Community Service on Campus

Faculty and staff volunteers weed around crops at the Agroecology Education Farm during a volunteer work day.

NC State faculty and staff positively impact the university beyond excelling at their positions. Community service provides a way to give back and make campus a stronger, more welcoming place for all.

Remember, 24 hours of community service leave are available each year for SHRA and EHRA employees who work at least 20 hours per week. Whether in the summer or throughout the academic year, community service opportunities abound on campus. Here are a few ways to get involved:

  • Feed the Pack food pantryThe Feed the Pack food pantry helps meet the food needs of all members of the NC State community with dignity and respect. Individuals and volunteer groups are welcome, and duties include, but are not limited to weighing food out, weighing donations, organizing the pantry, checking expiration dates on nonperishable food items, and general pantry cleaning. Those interested in volunteering may reach out to feedthepackvolunteer@ncsu.eduCurrently, the most-needed items are: reusable dishware and utensils, Tupperware, fruit, condiments, spices, pasta sauce, snack items, breakfast items, hygiene products, beverages and grains. Summer hours for the pantry, located in 1333 Broughton Hall, are Tuesdays from noon-2 p.m., Wednesdays from 4 p.m.-6 p.m., and Fridays from 2 p.m.-4 p.m. General questions may be directed to feedthepackpantry@ncsu.edu.
  • NC State’s Agroecology Education Farm hosts regular volunteer days for faculty, staff, students and community members. Volunteers can learn more about and participate in sustainable farming. For more information, please email the farm manager, Alison Reeves, at amreeve2@ncsu.edu.
  • JC Raulston Arboretum welcomes volunteers with a passion for plants, gardening and serving others. Opportunities are available in the arboretum’s office, garden, children’s program and through a variety of outreach activities. Volunteers with more than 40 hours of service per year enjoy a free membership to the arboretum, along with invitations to volunteer-only events and educational activities. Contact Kathryn Wall at kbwall@ncsu.edu or (919) 513-7004 with any questions.
  • Arts NC State volunteers work alongside students to bring the arts to the campus and surrounding community. Many volunteers serve on advisory boards, including the Friends of Arts NC State and Friends of the Gregg, as well as with the Crafts Center and NC State LIVE. Learn more about furthering the strategic mission of Arts NC State.
  • The Juntos Program helps Latino students achieve high school graduation and attend higher education institutions. It is an intensive, long-term program focused on family engagement, Juntos 4-H Clubs, monthly one-on-one success coaching and mentoring  of students, and summer programming. To volunteer with Juntos, please contact Andrew Behnke at andrew_behnke@ncsu.edu.

Do you know of other volunteer opportunities on campus? If so, email us at provost-communications@ncsu.edu.

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