Aftermath: M L K Service Challenge 2012 – 1st update

M L K Service Challenge 2012 – 1st update:

UNC-Pembroke volunteers showed up and showed out!!!!!!


WOW! The question of the day is: what does 755 hours of service hours look like in the community? Check back in the coming days for all the pictures, stories, and best of all….student reflections!



Volunteer NOW! for MLK Service Challenge 2012

Are you a leader? Communicator? Passionate about service? Do you want to learn more about Martin Luther King, Jr.? Looking for something to do on your day off on January 16, 2012?

The Office for Community & Civic Engagement is hosting its 4th Annual MLK Service Challenge. Last year, the day featured about 120 volunteers serving over 450 hours of combined service. Sign-up to volunteer using our facebook event!

There will also be a ceremony on January 16th discussing MLK and our history as a nation. Then volunteers will go out and serve their community. Sign-in begins at 8:30am in the University Center. The ceremony will start at 9am.

Check out this video! Get involved.

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.

Candle Light Vigil to honor the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. — Jan 11th

Candle Light Vigil to honor the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. — Jan 11th

The Office of Multicultural and Minority Affairs, Housing and Residence Life, Office for Community and Civic Engagement, and the Rockingham District Native American Cooperative Ministry cordially invite you to join us as we come together to honor and pay tribute to the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., on January 11th.

UC Annex Lawn – Candlelight Vigil ( 7 pm)

UC Annex Assembly Room- MLK Program (7:30 pm)

UC Annex Assembly Room- A Party Fit For A King (8:30 pm)

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

Announcing: MLK Site Leaders!

Greetings everyone!

If you have visited our blog recently, you have seen The Office for Community & Civic Engagement (CCE) preparing to host our 4th Annual MLK Service Challenge. CCE is arranging exciting service projects and wonderful surprises for everyone who participates.

I just wanted to write a short post to inform our community about some truly inspiring students (and staff!) at UNC-Pembroke. These proud Site Leaders have taken on extra responsibility for the MLK Service Challenge by committing to:

– Ensure volunteers have a great experience while volunteering
– Assist in the advertising and promotion of the MLK Service Challenge through 40 classroom presentations
– Be trained in group facilitation and volunteer management
– Orient volunteers during the MLK Service Challenge Ceremony on January 16th

Well, who are these Braves?

FRESHMAN: Jessica Collier, Christian Truesdale, Moe Gazali, Tevin Pridgen, Brandon Watkins, and Edward Bell
SOPHOMORE: Dorianna Curry, Katie Kearns, Jamieson Griffin, and Michael Bradley
JUNIOR: Ashley Lowery, Jennifer Cousart, Dominic Dunn, and Jessica Stancil
SENIOR: Keara Robinson, Rebecca Womack, and Ian Davis
UNCP STAFF: Christy Oxendine

Join us in thanking these people for serving their campus and community.

We are preparing for success!