Clubs Help Their Communities During Carolina Service Days
UNC alumni served their communities The primary task
in several states during Tar Heel was to paint murals at
Service Days last fall, getting their hands Public School 127
dirty in mulch, paint and green beans. Mckinley Park, a
Dr. Mark Glover ’ 88 and four members school in Brooklyn,
of the Palm Beach Carolina Club spruced said Reggie Shuford
up the landscaping at Ann Norton Garden ’ 88.
in West Palm Beach, Fla., on Oct. 13. The P.S. 127 houses
service project is in its second year. 405 pre-kindergarten The Tri-State (New York/New
COURTES Y REGGIE SCHUFORD ’ 88
“Our efforts included trimming tree through fifth-grade Alumni Club and the New York
limbs, weeding, planting and vegetation,” students. Of that Carolina Club participated in
New York Cares Day 2007 on
Glover said. total, 58 percent Oct. 20. The primary task was to
The garden is located on the receive free lunch, paint murals at Public School
127 Mckinley Park in Brooklyn.
Intracoastal Waterway and often hosts Shuford said. The
receptions and other social activities of school provides a
local residents, Glover said. challenging curricu-In October, the group’s maintenance lum, ongoing assess-efforts were amplified by the help of 20 ment, parental involvement, professional in front of the school.
members from The West Palm 100, a development and a partnership between All clubs are encouraged to participate
young professionals’ club in Palm Beach family and staff. in Tar Heel Service Days each October in
County that participates in community In addition to painting the murals, the honor of University Day, celebrated on
service projects. For its efforts, the club alumni group helped organize storage Oct. 12. ■
was invited to attend a reception at the facilities and the library and planted bulbs — Stephanie Newton
garden in November.
In Virginia, Rebecca Halloran ’ 97 and
about a half dozen other Carolina Club
members volunteered on two days at the
Central Virginia Food Bank. On Oct. 1
and 29, the team restocked shelves at the
food bank’s warehouse in Richmond.
“By the end of the day, everything on
the shelves is empty,” Halloran said.
For two hours on each occasion, the
group learned about the food bank and
unloaded pallets of corn, green beans, 2006-07 AWARDS:
green peas and leafy greens. The food was
then sorted and stocked on shelves, San Francisco
Halloran said. Tampa Bay
“People went back to their own homes Wake County
and looked at the food in their cabinets in Washington, D.C.
a different way,” she said. “The service was
both worthwhile and productive.”
Out of the 3,000 UNC alumni in
Richmond, Halloran said, the club has
between 250 and 300 people on its list-serv.
Moving farther up the East Coast, the
Tri-State (New York/New Jersey/
Connecticut) Black Alumni Club and the
New York Carolina Club participated in
New York Cares Day 2007 on Oct. 20.
Two such days are held every year, said
Stuart Holland ’ 90 — one in the fall and
one in the spring.
These Carolina Clubs Go Above and Beyond
More than 110 Carolina Clubs world- A committee considers several elements to
wide help alumni stay connected to select award winners, including service to
each other and help them give back to UNC, community involvement, financial
Carolina and their communities. Each year, management, leadership, organization,
the GAA honors outstanding clubs — event-planning and communications. These
those that are exceptional in serving their clubs were recognized in November at the
area alumni, the GAA and the University. GAA-sponsored club leaders’ conference:
Orange County, Calif.
Black Alumni of Atlanta
AWARDS OF ACHIEVEMENT
for concerted efforts
to recruit and retain club volunteers
for reaching out to students
in ways including and beyond
send-off receptions and scholarships
COMMUNIT Y SERVICE
for continued efforts and commitment
beyond Tar Heel Service Days
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