Students Advocating Volunteer Involvement (SAVI)
Students Advocating Volunteer Involvement (SAVI) is a Student Government program that provides community service and leadership opportunities to all interested students. SAVI promotes a positive environment through volunteerism and community engagement. SAVI also assists clubs and other student organizations in their community service efforts. SAVI is based on the Boca Raton, Broward and Jupiter campuses.
“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” – Gandhi
MLK Diversity Address and Day of Service
January 21, 2019
"Make it a Day On, Not a Day Off"
Beginning at 8am with the Diversity Address and Breakfast, and ending with a Day of Service
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. lived his life serving others. Following his example, millions of Americans serve on Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. At our children's schools, at a local shelter, or lending a hand to help our neighbors – we join Dr. King as drum majors for justice, peace and righteousness.
Join SAVI, MP, Lead and Serve, and the Center for IDEAs as we honor the work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in a day of service to our community. We will be gathering together to hear from a guest speaker, before heading out to our service projects.
Below is an outline of the projects and social issues that we will be working on, as well as links to learn more about each specific organization:
Boca Raton Campus Projects:
ARC Broward (Social Issue: Community Health/Special Needs)- This site is FULL
ARC Broward is a nationally accredited, private 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization providing services to children and adults with autism, Down syndrome, and other developmental disabilities, as well as those with various life changes. As part of MLK Day, we will be helping the organization support it's mission by cleaning around the facility, helping the staff, and much more!
Children's Hospital Letter Writing (Social Issue: Community Health/Childhood Well-being)- On-Campus Project- OPEN
Locks of Love (Social Issue: Community Health/Childhood Well-being)- This site is FULL
The mission of Locks of Love is to return a sense of self, confidence and normalcy to children suffering from hair loss by utilizing donated ponytails to provide the highest quality hair prosthetics to financially disadvantaged children free of charge.Students will sort and file hair donations. The organization works with youth who are experiencing hair loss due to due various medical conditions. Student volunteers will be assisting with the sorting of donations.
Horses that Help
(Social Issue: Community Health/Childhood Well-being)- This site is FULL
The mission of Horses that Help is to use horses to break through physical, mental, spiritual, emotional, and cultural barriers.
SOS Children's Village focuses on four main areas of children and familial support: Family and Community Strengthening, Quality Care for Children, Education, Empowerment and Livelihood, and Advocacy and Movement-Building. Student volunteers will be helping around the village by providing activities as well as support to staff on their efforts for the day.
Poverello Center (Social Issue: Community Health/Food Insecurity)- This site is FULL
The Poverello Center, Inc. provides nutritious food, services and basic living essentials with the highest degree of understanding, respect and love for individuals living with critical and chronic illnesses Including HIV, in South Florida. This project assists the organization by helping with food packaging to combat food insecurity in the Fort Lauderdale/Wilton Manors area.
Boca Helping Hands (Social Issue: Community Health/Food Insecurity)- On-Campus Project- OPEN
Boca Helping Hands provides food, medical and financial assistance to meet basic human needs as well as education, job training and guidance to create self-sufficiency. Volunteers will be needed to help with rolling silverware and decorating donations bags for those in need right here in Boca Raton.
The park is named for Civil Rights Movement leaders who led “wade-in” protests to desegregate South Florida beaches in the 1950s and 1960s. It was once the county’s only designated beach for African-Americans during the days of segregation, and bore the name of the Broward County attorney who was instrumental in transferring ownership of the land to the state, in lieu of being developed for residential high-rises. In an effort to honor the work of these pioneers, we will be leading an effort to clean the beach for the enjoyment of the local community.
As part of Fort Lauderdale United for MLK Day, the city is organizing volunteers to assist with parade organizing in the historic Sistrunk Corridor, a neighborhood clean-up also along Sistrunk Blvd (NW 6th St.) and helping kids paint at the LA Lee YMCA.
Tunnel Vision Set-Up (Social Issue: Diversity and Social Justice)- On-Campus Project- OPEN
Tunnel Vision is a social justice immersion program that allows participants to walk through displays depicting oppression of marginalized groups. Volunteers will be needed to help set-up some of the sets and props.
Broward Campuses Projects:
On August 22, 2010, eight of the largest churches in the Fort Lauderdale area joined together, in partnership with The Shepherd’s Way, to launch HOPE South Florida. The idea was, and is, to work collectively to “Build Hope, Build Housing and Build Community” as part of a holistic response to homelessness.
Jupiter/Northern Campuses Projects:
Issue: Community Health/Childhood Well-being)
Quantum House is a caring and supportive home that lessens the burden for families whose children are receiving treatment in Palm Beach County for a serious medical condition.
Other SAVI Programs Include:
ExtravaCANza is a program that takes place on Homecoming each year on the Boca Raton campus where student teams compete to build a sculpture made from canned goods that relate to that year's Homecoming theme. From there, the canned goods are then donated to a community agency to be able to help our neighbors in need.
The 2018 ExtravaCANza contest netted over 2,100 pounds of canned goods.
Days of Service
SAVI hosts three Days of Service each year: WoW (Weeks of Welcome, at the end of August), the FAU Homecoming Day of Service, and the MLK Day of Service.
Each Day of Service seeks to connect students with a variety of community partners, in an effort to make a difference and learn about a given social issue. Social issues that we've worked with include: Disaster Relief, Children and Youth, Poverty (Hunger and Homelessness), Animal Rights and Welfare, and much more!
To get involved with SAVI, contact the team on your campus and let's make a difference starting today!
Office location: SS-8, Room 228B
Phone number: 561-297-3607
SAVI Director: Aly Reeves, SGBocaSAVI@fau.edu
SAVI Associate Director: TBA
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Office location: Student Union, SD, room 210
Phone number: 954-236-1183
SAVI Director: Sheri Reid, firstname.lastname@example.org
SAVI Coordinator: Marlene Bhooshi
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