UNCG students contributed more than 1 million hours of community service in 2013-14, the most recent year for which data are available.
That brings the Spartan students’ totals to more than 3.6 million hours in the last five years, with sharp increases over that time. The 2013-14 total represents a nearly threefold increase since 2009-10. (See table below).
Students will add more to those numbers Saturday during the annual Spartan Service Day. Students will fan out to more than a dozen locations around the Greensboro area for service projects.
“The university is developing citizen leaders,” says Dr. Cathy Hamilton, director of the UNCG Office of Leadership and Service-Learning (OLSL). “When students come to UNCG, we want them to understand that even as we welcome them as part of the UNCG community, they are also a vital part of the Greensboro community.”
Community involvement comes in many forms —Spartan Service Day is just one. There are other campus-sponsored events, such as Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week, as well as service incorporated into classes.
Nursing students engage in practicums at area hospitals, education majors do student teaching and those studying social work do field work.
Many individual courses include service components, too. The Communications and Society course in the Department of Communication Studies, for example, has students organizing activities for children at the Boys and Girls Club.
As a result of its efforts, UNCG was recertified this year as a Community-Engaged Institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.
Year Total Student Service Hours
Photography by Martin W. Kane, UNCG University Relations