The Office for Community and Civic Engagement (CCE) supports the university mission to develop responsible citizenship through education opportunities that provide service to our neighboring communities. Our efforts encourage students to become active and engaged citizens while at UNC Pembroke and after graduation. Support from private donations is critical to our mission and helps enhance the overall learning experience for our students by increasing the number of opportunities we are able to provide. Donations from private donors are used to support several initiatives, including the CARE Resource Center, Alternative Break trips, Academic Service-Learning, and other service opportunities.
How to Give to CCE
To support the Office for Community and Civic Engagement online, go to www.uncp.edu/give/, select “Student Affairs” as the Area to Apply Gift and type “Community and Civic Engagement” in the Program or Department box that appears.
Sample Programs supported by Gifts to CCE:
The CARE Resource Center is an on-campus resource to help address food insecurity and poverty on campus and in the local community. The Center is comprised of three components to help meet these needs: food pantry, professional clothing closet, and a classroom for workshops focusing on life skills and career readiness. The goal of the CARE Resource Center is to be a central, safe location for UNCP students, staff, faculty, and community members to come and receive aid towards their clothing, food, and educational needs. All services are free, student led, and donor/volunteer supported. For more information about the Center, please visit the CARE Resource Center website.
In addition to volunteering in the local community, CCE provides students with opportunities to travel to other parts of the country with our Alternative Break trip program. During fall, spring, and summer breaks, students are encouraged to spend their time engaged in service by participating in an alternative break trip program. Previous trips have taken students to New Orleans to participate in Hurricane Relief efforts, New York City to participate in hunger relief, Washington DC, Miami, and more. These trips provide students with the opportunity to see how needs are being met in other parts of the country while experiencing new and exciting cultures, seeing historical sites, and learning more about these locations. Students are encouraged to learn from these experiences and to think about how these services can be implemented in their own communities. In the future, we would like to offer international trips for students to study abroad while engaging in service to help meet a need in another part of the world.
Service-Learning is a teaching and learning strategy that connects course curriculum and academic learning with meaningful community service. When enrolled in service-learning courses, students are able to gain real world experience by applying the concepts, skills, and knowledge learned in the classroom to meet a need in the community. Donations to support service-learning initiatives are used to provide operating funds for the students and faculty to carry out their projects in the form of service-learning project stipends.