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.
Alumni 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.”
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