Published: Tuesday, September 01, 2015
North Carolina Central University students worked 237,495 volunteer hours assisting organizations and agencies in the Triangle region of North Carolina during the 2014-15 academic year, a contribution worth nearly $5.1 million to the local economy.
The university’s Academic Community Service Learning Program tracks the value of the work contributed by students donating time to partner agencies and organizations, at on-campus events such as Book Bag and blood donation drives, and in service/learning positions.
“In April, 1995, the university received approval to institutionalize service learning at NCCU, becoming the first HBCU and UNC-system college to institute a service requirement for graduation,” said Calleen Herbert, interim director for Academic Community Service Learning. “So it is befitting that now, 30 years hence, we are documenting these wonderful accomplishments stemming from our students’ work in the Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill communities.”
The number of volunteer hours was up in 2014-15, from 207,437 the year before. The dollar value of the contribution – $5.099 million – is calculated by The Independent Sector, a leadership network for nonprofits and foundations. The volunteer efforts were based on an average of $21.47 per hour in North Carolina. Undergraduates at NCCU are expected to contribute 15 volunteer hours per semester, for a total of 120 hours prior to graduation.
For the past two years, NCCU has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction, a designation that recognizes colleges and universities providing exemplary community service and engaging effectively in campus-community partnerships.
NCCU also was listed in 2008 and again in 2015 as a Carnegie Community Engaged Campus by the Carnegie Foundation for its effective collaborations with local, state, national and global organizations to the benefit of both partners. The award recognizes the value of such collaborations in enhancing scholarship, research, creativity, teaching, and preparation of citizens for civic and social responsibility.
“We are not only providing service to the community, we are performing at a level that warrants national recognition,” Herbert added.