Community engagement is a hallmark of the UHP experience. Each semester, our members participate in UHP-organized service events in order to engage with the Charlotte community and foster our value of scholar-citizenship. The UHP Student Association (UHPSA) organizes a variety of service opportunities each semester, tailored to our member’s diverse interests and passions. Read about some of our current community partners below. To learn more about a community partner, simply click each image to explore their website.


Charlotte Action Research Project (CHARP) creates partnerships between UNC Charlotte and underprivileged neighborhoods in the Charlotte area to meet the community’s needs towards a goal of social justice. Members of UHP work closely with these communities during their time in the Honors Citizenship course, LBST 2215, and may continue these relationships upon completion of the course.


Habitat for Humanity is a volunteer-based ministry that believes in the right to a safe home, regardless of socioeconomic status, religion, or race. Habitat first partnered with UNC Charlotte in 1983 and has since built nearly 1500 homes for underprivileged families. Each fall, members of UHP volunteer their time in Habitat’s annual Homecoming Build on campus.


Crisis Assistance Ministry works to support those in financial crisis towards a goal of self-sufficiency by providing help, hope, and understanding. This non-profit organization takes in donations to help provide Mecklenburg County’s poor with rent, utilities, and thousands of clothing and furniture items. The University Honors Program has partnered with Crisis Assistance Ministry for many years.


In Mecklenburg County, over 73,000 residents live in an urban food desert–where healthy, affordable food is difficult to obtain. Through the innovative technique of urban farming, Sow Much Good has made great progress towards their goal of “food justice,” the elimination of boundaries set through socioeconomic, racial, and health disparities.


The Boys and Girls Club works to help inner city youth understand their potential as responsible, caring citizens. Volunteers interact directly with youth to encourage them and to exemplify the organization’s values of character, education, and healthy lifestyles in these children’s lives.


The Humane Society of Charlotte is a community resource committed to improving the lives of animals through adoption and education. This nonprofit strives to realize a world in which there are no homeless or unwanted animals. Our partnership with the Humane Society was recently created so that students could help care for the animals and facilities of the shelter.


Loaves & Fishes utilizes a network of 20 emergency food pantries across Mecklenburg County to provide a week’s worth of nutritionally balanced groceries to individuals and families in short-term financial crisis. During the recession of 2012, Loaves & Fishes supplied groceries to an incredible 126,803 people.


Keep Charlotte Beautiful (KCB) is UHP's latest partner, they inspire and educate people to take action every day to improve and beautify their community environment. In our partnership with KCB, UHP has adopted several streets in the College Downs community across from UNC Charlotte's campus. UHP students engage the community to help clean up the neighborhood.


 

Adopt-A-Spot, as the name suggests, offers campus groups an opportunity to adopt a designated area on campus to clean and maintain with a focus on campus beautification. The program is run by the Sustainability Office at UNC Charlotte and several campus organizations, including UHP, have adopted spots across campus.


Second Harvest Food Bank is a trusted community-based organization that was founded in 1974, currently providing food to majority seniors and low income families. Second Harvest distributes nutrition food, including more fresh produce than any other food bank in the country. Members of the UHP have the opportunity to work with SHFB's warehouses by organizing donations, as well as an annual food drive through UHP.