What is Catalyst?

Catalyst is a new 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, check out our schedule for Spring 2019!

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February 16 – Food Insecurity

  • Students will be distributing food with a mobile market and preparing a meal at a local family shelter
  • Great opportunity to learn more about food insecurity and food deserts and what some local organizations are doing to address these issues

March 23 – Affordable Housing

  • Students will be assisting with building and home repair projects that improve community access to safe, decent, and affordable housing
  • We’ll be working with two large non-profit organizations in Greensboro and learn what they’re doing to address issues of affordable housing

April 6 – Including People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

  • ┬áVolunteers will work with a therapeutic riding center and an organization that connects people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to the larger community through shared living and the work of a sustainable farm
  • Students will have the chance to learn about the important services and inclusion work done by these two organizations


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 to make sure you’re prepared to go
  • 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.)