Annual Days of Service
**Please note that these events are made available here for the ease of our students. Should you have any questions, please contact the email or phone number included in each event rather than the Office of Community Engagement.
America Reads Day – The Cedar Rapids Public School District invites community members to read to elementary students and become engaged in the community’s future through education and literacy. Reading with a few elementary students for half an hour during their school day is a great way to get involved in the community, and there are times available all throughout the day, so it can work with almost anyone’s schedule. This great day usually falls in the middle of October, so look for emails about signing up in late September! If you’re interested in learning more, email [email protected].
Cedar Rapids Dance Marathon (CRDM) – The purpose of Cedar Rapids Dance Marathon is to raise money for University of Iowa Children’s Hospital through Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. They money goes directly to local children with illnesses and their families. The fundraising culminates with a Big Event in April where the families share their stories and students from Coe, Mt. Mercy, and Kirkwood stand together for 12 hours for the kids. This year, the event will be hosted at Coe College and if you are interested in participating, please contact [email protected]. Information taken from the Coe CRDM website.
Open Mind, Open Doors Conference – Open Minds, Open Doors is a short conference hoping to encourage middle school girls (7th-8th grades) to look at career fields with foundations in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). This year’s event is Oct. 6th and is a joint effort between the Coe AAUW, Grant Wood AEA, and Workplace Learning Connection. Interested in learning how you can get involved, email [email protected]. Information taken from the Conference website.
Playground of Science – Each fall the Coe College Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Nursing, Psychology, Math, Computer Science, and ROTC clubs will lead the fun in Peterson Hall. There are interactive demos that teach kids of all ages about the natural world around them. We levitate things, launch pumpkins on our trebuchet, do the “mentos and diet pepsi demo,” make dragon’s breath flames, play with numbers, demonstrate strong magnets, make snow, show models of eyes and hearts, teach about the human body, show how chemistry allows us to create useful substances, make ice cream with liquid air, pour molten glass at almost 2000 oF, and much more. This year’s event is Oct. 29th. Interested in participating, please contact Professor Feller, [email protected]. Information taken from the Physics Department Playground of Science Website.
Annual Shack-A-Thon – Every year, Coe College’s Habitat for Humanity Chapter raises awareness for inadequate housing conditions. Students raise money for the local affiliate, Cedar Valley Habitat for Humanity in a variety of ways to support the CVHFH Youth Build home. Students build cardboard shacks on the campus library quad and sleep out for the night. A Campus Organization and Greek Life competition is held to see whose shack is deemed the best. Shack-A-Thon is a 24-hour event, date to be determined. Anyone interested in helping with the event can contact [email protected]. Information provided by Habitat for Humanity executives.
We Are MOUND VIEW Neighborhood Clean-Up – Between the Coe College and Mt. Mercy University campuses lies the friendly neighborhood Mound View. Because both institutions play a big role in the community, we felt it was best to help keep it clean before the winter season begins and encourage all students, faculty, and staff at both institutions to join us for an afternoon. This year, we will be adding a Community Celebration about half-way through the event where all of our participants are welcome to enjoy refreshments, lawn games, and good conversation. Clean-up begins and ends at Central Park (intersection of 16th St and B Avenue). For more information, contact [email protected]. Formerly known as the Fall 500.