Community Engagement

It is our expectation to perpetuate a culture of service on our campus and in the community.  Through an active participation, UNC Charlotte volunteers work with faculty/staff members, students, alumni and local organizations to confront real world problems.

We collaborate with community partners in four main focus areas:

Volunteers invest their time and talents focusing on the digital divide, tree planting, community gardens and animal rescue associations, such as Charlotte Public Tree Fund, Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation, Carolina Raptor Center and the Humane Society.

Volunteers mentor and tutor youth and children from Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, as well as contribute on initiatives from local organizations such as the YMCA, Classroom Central, and Big Brothers Big Sisters of America.

Volunteers organize initiatives and promote awareness about health related issues in partnership with local organizations such as Atrium Health, Carolinas Medical Center, Camino Community Center, Ronald McDonald’s House, Hinds Feet Farm, Race for the Cure, Relay for Life, CROP Hunger Walk and AIDS WALK.

Volunteers contribute to alleviate the problems of hunger and homelessness in association with organizations on and off campus, such as Jamil Niner Food Pantry, Center for Hope Shelter for Women’ and Children, Men’s Shelter of Charlotte, Crisis Assistance Ministry, and Second Harvest Food Bank.

Unique Opportunities for Students

Habitat for Humanity

Habitat Homecoming Build is an annual event where faculty/staff, students, alumni and community partners construct a Habitat home on the campus of UNC Charlotte.  In turn, we demonstrate our commitment to helping alleviate poverty by providing a deserving family with a place to call home.    

Alternative Spring Break

Alternative Spring Break (ASB) is a unique volunteer experience during which students forgo their traditional spring break activities and engage in direct service in a community outside of their own.  Whether your group is building a home or working in the Habitaty for Humanity ReStore, students are learning about substandard living conditions and how affordable housing is essential to building, strength, stability and self reliance for homeowners.  Construction activities include roofing, painting, drywall installation, laying vinyl floors and installing kitchen cabinets.  



El Salvador Service Trip

This program integrates the sociological study of religion for social justice with hands-on experience building affordable housing.  This is a service-learning course which connects volunteer work with academic course content designed to develop deep understanding of complex social problem.