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Signature Programs

Adopt-a-Grandparent (AAG)

Adopt-A-Grandparent's mission is to foster meaningful relationships between ECU students and residents of a local retirement community through one-on-one interactions. 

Our community is made up of people of all ages. ECU students believe that it is important that we come together to share stories, engage in conversations, and create community together. Service involvement with Adopt-a-Grandparent can either be committed time spent with an assigned resident "grandparent" or participating in one-time AAG community events.

Adopt-A-Grandparent currently partners with Golden LivingCenters - Greenville, a local assisted living and rehabilitation facility.  

Get connected and stay connected through the Adopt-A-Grandparent OrgSync portal

Group activities with all Adopt-A-Grandparent participants are also strongly encouraged. Information sessions and group reflection and planning sessions are planned throughout the academic year.

Campus Kitchen (CKECU)

The Campus Kitchen at ECU mission is to promote hunger awareness and address hunger relief within the Greenville community by serving meals, increasing nutrition education and cultivating leaders within CKECU. The Campus Kitchens Project is a national organization that partners with high school, colleges and universities to share on-campus kitchen space, recover food from dining halls and engage students as volunteers who prepare and deliver meals to the community.

The mission of The Campus Kitchens Project is to use service as a tool to:

  1. Strengthen Bodies by using existing resources to meet hunger and nutritional needs in our community;
  2. Empower Minds by providing leadership and service-learning opportunities to students, and educational benefits to adults, seniors, children, and families in need; and
  3. Build Communities by fostering a new generation of community-minded adults through resourceful and mutually beneficial partnerships among students, social service agencies, businesses and schools.
The Campus Kitchen at East Carolina University, one of only four chapters in the state of North Carolina, partners with organizations in the City of Greenville to meet hunger and nutritional needs in our community.  Our weekly community partners include but not limited to: The Ronald McDonald House of Eastern North Carolina, Joy Soup Kitchen, Operation Sunshine, and the Little Willie Center.


Get Involved with the Campus Kitchen at ECU

Get connected and stay connected through the Campus Kitchen at ECU OrgSync portal. Get involved in service through Campus Kitchen at ECU through the following ways: 

  • Sign up to volunteer for a cooking shift (assist the leadership team in the kitchen to prepare nutritious meals for community partner agencies)
  • Sign up to volunteer for a delivery shift (work with the leadership team to deliver prepared meals to community partner agencies; serve and interact with agency clients)
  • Sign up to become a Shift Leader or a member of the Leadership Team.
  • Learn more about Greenville Harvest and ways to get involved with nutrition outreach with the Seeds to Snacks program.
Please contact Campus Kitchen at ECU at for more information about CKECU leadership opportunities.


The mission of ECU Reads/Counts program is to serve children within the Eastern North Carolina region by offering tutors and mentors from ECU to educate, empower, and inspire future generations. 

This program focuses on expanding the academic skills and performance of elementary students within the Eastern North Carolina region. Through this partnership with fellow educators and community partners we hope to help address the issue of education and support youth in our community on their educational and personal journey. Preparation of volunteers and ongoing reflection are key components of the program.  

Our 2013-2014 partners included Boys & Girls Club – Jarvis Unit and East End Elementary. There are many needs for tutoring in our community. Please browse through Orgsync for opportunities to live out the mission of ECU Reads/Counts. 

Get connected and stay connected through the ECU Reads/Counts OrgSync portal

Please contact Nichelle Shuck, Associate Director at for more information about ECU Reads/Counts leadership opportunities.


The mission of the ECU WRITES pen pal program is to support positive mentorship relationships with ECU students and local elementary school students though writing. ECU Writes goal is to improve the grammar, handwriting, reading comprehension and overall literacy skills of Pitt County youth through the exciting opportunity for reading and writing to both the ECU students and the elementary school students.


ECU WRITES partners with third grade classes at Belvoir Elementary School. Letters are picked up by ECU WRITES pen pals at the VSLC Student Office (1612Old Cafeteria Complex on Thursdays and ECU WRITES pen pal letters are due to the VSLC Student Office (1612 Old Cafeteria Complex) back by Friday at 5:00 PM.   

Get Connected and stay connected through the ECU WRITES OrgSync portal

ECU WRITES volunteers not only serve as pen pals but as mentors for our youth. ECU WRITES pen pals are committed to not only writing letters but to spreading the literacy awareness on and off campus. Look for opportunities to become a pen pal, spread awareness and help promote literacy needs in our community.

Pirate Playtime

The mission of Pirate Playtime is for ECU students to be encouraging role models for the children of the community and provide them with a healthy, safe, and fun environment to learn through play.


Pirate Playtime sessions take place on Friday afternoons from 3:00 PM until 5:30/6:00 PM. Pirate Playtime leaders meet with Pirate Playtime volunteers to develop and review their game plan for the playtime. Pirate Playtime partners with the following: Boys and Girls Club Jarvis Unit, Building Hope, Success, PALS, and other various after-school programs in the Greenville community.   

Get connected and stay connected through the Pirate Playtime OrgSync Portal.  

Look for Pirate Playtime opportunities, they fill up quick and space is limited. It's a great way to make a difference in a child's life and an amazing way to end a week! For more information about VSLC student-led programs please contact Nichelle Shuck, Associate Director for Student Leadership and Educational Programs at or by phone at 252-328-6979.


Other Service-Based Organizations and Opportunities at ECU

Blood Drives

The VSLC, ECU, and American Red Cross Blood Services are committed to maintaining the blood supply in our community. According to the American Red Cross, "Only 38% of people in America are eligible to donate blood and of those only 8% actually do. That amounts to only 3 out of every 100 people. However, more than 38,000 blood donations are needed every day. Your donation makes a difference!" Each year, East Carolina University hosts more than 35 blood drives on campus. Visit the American Red Cross - Blood Service portal to learn how you or your organization can help plan and/or promote the next blood drive on campus!

Get connected and stay connected through the American Red Cross - Blood Service OrgSync Portal.

ECU Habitat for Humanity Chapter

The purpose of this ECU Habitat for Humanity Chapter is to increase awareness about poverty housing in and around the Greenville/Pitt County area by:  

  • Raising funds for the work of Habitat for Humanity of Pitt County, Habitat for Humanity International and the ECU HFH CC; and  
  • Building and/or rehabilitating houses in partnership with homeowners and Habitat for Humanity of Pitt County.   


Get connected and stay connected through the ECU Habitat for Humanity Campus Chapter.

Meetings are usually held on both the Monday and Tuesday of every third week of the month at 6:00 PM. Attendance at both meetings that week is not required - members may attend the meeting that best accomodates their schedules.