UNCW Students 'Go To Work'

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

The University of North Carolina Wilmington is proud to announce that more than 300 students will give back to Wilmington by participating in the eighth annual Work On Wilmington (WOW) service day on April 20. One hundred of these students will be joining Chancellor Gary L. Miller and Mrs. Miller at Coastal Therapeutic Riding Program (CTRP).

Founded in 1999, the CTRP's mission is to provide equine assisted activities and therapies for individuals with special needs and is just one of the many locations volunteers can participate. Chancellor Miller, Mrs. Miller and students will be assisting at CTRP's new location to help prepare for their grand opening later this spring.

"'Work On Wilmington' not only allows students to give back to our community but also provides them with an opportunity to learn more about the organizations making a huge difference in our region," said Chancellor Gary L. Miller. "We hope Coastal Therapeutic Riding Program's exceptional work will inspire them and encourage future philanthropic efforts beyond their years at UNCW."

Since 2006, the Wilmington Chamber Foundation's Leadership Program has brought together volunteers to better the Wilmington community.

"For the past eight years, UNCW has been an outstanding contributor to Work On Wilmington," said Haskell Rhett from the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce. "The energy of the students, their desire to achieve, and their willingness to work hard to make good things happen for our area's non-profits and schools is an inspiration."

WOW volunteers will be working on a variety of projects including painting, landscaping, community cleanups and small construction projects. The morning of service will be followed by an afternoon celebration of music, food and fun for participating volunteers.

Media Contact: Tara Romanella, Office of University Relations, 910.962.3616,