What is Catalyst?

Catalyst is a Saturday program where participants engage in meaningful community service and be a spark for change! You and your fellow students will have the opportunity to learn about the social and environmental issues that have an impact on our community, serve alongside community partners in the triad, and reflect on your experiences as a group. Each day has a different theme, view the schedule for Fall 2019 below and scroll to the bottom for more details about what a Catalyst day is like.

September 21 – Welcoming Immigrants and Refugees

  • Did you know that Greensboro is a site for refugee resettlement? Students participating in this Catalyst will be working with the NC Fusion Soccer Foundation as they engage immigrant and refugee youth through soccer. Volunteers will spend time with kids though soccer activities, prepare lunch, and assist in organizing the NC Fusion center.
  • Sign-up for this Catalyst here. – FULL

October 5 – Paws for a Cause: The Importance of Rescuing

  • Students will be serving with local animal shelters and rescues to ensure a clean, safe, and happy environment for animals looking for their forever homes. Students will also be learning about why it is important to “adopt, don’t shop”. Participants on this Catalyst will take photos of animals for adoption websites, make dog treats, socialize animals, and organize food storage.
  • Sign-up for this Catalyst here. – FULL

October 26 – Mentoring Matters

  • Students will be hosting a Fall Festival event with Big Brother Big Sisters of the Central Piedmont for Bigs and Littles in their program to build strong relationships and bond over fun activities.
  • Sign-up for this Catalyst here. -FULL

November 9 – Equity in LGBTQ+ Healthcare

  • Students will engage in service projects with local advocacy organization Triad Health Project that provides health education and support to the LGBTQ+ community.
  • Sign-up for this Catalyst here. – FULL

November 23 – Hunger at Home

  • This Catalyst takes place during National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week and students will fight hunger both off campus with a local partner and on-campus with Spartan Open Pantry.
  • Sign-up for this Catalyst here. – FULL

More about Catalyst:
  • Catalyst is FREE to UNCG students!
  • All you need to do is apply to go and attend a brief pre-trip meeting the week before your Catalyst to make sure you’re prepared and have all the information you need
  • Each Catalyst has room for 13-15 students and is led by trained student staff from OLCE
  • Transportation and meals (breakfast and lunch) are provided
  • Each Catalyst is on a Saturday from approximately 9am-5pm
  • Any special equipment needed for the service projects will be provided (gloves, paintbrushes, etc.)
  • OLCE staff can approve these community service hours if you are part of a program that requires service hours (Leadership Challenge, student org, sorority or fraternity, etc.)