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Community Engagement

Volunteer Opportunities

We Collaborate with Community Partners in Five Main Focus Areas

Volunteers invest their time and talents focusing on the digital divide, tree planting, community gardens and animal rescue associations, such as Charlotte Public Tree Fund, Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation, Carolina Raptor Center and the Humane Society. For current events, check out the slideshow above or go to Niner Engage and click on Community Engagement Events.

Volunteers mentor and tutor youth and children from Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, as well as contribute on initiatives from local organizations such as the YMCA, Classroom Central, and Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. For current events, check out the slideshow above or go to Niner Engage and click on Community Engagement Events.

Volunteers organize initiatives and promote awareness about health related issues in partnership with local organizations such as Atrium Health, Carolinas Medical Center, Camino Community Center, Ronald McDonald’s House, Hinds Feet Farm, Race for the Cure, Relay for Life, CROP Hunger Walk and AIDS WALK. For current events, check out the slideshow above or go to Niner Engage and click on Community Engagement Events.

Volunteers contribute to alleviate the problems of hunger and homelessness in association with organizations on and off campus, such as Jamil Niner Food Pantry, Center for Hope Shelter for Women’ and Children, Men’s Shelter of Charlotte, Crisis Assistance Ministry and Second Harvest Food Bank. For current events, check out the slideshow above or go to Niner Engage and click on Community Engagement Events.

We seek to provide educational opportunities for students to become active citizens in their community by helping students register to vote, bringing in political icons to speak about their experience, and showing political debates, forums, etc. Leadership & Community Engagement does not endorse, support, or encourage a particular political party, but rather provides opportunities to stay informed. The L&CE Office is and will remain nonpartisan. For current events, check out the slideshow above or go to Niner Engage and click on Community Engagement Events.

About Community Engagement

Leadership & Community Engagement partners with local community organizations and nonprofits to develop volunteer opportunities to students on a weekly basis. Through active participation and mutually beneficial relationships, we strive to make service the NORM at UNC Charlotte! For current events and opportunities for YOU to serve, check out the slideshow above or go to Niner Engage and click on Community Engagement Events. 

Unique Opportunities for Students
MLK Day of Service

Each year, on the third Monday in January, the MLK Day of Service is observed as a "day on, not a day off." MLK Day of Service is intended to empower individuals, strengthen communities, bridge barriers, create solutions to social problems, and move us closer to Dr. King's vision of a "Beloved Community."

On this day of service, Leadership & Community Engagement partners with the Levine Scholars to offer several volunteer opportunities at local Charlotte non-profits, including the Jamil Niner Food Pantry, in conjunction with this national event. These opportunities are open to students, faculty and staff of UNC Charlotte.

To register for UNC Charlotte's 2024 MLK Day of Service, please see more details in the spring. 

Learn more about the National MLK Day of Service here

Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week

Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week is an annual program where people come together across the country to draw attention to the problems of hunger and homelessness. Leadership & Community Engagement participates by hosting educational, service, fundraising and advocacy events on campus at UNC Charlotte. These events include volunteering at Crisis Assistance Ministry, a discussion on the Charlotte Community, a documentary screening, and working with both Hospitality House and Habitat for Humanity. 

National Volunteer Week

National Volunteer Week is a week full of activities that encourages and celebrates the power of volunteerism. This week shines line on the value that volunteering in local communities has on the overall global climate. This week was established by Presidential Proclamation in 1974 to highlight the various opportunities available those interested in volunteering.

Learn more about National Volunteer Week here! 

Gold Rush Day of Service

Calling all first-year students! As you get acquainted with your new home at Niner Nation, join us for a half-day experience exploring community outreach opportunities in the city of Charlotte. You will volunteer at one of three nonprofits that are vital to the Charlotte community; each with close ties to our University. We will end the event by reflecting on our experiences over lunch, and by engaging in conversation with University staff and community partners at the Popp Martin Student Union.

Our vision is to inspire a campus culture where students willingly and enthusiastically engage in service-learning activities that not only impact the surrounding Charlotte community, but also supplements their comprehensive learning experience at the university. 

Expectations of GRDOS Participants:

  • Full engagement and attendance for the Day of Service. 
  • Complete a pre & post assessment of experience and benefit. 

Benefits of Participation: 

  • Engaging, hands-on activity directly impacting the Charlotte community
  • Day of Service Paraphernalia
  • Networking and collaboration with fellow 49ers
  • Skill Building and Service PILOT Credits
  • Opportunity to engage in committee, ongoing service opportunity with community agency

*Breakfast, lunch and transportation [departing from & returning to the University] are provided.

**Participation in this event grants us the right to take photos of participants in the act of service and using their likeness to advertise future events for the office and university.

***This event will be capped at the first 75 students to register.