Past Initiatives

Throughout the years, NC Campus Compact has been involved in numerous exciting and innovative initiatives.  Below are highlights and results of these efforts.


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. 

Learn more here.

AmeriCorps Programs

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.  

UCAN Serve

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
Service Site:  Bayside Elementary School through the Marlin Reads program which matches one VWC student with a 1st grader who is struggling to read.

2012 Award Winner (North Carolina) - Tiffany Francis, Wake Technical Community College
Service Site: RBC Bank Learning Center at Heritage (Communities in Schools of Wake County)

2011 Award Winner - Jodie Joseph, NC State University
Service Sites - The Conservators’ Center and the Center for Student Leadership, Ethics and Public Service (CSLEPS)

2011 Finalists

  • Rebecca Cho, Appalachian State University
  • Laura Evans, Brevard College
  • Justin Maynard, Duke University
  • Holly Baldwin, Lenoir-Ryne University
  • Katherine Lodge, Virginia Tech

2010 Award Winner - Charles Webster, Appalachian State University
Service Site -  The Farmworker Health Program and Watauga Medical Center.

2010 Finalists

  • Cortney Jansen, Duke University
  • Jana Eilermann, Brevard College
  • Hannah Harkey, Lenoir-Rhyne University

2009 Award Winner - Grace Johnson, Wake Forest University
Service Site - The Campus Kitchen at Wake Forest

2009 Finalists

  • Heather Turner, Gardner-Webb University
  • Kelly Moss, Lenoir-Rhyne University
  • Sylvia Ukponmwan, NC Central University
  • Audrey Smith, UNC-Greensboro

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.

Learn more here.

Vote Initiative

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.

Grant recipients included: Davidson County Community College, Elon University, Gardner-Webb University, Lees-McRae University, NC A&T University, NC Central University, NC State, UNC-Pembroke, Warren Wilson College, Western Carolina University and Wingate University.

The Carter Academic-Service Entrepreneur (CASE) Grant for Campus-Community Collaboration

Between 2006 and 2008, NC Campus Compact provided $7000 in grants to North Carolina students who proposed the most innovative and promising use of the funds to establish or significantly further a partnership between the student (and his/her school) and a community non-profit organization. Administered by the Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Partnership Foundation, this grant was sponsored by the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, and sought to foster academic-service learning at American colleges and universities.

2008 Recipients
Tim Easley, Appalachian State University/Mountain Alliance, Inc.
Mary Moore Lowenfield - Davidson College/The Ada Jenkins Center
Robert Stephens - UNC-Chapel Hill/St. Joseph’s CME Church

2007 Recipients
Amanda Lawing – UNC- Greensboro/Boys and Girls Club Central Unit
Joseph Hamby  - Gardner-Webb University/KidSenses Children’s Museum

2006 Recipients
Lauren Burianek – UNC - Chapel Hill/Chapel Hill-Carrboro branch of the YMCA
Deepti Vanguri and Brigid Belko  - NC State University/Operation Sharehouse

The People Speak

The People Speak (TPS) was created by the UN Foundation in 2003 to promote and support youth who have a passion for global issues by providing opportunities for debate and leadership, and by encouraging creativity and initiative through the use of technology and the power of ideas.

Through a grant from the UN Foundation, between  2004 and 2006, NC Campus Compact disseminated $6600 in mini-grants to 13 member campuses to facilitate civic dialogues.  Over 3600 individuals participated.

Participating campuses:  Appalachian State, East Carolina University, Elon University, Greensboro College, High Point University, Lenoir-Rhyne College, Meredith College, NC Central University, UNC Greensboro, UNC Pembroke,  UNC Wilmington, Warren Wilson and Western Carolina University.


Raise Your Voice – Student Action for Change 

With the support of a mini-grant from national Campus Compact and the Pew Charitable Trusts, on February 19, 2004 NC Campus Compact provided the support for nine institutions to take part in the Raise Your Voice-A Month of Action Campaign National Teleconference on Student Civic Engagement. Each campus was given funds to help with the cost of hosting the teleconference on their campus. Across the nine NC campuses, a total of 429 people attended the teleconference and participated in dialogues on civic engagement.

On February 23, 2005, 292 students, faculty, staff, and community members from 9 North Carolina Campus Compact member campuses tuned into the student teleconference “Get a Job or Get a Life? (or both…): A National Discussion on Higher Education’s Civic Mission,” sponsored by Campus Compact, North Carolina Campus Compact, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Each campus received a small grant from North Carolina Campus Compact and Campus Compact to host a dialogue for students after the teleconference.