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Nov. 30, 2005 -- No. 599
Local angles: Burke, Catawba, Durham, Orange and Robeson counties
UNC student organizations receive Seagraves
Service Grants for diverse public service projects
CHAPEL HILL -- Nine University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill student
organizations have received grants to fund projects as diverse as providing
information to families facing foreclosure and creating a community garden at a
local homeless shelter.
UNCís Carolina Center for Public Service recently presented the Seagraves
Service Grants to support public service projects addressing identifiable needs
statewide. The grants program is funded through the support of a UNC alumnus in
honor of his grandmother, Mildred Yeager Seagraves.
This is the second year of the Seagraves Grants, and the donorís $15,000
gift will continue to support the grants program for the next three years.
"This was the greatest opportunity, and we really appreciated the money
that we were given," said 2004 Seagraves Grant recipient Jessica Milliken
of Las Guapitas, a student organization that mentors Hispanic middle school
"The girls in the program have learned so much as a result of this
program, and itís because of the grant that we were able to do it."
The Carolina Center for Public Service received proposals from officially
recognized UNC student organizations and chose nine to receive funding. Grantees
receive up to $300 to fund their proposed service projects during the 2005-2006
This yearís recipients include the following:
- The American Medical Association is partnering with Orange County Schools
to provide nutrition information and a physical activity program for
fourth-graders and high school students through the IMPACT (Improving Meals
and Physical Activity in Children and Teens) Program. Seagraves funds will
be used for curriculum materials and healthy snacks.
- Best Buddies is an international nonprofit organization that strives to
enrich the lives of people with mental disabilities. The UNC chapter pairs
college students with mentally disabled adults in the community, providing
friendships and learning experiences for both. The grant will be used to
support a trip to a farm in eastern North Carolina for 40 students and their
- Big Buddies will create a readerís club to encourage elementary school
students to read with their UNC student mentor. Seagraves funding will
purchase subscriptions to National Geographic for Kids and age-appropriate
books to be given as prizes at an end-of-the-year party for children who
read with their big buddy.
- Heels on Housing, in collaboration with the Center for Responsible
Lending, will use Seagraves funding to increase awareness of the issues
involved in foreclosure by developing information packets and an intake
survey for families facing foreclosure in Durham and Orange counties.
- The Hmong Students Association of Carolina will take 150 high school
students from Burke and Catawba counties (where significant Hmong
populations live) to visit UNC and N.C. State University for a day. The trip
will allow students to tour the campuses and experience the university
environment. Seagraves funds will be used for transportation and information
- Nourish International will work with residents at Project Homestart to
create and maintain a community garden to address malnutrition and hunger
issues locally. Project Homestart is a homeless shelter for women and
children in Chapel Hill. The Seagraves grant will cover all expenses
including gardening tools, seeds and fertilizer.
- Spanish Speakers Assisting Latinos Student Association will improve
interpretation services at the health clinic provided by UNCís student-run
Student Health Action Coalition. SALSA will use Seagraves funding to pay
native Spanish speakers to act as clinic patients through simulated patient
interviews so volunteer interpreters can practice interpreting
- Students for Organ Donation will educate high school students at Chapel
Hill High School about organ donation through information sessions held in
health classes. Interested high school students will then be trained to
register other organ donors and create a "Students for Organ
Donation" program. Seagraves funds will be used to purchase
refreshments for monthly meetings and incentives for informational
- Unite for Sight will use its Seagraves grant to fund a trip to Lumberton
for 15 volunteers to provide vision education and vision screenings to the
underserved American Indian population in Robeson County. Unite for Sight
members also will help pair people with insurance programs in order to
encourage continued healthy eye and vision care.
For more information on public service opportunities at UNC, visit http://www.unc.edu/cps.
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