Food & Shelter - Service Learning Opportunities

  Carolina Campus Community Garden
Located on Wilson Street (just off Cameron)
Chapel Hill, NC 27516
Claire Lorch

The Carolina Campus Community Garden provides fresh vegetables and fruit, free-of-charge to UNC’s lower wage workers though the efforts of students, staff, faculty and local residents. The garden also serves as a learning lab for developing gardening skills, healthy living and academic pursuits. High school students are invited to join university and community volunteers as they support the mission of the CCCG. Please plan to join us for one of our workdays! Volunteers meet every Sunday @3:00pm. Students are also invited to attend Wednesday workdays in the summer (4:00pm - 6:00pm)! Students will assist with building projects, planting, watering, weeding, mulching and harvesting. Students may also be invited to assist with food distribution. Volunteers must be 16 years of age or else be accompanied by a parent (or other responsible adult). CCCG Partners include the UNC Employee Forum, the UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, and the North Carolina Botanical Garden. Please contact Claire Lorch for more information and so that she can send you the forms that will need to be completed before volunteering at the garden.
  Carrboro Farmers Market
301 West Main Street
Carrboro, NC 27510
Erin Jobe - Market Manager or (919)280-3326.
We welcome student volunteers and frequently need help manning our information booth in the spring, summer, and fall. To volunteer for a Saturday shift, make contact no later than Thursday. Volunteers can also sign up through our "volunteering" link online.

  Chapel Hill-Carrboro Meals on Wheels, Inc.
Olin T. Binkley Baptist Church
1712 Willow Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27514

Chapel Hill-Carrboro Meals on Wheels provides daily meals to homebound, elderly and or disabled individuals. If you are interested in helping to deliver home-baked desserts to clients, give Meals on Wheels a call. Students may assist with web page maintenance, newsletter design, database management, and more (Hours will be approved for service only. Hours will not be approved for donations of food items).
  Chapel Hill Farmers Market
201 South Estes Drive
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Ali Rudel

The Chapel Hill Farmers Market is a small non-profit with one part-time employee, so we really appreciate your time and dedication to helping our market prosper. The market is open year round, and there are many ways that you can be involved at the market. Every Saturday we are have two shifts, one for helping to set up the market (7:00am-9:30am, 8:00am-10:00am during our winter hours) and one to help break down the market (10:00am-12:30pm). The bulk of the shifts involves setting up or putting away tents, tables and signage. For the remainder of the shift volunteers are asked to engage with market customers, asking them to sign up for our newsletter, helping to answer frequently asked questions (we have FAQ sheets for our volunteers) or referring questions to the Market Manager, and taking a count of market customers every half hour. Additionally, we love getting help with our special events, of which there many throughout the year (Tomato Day, The Annual Fresh Chef Competition, Garlic & Onion Day, Pepper Day, Halloween at Market, The Annual Easter Egg Hunt, The Annual Pie Competition, and more!) This includes assisting the market manager in putting on the events so that regular weekly market duties can be fulfilled as well. Check our website for upcoming events that might interest you! Please email the Market Manager, Ali Rudel, at for a volunteer info sheet, FAQ sheet and to sign up for a shift. You can also reach Ali at (919)533-9496.
  The Farm at Penny Lane- Facebook
263 Penny Lane
Pittsboro, NC 27312
Michelle_Morehouse - Farm Manager

Located in northern Chatham County, The Farm at Penny Lane uses a holistic and sustainable approach to enhance the quality of life for individuals with severe and persistent mental illness by offering opportunities to become healthier and more self-sufficient. The major goals are to maximize social, cognitive, physical, and psychological functioning of participants, enhance the general health and wellness of individuals, break down barriers in the community and reduce the stigma associated with mental illness, and to facilitate social entrepreneurship for program participants. The farm is in development and currently includes a community garden, greenhouse, aquaponics, an apiary with nine beehives, a flock of heritage-breed chickens, and a walking trail. Volunteers assist in the following ways: • Planting, watering, weeding, mulching, harvesting, and special projects in the garden • Trail maintenance Wear close-toed shoes, dress for the weather, and bring a water bottle. All volunteers must complete a Visitor Agreement, Visitor Consent, Release, and Indemnity Agreement, and Visitor Media Release. Youth, 17 and younger, must be under the supervision of a parent, guardian, UNC-CH employee, or the Farm Manager.
  Farmer Foodshare Program
Katy Phillips - Primary contact for all markets
Volunteers are needed for the Farmer Foodshare program at the Southern Village, Chapel Hill and Carrboro Farmers Markets! Please visit the Farmer Foodshare website to learn more about this meaningful healthy food system development program. The Farmer Foodshare program runs Tuesday/Thurs afternoons and Saturdays mornings. A Farmer Foodshare Donation Station will be set up at the farmers markets each week. Volunteers will help staff the Farmer Foodshare table. The ideal candidate should be mature, personable and someone who enjoys being outdoors. An interest in local produce, healthy food systems and feeding the hungry would be an added benefit. We can use students for whatever hours for as many days as they can commit. No amount of help is too little, a weekly worker would be a dream come true—this is a volunteer-intensive project!
  Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina
Durham (location)
2700 Angier Avenue Suite A
Durham, NC 27703
Laura Brown - Durham Volunteer Services Coordinator
(919)956-2513 ext. 2104. (email is preferred)
The Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina offers variety of volunteer opportunities. Please call or email (preferred) for details. The Food Bank CENC is open to volunteers Tuesday – Friday from 9 am – 12 pm and 1 - 4 pm. We also have Saturday shifts available. The 1st, 3rd, and 5th Saturday is held from 9 am – 12 pm for adults and kids over 12 years old. We only hold a Kids Day event the 2nd and 4th Saturday from 10 am – 12 pm for parents and kids ages 5 – 11 years old. The Food Bank will be closed: Easter weekend - Friday, April 2nd and Saturday, April 3rd; Memorial Day weekend - Saturday, May 29th; Independence Day weekend - Saturday, July 3rd; Labor Day weekend - Saturday, September 4th. All volunteers under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Please make contact by phone or email before reporting to the Food Bank CENC.

Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina
Raleigh (location)
3808 Tarheel Drive
Raleigh, NC 27609
Annika Johansson - Raleigh Volunteer Coordinator
A variety of volunteer opportunities, email for details. The Food Bank is open to volunteers Tuesday -Saturday, 9am - noon and 1 - 4pm, Wednesday 6 - 8 pm (only in Raleigh), Saturday 9am - noon, and 1 - 4pm (Raleigh only—1st & 3rd Saturdays). The Food Bank will be closed: Thanksgiving – November 27th-29th; Christmas – December 24th-27th; New Years – January 1st-3rd; Easter weekend - Friday, April 3rd and Saturday, April 4th; Memorial Day weekend - Saturday, May 23rd; Independence Day weekend - Saturday, July 4th; Labor Day weekend - Saturday, September 5th. All volunteers under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Please make contact by email before reporting to the Food Bank.
  Orange County Partnership for Young Children
1120 Hillsborough Road
Carrboro, NC 27510 (at the MLK Jr. Park)
Maria Hitt - Garden Manager
The Growing Healthy Kids Community Garden provides space, supplies and garden education for families with young children to grow their own food. We serve 27 families some are Spanish speaking or Karen refugees from Burma. We have English speaking families too. Children range in age from babies to pre-teens. Volunteer opportunities include assisting in the garden with planting, weeding and maintenance. Volunteers are also needed to help with children's programs and activities during workdays. Come enjoy the sunshine and practice your Spanish (or Karen) too. High School student volunteers can join our regular workdays. For the spring 2014 season they will be Sunday afternoons from 4-6 PM. Please contact Maria Hitt for more details.
  Habitat for Humanity of Durham
215 N. Church Street
Durham, NC 27701
Jennifer McFarland – Volunteer Coordinator
We host construction volunteer opportunities on Saturdays year-round. Duties may include, but are not limited to, deconstruction, crawlspace sealing, wall framing, roofing, siding, interior and exterior trim, painting, cleaning and landscaping. No tools, skills or experience is necessary. AGE REQUIREMENTS - General construction volunteers must be at least 16 years old, and volunteers must be at least 18 years old to climb above 6 feet and operate power tools. SHIFTS Two construction shifts are available: 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. WEATHER - Concerned about the weather? Please call (919) 682.0516, Ext 2. This weather line will be updated at least one hour in advance of volunteer shifts in the event of heavy rain or inclement weather.
  Habitat for Humanity of Orange County
88 Vilcom Center Drive
Suite L110
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
DeRon Waller - Volunteer & Youth Programs Coordinator
(919)932-7077 ext. 220.
The majority of our volunteer opportunities are construction related. Less frequently, volunteers are needed to work special events and staff information tables. The regular volunteer construction workday is Saturday 8:30am - Noon or 12:30pm - 4:30pm. Everyone on a Habitat for Humanity construction site must be at least 16 years old. Volunteers ages 16-17 should bring a signed Habitat for Humanity of Orange County "Parental Consent and Waiver Form" from their parent or guardian with them to the construction site. This form can be found on our website.
  Habitat for Humanity - ReStore
5501 Durham Chapel Hill Boulevard
Durham, NC 27707
(919)403-8668 ext. 103.

The ReStore accepts and sells donations of gently used household goods and building and construction materials to generate revenue for the home-building efforts of Habitat for Humanity in Durham and Orange counties. Volunteers process donations, provide customer service, and perform daily operations tasks. Students ages 16 and older are welcome to attend orientation and training sessions in order to begin volunteer hours . Shifts are available in 2-hour increments during store hours. Initial interview may be necessary. Inquiries can be sent to the Volunteer Coordinator via phone or email.
  HOPE Gardens
2200 Homestead Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27516

We are a UNC student-run community garden and urban farm that that fosters relationships, educates the community, and addresses barriers to food access through shared efforts in sustainable agriculture. HOPE Gardens works to educate participants about gardening, raise awareness about homelessness, and catalyze transitions to healthy lifestyles. Our workdays are held year-round on Saturdays from 10 am - 12 pm except on University breaks. Please fill out this emergency contact form before you arrive, and have your parents pick you up promptly at noon. Wear sturdy shoes and bring a water bottle!
  Inter-Faith Council (IFC)
Carrboro, NC 27510
Karen Carr- Volunteer Coordinator
(919)929-6380 ext. 30.
Please contact the IFC if you are interested in conducting a food and or personal hygiene drive. On site volunteers must be at least 16 years old. Students must be accompanied by a parent/guardian while on site. We do ask that students and parents interested in volunteering with the agency commit to a minimum of a three-month service period. Service Learning Documentation Packets must be signed by IFC staff.
  Meals on Wheels of Durham
2522 Ross Road
Durham, NC 27703
Philip Roof - Outreach Coordinator
Sharon Lawson - Operations Director
Established in 1975, Meals on Wheels of Durham, Inc. delivers hot, nutritious meals to Durham County residents who are unable to provide or prepare meals for themselves. Since its inception, Meals on Wheels of Durham, Inc. has served more than 1.75 million meals through the generous help and support of its staff, volunteers, donors and sponsors. Please contact us for volunteer opportunities.
PORCH is an all-volunteer hunger relief organization that delivers non-perishable foods to local pantries and fresh foods directly into the hands of local families. Student volunteers are needed in a variety of ways: packing and delivering fresh foods, picking up food donations from porches, serving as neighborhood coordinators, double bagging on Sunday evenings, organizing food drives and bake sales at school, and forming or joining PORCH Clubs. To get more information, contact

  TABLE Inc.
205 West Weaver Street
Carrboro, NC 27510
TABLE, Inc. is non-profit hunger relief organization that focuses exclusively on local childhood hunger. Every week, TABLE puts healthy food, including fresh produce, directly into the hands of 150 Chapel Hill & Carrboro elementary school age children who would otherwise go hungry on weekends and other times of the year when free school meals are unavailable. TABLE brings together UNC students and community members to get food to local hungry youngsters and to raise awareness of local childhood hunger. High School students are needed to help serve on volunteer teams and organize food drives. TABLE appreciates our high school volunteers! High school students that are under the age of 18 and want to volunteer on-site at TABLE should have a signed parent consent form.
  Take and Eat Food Pantry
11098 US 15-501 N.
Chapel Hill, NC 27517
Michelle Morehouse - Director

Located at Evergreen United Methodist Church, just south of Cole Park Plaza, Take and Eat Food Pantry provides food assistance to residents in the Eastern-half of Chatham County. The pantry distributes groceries on the 1st, 3rd, and 4th Tuesday of each month from 6:30 - 7:30 pm and on the 2nd Tuesday from 10-11 am. Volunteers assist in the following ways: Sorting and packaging perishables for distribution; Packing groceries for clients; Loading groceries into clients' vehicles; Repackaging bulk food items. Volunteers are asked to arrive 45 minutes before the pantry begins distribution and generally stay for 30 - 45 minutes afterward to help clean up and restock the shelves. Youth volunteers must have a Volunteer Registration form completed and signed by a parent or guardian.