Mystery Service Saturdays


Mystery Service Saturday is a program in Leadership and Civic Engagement where students are given the chance to explore the social and volunteer opportunities around North Carolina.  Students will embark to an unknown local service organization and provide their help. Afterwards, students will be taken to a fun social activity that explores local North Carolina culture, as well as allows students to interact with those they have served with!  Be excited for the element of surprise and the enjoyment of service!


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Past Mystery Service Saturdays

MSS: Interfaith Edition

  • January 26, 2019
  • Partnering with Interfaith Food Shuttle, volunteers assisted in packing grocery bags for low income elderly in the triangle area. After bagging the groceries these volunteers had the wonderful opportunity to deliver the items directly to the doorsteps of the receiving elders and interact with them. When all was said and done, the team found themselves in Downtown Cary, where they explored the local farmers market and nearby stores before having a discussion centered around Martin Luther King Jr., and the value of service.
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MSS: Sustainability Edition

  • November 17, 2018
  • Partnering with Raleigh SOUL Garden students helped remove weeds from the vegetable patches located on the site. Additionally, participants helped remove debris and waste from the garden so that their facility could begin moving to their new location. After the service, everyone participated in a discussion centered around sustainability, lead by The Sustainability Stewards. Volunteers all spoke about community gardens and other topics over a locally sourced sustainable meal, Gusto pizza!
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MSS: Deluxe Edition

  • October 27, 2018
  • Partnering with the St. Andrews Society, participants spent their Saturday morning trekking through the muddy fields of Smithfield North Carolina gleaning sweet potatoes from an incompletely harvested field. With the help of the NC State volunteers, there were over 30,000 pounds of sweet potatoes for feeding agencies across North and South Carolina! That’s over 92,000 servings! After the service the group took a fun outing to a nearby nursery which was hosting their Fall Festival. Here the group had the chance to take a hay bale ride, feed barnyard animals, and enjoy the rest of the fall festivities.
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MSS: International Edition

  • September 22, 2018
  • Partnering with the Global Training Institute (GTI), participants had the opportunity to serve with 27 students from Japan’s Nagoya University. After an opportunity to get to know each other over lunch, these volunteers split into two groups to complete service with Mission Thrift and Note in the Pocket, two donation-based clothing charities. Here the groups had the chance to sort through and quality check donations which will ultimately be given to those unable to purchase clothing necessities. After the service, the groups reconvened and participated in a discussion about cultural experience and how it pertains to volunteerism.
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