Staff Community Service

Community Service Leave Policy 

In recognition of the state's diverse needs for volunteers to support schools, communities, citizens, and non-profit organizations the UNCW Community Service Leave is designed to recognize the commitment of state employees to engage in volunteer service, paid time up to 24 hours per year may be granted for:

  • Involvement in a child's school
  • Tutoring and mentoring in schools (36 hours per year)
  • Volunteer activity in the schools or a community service organization
  • Volunteering in a state public university, community college system or state agency provided that it is outside of the employee's normal duties

This policy specifically applies to permanent SHRA and EHRA non-faculty employees and does not affect temporary SHRA or EHRA non-faculty staff members.

For more information regarding the policy and acceptable ways to use your leave visit:

"Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile."

 - Albert Einstein

Upcoming Staff Community Service 

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Cape Fear Festival of Trees | Nov 20th-Dec 31st, 2017 | North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher

Set amidst the inspiring and educational backdrop of the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher, this year’s Cape Fear Festival of Trees is sure to be one of the most unique festivities on the Cape Fear coast!Hosted at the Aquarium, all visitors who purchase a general admission ticket to the Aquarium between November 20 and December 31 will also experience the  Cape Fear Festival of Trees.

Help the Lower Cape Fear Hospice Crew make this event a success by volunteering! Not only are you supporting a great cause, but you will have the opportunity to spend some time at the NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher!!

Interested in Volunteering?

Choose the volunteer experience that appeals to you from the following LINK. Once you sign up, Rose Hunt (LCFH Volunteer Program Manager) will be in touch with more details. Rose can be reached at or (910) 796-7900 ext. 127.

Staff Community Service Retreats

Along with the community service opportunities that are supported by the Community Service Leave Policy the Learning and Talent Development Team in Human Resources would like to offer support in turning a service event into a engaging and impactful team/group retreat. Combining service to our community and intentional bonding with staff is a combination for success. We will support you and your staff in creating a memorable and relevant retreat experience for your team or unit while also serving our local community. 

"Community service is an opportunity to create collaborative experiences for university employees to work together on projects that result in life changing outcomes for our local community. Employees donate their time and are making a difference in the lives of others who need our support. Engaging with our community in these projects develops new skills and promotes team worker, patience, and persistence. Serving others gives us purpose and benefits those that are serving as much as it benefits those that are being served." -Sarah Thorndike Business Affairs

Since learning and growth go hand in hand, it is a continuous process and we are here to help you enjoy what you do and soar to your highest potential. Contact Adam Hall today to help you book a staff community engagement retreat.