FAQ

Who runs Service Raleigh?

Service Raleigh is organized, planned, and executed by students. It is the largest student-run service organization in the Triangle area, involving over 2,000 volunteers annually. It is also one of the university's fastest growing service organizations, having doubled in size since its beginning in 1998.

How can I get involved in Service Raleigh?

The easiest way to get involved is to volunteer. Register as an individual volunteer or as a group, and you will be contacted with further instructions as the event approaches. If you represent a local business wishing to donate resources or if you represent a local organization wishing to request volunteers for a service project, information will be published on the website in the fall.

What if I'm not a NCSU student?

That's ok, we want you too. One of this year's primary goals is to increase community volunteer involvement. We welcome you and all your friends and family, young and old.

What will I do?

Have tons of fun, make new friends, get your hands dirty, and leave with the satisfaction of a good day's work. What you will actually do will depend on your specific site and partner organization. Just to whet your palate, you may be gardening, helping with beautification projects, packaging food, or brushing a crocodile's teeth. Kidding on the last one; the zoo is too far away.

Of course I want to volunteer with Service Raleigh, when is it?

This year, Service Raleigh is on Saturday, April 1, 2017.

Why should I volunteer?

The better question is: Why not? You get a free t-shirt and light breakfast, fresh air, and the satisfaction of good old-fashioned hard work with friends. Plus, you're helping to strengthen our community. What more could you ask for?

I'm still not convinced. What else do I get?

A warm, fuzzy feeling that lasts a lifetime and a totally sweet t-shirt. Trust me, you're going to want it.

Can I volunteer with my friends?

The more the merrier! You can sign up with your group or create a group for your friends so you're all assigned to the same site. If you create a group on the Service Raleigh website, then you are in charge of distributing the group's registration password to all members.

Will I need my own car?

Maybe. Your site leader will let you know about transportation. We encourage carpooling as much as possible, in order to save on gas and save the environment.

Will lunch be provided?

Also maybe. Some sites will provide lunch for their volunteers. You will get more information once you register. Regardless, we will provide you with some light breakfast to get your day of service started!

What are my responsibilities as site leader?

The site leader is in charge of all volunteers who have been assigned to his/her site. This includes the site leader's group members (if he/she is part of a group), members of all other groups volunteering at that site, and any individual volunteers who have been assigned to that site. The site leader is also responsible for communication with the partner, handing out t-shirts to volunteers, and arranging transportation. Finally, the site leader is responsible for leading a meaningul conversation and reflection about service after completion of the service project. Service Raleigh will notify site leaders of their position after applications have been reviewed. The opening and closing of site leader applications will be announced in late August 2016. 

I like volunteering. What else can I do?

We hoped you'd say that! Our goal for Service Raleigh is to inspire a lifetime of service. Check out our directory of community partners for ideas of places to volunteer. In addition, check out Activate Good and Volunteer Raleigh for opportunities in the Raleigh and Triangle area. 

Our mission is to address the needs of our community, to foster a sense of community spirit, and to inspire our volunteers to a lifetime of involvement in public service.