Community Engagement

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April 13, 2019


SAN BERNARDINO, Calif., - Cal State San Bernardino students will become a volunteer force in the community for the seventh annual Coyote Cares Day on Saturday, April 13 – in honor of National Volunteer Week – starting at 7:30 a.m. 
National Volunteer Week was established in 1974 and has grown exponentially each year, with thousands of volunteer projects and special events scheduled throughout the week. It is an opportunity to honor the impact of all those who do good in our communities, and inspire others to make a difference and improve the world.
Coyote Cares Day is a day of volunteer service in local communities that provides CSUSB students with an understanding of the work of nonprofit organizations, and engages the students through volunteer service. CSUSB students, faculty, staff and alumni volunteers will come together to complete projects that benefit local nonprofit organizations and community agencies as a way of thanking the community for their support of the university and its mission.
“Coyote Cares Day has become an important tradition at CSUSB, and it is symbolic of the 96,000 hours of volunteer service our students contribute each year,” said Diane Podolske, director of the Office of Community Engagement.  “We are teaching our students that good works can come in many forms – an action, a voice, a vote, a wallet – and we all have a responsibility to help.”
More than 550 CSUSB students are registered to participate in environmental clean-up, beautification and restoration projects. The volunteers are expected to complete more than 2,500 hours of service work.
Participating community organizations where the volunteers will serve include:
Option House
Ronald McDonald House Charities – Inland Empire
San Bernardino City Mission
San Bernardino Neighborhood Association - Wildwood Park
SOAR Charter Academy
CASA of San Bernardino County
Central City Lutheran Mission
Family Service Association of Redlands
Veteran’s Exploration Garden
Hutton Community Center
Salvation Army
Helping Hands Pantry
Helping Hands Pantry-Garden
Huerta Del Valle
Inland Empire Resource Conservation District
For the fourth year, Alumni Relations has partnered with the Office of Community Engagement to bring back CSUSB alumni to volunteer alongside our students. They will help package 2,000 food boxes for Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino. These food boxes will be distributed to families in need in San Bernardino County.
The university’s Office of Community Engagement, Santos Manuel Student Union, Santos Manuel Student Union – Program Board, Student Recreation and Wellness Center, Alumni Relations, Special Events and Guest Services, Associated Students, Inc., University Enterprise Corporation and CSUSB Dining Services are all supporting the annual event.
CSUSB’s Coyote Cares Day event has inspired a group of community organizations to serve in San Bernardino on the morning of April 13th.  The community-sponsored event is called San Bernardino Cares, and the volunteer projects include an E Street clean-up, Pioneer Park clean-up, assisting a disabled veteran with his yardwork, and volunteering at the Day of King festival at Martin Luther King Middle School. The community groups that are involved include the City of San Bernardino, various Kiwanis Clubs, New Hope Missionary Baptist Church, Community Hospital of San Bernardino, several Rotary Clubs, the National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa-Delta Rho Chapter and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Volunteers are welcome to join the service effort, with a kick-off event in Court Street Square in downtown San Bernardino at 8:30am and concluding with refreshments and live entertainment at noon.
Visit the CSUSB Office of Community Engagement website, or call at (909) 537-7483, for more
information on Coyote Cares Day and other community projects.
For more information about Cal State San Bernardino, contact the university’s Office of Strategic Communication at (909) 537-5007 and visit

2018 Collegiate Advertising Award

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CSUSB honored nationally in the 2018 Collegiate Advertising Awards

The Office of Community Engagement (OCE) received a silver award for its “CSUSB Midterm Election Voter Campaign” under the TV/Video Advertising/PSA Series, according to the CAA.
“We are very proud of communication studies students J’kaire Gentry and David Williams who created this campaign,” said OCE Director Diane Podolske. “To win a silver award in a national field of large higher education institutions is a testament to their talent and the high-quality instruction they are receiving at CSUSB.”
To watch the three award-winning videos, click on the following links:
My Voice! My Vote!
My First Time
CSUSB Let your Voice Be Heard
Awards were issued for entries that received the Silver Award from judges, placing them in the top 12 percent of the nation for advertising excellence. Judging criteria included creativity, layout and design, functionality, message effectiveness, production quality and overall appeal.
The 2019 CAA program had more than 900 entries from the United States and Canada representing small community colleges to very large schools and universities.
Submissions were reviewed and by a national panel of industry experts, with a possibility of 100 total points. Participants’ entries competed against similar-sized organizations in their specific groups and categories.  
All award recipients are posted on the Collegiate Advertising Awards website.
For more information on Cal State San Bernardino, contact the university’s Office of Strategic Communication at (909) 537-5007 and visit

2019 Annual Community Engagement and Volunteer Service Fair

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