9/11 Day of Service at UNCP

The Office for Community & Civic Engagement is proud of the success of our 2nd Annual 9/11 Day of Service & Remembrance event held on Saturday, September 10, 2011. Students and community members came together for a brief ceremony to remember the events and sacrifices.  We then went out into our community to provide selfless acts of service; nearly 100 individuals volunteered throughout the day including veterans, Greek organizations and campus groups.

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This event would not have been possible without the partnerships with: the Robeson County Rural Fire Department; Prospect Community Fire Department; Sacred Pathways Inc.; Robeson Church & Community Center; Methodist Home for Children; Pembroke Housing Authority; Center for Community Action; Lumberton Ford; UNCP Printing Services; UNCP Athletic Department; and the Army ROTC. Hardee’s donated over $200 in free biscuits for volunteers. The event was filmed and featured on the front page of the Pine Needle on September 15th, 2011.

Service creates community. Check out the comments from our volunteers. If you were there, post your thoughts below.

— “I think it was a great idea to go to the Pembroke Housing Authority and clean up the neighborhoods. The fact that we were able to work with the kids was great. The kids were helping their community, and they absolutely enjoyed it. Most of the kids didn’t even want to stop! They wanted to head to the gas station and clean up the parking lot! I think this was a great experience.” – Shelby Newson

— ” I volunteered at the Pembroke Rural Fire Dept.  It was a lot of fun.  I thought before I went it was going to being boring and take a long time but it turned out to be fun and the day went by so fast.  It made me want to volunteer for more events on and around campus.” – Patricia Alex White

— “I served at the rural fire department and learned that the fire department takes their job seriously. Just like we are dedicated to our community and want to serve, firemen are just as dedicated. They help put out fires and they sit around waiting for someone to call for help. The experience showed us to be more committed and to help out our community whenever we can.”  – Ashley Lowery

— “I attended the Chevy to the Leavy Community Fair they hosted in Lumberton, NC. What I learned about myself was people actually looked to me for advice which made me realize the impact that I have upon people. Little things such as conversing with parents and just giving them a smile can go along way when making someones day better. I learned that the community as whole no matter what ethnicity, age, or gender can all come together and help not just our community but each other as well. There is a great feeling I get when we can do that.” – Galissia Graves

The 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance was planned and coordinated by Melvin “Mac” McDermott, the 2011-2012 AmeriCorps VISTA at UNCP.

Thanks to everyone who participated. Special thanks to the Students Engaging in Real Volunteer Experiences (SERVE) Committee of Community & Civic Engagement for leading reflections with volunteer before departing for the day.

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About UNCP CCE
We provide opportunities for college students to recognize their civic potential and take initiative to develop it. Students enrich and enhance their education experience through active, engaged service.

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