Staff Community Service

COVID-19 Expansion of Community Service Leave

NC's Office of State Human Resources (OSHR) has approved a temporary expansion of Community Service Leave for non-mandatory employees to volunteer with service organizations in support of COVID-19 activities. Up to 80 hours, through the end of the calendar year, can be used to volunteer with not-for-profit organizations on COVID-19 related activities.

  • Effective August 17, the regular Community Service Leave annual allocation was “refreshed” so that all employees have 24 hours of regular CSL available (or 36 hours if opting to participate in the literacy, tutoring, and mentoring program) through the remainder of the calendar year. Any CSL used prior to August 17 will not count against this allotment or 24/36 hours.
  • This additional CSL provides expanded opportunities to use leave in virtual environments for school-related activities, including tutoring for employee’s own children and/or child cohorts for planned/virtual school activities, and more flexible arrangements for mentoring hours each week.

For more information, visit https://www.nc.gov/agencies/volunteer/disaster-assistance-covid-19. Employees can also use the expansion of Community Service Leave to volunteer for other COVID-19-related needs or organizations. To learn more about local community service opportunities, check out:


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.

Please use the following links for more information about the  Community Service Leave Policy or the Voluntary Service on Campus policy.

For more information regarding the policy and acceptable ways to use your leave visit:   https://www.uncw.edu/policies/documents/08.214.pdf 


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. 

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 Michel Lonnecker today to help you book a staff community engagement retreat.

Schedule a Retreat Consultation