University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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2009 Presidential Award
General Community Service

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the nation’s first public school, has a long history of activism and community service. Through its teaching, research and public service, Carolina connects with people in the state and around the world in ways that improve lives and build futures.

In the 2008-2009 school year, Carolina students contributed to more than 1 million hours of service through meal packaging events, dance marathons benefiting the North Carolina Children’s hospital, and other projects involving more than 150 community partners. Many students gave up vacations from school through Alternative Break experiences, in which they traveled to help in a variety of destination communities. In addition, nearly 2,000 students contributed in nearby North Carolina communities through service-learning courses, internships, and fellowships.

UNC-Chapel Hill is committed to developing active citizens who not only volunteer but who also recognize policy issues. Students work side-by-side with domestic or global community partners to find solutions. The program Carolina Hunger Education and Activism Project (C.H.E.A.P) is a perfect example. This student organization works to combat both local and global hunger by engaging students in education, activism, and awareness. C.H.E.A.P. recruited 1,500 volunteers for an annual meal-packaging event to provide meals in Nairobi, Kenya. They also organized a food waste demonstration on campus to promote awareness of food insecurity.

To support the many different interests of its students, the University offers several supportive offices and programs. The Campus Y is home to student activists and community advocates, the APPLES Service-Learning program provides opportunities for the campus community, and the Carolina Center for Public Service is home to student fellowships, grants, and faculty development opportunities. Through all of its offerings, both UNC-Chapel Hill’s students and the global community benefit.

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