James McDougald, local entrepreneur and former NFL Player, will keynote MLK Ceremony Jan. 16th at UNC-Pembroke

In less than two weeks, The Office for Community and Civic Engagement will host the 4th Annual MLK Day Service Challenge. It will be an exciting time with hundreds of people coming to reflect on their leadership in the community and learn about Martin Luther King Jr.

If you are a regular blog visitor, you already know that we will have a brief ceremony on January 16th 2012 which will be followed by service projects throughout the area. The previous post identified the places we will impact this year.

This post announces our keynote speaker for the ceremony. His name is James McDougald.

James graciously accepted the invitation to address the excited crowd the morning of the 16th. It is our pleasure to introduce him to you all. Mr. McDougald was born in Maxton, NC which is about 15 minutes from Pembroke. As a graduate of Maxton High School (1976), James went on an Athletic Scholarship for football to Wake Forest University where he earned a BA Degree in Education. Shortly thereafter, James played in the NFL with Atlanta Falcons. Sorry Panthers fans. 🙂

Currently, James serves on Maxton Town Council as the Ecomonic Development Chairmanm, is co-owner of the Maxton Times Newspaper, serves as a member of the Robeson Church and Community Board, and is married with 2 sons.

You don’t want to miss the words of James McDougald on Janurary 16th. Sign-ins to volunteer begin at 8:30am. The ceremony will start at 9:00am in the University Center.

Live the dream. Make it a day on, not a day off.


MLK Service Challenge 2012 – “Where are we going?”

Click each target in the map to see where we will make a community impact. Stay tuned for student stories and reflections about what we accomplish.

AmeriCorps VISTA – Serving Our Communities

Millions of Americans live in poverty. Through AmeriCorps VISTA, you can make a tangible difference. And, you’ll find the fulfillment that comes from using your knowledge and skills to help those in disadvantaged circumstances turn their dreams into reality. These three individuals pictured below have served at UNC-Pembroke.

Melvin McDermott III

Melvin McDermott III

Derald Dryman

Derald Dryman

Chika Kusakawa

Chika Kusakawa

What is AmeriCorps VISTA?
AmeriCorps VISTA is the national service program designed specifically to fight poverty. Founded as Volunteers in Service to America in 1965 and incorporated into the AmeriCorps network of programs in 1993, VISTA has been on the front lines in the fight against poverty in America for more than 40 years.

What VISTA Members Do
VISTA members commit to serve full-time for a year at a nonprofit organization or local government agency, working to fight illiteracy, improve health services, create businesses, strengthen community groups, and much more. With passion, commitment, and hard work, you’ll create or expand programs designed to bring individuals and communities out of poverty.

The Benefits of VISTA Service
By serving through VISTA, you’ll gain new skills, friends, and experiences—plus you’ll get the satisfaction that comes from helping others. During your service, you’ll also receive a modest living allowance, health care, and other benefits. And, upon completing your service, you can choose to receive either a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award or post-service stipend.

A Proud History of Service
Did you know that President John F. Kennedy came up with the idea for VISTA? Or that the 170,000 VISTAs who have served since 1965 have played a key role in establishing many of the best-known anti-poverty programs, including Head Start, Upward Bound, and the credit union system? VISTAs serve all over the country.

Contact Us
For more information, call our toll-free line at 800-942-2677 ( TTY: 800-833-3722). Or, you can visit http://www.nationalservice.gov/questions/app/ask.

“Under Construction”: MLK Service Challenge 2012……..and we need your help!

The Office for Community & Civic Engagement will host its 4th Annual MLK Service Challenge in January. It will be the 26th Anniversary of the MLK Day and it is approaching fast.

We need some help!

Are you a local organization with a volunteer project idea? Well, just register your project idea here and we will contact you shortly!

Do you want a local organization to submit a project? Provide them the link when you talk to them about it:

Last year, the day featured 122 volunteers serving over 450 hours of combined service. We began at UNCP with an opening ceremony then volunteers were sent to 11 service sites throughout Robeson & Hoke counties.

Lets do it again!

Got some other ideas or comments? Feel free to post them in the comments or email us at melvin.mcdermott@uncp.edu

MLK Day of Service..Success!

The Office for Community & Civic Engagement is proud to report that it hosted its 3rd annual MLK Day of Service on Monday, January 17, 2011.  The day featured 122 volunteers serving for a combined total of 488 hours of service, making it the largest MLK Day of Service to date. The day began at UNCP with an opening ceremony to mark the 25th anniversary of the MLK Federal Holiday.  Following the ceremony, volunteers were sent to 11 service sites throughout Robeson & Hoke counties.  The service sites included the following:

  • Borderbelt Aids Resource Team
  • Boys & Girls Club
  • Church & Community Center
  • ComForcare Senior Services
  • Creative Works
  • First United Methodist Church
  • The Haven No-Kill Shelter
  • Odum Home
  • Pleasant Grove Methodist Church
  • River Way
  • Roadside Cleanup

The UNCP MLK Day of Service was part of the National MLK Day of Service.  The UNCP AmeriCorps VISTA, Derald Dryman, coordinated the event.

We would like to get feedback on this event.  Please leave a comment reflecting on the Day of Service and any impact it had on you.

New Blog

Welcome to the new UNCP Community & Civic Engagement blog! We hope that you visit often to get updates on all of our programs. If you want to read articles from our old blog visit it here: uncpcls.wordpress.com.