Want an HPA Chapter Pen Pal?

Posted in chapter project, hpa project on January 23, 2012 by carpefuturum

Would you like a pen pal at another Harry Potter Alliance chapter? Think of all the possibilities–share stories about what the chapters are doing to fight the dark arts, geek out over Harry Potter with a new friend, send e-mail or snail mail (crafts! postcards!), the possibilities are endless.

If you’re interested in this, please fill out the information below by the end of the day Friday, January 27, 2012:


Interest Meeting & Goodie Bags for Orphans

Posted in chapter project, meeting on January 5, 2012 by carpefuturum

Happy new year, members of Carpe Futurum! We hope you’re ready for another exciting year of fighting the dark arts of the real world with Dumbledore’s Army here in Northern Virginia.

And we hope you’ll be able to join us for our 2012 interest meeting & first event on January 21. We will discuss projects we’d like to undertake while assembling goodie bags for the Orphan Foundation of America. The OFA sends these treats to young adults who have aged out of the system and have beaten the odds to make it to college. It gives them an extra sugar rush while doing classwork and lets them know there are people out there who care about their futures (we wish Harry had had that sort of message while growing up). This year, the OFA is sending Valentine’s Day themed care packages. Given that part of the Harry Potter Alliance’s logo is a heart, what could be more perfect?

Date: January 21, 2012
Time: 2:30 – 5:00 PM
Location: Meeting Room 116/117, Burke Centre Library, 5935 Freds Oak Road, Burke, VA 22015

Please join us for a fun meeting to brainstorm & help out orphans at the same time! We need lots of hands to help assemble goodie bags! Newcomers and familiar faces alike are all welcome.

Opportunity: Toys for Tots

Posted in on your own on December 17, 2011 by carpefuturum

Looking for another easy way to give to your community on your own? Toys for Tots is a project of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve. Its goal is to collect and distribute brand new toys to children who wouldn’t otherwise receive toys for the holidays. They will take any new, unwrapped toys (as well as donations, of course). If you still have some gift shopping to do, you might consider buying a toy to donate!

Most Toys for Tots drop-off bins are still accepting donations through the weekend and until roughly 12/22 (some locations stop accepting donations earlier).

Find a drop-off spot near you:
Northern VA: http://quantico-va.toysfortots.org/local-coordinator-sites/lco-sites/default.asp
Other locations: http://www.toysfortots.org/donate/toys.asp

Kate donated a few toys at her local Giant Food store this week (most of the stores–if not all–have bins still). A My Little Pony and a snuggly puppy stuffed animal should make the holidays better for some kids somewhere!

It’s Project for Awesome Weekend!

Posted in chapter project on December 17, 2011 by carpefuturum

It’s Project 4 Awesome weekend! P4A is a way of using YouTube to promote amazing charities. Kate put together a video for Carpe Futurum– watch it and then comment on it at YouTube!

Ways to get involved in P4A, December 17-18, 2011:
1. Go to YouTube and do a search for p4a2011 and comment on every video you like. The more comments, the more a video will be promoted. The goal is to get as much attention in YouTube for charities. Take over the main YouTube page with awesome works of good.

2. Make & upload your own video NOW! Find out more: http://www.projectforawesome.com/

3. Visit http://www.projectforawesome.com/ to donate and bid on exiting auction items.

4. Visit http://www.projectforawesome.com/ to vote for your favorite charities and see tons of videos that are being posted.

5. Spread the word! Share links to your favorite videos of charities on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, etc.

6. Watch the LiveStream to find out what’s happening right now (featured videos, commentary, etc.).

7. COMMENT ON ALL THE VIDEOS! Hey, we’re Harry Potter fans, we have to have 7 things in a list.

DFTBA–don’t forget to be awesome, Harry Potter fans!

Blanket-making for Charity on December 11

Posted in chapter project, event on November 29, 2011 by carpefuturum

We had so much fun last year… we’re going to do it again! We’re making no-sew fleece blankets again for charity.

Date: December 11
Time: 1-3:30pm
Location: Pohick Regional Library meeting rooms, 6450 Sydenstricker Rd., Burke, VA 22015-4274

We have already contacted Project Linus and the local Humane Society about the blankets. Project Linus’ mission is to provide love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need through the gifts of new, handmade blankets and afghans, lovingly created by volunteer “blanketeers.” And the Humane Society needs blankets for their animals, especially now that it’s getting colder.

In order to make blankets, we need materials. Please post/RSVP here or e-mail Kate to let us know you are planning to come. Let us know if you plan to either:
A- bring $12 to cover materials to make one blanket
B- bring your own blanket-making materials
(if making a no-sew blanket, bring 2 pieces of fleece measuring 1 yard x 1 yard or 1 1/2 yards x 1 1/2 yards or 40″ x 60″ in patterns/colors that look good together) You can purchase material from local stores or from online stores such as Your Fleece (use discount code LINUS to get 15% off). Be sure to wash your fleece before you come (and don’t use scented dryer sheets, because of children who might have allergies).

Please let us know if you’re bringing $12 or bringing your own materials, that way we know how much to buy and wash ahead of time!

If you have any of the following lying about, it would also be great if you could bring: scissors, rulers, yard sticks, seam rippers, and/or straight pins for us to use and then return to you at the end of the meeting.

Project for Awesome

Posted in chapter project on November 29, 2011 by carpefuturum

This year, Carpe Futurum is going to participate in Project for Awesome (P4A). The idea is to make a video to promote a worthy charity. So the charity we’re promoting is Harry Potter Alliance Chapters. We all know the good things the Harry Potter Alliance has done over the years (5 planes to Haiti, hundreds of thousands of books donated, deathly hallows campaign), but we’re going to show why it’s so great to join a local chapter.

What’s so great about HPA chapters? An HPA chapter is able to bring fans together in real life to focus on projects that make a difference in our immediate community. We’re also able to do projects that really matter to us.There are a hundred other reasons why HPA chapters deserve to get some attention… what reasons can YOU think of?

For our P4A video, we need all the Carpe Futurum members to send things to put in our video. Send a short quote about what being in an HPA chapter means to you or about a project you’re proud we completed. Send a photo of one of our events that exemplifies the spirit of our chapter. Or film a quick video (up to 20 seconds) about how great HPA chapters are.

Deadline: December 11, 2011

Send to: kmcdevit@vt.edu

Give to Kate: during the Dec 11 blanket-making meeting

If you’re doing a video and the file size is more than 3MB,
you can upload your file to somewhere like dropbox

I’ll piece them together and put them up on YouTube on December 17 (Project for Awesome Day!)

Opportunity: Send Messages to Doctors Without Borders Aid Workers

Posted in on your own on October 26, 2011 by carpefuturum

From time to time, Carpe Futurum plans on posting volunteer opportunities–things you can do or get involved with on your own.

Doctors Without Borders Logo

What: Doctors Without Borders (Medecins Sans Frontieres) is collecting messages to send to their aid workers in the field during the holiday season.
Where: Online
How: Visit this page: http://www.doctorswithoutborders.org/donate/messages/?msource=ADC111001D01
Write your own message of support and encouragement, wishing them happy holidays, or thanking them for their commitment to saving lives.
Deadline: November 19