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Signature Programs

Campus Kitchen (CKECU)

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.

About the Campus Kitchen at East Carolina University

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 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.

The Campus Kitchen at ECU is a collaborative, student-led initiative. Students plan menus, recover food, manage cooking shifts and organize food delivery drivers. Student leaders are certified in food safety and handling, track all required paperwork, organize fundraisers, develop curriculum and recruit new students to get involved - and they take those leadership skills with them into the workforce after they graduate from ECU.

How can I serve with the Campus Kitchen at ECU?

How can I serve with the Campus Kitchen at ECU?
  1. Join the Campus Kitchen at ECU portal on OrgSync
  2. Sign up to volunteer for a cooking shift (assist the leadership team in the kitchen to prepare nutritious meals for community partner agencies)
  3. 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)
  4. Organize a food drive for the Campus Kitchen's dry goods pantry

Kitchen Dress Code (Students will be sent home for inappropriate dress)

  1. Long pants, no shorts allowed
  2. Closed-toed shoes
  3. T-shirt, no tank tops allowed
  4. Hat (or you will have to wear a hair net)
  5. No jewelry - stub earrings only
Campus Kitchen at ECU is now accepting applications for volunteer Shift Leaders and Leadership Team members. Contact Teresa Dantzler at for more information about CKECU leadership opportunities and with any questions about joining the CKECU portal on OrgSync.



Mentors commit to a semester of working with small groups of children in their classrooms or after-school programs. Volunteers are trained to provide the most appropriate learning activities. Program hours vary depending on the site. Interested individuals must complete an application, interview, background check, and attend all training sessions before being matched with a classroom. Contact the student leaders through the ECU~READS/COUNTS portal on OrgSync for more information about getting involved for the upcoming semester. The ECU~READS/COUNTS office is 1635 Old Cafeteria Complex.


ECU students commit to a semester of writing one letter per week to their match child, a local elementary school student. Topics of letters and "mailing" schedules are posted in the ECU~WRITES office. Interested individuals must complete an application, interview, and training session.

The ECU~WRITES office is 1612 Old Cafeteria Complex. For more information, contact the student leaders through the ECU~WRITES portal on OrgSync.

Pirate Playtime

Pirate Playtime is a student-led service initiative.  We are a rotating after-school program.  On Friday afternoons from 3:00 PM until 5:30/6:00 PM, volunteers go to various after-school programs in the Greenville community and facilitate games and activities for the children in attendance.  Pirate Playtime is dedicated to providing fun, safe and organized opportunities for play to local youth.

For more information, please contact the student leaders through the Pirate Playtime portal on OrgSync.


The Adopt-A-Grandparent program brings together ECU students and local senior citizens through supportive, meaningful, one-to-one relationships and group activities. Participants agree to visit Golden Living Center, a local assisted living and rehabilitation facility, several times per month. 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.

To get involved, contact the student leaders through the Adopt-A-Grandparent portal on OrgSync.


Habitat for Humanity Campus Chapter

The purpose of the East Carolina University Habitat for Humanity Campus Chapter shall be to increase awareness about poverty housing in and around the Greenville/Pitt County area and of ECU students, staff and faculty; to raise funds for the work of Habitat for Humanity of Pitt County, Habitat for Humanity International and the CU Habitat for Humanity Campus Chapter; and to build and/or rehabilitate houses in partnership with homeowners and Habitat for Humanity of Pitt County.

Meetings are usually held on both Monday and Tuesday every third week of the month at 6:00 PM. Members are able to select and attend the meeting held on the day of the week most convenient for them. 

Please contact chapter president Jonathan Waffle with any questions.

Learn more at the Habitat for Humanity Campus Chapter OrgSync portal, Facebook and Twitter (@ECUHabitat4U)!

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!"

Fact about blood needs...

  1. Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood.
  2. More than 38,000 blood donations are needed every day.
  3. A total of 30 million blood components are transfused each year in the U.S. (2006).
  4. The average red blood cell transfusion is approximately 3 pints.
  5. The blood type most often requested by hospitals is Type O.
  6. The blood used in an emergency is already on the shelves before the event occurs.
  7. Sickle cell disease affects more than 80,000 people in the U.S., 98 percent of whom are African American. Sickle cell patients can require frequent blood transfusions throughout their lives.
  8. More than 1 million new people are diagnosed with cancer each year. Many of them will need blood, sometimes daily, during their chemotherapy treatment.
  9. A single car accident victim can require as many as 100 pints of blood.

Facts about the blood supply..

  1. The number of blood donations collected in the U.S. in a year: 16 million (2006).
  2. The number of blood donors in the U.S. in a year: 9.5 million (2006).
  3. The number of patients who receive blood in the U.S. in a year: 5 million (2006).
  4. Share of the U.S. population eligible to give blood: Less than 38 percent.
  5. Blood cannot be manufactured – it can only come from generous donors.
  6. Type O-negative blood (red cells) can be transfused to patients of all blood types. It is always in great demand and often in short supply.
  7. Type AB-positive plasma can be transfused to patients of all other blood types. AB plasma is also usually in short supply.

Each year, East Carolina University hosts more than 35 blood drives on campus!

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