Twas The Friday before Finals…

and all through the RC’s, students were studying and trying to get their degrees…

Next week is finals week, are you ready?? Here are some tips on how to stay motivated during your finals week. Good luck!



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Study Hacks Part 2

Hey Family,

Finals are almost here, make sure you are getting enough sleep while you prepare for the close of the semester!

sleepin college

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Study Hacks: Back to the Basics

The semester is coming to a close, and you cannot afford to mentally to check out! Here is a great infographic reinforcing good study habits. It’s time to buckle down once again. Here’s to the home stretch:


Be strong and study hard!

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MHPS Presents: A Spring Wellness Series

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Volunteer Opportunities

Happy Tuesday, MHPS! Take a look at the many volunteer opportunities available for you!


Remember- to find other great volunteer opportunities other than those listed below, please visit to search an online database of Dallas area volunteer positions or find out about other campus volunteer programs in CEL.

Non- Profit Organization: Achievement Center of Texas
For individuals or groups
The Achievement Center of Texas was started by a group of parents frustrated by their inability to find suitable day care for their children with disabilities. Beginning with a dream and $800 raised from a parking lot sale, this group formed their own day care center. The facility offers students greater opportunities to develop their strengths and talents, make and maintain friendships, and use up-to-date equipment and modern technology. The center serves over 140 students a day. The next event is the Special Arts Festival with over 55 art activities going on around the auditorium, and your help is needed!
Date: March 19th
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Location: Spring Creek Church Auditorium
Contact: Marilynne Serie, 972 414-7700,

Non-Profit Organization: Wilkinson Center
For individuals or groups
The Wilkinson Center mission is to transform the lives of Dallas families by providing pathways to self-sufficiency with dignity and respect. The missions is fulfilled by helping families face critical life challenges including food insecurity, lack of education, economic instability, unemployment and underemployment. Individuals are needed to help shoppers at the food pantry, assist with the early childhood program afternoon classes (preschool 3-4 year olds). There’s a curriculum/structure along with intentional playtime, and help with citizenship tests: going over questions, practicing the verbal part of the test. The Wilkinson Center has a partnership with the North Texas Food Bank (they get most of their food from them) where groups can help offset their handling fee. Groups can go volunteer at NTFB on behalf of the Wilkinson Center, then the Wilkinson Center will get credited for it and not have to pay their full food handling fee to NTFB! Sign up for this and more opportunities on the website under the “Get Involved” tab.
Time: Varies
Contact: Adrienne O’Connor, , 972-284-0301

Non-Profit Organization: Rosemont Elementary School in DISD
For individuals
Currently looking for students interested in 3 different volunteer opportunities with grades 3-5. The following opportunities are: Homework Club- In need of approximately 4-8 volunteers to assist, Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:30pm- 4:30pm, with homework help and completion, Saturday tutoring- In need of at least 10 volunteers to provide students with tutoring, from 9am- 11:30am, and the Mentorship program- At least 10 volunteers needed. Schedule varies based on volunteer availability. Required to interact at least once a week with their assigned mentee.
For those interested in volunteering, please send a response with name, contact information, and volunteer opportunity of your choice prior to March 11th. Locations vary.
Contact: Raven Alston,

Non-Profit Organization: Vickery Meadow Learning Center
For individuals or groups
VMLC serves 1,200 adults and 330 young children annually by teaching English literacy skills at no charge in low income, highly diverse neighborhoods. VMLC’s spring semester classes are starting on openings are available for fulltime teachers, substitutes, computer lab assistants and test/survey administrators.
Time/Date: 2 hrs/week, dates vary
Contact: Leala Rosen, 214-265-5057×110

Non-Profit Organization: The Bridge Homeless Recovery Center
For Individual or groups
Since 2008, The Bridge has been a strong partner for the City of Dallas, working hard to provide necessary services to people experiencing homelessness. The Bridge has made great strides by getting people the care they need. Thousands have received not only short-term services, but also transitioned to long-term income and/or housing.
Volunteer opportunities and days/times are list below:
Library Volunteers needed 7 days a week (8:30am-11:30am, 1:30pm-4:30pm, 6pm-9pm)
Reception Desk Volunteers needed M-F (11:30am-1:30pm)
Intake Engagement Volunteers needed M-F (11am-2pm)
Music Therapy volunteers needed Tues & Thurs (1:30pm-3:45pm)
Bingo Night volunteers needed on the 1st Tuesday of every month (7pm-8pm)
Art Class volunteers needed Wednesdays from 1-3pm
Contact: Christine Heskes,

Volunteer- Day Chair
Non-Profit Organization: Skill QUEST, Inc.
For Individuals
Skill QUEST, Inc. lifts heads of households from minimum wages to middle income wages of at least $18 per hour into growth sector careers. Career counseling/case management averages from a year to three years for participants to transition out of poverty into middle skill career. Recruiting volunteers to greet candidates at social service agency with light recordkeeping. Day Chair will assist or lead candidates through intake process. Day Chair training in methods and operations of Skill QUEST can be completed in an eight hour day, with lunch break, or over two half day sessions. Operating sites include Dallas County Community College District campuses, and partner agency locations in Plano and McKinney.
Date: Weekdays
Location: 2922 Martin Luther King Boulevard, Building A, Suite 118, Dallas, 75215
Time: 9am – 5pm or half days, 9am-Noon or 1pm-4pm.
Contact: Reginald Grant, or (214) 421-3555

Non-Profit Organization: []Dallas Holocaust Museum Center for Education and Tolerance
For individuals or groups
Looking for engaged and enthusiastic volunteers at the Museum. Volunteer Roles are in collections/archives, development, docent program (lead group tours of permanent and special exhibits (includes school groups and adult groups). This program requires 9 3-hour training sessions with training available each spring and fall. Please contact Charlotte Decoster, Assistant Director of Education, at for more information.) education, special events, front desk management, and marketing.
Time/Date: Varies
Contact: Annie Black,

Non-Profit Organization: Dallas Public Library
The Mission of the Dallas Public Library is to link resources and customers to enhance lives. The Library is committed to inform, entertain, enrich, and to foster the self-learning process by facilitating access to its collections, services, and facilities to all members of the community. Volunteers will conduct storytimes, craft activities and other library and literacy-related activities with children 3-8 years old while the children’s parents attend an adult literacy class at Dallas Public Library locations. Special training provided.
Where: Bachman Lake Branch Library, 9480 Webb Chapel Rd, Dallas, TX 75220
Time/ Date: Fridays- March 4th, 25th, April 8th, 22nd, May 6th, 20th all from 12:00 pm-2:30 pm
Contact: Angie Bartula,

Non-Profit Organization: New Horizons
For individuals
New Horizons is a faith-based non-profit organization dedicated to helping at-risk children and teens who are growing up in an environment of poverty, academic failure, and hopelessness. Mentors work with elementary aged students to provide individual homework assistance, academic remediation, and development of reading skills. Mentors also provide much needed encouragement, support, and care to our kids.
Time: Weekly Monday-Thursday from 3:00-5:00 PM at Titche Elementary.
Contact: Seth Henderson,

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Cool Event–Check it out!

William Smith Flyer

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Commons Dinner–Next Tuesday


Tuesdays are the perfect day for a good taco. Maybe it’s the alliteration, maybe it’s realizing that’s it’s no longer Monday – whatever the reason, tacos were crafted for Tuesdays. Mary Hay/Peyton/Shuttles have decided to bring the deliciousness of the commons dinner IN the commons. That’s right! We’ll be serving up yummy tacos, 6pm in the Mary Hay Lounge. But you MUST MUST MUST RSVP to assure your taco! No RSVP = No taco (Sign up here:


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Need a Job? Check out the SMU Career Fair


See more here:

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Teas n Tunes: This Thursday!

Come out and enjoy good music and a hot cup of Tazo tea with our FiR, Dr. K.

January 28th
FIR Apartment, Mary Hay Building

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Volunteer Opportunities [Check it Out!]


University Laundry #LifeNotLaundry Grant

For individuals

Mustang Laundry believes that college is a singular experience best used doing anything other than laundry.  The #LifeNotLaundry Grant is an innovative approach specific to mobilizing students into community service.  Students apply, a panel from the Mustang Laundry team award the grants, and winners receive a 20lb/week laundry plan at the beginning of the semester.  Once chosen, winners select their best match from a list of partner organizations.  The Mustang Laundry team follows the progress of service, and together everyone celebrates the good happening due to more brilliant uses of time.
The deadline to apply for spring 2016 is January 30.

Non-Profit Organization: Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance

Homeless Count Night

Date/Time: January 21, 2016, 8:00 pm – 1:00 am

The Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance (MDHA) will be conducting its annual Point-In-Time (PIT) Homeless Count. The Count, a requirement under federal law, helps communities and the nation as a whole, identify and understand the extent and nature of homelessness, changing trends in this area, and the measure of our success in ending homelessness. Over 750 Volunteers Needed to Count the Unsheltered Homeless in Dallas, Irving, Mesquite and Garland. Training provided- Must be at least 18 years old, will be in teams of 3-5 persons. To sign up, go to:



Non-Profit Organization: Dallas Ramp Project

For individuals or groups

Dallas Ramp Project is actively looking for volunteers interested in building wheelchair ramps. All skill levels accepted. Will provide on the job training. The more team leaders/assistants, the more clients and their families DRP can help.

Time/Date: Varies

Contact: Gary Stopani 972-495-4545 /



Non-Profit Organization: Promise House
For individuals or groups

For 31 years, Promise House has stood at the forefront of combating youth homelessness in Dallas. Volunteers play an integral role at Promise House and their donated time and talents directly impact the lives of our youth and staff. Our volunteer program offers opportunities for individuals, groups and families to serve directly with our teens or “behind the scenes” by helping with events and office work.

See also, “Souper Bowl of Caring” Opportunities

Time/Date: Varies

Contact: Wendi Medling,

Outreach PAL
Non-Profit Organization: Genesis Women’s Shelter & Support

For individuals or groups

A PAL Volunteer is dedicated to making our Outreach facility run smoothly. Their main purpose is to play with the kids and facilitate different structured activities for them while mom is in her session or group. You give mom peace of mind that her child is safe. A PAL Volunteer will also help with some things around the office that will be appointed by the Evening Office Assistant. These tasks include cleaning play therapy rooms, answering phones, and checking in clients. Due to the chaotic nature of our clients lives, we need flexible volunteers in this role! Smiles and a whole lot of energy needed here!

Time/Date: Varies

Contact: Chandra Adkins Phone: 214-389-7701

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