Join Us for the Glass Castle

November 30, 2017

UNC staff are invited to join the Employee Forum book club on November 30, 2017 from 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. at Bulls Head Book Shop. We will discuss the book The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls. The book can be purchased at a special discount online or in the store at Bulls Head Book Shop.

Please register at

From Barnes & Noble:

The Glass Castle is a remarkable memoir of resilience and redemption, and a revelatory look into a family at once deeply dysfunctional and uniquely vibrant. When sober, Jeannette’s brilliant and charismatic father captured his children’s imagination, teaching them physics, geology, and how to embrace life fearlessly. But when he drank, he was dishonest and destructive. Her mother was a free spirit who abhorred the idea of domesticity and didn’t want the responsibility of raising a family.

The Walls children learned to take care of themselves. They fed, clothed, and protected one another, and eventually found their way to New York. Their parents followed them, choosing to be homeless even as their children prospered.

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2017 UNC Children’s Toy Drive

November 27, 2017

Help us spread some Carolina cheer this holiday season! The Employee Forum’s Community Service Committee is sponsoring a campus toy drive benefitting the patients and families at UNC Children’s Hospital! Let’s put a smile on the face of these spectacular mini Tar Heels!

For more information about UNC Children’s Hospital, please visit:

Donation Bin Locations:

North Campus

Carolina Center for Public Service-205 Wilson St., Chapel Hill (Back Porch Conference Room)

Computer Science
-Sitterson Hall (Upper Lobby)
-Brooks Building (Lobby)

FedEx Global Center (Lobby)

Romance Languages
-Dey Hall (Department of Romance Languages Office- Dey 238)

Ackland Art Museum

South Campus

Eshelman School of Pharmacy
-Beard Hall (Lobby)

Gillings School of Global Public Health
-Michael Hooker Research Center (Atrium near 1001)
-Rosenau Hall (1st Floor Lobby)
-McGavran-Greenberg Hall (1st Floor Lobby)

Kenan Flagler Business School
-McColl Building (1st & 2nd Floor Lobbies)

UNC Children’s Hospital (Main Lobby)

University Mail Serives (Basement of Bioinformatics Building)

Off Campus

Facilities Services
-1st Level Main Entrance Lobby
-2nd Level Lobby
-HVAC Admin Office- General Storeroom
-Service Shop Building Main Entrance- Admin Desk

Finance & Administration Service Center of Excellence, 400 Roberson St., Carrboro, NC (Main lobby)

Carolina Square, 123 W Franklin St. (4th floor Elevator Lobby)

EHS, 1120 Estes Drive Extension (EHS Breakroom)

Friday Center


Link to Searchable Campus Map

((Please check back periodically for more specific details & additional locations))


Wish List

  • Band-Aids with designs
  • Barbie dolls
  • Books (all levels, ethnically diverse, English and Spanish)
  • Bubbles
  • Colored pens
  • Colorful pillow cases (standard size)
  • Coloring books
  • Crayons
  • Dinosaurs
  • DVD’s (new releases)
  • Ethnic hair products
  • Ethnically diverse dolls
  • Indoor balls
  • iPads with headsets
  • Journals
  • Klutz activity kits
  • Markers
  • Matchbox cars/trucks
  • Mechanical pens
  • Newborn onesies
  • Pajamas (all sizes)
  • Pinwheels
  • Play-doh
  • Pop-up toys
  • Rattles
  • Small black rubber bands and hair bows
  • Small puzzles
  • Small stuffed toys
  • Socks & underwear (all sizes)
  • Soft baby dolls
  • Stress balls
  • Super hero action gures
  • Teething rings
  • Toys from
  • Toy medical kits
  • UNO Cards
  • Vtech Brilliant Creations, Advanced Notebook
  • Wide-toothed combs


Donation Forms/Procedure

Childrens Hospital General In-Kind Donation Form

Itemized Gift In-Kind Statement

The above forms (and a receipt) will need to be turned in if a donor wishes to receive a tax deductible receipt from UNC.  When filling out the forms, subtotals should be used (taxes/shipping costs not covered). If you do not have your receipt, you may submit a printout from a website showing the item with the same cost. Please be reminded that all items must be new, no gift wrapping is allowed and we do not accept food, drinks, candy or items with a religious origin.


Hashtag: #UNCToyDrive


Volunteer with us:

  • Volunteers who participate in drop-off and pick-up efforts are eligible to take Community Service Leave (CSL) with supervisor approval. Please email Katie Musgrove at if you are interested in volunteering.
  • For more information on how to take CSL, please visit the UNC Human Resources website.
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Notary course sponsorship to end

October 31, 2017

Due to cuts to the Employee Forum’s budget, the Forum will no longer sponsor the Notary Public Certification courses (either in person or online), effective Spring 2018. The Employee Forum has sponsored this class for several years, enabling employees to secure a notary public certification at no cost.

If employees are still interested in pursuing certification as a notary public, there are a number of options:

  • Durham Tech offers a full-day session at least two times per month for $95. More information can be found on their website.
  • Wake Tech offers frequent sessions each month (throughout different campuses) for $85. More information can be found on their website.
  • UNC’s Educational Assistance Program allows supervisors “to support academic activities that directly relate to the organization’s identified knowledge, skills, and behaviors (organizational competencies), and which support the mission, vision, and values of the organization.” The supervisor would apply to this program if having a notary public in the unit was directly related to the unit’s successful function.
  • Employees can use the Professional Development Grant to pay tuition if certification would benefit themselves but is not essential to their unit. The Forum will continue to offer the Professional Development Grant, which opens to accept applications on December 1, 2017 and on April 1, 2018. Grants are awarded on a first come, first serve basis.

If you have any questions, please contact Clare Counihan (clarecounihan[at], the chair of the Education and Career Development Committee, or Shayna Hill (Shayna_Hill[at], the Chair of the Employee Forum.

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Join Us for Exit West

October 26, 2017

UNC staff are invited to join the Employee Forum book club on October 26, 2017 from 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. at Bulls Head Book Shop. We will discuss the book Exit West by Mohsin Hamid. The book can be purchased at a special discount online or in the store at Bulls Head Book Shop.

Please register at

From Goodreads:  In a country teetering on the brink of civil war, two young people meet—sensual, fiercely independent Nadia and gentle, restrained Saeed. They embark on a furtive love affair and are soon cloistered in a premature intimacy by the unrest roiling their city. When it explodes, turning familiar streets into a patchwork of checkpoints and bomb blasts, they begin to hear whispers about doors—doors that can whisk people far away, if perilously and for a price. As the violence escalates, Nadia and Saeed decide that they no longer have a choice. Leaving their homeland and their old lives behind, they find a door and step through.



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2017 UNC “Food for All” Campus Food Drive

October 20, 2017


UNC ‘Food for All’ Year-Long Food Drive 

2017-2018 Donation Totals

During the 2017-2018 UNC Food For All Campus-wide Food Drive, we received donations equaling over 3265 meals for hungry North Carolinians!


Help us fight hunger in North Carolina! In conjunction with the ‘Food for All’ University theme, the Employee Forum is hosting a year-long food drive effort which will benefit the Food Bank of Central & Eastern NC and the Carolina Cupboard here on campus. This food drive will contribute to Harris Teeter’s Million Meals Challenge, which is a competition between UNC, Duke, NC State, and Wake Forest University to raise the most food throughout the course of the 2017-2018 athletic season. Donations will be accepted at several special events throughout the year, as well as a few permanent bins placed in strategic places throughout campus.

Special Events:

Donation booths will be set up at the following special events:

  • Employee Appreciation Day (Carolina Union)- October 20, 2017

  • “Ruck for Hunger” Food Drive — November 3-11, 2017


Ruck For Hunger, a canned food drive hosted by Carolina Veterans Organization, will benefit TABLE in Carrboro, NC. This special event will have specific donation bins placed in various businesses on Franklin Street and several on campus locations (Ruck For Hunger Donation Bin Locations). On Veterans Day, November 11, 2017, members of the Carolina Veterans Organization, UNC ROTC, and other volunteers will have a ruck march to collect the canned goods, leaving from the Carolina Veterans Resource Center (located at 211 Branson Street) at 9 am. (On-Campus donations will be picked up on November 10, 2017)










For more information on the Ruck For Hunger event, please visit:

  • Employee Appreciation/ Military Appreciation Football Game versus Western Carolina at Tar Heel Town- November 18, 2017

Flier for the Tar Heel Town Food Collection Event on November 18, 2017

This event will specifically benefit the Food Bank of Central & Eastern NC as well as the Durham VA Food Pantry in honor of the Military Appreciation Game















  • UNC vs Pitt Men’s Basketball Game- Dean E. Smith Center, February 3, 2017 at 8:00 PM

More special events to come!

Donation Bin Locations

You can also bring your donations to a bin around campus throughout the year!

**List of locations: (UNC Food For All Campus Wide Food Drive Donation Bin Locations)

**On-Campus bins now available.

Suggested Donations:

The Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina has identified its most-needed items (Food Bank Suggested Donations)

Carolina Cupboard also has a list of suggested donations (Carolina Cupboard Suggested Donations)

TABLE, Inc. references their most needed food items here (TABLE Suggested Donations)

Durham VA Food Pantry is especially in need of Hormel Complete Meals (both dinners and breakfasts) as well as other non-perishable foods.  (Durham VA Suggested donation list)

Monetary donations will be accepted at the above special events!

  • $1 equals five meals for hungry North Carolinians.


Hashtag:  #UNCFoodForAll

Volunteer with us:

  • Volunteers who participate in drop-off and pick-up efforts, as well as volunteers at our special events, are eligible to take Community Service Leave (CSL) with supervisor approval. Please email Katie Musgrove at if you are interested in volunteering.
  • Unfortunately, if the special event drives are outside of regular business hours, CSL is not available for these volunteers.
  • For more information on how to take CSL, please visit the UNC Human Resources website.

For more information about the Million Meals Challenge, please visit:


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Join Us for How Does it Feel to Be a Problem

September 28, 2017

UNC staff are invited to join the Employee Forum book club on September 28, 2017 from 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. at Bulls Head Book Shop. We will discuss the book How Does it Feel to Be a Problem by Moustafa Bayoumi. The book can be purchased at a special discount online or in the store at Bulls Head Book Shop.

Please register at

From Google Books:  An eye-opening look at how young Arab- and Muslim- Americans are forging lives for themselves in a country that often mistakes them for the enemy

Just over a century ago , W.E.B. Du Bois posed a probing question in his classic The Souls of Black Folk: How does it feel to be a problem? Now, Moustafa Bayoumi asks the same about America’s new “problem”-Arab- and Muslim-Americans. Bayoumi takes readers into the lives of seven twenty-somethings living in Brooklyn, home to the largest Arab-American population in the United States. He moves beyond stereotypes and clichés to reveal their often unseen struggles, from being subjected to government surveillance to the indignities of workplace discrimination. Through it all, these young men and women persevere through triumphs and setbacks as they help weave the tapestry of a new society that is, at its heart, purely American.

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Community service opportunities: September 2017

September 15, 2017

UNC Public Service Fair

Make use of your community service leave benefit by getting involved with local nonprofits. UNC permanent employees can use up to 24 hours of work time per calendar year to volunteer with a nonprofit organization. The 18th annual Public Service Fair is 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 20 in the Pit. This is a great opportunity to connect with more than 20 local nonprofits and find ways to make a difference in our community. Click here to see the full flyer.

Hurricane Matthew update & Adopt-a-Home program briefing

Since December 2016, the Carolina Center for Public Service has partnered with the North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church (NCCUMC) to support Hurricane Matthew disaster relief efforts in Princeville, Lumberton and Fayetteville, North Carolina. In June, NCCUMC launched its Adopt-a-Home program to help displaced families in Lumberton. Organizational partners are needed to help get families back into their homes by volunteering labor and providing donations to purchase furniture, appliances and home furnishings. Join NCCUMC, 9 – 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 20 in the Frank Porter Graham Student Union, room 3503 for updates on Hurricane Matthew’s devastation, recovery efforts-to-date and details about the Adopt-a-Home program and the process for adopting a family. Register through UNC event registration.

Celebrate Carolina Cupboard’s Grand Reopening!

Carolina Cupboard, an on-campus food pantry, will celebrate the expansion of the pantry to a larger space with perishable food options. For more information, please visit or click here to see the full sized flyer.


Recycling Volunteers Needed for Fall Events

Orange County Solid Waste Management hosts recycling and waste diversion activities at most large special events in Orange County.  Recycling volunteers comb event grounds making sure recycling collection is maximized and moving smoothly. We work hard but we have fun, so share these opportunities with your friends and family!

Shifts vary, and often you get a meal and/or a t-shirt for your time! 16 or older unless with an adult, please. Contact Muriel Williman at or 919-918-4909 with your t-shirt size, shift request, and for details about the following events:

  • Carrboro Music Festival Saturday Sept. 23, 2-6PM, Town Hall Pavilion (only 2-3 slots needed).
    Sunday, Sept. 24, is the BIG DAY, shifts 1-4:30PM, and 4:30-8PM.  Music all over town, SUPER FUN. We need tons of help on Sunday.
  • Festifall the premier annual Art, Music and Culture Fest on Franklin St. in Chapel Hill
    Sunday, Oct. 1, shifts: 11AM-3PM and 3-7PM
  • YepRoc20 Hillsborough-based YepRoc Records celebrates 20 years in the business with a great musical line-up and beer at beautiful River Park.
    Saturday, Oct. 21, shifts 11AM-3PM, 3PM-7PM. Three slots available for each shift. Volunteers enjoy the jams while they collect the cans.

Carolina Disaster Relief Listserv/Websites

It is no surprise that the Carolina community is responding in important ways to the immediate needs for relief in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew, Hurricane Harvey, and now Hurricane Irma. The recovery period for affected communities is long and will span years. In addition to donating money and volunteering with established groups working with affected communities, there will be additional ways to help in the coming weeks and months. Periodic updates will be shared through the Carolina Disaster Relief listserv. To join the listserv, send an email to If you are aware of disaster response or recovery efforts being coordinated on campus, or if you are organizing efforts to help, please send an email to

The websites  and are regularly updated and contain information about Carolina’s efforts and other information and resources.

Disaster Relief Trips

As we approach one year since Hurricane Matthew devastated eastern North Carolina and as we continue to see the impacts of Hurricane Harvey, please consider volunteering for relief efforts. The Carolina Center for Public Service is organizing campus-wide relief trips to continue the rebuilding process after Hurricane Matthew in Lumberton, North Carolina. These trips are for UNC staff, faculty and students who are willing to help with clean-up or who have specialized building and repair skills. Trips are scheduled for Friday, Oct. 6 and Friday, Dec. 1. For details, FAQs and registration forms, visit UNC disaster relief trips.

Submit your story about Community Service Leave or other UNC Faculty/Staff Volunteer Experience

Have you utilized your community service leave? Have you or your department otherwise served the community or volunteered in other ways? Send a picture and a short blurb (300 words or less) about your experience and what you’ve gained from using your leave, and we’ll feature you here! Email submissions or questions to Katie Musgrove at



Employee Forum Community Service Committee


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