Alumni give more than 1,000 hours in community service

October 23, 2012
By Bill Krueger

NC State alumni spent over 1,000 hours giving back to their communities — working on Habitat for Humanity homes, planting trees, helping out at food banks — as part of this year’s National Wolfpack Service Day.

nationalwolfpackservice_small1Alumni networks across the country spent a total of more than 600 hours working in the communities. Alumni in Phoenix, Arizona, volunteered at the St. Mary’s Food Bank, helping to provide almost 25,000 meals for a community relief program. Alumni in Dare County, N.C.., picked up about 175 pounds of debris from Pea Island Beach. Alumni in Lillington, N.C., worked on a beautification project for a SAFE facility for domestic violence victims. Alumni in Fayetteville, N.C., did landscaping and external home repairs for a Habitat for Humanity program.

Alumni in Wake County volunteered at different sites, with some planting trees, others working at the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle farm and some volunteering at the Boys and Girls Club. Wake County alumni totaled 621 service hours.

Alumni in Portland, Oregon, and Seattle, Washington, teamed up for the most unique volunteer opportunity, working at a wild wolf sanctuary. The group helped restore some grounds that had been damaged by an ice storm last year.

Ellen Richardson, director of outreach for the Alumni Association, says the group worked without complaint despite steady rain. She said the group, outfitted in NC State apparel, drew curious looks from some of the visitors to the sanctuary, but that the Wolfpackers had a great time visiting with the various wolves.

“The wolves were so cool to look at,” says Richardson.

The group even did a group howl to see if the wolves would respond. And they did.

“The staff was so pleased,” she says. “They were as nice as they could be to us.”

Check out our Flicker page for photos from the various locations. Or check out a few of the photos below:

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Guilford County (N.C.) at the Mt. Pisgah Church Weekday School

Wake County alumni at the Boys and Girls Club

Wake County alumni at the Boys and Girls Club

Phoenix alumni at the St. Mary's Food Bank

Phoenix alumni at the St. Mary's Food Bank

Seattle and Portland alumni at Wolf Haven International

Seattle and Portland alumni at Wolf Haven International

Fayetteville, N.C., alumni at Habitat for Humanity

Fayetteville, N.C., alumni at Habitat for Humanity

Orlando, Fla., alumni at the Central Florida Zoo

Orlando, Fla., alumni at the Central Florida Zoo

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One Response to “Alumni give more than 1,000 hours in community service”

  1. Jennifer Bradley says:

    The DC Alumni Chapter volunteered at Boo! Run for Life, a 10k and Tidal Basin Walk supporting Renal Cell Cancer Research. Have to hand it to this group who was up at 5am to volunteer on Wolfpack Service Day!

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