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    March 2010

    WSSU Students Learn and Serve through Project GIVE

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    Since 1996, the Community Service and Service Learning Program at Winston-Salem State University (WSSU), popularly identified as Project GIVE (Getting Involved {through} Volunteer Experiences) has provided an outlet for WSSU students to apply and sharpen their leadership skills through volunteer service activities on the WSSU campus, in the greater Winston-Salem community or in their hometown. The Coordinator of Community Service, who assists non-profit service organizations in sharing their volunteer service opportunities with students and student organizations, directs the program.

    These service opportunities allow students and all members of the WSSU community to apply their time, talents and energy to meet community needs. The volunteer service hours provided by students are recorded into a database maintained by the Coordinator’s office. As the hours are submitted, students complete a form that reflects their volunteer experiences,  which may lead to their appreciation of volunteerism and encouragement for future civic engagement efforts.

    During the 2008-2009 academic year, WSSU students reported over 27,000 hours of volunteer service, a growth of 9,000 hours from the previous academic year. The range of service activities included:

    • Cooperating with two corporate partners to build a WSSU-sponsored Habitat for Humanity home for a University employee and his family;
    • Students visiting the UNC-TV Research Triangle Park studios to participate in one of their live broadcasts during their annual Festival pledge drive campaigns; and
    • The Student Government Association creating a Day of Service as part of the WSSU Homecoming celebration that resulted in over 100 students representing 20 student organizations joining together to support the local Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation walk.

    Thes activities, conducted during previous academic years allowed Winston-Salem State to be selected for the 2007 and 2008 President’s National Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.

     

    For more information, please contact:

    Melody C. Pierce, Ph. D.

    Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs

    Thompson Student Center - 307

    Winston Salem State University

    601 Martin Luther King Dr.

    Winston Salem, NC  27110

    336-750-3200 

    piercemc@wssu.edu