UNC Pembroke to partner with the Lumbee Tribe as part of Community Action Day on April 9

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UNC Pembroke officials anticipate more than 350 volunteers to pitch in Saturday, April 9 (postponed from April 2), for the second annual Community Action Day.

UNCP students, faculty and staff will team up with the local community and the Lumbee Tribe to clean up the Lumbee Cultural Center and other beautification projects on the UNCP campus.

“Service is one of the values of our university according to our chancellor, Robin Cummings,” said Dalton Hoffer, event organizer. “It is really important that our faculty, staff and students lead the way for the community to volunteer with projects such as this. This is one event we can really show we care about the community. This also brings all these groups together so that we can grow and prosper.” 

Community Action Day is among the featured events during Installation Week which runs from April 2 – April 9. Dr. Robin Gary Cummings will be installed as UNC Pembroke’s sixth chancellor at 3 p.m. at the Givens Performing Arts Center on April 8.

Community Action Day is being organized by the Office for Community and Civic Engagement. Hoffer serves as the assistant director for Student Engagement.

Registration for UNCP students, faculty and staff will begin at 8:30 a.m. on the University Center Annex lawn. A light breakfast will be provided. Free T-shirts will be given away as long as supplies last. Transportation will be provided to the Lumbee Cultural Center where most of the service projects will take place. 

Community volunteers are asked to meet at the cultural center at 8:30 a.m. The cultural center is located at 638 Terry Sanford Road, less than a mile from Purnell Sweet High School. 

Lumbee Tribal Chairman Harvey Godwin Jr. is expected to welcome the volunteers. Volunteers will be cleaning up the cultural center grounds in preparation of the 2016 Lumbee Spring Powwow.

“We chose the cultural center to not only partner with the community but to embrace its culture,” Hoffer said. “After we cleanup, there will be music, a stickball game and food.”    

UNCP students and staff will also be taking part in service projects on campus, as well. Volunteers will partner with UNCP’s Office of Sustainability and plant trees on campus. Others will be teaming with staff with Literacy Commons and assisting them with its projects. 

Hoffer said students and community volunteers will also be hitting the streets Saturday to take part in a massive roadside-cleanup project. Students will be picking up trash along all the major highways in and around Pembroke. Volunteers will also tackle any trash along Recreation Road, which leads to the Lumbee Cultural Center.

UNC Pembroke’s efforts coincides with the county’s recent approach to the littering problem. Prisoners from the Lumberton Correctional Institution will be cleaning up litter on Robeson County roadways beginning Friday, April 1.

For more details about the 2nd annual Community Action Day, please call 910.521.6163 or visit http://serve.uncp.edu/aem/general/event/?doc_id=2766 

Other featured events scheduled during Installation Week include:  

Elvis and Chagall, presented by Vivian R. Jacobson, Wednesday, April 6, 7 p.m., Moore Hall Auditorium;

Southeast American Indian Studies Conference, Thursday & Friday, April 7-8, All Day, Old Main;

Brass Spectacular, hosted by the UNC Pembroke Faculty Quintet, Thursday, April 7, 7:30 p.m., Moore Hall Auditorium;

Installation Ceremony, Friday, April 8, 3 p.m., Givens Performing Arts Center;

Installation Ceremony Reception, Friday, April 8, immediately following ceremony, English E. Jones Center; and

Black and Gold Celebration, Saturday, April 9, 7 p.m., University Center Annex. 

UNC Pembroke is a constituent institution of the University of North Carolina system.  For more information, contact Joanna Warner, interim executive director of University Communications and Marketing, via email, (joanna.warner@uncp.edu) or by phone (910.775.4587). Connect with UNC Pembroke online at uncp.edu or on social media to learn how the university is changing lives through education.