The East Gets a Makeover

Get ready, eastern North Carolina. Extreme Makeover: Home Edition is coming.

Volunteer check-in is at the DFI Building at 29333 US Highway 64 in Jamesville, NC.
Volunteers scheduled for the Friday, March 6 shift will need to arrive at the check-in site by 1 p.m.
Due to overwhelming response, volunteers will be taken to the build site on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Students, don't forget to document your service!
Wear your Pirate gear and carry your ECU 1 Card.

The popular, award-winning ABC television program has identified a deserving family in eastern North Carolina to feature on an upcoming episode of their program in this season’s “Heroes Helping Heroes” theme.

In only one week, beginning March 6, 2009, Edenton Builders Inc. of nearby Edenton, North Carolina, will completely tear down the family’s existing home, and replace it with a spectacular new dwelling better equipped to handle their needs.

But they are going to need a lot of help to do it.

“They absolutely cannot do this without volunteers,” said Shawn Moore, community partner coordinator for ECU’s Volunteer and Service Learning Center. “We would love to see Pirates show up en masse to volunteer. We talk a lot about service and leadership, and here we have a chance to really show it.”

The Volunteer and Service Learning Center helps ECU students practice the motto of East Carolina University, To Serve. Moore and the staff at the VSLC are coordinating with Edenton Builders to make sure the project gets assistance from the strongest volunteer network in eastern North Carolina.

The VSLC annually attracts thousands of ECU students to work in their communities. Last year more than 10,000 students registered with the center, and more than 132,000 hours of volunteer service were turned in. And while much of that effort is made on behalf of eastern North Carolina, ECU’s reach is far. Students reported volunteer work in three countries, 12 states, and 54 counties.

For the Extreme Makeover project, volunteers are needed in the areas of food service, material management, safety, transportation, clean-up, and site check-in. Any student who wishes to volunteer should first register with the VSLC online.

“We encourage all students to register before they go volunteer,” said Moore. “Not only does it allow us to keep track of their volunteer hours, but it also enrolls them in a free $1 million liability insurance policy which covers them while they are doing service. It’s such a simple thing to do for so much. We want to make sure our students are covered.”

The insurance is secondary to any private insurance a student may have, but it can be of great assistance to someone should they be injured, injure someone else, or damage property while at a service activity. It is also a good idea for this project because all volunteers will be required to sign a liability waiver before they are allowed to enter the Extreme Makeover production site.

Moore is hopeful that students take advantage of participating is such a colossal effort. For one week, volunteers will work 24 hours a day to provide a deserving family with a dream come true.

“It’s such a unique experience, and it’s a good way to show people the power of a community,” she said.

While the VSLC will offer assistance to departments, groups, or individuals who wish to coordinate with other Pirates, Edenton Builders is responsible for all registration, scheduling, and logistics related to this project. Members of the ECU community wishing to volunteer can do so by registering online at