At CHCCS, Celebrating Local Volunteers

UNC-Chapel Hill has a well-earned reputation for public service, with thousands of students volunteering in our community every year – and the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City School district is recognizing them during National Volunteer Week.

National Volunteer Week runs from April 10-16. CHCCS volunteer coordinator George Ann McCay says she actively recruits UNC students to help out in the schools every year – and the students respond, working with students all the way from kindergarten to graduation.

McCay brought two volunteers onto WCHL this week to discuss their experiences with Aaron Keck: Mary Whatley, who works with ESL students at Carrboro High School, and Hayden Vick, who works with first and third graders at Estes Hills Elementary.


If you’d like to volunteer in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools, visit the district’s volunteer page or stop by the volunteer office above the PTA Thrift Shop on Main Street in Carrboro.

CH Rotary To Hold Interest Event For Potential New Members

CHAPEL HILL- Next month, a prominent local service organization is inviting community members to learn more about its mission.

On March 19, the Chapel Hill Rotary Club will host a special membership drive. President Bobbi Wallace says the evening will be designed for those who are considering joining the group.

“What we wanted to do was make sure the community knows that Chapel Hill Rotary is open to other people,” she says.

UNC Athletic Director Bubba Cunningham will serve as the event’s guest speaker.

Rotary clubs exist worldwide and include 1.3 million business and professional leaders who are interested in humanitarian and community service. The group is open to all different backgrounds and faiths.

New CH Rotary member Barbara Crane, who works in the women’s health field, says she decide to join because she’s always been attracted to the organization’s global focus.

“Rotary was very instrumental in eradicating polio around the world, and it’s really a global network of service,” she says. “For me, it was an opportunity to connect more with leaders in the community and to learn more about what’s going on in the community.”

The March 19 meeting will begin at 6:00 in the evening at Chapel Hill Country Club. Those who wish to come are asked to first contact Bobbi Wallace at Interested participants can also call the Chapel Hill Rotary phone number at 919-533-9415

If Helping Kids and Women is Your Passion…

Many of us lead very, very busy lives these days. We want to make a difference, but it is hard to choose where to focus our efforts. For those of us who are interested in charities that help local children and women, it seems that there are almost too many choices to consider (which is a good thing!)

I have a possible solution for those of you who want to focus your efforts but still have a wide-ranging impact on the lives of children and women in our area.

The solution is the Chapel Hill Service League. The League has been around for 72 years and partners with other local nonprofits to provide womenpower (volunteers) and other types of assistance. Last year, the League worked with numerous groups, including: NC Children’s Promise, Ronald McDonald House, SECU Family House, Communities in Schools, Beacon Child and Family Program, IFC Homestart, Dress for Success NC, UNC Horizons, and Kidzu Children’s Museum.

By joining the Chapel Hill Service League, you can help children and women with lots of different kinds of needs.

The League manages its own flagship project — Christmas House — in addition to assisting local nonprofits. Christmas House has provided a brighter holiday for 800+ local children for more than 50 years. Not familiar with Christmas House? Well, when the holiday season arrives and you see the Christmas trees at University and Carr Mill Malls and other locales with the cute teddy bear wish cards on them, that’s the League’s Christmas House project. Wouldn’t it be fun to be one of Santa’s special elves at the Chapel Hill Service League this year? The Christmas House project requires the efforts of more than 200 volunteers from the League as well as the community.

But if you prefer running to eating Christmas cookies, you might be interested in helping plan the League’s annual Southern Village 5K Race and Family Fun Run this November. The funds raised are used to support Christmas House and other community projects.

Women of all ages and backgrounds are invited to join the Chapel Hill Service League. The League’s New Member Informational Fair is being held on Wednesday, August 31, 7:30 p.m. at the Horace Williams House. More information about the League can be found at their web site:

For those men who were disappointed to read that last paragraph (about the League being just for women), don’t worry because my upcoming columns will highlight lots of ways you can help children and women in the local community. And don’t forget that when you walk by one of those Christmas trees at the mall, there will be little teddy bear wish cards hanging from the limbs . . .