USP Service Activities

Each semester, the University Scholars Program plans 3-4 service activties open to all Scholars.  Sign-up is typically first come, first served.  This is a great way to give back to your community while at the same time building community with your fellow Scholars.  Please note that these events do not count for Scholars Forum credit unless otherwise stated, and are not restricted to Scholars enrolled in Forum. Contact Chester Brewer ( for information on upcoming service activities, or to suggest future service opportunities.

Spring 2014

Inter-Faith Food Shuttle: Grocery Bags for Seniors
Saturday, February 8th
12:00 - 3:30 PM
Meet in 102 Sullivan Hall 
Unfortunately, people everywhere in our community are afflicted by food shortages daily. This holds especially true for one of most vulnerable populations, the elderly. We'll join the IFFS for an afternoon of food bagging - and DELIVERY in order to set seniors up for nutritional success. It's a small act, but it helps in a big way. Sign up begins January 6th. There are 11 spaces available for this event. Contact Chester Brewer ( for more information.

Special Olympics North Carolina: Aquatics Qualifier
Saturday, March 22nd
8 AM - 4 PM
Meet in 102 Sullivan Hall
Every year the USP lends a hand to exceptional atheletes at the multi-state aquatics qualifier for our regional Special Olympics organization. Talented atheletes come from all over the southeast to compete in an exciting day of swimming and achievement. It's a blast! The event is an all day commitment, lunch and t-shirt will be provided. We will walk from Sullivan to Pullen Park for the event. SONC asks that only volunteers who can commit the entire day come to this event due to the special needs of their atheletes. Sign up will begin on January 20th. There are 20 spots available. Contact Chester Brewer ( for more information.

Neuse River Clean Up! (Canceled)
Saturday, April 5th
9 AM - 1 PM
Meet in 102 Sullivan Hall
The Neuse River provides much of the drinking water for our community. It also provides crucial wildlife habitat and lots of fun recreation opportunities. However, as we all know, folks litter all the time. We'll go out to the river and spend the morning giving it a good once over, collecting trash. You never know what you'll find. Last year's crew uncovered a small house and many of the contents therein. Sign up will begin March 17th. There are 14 spaces available for this event. Contact Chester Brewer ( for more information.

Run For Their Lives 5K
Saturday, May 3
10:00 AM
Centennial Campus
The "Run For Their Lives" 5K race will benefit an organization called Freedom 424. This non-profit organization is dedicated to help stop the sex trafficking industry around the world, including areas such as India, Philippines, and Thailand.  More information about Freedom 424 and Run For Their Lives can be found at: link will open in a new window. The University Scholars Program has agreed to support the cause by providing at least 15 volunteers on the day of the event.  If you are interested in volunteering with other Scholars, please contact Crystal Wallace no later than April 14.  Duties will vary, but may include working a sign-in table, water station, or running errands for race organizers.