.
GOALS OF THE PROGRAM
  • Provide students an opportunity to support
  • their community during a difficult time
  • Offer students networking opportunities
  • with nonprofit leaders and stakeholders
  • Develop skills and offer experiences that can build a resume
  • Help students accrue hours to receive financial
  • support from the government to help pay for their studies
St. Mary's Student Service Program

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