"Without community service, we would not have a strong quality of life. It's important to the person who serves as well as the recipient. It's the way in which we ourselves grow and develop.”

-- Dorothy Height, 1994 Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient

There are so many ways to serve!

Everyone can make a difference in our communities. Whether you want to volunteer your time, serve on a nonprofit board, raise money, donate food, or partner in another way, we can help you make that happen.

We encourage you to find ways to volunteer with others: friends, co-workers, families, neighbors... anyone you find can be a possible partner in community work. It is always more fun to volunteer in a group.


Community Service Leave for UNCW Staff Members

In recognition of the state's diverse needs for volunteers to support schools, communities, citizens and non-profit organizations, and recognizing 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 (can go up to 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

For more information visit

The university supports community service for its employees!

Learn about service opportunities

Links to the left will take you to a list of service opportunities for faculty, staff, and students. Staff members should be aware that the state provides 24 horus a year for community service. Anyone can sign up for these events as an individual or bring together a bunch of colleagues to register as a group; contact information for volunteering is included on the page.

If you are a community organization, school, or unit of local government and would like to have one of your upcoming volunteer calls listed, please email Ms. Scot Kelly at

Learn more about our diversity units' service initiatives

Each of the diversity centers affiliated with the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion engaged in many diversity-related, community-based iniatives. The link to the left will take you to a page that outlines each of these projects.

Community Service awards

The university regularly recognizes faculty and students who are active in engaged learning, scholarship, and service in several awards. Two new awards from the Office of Community Engagement offer recognition for staff and community partners who further the mission of the university as an engaged institution. You can read more about the awards and see the guidelines for nomination using the link to the left.