Service Raleigh, launched in 1998 as a collaboration between Park Scholarships and Student Government, is a single-day event that employs more volunteers than any other student-coordinated service project in the Triangle.
On April 17, 2021, Service Raleigh continued for the 23rd year as approximately 400 volunteers from NC State and the surrounding community completed service projects around Raleigh and beyond. After its cancellation last year amid the early days of the pandemic, students worked hard to restart the tradition and provide safe virtual and in-person opportunities to serve the community. Nikhil Milind ‘21, Shaily Shah ‘22, and Sarah Hartsell ‘22 co-chaired the event with Goodnight Scholar Lucas Embry and Bhairavy Puviindran, with assistance from a committee of approximately 30 Park Scholars, Goodnight Scholars, and other NC State students.
Through 46 service projects, volunteers aided local partner organizations such as Wake Up and Read, AnimalKind, Inter-Faith Food Shuttle, and Boys and Girls Club of Wake County.
“Through Service Raleigh, I formed new relationships with my site members, engaged in meaningful service for my community, and left the experience inspired to see how many small actions from others like me can lead to substantial change.”
— Sahib Chandi ’24
“Service Raleigh was especially wonderful this year because it was a rare opportunity to see members of my Park class in-person. We were able to safely serve together and catch up after spending so much time apart.”
— Shannon Carney ’23
“I’m so glad that we could continue the 20 year Park legacy of Adopt-A-Highway by hosting a clean-up at Service Raleigh 2021!”
— Micah Furr ’21