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Students Participate in Habitat Projects

This fall, UNC Charlotte students took part in several efforts to benefit Habitat for Humanity, including the second on-campus homecoming build by the UNC Charlotte Chapter of Habitat for Humanity. Shortly after the Homecoming football game, the chapter house was moved to its permanent location in Arvin Meadows, a neighborhood off Statesville Road. The student-led Habitat chapter raised $50,000 for the on-campus build; Habitat Charlotte will coordinate volunteers to finish the house at its permanent location.

Earlier this semester, the University College partnered with Charlotte’s Habitat for Humanity Home Repair operation to organize several service projects that aided local veterans, such as home restoration and providing "Welcome Home" comfort baskets. In addition, the University College offered a fall break trip in partnership with the Red Cross of Camp Lejeune, Volunteers for Communities and Disabled American Veterans. Students, again, took time to work on home repair projects for veterans.

The projects were an outgrowth of the University’s Common Reading Experience of "The Yellow Birds," authored by Iraqi war veteran Kevin Powers. The book discussed the broader impacts of war and raised awareness of issues returning veterans face. The Common Reading Experience is designed to provide a shared academic experience, offering unique opportunities for self-reflection, critical thinking, student interaction, and understanding of diverse perspectives.

University to Observe #GivingTuesday

UNC Charlotte will join the national #GivingTuesday movement to encourage the 49er community to give back during this holiday season. #GivingTuesday is an effort to harness the collective power to transform how people think about, talk about and participate in the giving season.

Taking place Dec. 2, #GivingTuesday will provide faculty, staff and students the chance to write a note to a U.S. service member. There will be three locations on campus, Student Union, Belk Tower and the lawn near Cato Hall, where anyone can stop by from 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM, or individuals can stop by the Veterans Student Services Office in the Cone University Center, room 346, to take blank notes for their classroom or office to participate.

#GivingTuesday is a counter narrative to Black Friday and Cyber Monday, because it reminds individuals that the spirit of the holiday giving season should be about community and not just consumerism, said Kathy Calvin, CEO of the U.N. Foundation.