Service Programs & Events

The OLCE sponsors, or co-sponsors, several service events each year for the UNCG community. Watch our announcements and calendar for information on upcoming events!

Spartan Service Day

Spartan Service Day takes place on the first Saturday of fall classes and is an opportunity
to live UNCG’s motto of “Service” while learning more about Greensboro and Guilford
County. Part of UNCG’s “Rawkin’ Welcome Week”, organized through the Office of New
Student and Spartan Family Programs, interested students may register to participate
through SOAR or the OLCE homepage.

Volunteer & Service-Learning Fair

Want to engage the community through service, but don’t know where to begin? The
annual Volunteer & Service-Learning Fair takes place early in the fall semester and provides
an opportunity to meet and talk with representatives from
area nonprofits recruiting UNCG volunteers. This is also a great opportunity for student
organizations to make connections for future group service projects.


OLCE’s Saturday service program, Catalyst provides opportunities for UNCG students
to engage in organized service projects throughout the fall and spring semesters.
Interested students may register to participate through the OLCE homepage.

Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week (H+HAW)

In mid-November, this student-led week of events provides awareness and service
opportunities on both hunger and homelessness. The aim is to educate, inspire, and
motivate people to engage in these issues that impact local and global communities.
Watch the OLCE homepage for a calendar of events and registration for service events.

MLK Day of Service

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in mid-January is a national day of service. The university
is closed, but this is no typical “day off” – it is a “day on”! To honor the legacy of Dr.
King, UNCG students, in concert with many Americans, engage in community service.
Interested students may register to participate through the OLCE homepage.

Empty Bowls

A collaborative effort between OLCE, Campus Activities and Programs, Multicultural
Affairs, and Housing and Residence Life, Empty Bowls serves to raise both awareness
and funds to help fight hunger. Led by a team of students, UNCG volunteers paint bowls
early in the spring semester. The bowls are sold in late spring and serve as a reminder
that there are always “empty bowls” in our world. Funds raised from the sale benefit
a local organization working to address hunger issues in our area. More information is
available at the UNCG Empty Bowls website.