Office of Student Leadership and Engagement

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Community Connections

While the Fall 2020 semester may feel a little different, we are not taking a break from serving our locally beyond! Find opportunities to learn about social issues affecting our community,  participate in conversations with local nonprofit leaders, find virtual volunteer opportunities, and join other students in discussing ways to be involved in the community as a civic leader!  Interested in learning more about social issues? Check out our Community Engagement Specialists' Newsletter!



Adopt-A-Family is a great opportunity to shop for a local family in need of assistance for their Thanksgiving meal. We work in conjunction with the Sister Isaac Center at the Basilica Shrine of St. Mary's, located in downtown Wilmington. This center provides food, clothing, household items, and financial assistance to community members and families.

Want to donate this year? As a sponsor, you will buy groceries to provide a holiday meal for your family – the groceries will then need to be placed in a Rubbermaid bin or container with a lid (this helps to make transporting the baskets easy. Providing a meal for a family is a $40-60 commitment. Click the link below for more information and to sign up!

Unfortunately, Adopt-A-Family is full! Thank you to those who registered, we've hit records this year on the number of registrations for this program. Thank you!

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Angel Tree

Angel Tree is an annual collection initiative to provide holiday gifts to children at the Boys and Girls Home of Lake Waccamaw. Children who come to the Boys and Girls Homes have suffered abuse or neglect and are considered susceptible to high risk behaviors. The Angel Tree collection is an opportunity to provide children in foster care with gifts during the holidays. UNCW affliated individuals, student groups, and UNCW departments are invited to participate in the Angel Tree project.

Want to participate this year? Upon completion of the registration form below, you will be sent a wish list for your child/children.  This year, we are receiving gift information in batches from the Boys & Girls Homes of NC, so it may take 3-5 business days to receive your shopping list. The drop-off date for all gifts is Monday, November 23 from 8am-5pm in the Fisher Student Center. 

Unfortunately, Angel Tree is full! Thank you to those who registered, we've hit records this year on the number of registrations for this program. Thank you!


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Volunteer with The Food Bank

The Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina exists end hunger in our area. Join us in volunteering with them on November 12th and 20th from 1-4 PM! For more information and to register visit our Wavelink Events via the link below.

Volunteer with The Food Bank


Blood Drive with the American Red Cross

Every two seconds someone in the US needs bloods. One blood donation can potentially save three lives! Give blood on campus with the American Red Cross. 
When? November 5th, 2020 from 10 AM to 3 PM
Where? Kenan Auditorium
*Must be a UNCW student, faculty or staff to participate in this blood drive. Please use UNCW email when registering.*

Click Here To Register

Hawk's Harvest Student Food Pantry

Did you know that there's a food pantry that's free to students right beside campus? It exists to make sure no Seahawk goes hungry. Click here for details!

Visit Hawk's Harvest during open hours on Thursdays from 3-5:15pm. Or call 910.792.0507 to schedule a private appointment. 

Hawk's Harvest Location: 
The Newman Center (UNCW Catholic Campus Ministry)
4802 College Acres Drive
Wilmington, NC 28402

Hawk's Harvest also appreciates donations from students and the community. For a list of most needed items, please click here

Swipes for Seahawks

Did you know that in a recent survey, 5.5% of UNCW students who were food insecure indicated that they would benefit from having access to meals on campus? The goal of “Swipes for Seahawks” is to provide UNCW students who are food insecure access to healthy and well-balanced meals in our campus dining halls.  You can make a difference TODAY by donating one guest meal to a fellow Seahawk in need.

Click here to learn more

Virtual and Local Volunteering

Check out this list of virtual volunteer and internship opportunities with non-profit and government agencies across the state! We also have partnerships with nonprofits in Wilmington that are taking volunteers consistently and practicing COVID-19 safety precautions.

Find Virtual Volunteer Opportunities

Find Local Volunteer Opportunities

***Remember to social distance and to ask community agencies about their safety measures when you agree to volunteer!***