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Spotlight: Staking Their Claim Through Volunteerism

Date Published:
Wednesday, April 23, 2014

UNC Charlotte demonstrated its commitment to "Giving Green in the Community" as more than 400 campus members participated in service projects held during National Volunteer Week, April 7 - 11.

Coordinated by the Community Relations Department in the Division for University Advancement, the projects involved volunteers helping at several local nonprofit agencies, including Second Harvest Food Bank, the Humane Society, Classroom Central, Crisis Assistance Ministry and the Safe Alliance Shelter for Women, and the Carolina Thread Trail.

Together UNC Charlotte volunteers contributed more than 250 service hours to the organizations, which was the equivalent of nearly $6,000 in labor costs. However, many University volunteers saw themselves as the beneficiaries.

Staff member Sharon Horinka volunteered at the Clyde and Ethel Dickson Domestic Violence Shelter.

"I was humbled to spend time with women who've tirelessly struggled to find a place they feel safe - something the majority of us take for granted," said Horinka. "Seeing hope in their eyes and knowing you helped is incredibly moving and meaningful. You can immediately see you’re helping make a difference in their lives. It’s a beautiful feeling."

Some campus units, such as the Belk College of Business, used volunteer activities to further engage students and alumni.

A group of 45 Belk College alumni and students worked along the Carolina Thread Trail. Kinsey Sheehan, alumni relations manager for the college, found the experience beneficial on a number of levels.

"In the Belk College, we’re always looking for service projects to offer as valuable experiences for our students and alumni. Also, the relationships formed between these groups, during and after the events, are invaluable," Sheehan stated.

To get involved or learn about other University-sponsored service activities, contact the Office of Community Relations.

Watch this video to learn more about our volunteers' experience.