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Operation LINK is an collaborative project with military organizations, community colleges, schools, community groups, and the Carnegie-Mellon Robotics Institute. According to the Carnegie-Mellon website, "One of the fundamental goals of the Robotics Institute is to inspire and excite future generations of researchers, engineers, and scientists. You are never too young to start learning about robotics and robot programming. ...Students at all grade levels are fascinated with robots, and educators have found that teaching with robots provides a new and exciting way to interest and motivate their students. Robots are finding their way into the classroom to help teach science, math, mechanics, teamwork and even management."

Our partnership with Carnegie Mellon gives us the opportunity to introduce the military child and parent to the exciting world of robots. The child and parent work as a team to write code, problem solve, and have fun experimenting with science and technology. We believe the motivational effects of the robots assembly will  strengthen the family unit, reduce the stress of re-entry, and lead to increased interest in STEM related subjects

Each year, Operation LINK spearheads the effort to encourage citizens in eastern North Carolina to volunteer in their communities during the September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance and the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service.

September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance

The September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance is the culmination of efforts originally launched in 2002 by the 9/11 nonprofit MyGoodDeed with wide support by the 9/11 community and leading national service organizations. This effort first established the inspiring tradition of engaging in charitable service on 9/11 as an annual and forward-looking tribute to the 9/11 victims, survivors, and those who rose up in service in response to the attacks.  

A Day On, Not a Day Off!

The Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service is a way to transform Dr. King's life and teaching into community service that helps empower and strengthen local communities. The 2014 MLK Day of Service inspired hundreds of thousands of Americans to come together, initiating a Year of Citizen Action. If you were one of the Citizens taking action, we hope you are as equally inspired to continue serving in your community. Please join us in January 2015 as we engage in service activities to honor Martin Luther King Jr. and make a difference for communities in eastern NC. 


Volunteerism and community service open the door to incredibly rewarding experiences-- both for you and those you serve. Perhaps the first and biggest reward people get from volunteering is the satisfaction of incorporating service into their lives and making a difference in their community and country. 

The intangible benefits alone--such as pride, satisfaction and accomplishment--are worthwhile reasons to serve. In addition, when we share our time and talents we:

  • Solve Problems
  • Strengthen Communities
  • Improve Lives
  • Connect to Others
  • Transform Our Own Lives
In the summer of 2009, President Obama called on all Americans - young and old, from every background all across the country - to make volunteerism and community service part of their daily lives. To that end, he tasked the Corporation for National and Community Service to lead United We Serve, an effort that began as a summer service initiative and expanded to encourage volunteerism all year round.

The challenges our nation faces cannot be solved by edicts or quick fixes from Washington alone...We need people to be mentors and tutors in those schools... We need volunteers in our hospitals and communities to help care for the sick and help people lead healthier lives...We need you to help us make a difference in eastern NC. 

--Text provided by President's Call to Service, 2009