A student grins while shoveling in a community garden.

The Office of Student Leadership and Service is here to help you discover the power of service by promoting civic engagement and active global citizenship. If you want to make a difference in the lives of others, you have come to the right place!

In general, here are some ways in which we can help you. We provide:

  • Guidance on volunteer opportunities, service projects and events.
  • Resources on service-related events and relevant service issues.
  • Opportunities for campus organizations to collaborate on service projects.
  • Cross-cultural service opportunities.
  • Information about service-related student conferences.
  • One-time and longer-term service projects and opportunities
  • Service trips

Below is a list of Meredith-related service opportunities you may be interested in joining.

Meredith Opportunities Include:

SPLASH! into Service

Two students smile while doing service work.

SPLASH! into Service is a fun service experience held early in the school year that will give you the opportunity to meet new students and make a difference on-campus and/or in the local Raleigh community. Some past projects include Meredith’s Dickson Foundation Community Garden, Habitat for Humanity, Big Sweep of Wake County, Communities in Schools, Raleigh Rescue Mission, and the Boys and Girls Club. In 2023, we are having SPLASH! On-Campus on September 9th and SPLASH! Off-Campus on September 16th. Students can sign up to do one or both days!

Cornhuskin’ Service Project

Students smile around a giant pile of yams for the yam jam.

In the fall, students from each class unite to give back to the local community during the annual Cornhuskin’ Service Project.  Through this one-time service experience, students have an opportunity to learn about and work to remedy a pressing issue facing the community.  The Cornhuskin’ Service Project is one of the many activities that comprise Meredith’s Cornhuskin’ festivities and is sponsored by the Meredith Recreation Association in partnership with the Student Leadership and Service Office.


MeredithREADS is a partnership with Motheread, Inc. through which volunteers go to elementary schools to work on literacy skills one-on-one with local children. All volunteers are trained and use the Motheread curriculum. The time commitment is approximately one hour a week for two semesters.

Angels United

In response to the 2010 Meredith summer reading book Half the Sky, the Office of the Chaplain and the Class of 2013 formed Angels United. Working through a child advocacy nonprofit ministry in Atlanta, Angels United sponsors the educational needs of girls at orphanages in Kenya and Ghana. Many believe that educating girls in the developing world is one of the most effective ways to create positive change.  For more information, please contact the office of the Meredith Campus Chaplain.

Service Mini-Grants

Students Posing with trees in background

The Office of Student Leadership and Service provides funding for service projects. Students, faculty/staff, classes, or student organizations are eligible to submit an application for up to $100 in funding for a service project. For more information, please see the Mini-Grant Application.

Community Impact Award

Students Working outside

The Community Impact Award annually recognizes a Meredith student who has exhibited an exemplary level of dedication to civic engagement and who has had a deep and lasting impact on Meredith College and the community. She will have strongly embraced Meredith’s mission of global citizenship and service to others. This student will consistently have been a voice for community action in the classroom, in campus organizations, and in her world. Nominators will be asked to complete a nomination form and a letter of recommendation.

MLK Week of Service, Reflection, and Action

The week of Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday multiple activities, service opportunities, and reflection experiences will be available to commemorate and honor King’s life and further the work of the Civil Rights Movement.

Spring Break Service Trip

A group of students smiling at a wildlife refuge.

During the first few days of Spring Break week, students can travel to an exciting location (past destinations include Washington, DC, Wilmington, NC, and Charleston, SC) to take part in a local service project, learn some unique history of the location, sightsee, fellowship with other students, and have fun! Service projects from past trips include working with the NC Coastal Federation, Lowcountry Food Bank, Morris Landing Clean Water Preserve, and learning about women’s rights and touring the Holocaust Museum.

Contact Information
Cheryl Jenkins
Director, Student Leadership and Service
202 Cate Center
Raleigh, NC 27607
(919) 760-8338
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