CCE Hosts Hunger Banquet

November 29, 2010

On November 16, 2010, the Office for Community & Civic Engagement hosted their 2nd annual Hunger Banquet. The Hunger Banquet was organized by Ashley Lowery and Michelle Winfrey, student service leaders in the Office for Community & Civic Engagement. The event raised awareness about hunger throughout the world. The event featured 25 UNCP student participants. As students arrived to the banquet they were asked to draw a paper out of a bowl that had one of the following classes on it: high income, middle income, low income. Based on their income level, the students were sat at various areas of the room. Those with high income were sat at the head table and were served water, sweet tea, and a full meal. Those with middle-income were sat at a table and were served water, un-sweet tea, a salad, and bread. Those with low-income were sat in the floor and were served water and bread. Throughout the event, different scenarios and statistics were read aloud to the group regarding hunger. The banquet’s goal was to show the stark differences of hunger based on income levels. The banquet was modeled after the OxFam hunger banquet.

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9/11 Day of Service & Remembrance

September 15, 2010

The Office for Community & Civic Engagement is proud to announce the success of our first Annual 9/11 Day of Service & Remembrance event held on Saturday, September 11, 2010. Over 40 student volunteers participated in the event and served at 5 community locations throughout Robeson County. These students devoted over 120 service hours that involved much of their time and energy to the 9/11 Day of Service. A special thanks to the Air Force ROTC from UNC-Pembroke and Fayetteville State University for their collaboration in the opening ceremony and the Day of Service events. The 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance was planned and coordinated by Derald “Banjo” Dryman, the AmeriCorps VISTA at UNCP.

2010 UNCP Day of Service

April 20, 2010

On March 27, 160 students from 15 student organizations volunteered more than 650 hours with 13 different community partners during the annual Day of Service. “This is a record for the most volunteers for the Day of Service!” said Chika Kusakawa “Our largest team was Kappa Delta sorority with 26 volunteers. “We hope to continue developing this event and get more campus organizations as well as more community partners involved,” she said. A special thanks to our campus organizations, Student Life and Sodexo, who donated pizza and drinks for the volunteers.

 Student Organizations: University Ambassadors, Phi Mu Alpha, Theta Xi, Cheerleading Team, LSOP, OWLS in CUS, Kappa Delta, Tri Sigma, Daisy and Friends, Career Peers, Phi Sigma Nu, Zeta Tau Alpha, Lambda Theta Alpha, Phi Kappa Tau and Phi Beta Sigma.

 Community Partners: Riverway (Center for Community Action), Haven Friends forLife Animal Shelter, Morning Star Assisted Living, Purnell Swett High School, BART (Borderbelt Aids Resource Team), Robeson Co. Church and Community Center, Exploration Station, Southeastern Behavioral Healthcare, Red Springs Middle School, COMtech, Laurinburg Literacy Council, Department of Transportation – Roadside Cleanup, American Indian Mothers and Chika Kusakawa, North Carolina Campus Compact AmeriCorps*VISTA and Center for Leadership and Service.  

2009 Community Impact Award

January 15, 2010
2009 Community Impact Award recepientChrissy Swett, a senior who has worked for three years helping elementary students learn to read has won a state community service award. She recieved the 4th annual North Carolina Campus Compact Community Impact Student Award during the Student Conference held at Western Carolina University.Swett serves as a Student Service Leader for the Center for Leadership and Service. During her tenure, she has engaged the campus and the community in efforts to promote literacy in elementary schools. Swett found a career and her calling as a college freshman.

She has recruited and trained more than 30 volunteers. Swett and her volunteers in the First Book program gave books to kids and showed them that reading can be fun. In her third year in the program, she enjoys training and encouraging her peers to volunteer. Swett has promoted literacy on campus by hosting literacy carnivals, poetry readings and tutor trainings.


First Cookie Walk was a great success

January 15, 2010

A grand total of 177 toys and more than $50 were collected on December 3 during the first annual Cookie Walk. Students donated a new toy or cash in return for sweet treats baked by faculty and staff members. “Thanks to your donations, many families will be able to celebrate the holidays with a little bit more cheer,” said Chika Kusakawa. Leftover sweets were all donated to Sacred Pathways, a local food bank/soup kitchen that offered them to local families during the holiday. 

The toys were separated and donated to the Burnt Swamp Baptist Association and GLOCK (Giving Gifts of Love on Christmas to Kids). The money will be used to purchase more toys and hygiene items for GLOCK. All of the donations were distributed to families in Robeson and Hoke counties. Student volunteers helped in the distribution of toys with both organizations. 

UNCP VISTA “in the spotlight”

January 4, 2010

Robeson County, one of the most economically-distressed places in the state, is getting assistance in a big way – from students, faculty and staff at UNC Pembroke.

One of the people coordinating the efforts is an unlikely candidate:  Chika Kusakawa, a native of New Jersey who recently graduated from Elon University. As a NC Campus Connect AmeriCorps VISTA – Volunteer in Service to America – Kusakawa works with UNCP’s Center for Leadership and Service (CLS) to help motivate and prepare students to engage the community.


Welcome to the CLS blog!

December 8, 2009

Welcome to the UNC Pembroke Center for Leadership and Service blog!!!

LSOP Award Ceremony

November 18, 2009

On Wednesday, November 18, 2009 at 7:00 p.m, the Leadership and Service Opportunity Program hosted an Awards Ceremony recoginizing and appreciating volunteers who consistently and effortlessly donate their time and energy to help others. Shahnee  Haire, LSOP Chair welcomed all the members and family members of the volunteers to the Ceremony and introduced the LSOP board members.

“I’ll Show You a Volunteer” is a poem that was recited during the ceremony describing the hard work and dedication volunteers put in to serve their community.

Guest speaker, Megan Grimsley spoke about her volunteer organization that she started while she was a student with LSOP at UNCP. Grimsley also gave everyone a handout of places online as well as in the local community of places to find volunteer opportunities.

Several LSOP members shared their volunteer experiences that meant the most to them.

To conclude the ceremony: Certificate of Participation, Distinguished Leader, Leadership Fellow awards were presented.

CLS Board

CLS Board

Student Veterans Appreciation Banquet

November 11, 2009
On Wednesday November 11, 2009 at 6:30 Sigma Tau Gamma and students of UNCP had a Student Veterans Appreciation Banquet. Aubrey Swett, US Marine Corps, Retired, introduced the guest speaking of the evening. 
 Lt. General John F. Mulholland Jr. (US Army) assumed command of the U.S. Army Special Operation Command November 7, 2008. Prior to commanding general of Special Operations Command Central at MacDill Airforce Base, Fla.
The Banquet was in honor/memorial of service to veterans all over. As well as recognition of the falling and missing comrades. Each branch was recognized. Members of each branch stood while their service branch music was played.
At the end of the banquet, there was a presentation from USMC Toys for Tots Program.

The event was proudly sponsored by: Pembroke Pointe Student Community

Elementary Reading Party

September 28, 2009

Maxton, NC- On September 28, 2009, a class of freshman students from UNCP attended a reading party for second and third graders at Prospect Elementary School.
The reading party consisted of the elementary students gathering in the gymnasium, where they were read to. The other segment of the reading party was arts and crafts. Second and third graders were able to color and decorate paper made hats to wear during the reading party.
Several of the student readers stated they volunteered at the reading party to earn hours required for their class as a freshman. When asked what was gained from this experience, freshman, Chaqulla Woods responed, “Its good to get kids involved with reading and learning.” Woods read to a group of third graders.