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Wednesday Update – September 6, 2017

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COE Student Ice Cream Social – Thursday, September 28th
All College of Education Students, please join us on Thursday, September 28th from 2:45-4:00pm in the Norman Hall Courtyard for free ice cream and prizes! More details to come

Volusia County Instructional Job Fair – Friday, November 17th
Volusia County School District located in Central Florida is currently  recruiting teachers for our 2017-18 school year as well as the 2018-19 school year. Education majors as well as any potentially certified candidates and STEM related college majors, please see attached flyer. Current interns are welcome!  Job Fair invitation requests, please contact:

For other events at the University of Florida, please click here.


Interested in mental health advocacy?  deadline 11:59pm, Wednesday, September 6th
Apply to be a Counseling & Wellness Center AWARE Ambassador! Help spread our vision of a campus with reduced mental health stigma where you can gain leadership and public speaking skills and be a part of a diverse and welcoming community. Applications close on Wednesday, September 6th at 11:59 PM. For the application, visit:  For more information, please contact us at:

Food4Kids Drivecollection from August 30th – September 25th
The College is teaming up with the McNair Scholars Program and doing a food drive for the Food4Kids program. Donations of nonperishable items that are being requested are the following:

Breakfast Items (individual sizes) – oatmeal packets, granola bars, cereals
Canned/Boxed Goods – beans, meats, pasta, soup, veggies
Snacks (individual sizes) – raisins (1 oz boxes), pretzels, fruit cups, pudding cups, peanut butter and jelly, fruit gummies, pre-packed crackers
Drinks – shelf-stable milk, juice boxes/pouches

More information about the program can be found at There is a collection box in 140 Norman. We will be delivering the food donations on Monday, September 25th. Thank you in advance for your help!

Employment & Internship Opportunities

Classroom Aide
Looking for a classroom aide/assistant/volunteer/intern at Expressions Learning Arts Academy in a kindergarten classroom. The time is from 9am-2:20pm, Monday-Friday but you can come at any time. If interested, please contact Michelle Peters at

Intern/Volunteer with Gators in Motion/Aces in Motion
Gators in Motion is a sports-based youth development program aimed at improving the lives of our students through education, enrichment activities, and character development. Opportunities range in level of involvement, or contact hours, as well as accommodate most requirements of volunteer, intern, or practicum experiences. Position details and contact information available here.

Citrus County School District
Join the Citrus County School District team where learning is  the expectation and caring is a commitment! We are currently hiring elementary and secondary teachers for all content areas. Additional details attached.

Volunteer – Service

Best Buddies
Best Buddies International is a nonprofit organization dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).

The UF Chapter of Best Buddies focuses on making the Gainesville community more inclusive by creating mutually enriching friendships and hosting two fun events per month.

Our Fall Interest Meetings will take place on Monday, September 11th in the Reitz Union Room 2335 at 7pm and on Tuesday, September 12th in the Reitz Union Room 2365 at 7pm. Come find out how you can meet your new best friend, have tons of fun, and make Gainesville more inclusive!

Please email for more information!

Gator Junior Golf Association
The Gator Junior Golf Association is a non-profit youth development program that focuses on teaching life skills to children through the game of golf. Our organization is looking for volunteers to help coach and mentor children in the Gainesville community. Only basic golf knowledge is required. If interested, please email Tori Look at, and attach a copy of your resume and a brief statement explaining why you think you would be a good coach. We hope to see you on the range!

Balance 180 Hands-On Volunteer Opportunity
Balance 180 is a local non-profit organization that focuses on integrating children with varying abilities through sports. Our volunteers work 1-1 or 2-1 with our athletes who have disabilities including autism, Down syndrome, ADD/ADHD, and cerebral palsy, among others. This is a great hands-on learning experience for student volunteers.

This fall we have two opportunities to work with our athletes:

1. Adaptive Gymnastics Classes- Saturdays, 12:30-1:30pm. This is a gymnastics class that is specifically designed for children with varying abilities. We set up the gym in rotations that include vault, bars, beam, floor, and tumbletrack, so our athletes can work on a variety of motor skills. The athletes have a range of disabilities including autism, Down syndrome, ADD/ADHD, and cerebral palsy. Information can be found here. If you are interested in being a part of the Adaptive Gymnastics volunteer team, please contact Ashley Tringas at No gymnastics experience is required to volunteer.

2. Young Athletes Program- Tuesdays, 4:00-5:00pm.  YAP is an inclusive program through Special Olympics for
children ages 2 to 7 years old. Athletes work on social skills plus basic motor skills for all sports, such as relays, kicking, hitting, jumping, climbing, and much more! Information on this program can also be found in the flyer below.
If you would like to sign-up, please email our YAP Volunteer Coordinator, Shannon Domfort, at No gymnastics experience is required to volunteer.

Childcare – Tutoring

Caregiver Needed
Part time care provider needed for amazing young adult with Autism. Experience preferred but not required. Click here for hours, duties, qualifications, and contact information.

Part-time nanny needed for Fall Semester 
UF faculty member looking to hire a reliable person to help during late afternoon/evening on Mondays and Thursdays (5 to 8:30 pm).  Additional babysitting opportunities possible on weekends and into the next semester.  Duties include picking up my 10-yr old girl and 7-yr old boy from school and driving them to sports activities or to home and help with homework and housework at home (emptying dishwasher, making lunches for next day, etc.).  My children love outdoor activities and having someone to play games or read a book with.  Requirements: Prior experience as a babysitter/nanny, safe driving record, good references, non-smoker, and reliable car.  Experience providing transportation for children is a bonus. Contact Andrea Dutton at if interested.

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