The Statewide Challenge to End Hunger
In conjunction with the 10th Anniversary, between fall 2011 and spring 2012, NC Campus Compact promoted and collated campus efforts to address food insecurity. Thirteen member campuses participated in the Challenge.
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AmeriCorps, one stream of national service funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), is a network of local, state, and national service programs that connects thousands of Americans each year in intensive service to meet our country’s critical needs.
Since 2003, NC Campus Compact has received funding from the CNCS to support various AmeriCorps initiatives. Learn about the ongoing VISTA program here. Below are former initiatives.
From fall 2011 to fall 2012, NC Campus Compact hosted the ADVANCE (AmeriCorps Dedicated to Virginia and North Carolina Children Excelling) program engaging North Carolina and Virginia college students as mentors. The ADVANCE community partners were Communities in Schools of North Carolina and the Virginia Mentoring Partnership. NC Campus Compact received funding directly from the Corporation for National and Community Service to facilitate the program. Each AmeriCorps member who completed the required 300 hours of service received an education award in the amount of $1175.
Between fall 2010 and fall 2011 NC Campus Compact was a sub-grantee of Colorado Campus Compact to host the UCAN Serve AmeriCorps program. Colorado Campus Compact received their funding from the Corporation for National and Community Service. Through UCAN students from campuses throughout North Carolina served in positions that strengthened education, improved public health and safety, and supported environmental, social service and community development initiatives. Each AmeriCorps member who completed 300 hours of volunteer service received an $1132 education award for a total of nearly $150,000 in resources distributed to students on NC Campus Compact member campuses.
NC-ACTS! (North Carolina-Activating Citizenship Through Service)
Between fall 2004 and fall 2010 NC Campus Compact sponsored the NC-ACTS! AmeriCorps program. Nearly 2,000 students each gave 300 hours of service to a non-profit agency or K-12 school in the areas of education, human needs/services, and volunteer recruitment/capacity building. Over six years, NCACTS! members mentored 500 students and recruited 18,387 new volunteers including 17,324 college students. No less than 95% of participants reported an increase in civic knowledge and skills, including improved leadership skills, understanding of community needs and resources and their responsibility to meet them, and commitment to remain involved in the community. Nearly 100% of the 1000 community agencies and schools in the 77 counties where members served reported that members increased the organization's capacity to solve local problems. Each AmeriCorps member, who completed the 300 hour service requirement within the one-year term of service, received an $1000 education award resulting in over 2 million in resources distributed to students on NC Campus Compact member campuses.
Outstanding AmeriCorps Service Award
Between 2009-2011 this recognition was awarded to an NC-ACTS! AmeriCorps member. Between 2011-12 it was presented to an ADVANCE AmeriCorps member. The award recognized the AmeriCorps member whose contribution of time, service and support went the extra mile to positively impact their mentee (s) and/or service site. The winners received cash rewards and media recognition.
2012 Award Winner (Virginia) - Allison Reeves (to the right), Virginia Wesleyan College
2012 Award Winner (North Carolina) - Tiffany Francis, Wake Technical Community College
2011 Award Winner - Jodie Joseph, NC State University
2010 Award Winner - Charles Webster, Appalachian State University
2009 Award Winner - Grace Johnson, Wake Forest University
VISTA Summer Associates
During the summer of 2009 and 2010, NC Campus Compact hosted the VISTA Summer Associates program. Through the program first-generation college students served as AmeriCorps*VISTAs for a summer term of service on college campuses across the state. Funding was provided by the Corporation for National and Community Service.
Summer Associates worked at various university and community partner offices as they supported and implemented programs and initiatives centered around one main objective: to provide support to K-12 summer mentoring or bridge programs, as well as programs designed to promote college access and success for underrepresented or underserved populations. Unlike traditional VISTAs, Summer Associates serve in a broader context, allowing them to perform and volunteer in both indirect and direct service.
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For the 2008 election, NC Campus Compact funded eleven $500 voter mini-grants to member campus in order improve voter registration, turnout and education on campuses and their surrounding communities. These mini-grants helped create and supplement a wide range of voter initiatives on campuses throughout North Carolina. Grant recipients collaborated with local election boards, first-year orientation classes, faculty, staff and students in a wide variety of voter efforts. Funding was provided by the Puffin Foundation.