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Professor Hardy making an impact outside the classroom

Veronica Hardy
Dr. Veronica Hardy

Professor Veronica Hardy was presented with United Way of Robeson County’s Volunteer of the Year award for her humanitarian efforts during Hurricane Florence.

Dr. Hardy played a major role with relief efforts in the aftermath of last year’s deadly storm, attending various United Way events including coordinating volunteers at the county’s Emergency Operations Center, volunteering at the Hope 4 Home distribution center, and serving Thanksgiving meals at the Bill Sapp Center in Lumberton.

“Receiving the award was completely unexpected,” she said. “I appreciate the work of this organization and how it engages in efforts to support non-profits across the county and the theme for the annual meeting was so fitting–Celebrating Impact. Recognizing Generosity. I never expect anything in return for volunteering but remain extremely thankful for the opportunity to serve.”

Hardy recently completed a three-year term on the United Way Board of Directors.

Hardy is an associate professor in her 10th year in the Department of Social Work at UNCP. Outside of the classroom, Hardy is also a public speaker and author. Her first book, A Letter to My Sisters: Reflecting on God's Promises, was published in January. She also serves on the N.C. Social Work Certification and Licensure Board.