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Use Your Community Service Leave During Global Volunteer Month

Staff members from the Division of Academic and Student Affairs and Facilities Division participate in a Build-A-Block Habitat for Humanity project in 2016.
Staff members from the Division of Academic and Student Affairs and Facilities Division participate in a Build-A-Block Habitat for Humanity project in 2016.

Each year, eligible NC State employees receive community service leave hours they can use to request paid time off to perform volunteer activities. University Human Resources encourages employees to use their community service leave hours, especially this month, which is Global Volunteer Month. If you want to use your community service hours, first talk to your supervisor. To learn more about the community service leave program, including eligibility criteria and the number of hours allotted for different types of community service, go to the UHR website

Below are some on- and off-campus volunteer opportunities you can take advantage of now and in the future. Please remember that in order to receive paid time to volunteer, the service opportunity must take place during your regular work hours.

Activate Good

Activate Good is a nonprofit organization that mobilizes Triangle-area residents to serve their communities. The organization partners with about 600 nonprofits, schools and community groups that have volunteer needs in all sorts of areas, including educating children, working to save the environment, helping animals, serving homeless people and more. Activate Good promotes its volunteer opportunities on social media, via a mailing list and through its partners. You can search for opportunities to volunteer on the Activate Good website. The founder and executive director of Activate Good is Amber Smith, an NC State alumna. You can reach her at amber@activategood.org or 919-535-6550, extension 703.

Crafts Center

Volunteers at the NC State Crafts Center teach classes, assist instructors, help maintain studios and lend a hand at Crafts Center events. If you would like to volunteer at the center, call 919-515-2457 for more information.

JC Raulston Arboretum

The JC Raulston Arboretum offers volunteers a mix of opportunities, including taking photographs, greeting visitors, working in an office, gardening and much more. You also can volunteer to help the arboretum’s staff prepare for its annual Moonlight in the Garden event. People who volunteer at the arboretum for 40 or more hours a year enjoy reduced admission to special arboretum events and reciprocal benefits at more than 300 public gardens. For more information, contact Kathryn Wall, membership and volunteer manager, at kbwall@ncsu.edu or fill out the arboretum’s online volunteer application

NC State LIVE 

You can volunteer to be an usher at NC State LIVE performances. The benefits of being a volunteer usher include free admission to shows and getting a behind-the-scenes view of performances. For more information, contact Stephanie Clark, program coordinator, at 919-513-3052 or stephanie_clark@ncsu.edu.