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The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Community service: The Covenant gives back

cleaningGiving because you have received. It’s an idea we all understand.

That idea evolved in Covenant Scholar Stacy Bodette’s mind until she saw a way that she and other Covenant Scholars could help others. The organization called Covenant Gives Back was created.

“We want to give back to the community because we’ve been given the opportunity to go to college and so much more. We want to show that we’re not taking the experience for granted. We want to help the community and people who are in need,” says Bodette.

Bodette shared her idea with Covenant administrators. They offered advice and gave the group their blessing. She then enlisted fellow Covenant Scholar Julia Ritchey, and the two soon began organizing ways to help others.

Covenant Scholars have joined in to help at the local Ronald McDonald house, cleaning up and organizing donated gifts for the families. They have also volunteered for Relay for Life, participated with other campus groups in a clean-up day at a local lake, and performed other public service.

“We have a lot of projects in mind,” says Bodette. “I have high expectations for how we can touch the lives of others.”

“The Covenant Gives Back is a good way to make new friends and meet folks in community,” she says. “And Covenant Scholars can meet each other and experience working together. We can plan events and put teamwork into action in ways that will also let us grow as individuals.”