Community Service

Giving back to the community

The Department of HNS&CS partners with Activate Good on community service events throughout the year.

Since September of 2020 we have completed 15 service projects benefiting ten worthy causes in the Triangle.101 total volunteers have provided 277 total volunteer hours. Our projects have included:

  • Preparing and packaging 27,670 meals with Food Bank CENC (Raleigh and Durham) to feed families and youth in need, including processing 5 tons of donations and sorting 8,500 pounds of sweet potatoes
  • Packaging 10,000 diapers with The Diaper Bank of NC
  • Unloading and storing 400 bales of hay with Horses for Hope
  • Serving 80 meals at Oak City Cares
  • Providing 6 hours of organizing stock at Habitat ReStore Durham
  • Providing maintenance for 4 community gardens
  • Completing painting projects at 2 local schools

Activate Good: Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina

On Saturday, May 18, HNS&CS team members Revital Benvenisti (accompanied by her sons), Leda Scearce, Chris Tobias, Dina Vallabh, and Lianna Puscas participated in a group activity at the Durham branch of the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina.

They inspected, sorted, labeled, and packaged one ton of Capri Sun juice packs. Thanks to everyone who took part!

Activate Good: HNS&CS at St. John’s MCC Emergency Shelter

HNS&CS team members spent the morning of March 9 volunteering at St. John’s MCC Emergency Shelter in Raleigh, NC.

The team prepared sleeping areas for the next night of service, packed emergency cots for storage, and folded clean bedding. Thank you to all who participated.

Activate Good: HNS&CS Team at Diaper Bank of North Carolina

A team from Head and Neck Surgery & Communication Sciences dedicated their time and effort on Martin Luther King, Jr. National Day of Service, Monday, January 15. They volunteered at the Diaper Bank of North Carolina, a Durham-based organization that aims to provide basic necessities to those in need. United in purpose, our team managed to wrap a total of 11,020 diapers and pack 3,850 tampons.

Activate Good: New Hope Creek Bottomlands

On September 16, 2023, a team of volunteers from the Department of Head and Neck Surgery & Communication Sciences joined Durham Hope Space and the Youth Volunteer Corps to help remove invasive plants and plant native plants in a community space in New Hope Creek. Thank you to each of you who joined us.

Activate Good: Diaper Bank of North Carolina

On June 3rd, 2023, a dedicated team of volunteers from the Head and Neck Surgery & Communication Sciences department met at Diaper Bank of North Carolina as part of the Activate Good initiative. They diligently prepared 10,000 adult briefs for the benefit of 333 individuals and efficiently assembled 200 flow kits. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to all those who generously participated in this incredible effort!

Activate Good: Oak City Cares in Raleigh

Head and Neck Surgery & Communication Sciences department had the pleasure of serving breakfast to over 120 community members on Saturday, November 12 at Oak City Cares in Raleigh. 

Activate Good: Umstead State Park

In partnership with Activate Good, HNS&CS Faculty and family members weathered the rain and mud on the morning of September 11 to install erosion control matting and place rocks to stabilize the side slopes of a forested rain garden. The rain garden will provide shade and stormwater treatment for a large parking lot within Umstead State Park.