Serving Our Communities and Our State

Because service is at the heart of our mission, our students, residents, faculty and staff routinely take time out to roll up their sleeves and take part in service projects in communities all over the state. Their vision for volunteerism is geared not only toward creating smiles in patients, but also improving the quality of life for people of all ages, from all walks of life—and in every North Carolina community that needs them.

In the School of Dental Medicine, service is the central part of our story. From educating elementary school children on preventive dental habits to collecting and delivering food and water to hurricane-impacted neighborhoods, our students, residents, faculty and staff have answered many a call with their hands and hearts.

Here are some of our recent volunteer projects in North Carolina communities:


  • Ahoskie School Supply Drive
  • Career and Technical Education Expo
  • Career Day – Bearfield Primary School
  • College Career Day – Ahoskie Elementary School
  • Give Kids a Smile
  • Hats Off to Reading Event – Bearfield Primary School
  • Health Fair – Roanoke-Chowan Community College
  • Roanoke-Chowan CC Women’s Center Open House
  • Senior Health & Fitness Fair – Vidant Health
  • Unlimited Child Care


  • Missions of Mercy Asheville


  • Lions Club
  • Battle of the Books Union Elementary School
  • Community Hospice
  • Kind Keepers Animal Shelter

Bryson City

  • Career Day Bryson City Middle School


  • Blue Ridge Free Dental Clinic


  • North Carolina Dental Society Missions of Mercy (MOM) Mobile Dental Clinic

Elizabeth City

  • Albemarle Food Bank
  • College of The Albemarle Nurses Fair
  • Elizabeth City School Supplies Drive
  • Evangelical Day Care
  • First United Methodist Church Day Care
  • Knobbs Creek County Employee Benefit Fair
  • Prime Time Nursing Home
  • Shawboro Elementary School
  • Sheep Harney Elementary School-Pre-K
  • Town South Day Care
  • White Oak Elementary School


  • Fairgrove Middle School Career Day


  • Lewis Chapel Middle School Career


  • Smoky Mountain Veteran Standdown


  • Aces for Autism
  • Adopt a Highway
  • CSLC-Elizabeth City School Supplies Drive
  • ECU Smiles for Veterans
  • First Steps Learning Center
  • Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina
  • Give Kids a Smile
  • Grady-White Boats Boys and Girls Club
  • Hurricane Florence Red Cross Relief
  • Hurricane Florence Food Drive
  • James D. Bernstein Community Health Center Clinic Mini Missions of Mercy
  • Joy Soup Kitchen
  • Lucille Gorham Center Holiday Children’s Party
  • NCDS Missions of Mercy (MOM)
  • NCDS-USO Dental Supply Drive
  • Paradigm Inc. Mental Health Agency
  • Pitt County Boy Scouts
  • Pitt County Girl Scouts and Brownies
  • Rise Against Hunger
  • Salvation Army Angel Tree
  • Special Olympics Healthy Athletes
  • Special Olympics Special Smiles
  • St. Peter’s Catholic School
  • Tedi Bear Hospital
  • West Greenville Community Unity Block Party

Hanover County

  • Hanover County Health Fair

High Point

  • Packrite Wellness Fair


  • Health Department Wellness Fair


  • Give Kids a Smile
  • Rooms to Go Health Fair


  • Gibson Cancer Center
  • Magnolia Elementary School Career Day
  • Mohr House Health Fair
  • Wesley Pines Retirement Center
  • Gives Kids a Smile


  • Butler High School

New Bern

  • North Carolina Dental Society Missions of Mercy (MOM) Mobile Dental Clinic


  • Greengrove Head Start Learning Sessions
  • Lumbee Tribe Boys and Girls Club

Red Springs

  • Tiny Totts Daycare Learning Sessions


  • Rennert Head Start Learning Session


  • New Hope Clinic

Spruce Pine

  • Head Start
  • Feed-a-Child Yancy County
  • Head Start Screenings Yancy, Mitchell, Avery and Watauga Counties
  • Shop with a Cop
  • Thanksgiving – Feeding Hungry Families
  • Samaritan’s Purse
  • Day Care Oral Hygiene Day
  • Give Kids a Smile
  • Yancy County Preschoolers Oral Hygiene
  • Mitchell County High School Career Fair


  • Career Day Smoky Mountain High School
  • ECU Smiles for Veterans
  • Jackson County Health Fair


  • Give Kids a Smile
  • Summer camp Fair
  • Wellness Fair Davidson County Community College


  • Windsor Albemarle Alliance for Children and Families, Inc. – Windsor
  • Windsor Career Fair – Bertie High School, Windsor