The Honors College encourages all students to reach out and impact the community through volunteer and service work. Whether on or off campus, the Honors College strives to help the community every day.
Each year the Honors College hosts a Service Day to introduce freshmen to the community and acquaint them with upperclassmen and faculty members. This also exposes students to a variety of volunteer sites and instills them with the spirit of service.
The Honors Ambassadors committee dedicated to service and social programming uses its efforts to plan and mobilize volunteer events that Honors students have expressed the most interest in. The Programming Committee is always open for suggestions and ideas from Ambassadors.
Each year, the Honors College proudly supports East Carolina University’s Relay for Life event by creating our very own team. The Honors College Relay for Life team is made up of hard-working students who not only participate in team fundraisers, but also raise money for cancer research on their own. Our team fundraisers this year ranged from percentage nights with local restaurants to donation Zumba and Yoga classes. Fundraising efforts occur throughout the duration of the year, culminating in the spring at ECU's Relay for Life event. From 6 p.m. until 6 a.m., Honors College students represented our team by hosting a tent at which we offered numerous activities for fundraising and by walking the path around all the team's tents. All money raised in Relay for Life goes to fund cancer research through the American Cancer Society. The purpose of this event is promoting cancer awareness and supporting the countless people affected by cancer. Throughout the 2012-2013 school year, the Honors College Relay for Life team surpassed our goal of $1,800 to raise a grand total of $3,834.26.
Many Honors students often take the initiative to continue volunteering on their own throughout their college years. Information about sites, volunteer coordinators, and ongoing reflection opportunities can be found on the Volunteer-Service-Learning Center Site.
Additionally, Honors College students have participated in philanthropy and impact projects through the first and third-year colloquia. These efforts have served countless organizations including the Humane Society of Eastern North Carolina, the QSA Foundation, Riley's Army, Operation Sunshine, the Ronald McDonald House, Habitat for Humanity of Pitt County, Pitt County Literacy Volunteers, and many more. We encourage our students to continue these partnerships through volunteering opportunities throughout the year.
The Honors College also hosts several volunteer events through out the year, which can always be found on our Calendar of Events.