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Signature Programs

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!

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.

What We Do:

We know there are people in every community who need nourishing meals. And, we know that every college campus has unserved food in its dining halls and brilliant students in its classrooms. So we put them all together.

We empower thousands of students each year to recycle food from their cafeterias, turn these donations into nourishing meals, and deliver those meals to those who need it most. Then, we open up that on-campus kitchen space to teach culinary skills to unemployed men and women, who in turn teach the college students a thing or two about poverty, stereotypes, and what it takes to make it these days.

The best part is that students run the whole show. They plan the menus, get the food, run the cooking shifts, organize the drivers, and teach culinary skills to unemployed adults. Then, they keep track of all of the paperwork (so we know everything’s being done safely), organize fundraisers, develop curriculum, and recruit new students to get involved. They accomplish an incredible amount of work every day. And then, they take those skills into their jobs when they graduate from school.

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 OrgSync Portal -
  2. Sign up to volunteer for a cooking shift on CKECU OrgSync
  3. Assist the CK Leadership Team in the kitchen to prepare nutritious meals for community partner agencies
  4. Sign up to volunteer for a delivery shift on CKECU OrgSync Portal
  5. Work with the CK Leadership Team to deliver prepared meals to community partner agencies and serve and interact with their clients
  6. Organize a food drive for the Campus Kitchen's dry goods pantry
  7. Contact the Leadership Team at and for more information and leadership opportunities

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 any questions about joining the CKECU OrgSync portal.



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 Meghan Boop or Morgan Pullium at for more information about participating in the Spring 2013 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. 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 Marissa Johnson or Lauren Reynolds at or 252-328-2735.

Pirate Playtime

Pirate Playtime is a student-led service initiative.  We are a rotating after-school program.  On Friday afternoons from 3pm until 5:30/6pm, 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 email


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 AAG participants are also strongly encouraged. Information sessions and group reflection and planning sessions are planned throughout the academic year.

To get more involved in AAG, contact Leticia Tshipamba, student coordinator, at
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