What did UNC-Pembroke get done on MLK Day? What we accomplish?

The Office for Community and Civic Engagement asked volunteers to tell us what they did, what they saw, and what they heard. Once the information was compiled, we created a word cloud which emphasizes the most repeated words. Check it out. Below the picture, you will see the accomplishments that came from about 755 hours of combined service. I promise, it is impressive!

– 1 Candle Light Vigil with 200 guests on 1/11/12; Rev. Aaron Johnson was the keynote speaker for the event.
– 1 video presentation about MLK and a reflection on what we need to do today to educate youth about who he was and what he stood for; Maxton Commissioner James McDougald was the keynote speaker for the event.
– College students spoke with at least 40 K-12 students about their journey into college.
– 1 powerpoint presentation to 11 youth about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
– Completed several arts/craft projects with community youth concerning “what is community”.
– Wrote 26 letters to military families through the onemillionthanks.org program.
– 30 college students simulated a day in the live of poverty through a “Food Challenge” where groups were given $2 per volunteer to go grocery shopping together for their lunch
– 4500 square foot wall painted at a local Boys & Girls Club.
– Several low income neighborhoods beautified and landscaped.
– College students played several games of wheel chair volleyball with senior citizen residents at a retirement home.
– Several senior citizens got their cars washed.
– The Lumbee River bank and surrounding area was cleaned up.
– 1 animal shelter was beautified and cleaned up; Helped over 300 of their animals get walked, cleaned up, and needed individual attention.
– 200 pairs of shoes were matched at a Community Center that receives donated items; several bins of clothing were folded up and setup for display.
– 15 school buses were washed.
– 1 local high school campus was beautified through trash pickup.

Now, what did volunteers learn? Check out our next post about student reflections!


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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