Giving back to our community

While the Carolina community dedicates itself to answering some of the biggest questions facing North Carolina, it also works to give back to our communities directly through service projects.

Building homes and tending to vegetables in a garden aren’t usually part of most Carolina employees’ job descriptions, but they can still be an invaluable part of a workday.

That’s why University employees receive Community Service Leave, and many Carolina staff members take advantage of the opportunity to serve their communities directly.

“Having the opportunity to give back a little bit makes me think about how I can engage my life even more, both professionally and personally, to give back to North Carolina and the citizens here,” said Tim Poe, director of telehealth for the UNC Cancer Network at the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center and a frequent Carolina Campus Community Garden volunteer.

Each year, employees receive up to 24 hours of paid leave to volunteer with community service organizations and schools. There is also Community Service Leave available for employees to use for disaster relief, mentoring and literacy programs.

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