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Center for Leadership and Service

Service Programs

Join UNT students in making a difference in the community by volunteering locally! Gain experience, meet new people, gain leadership skills and make a difference! Get involved in some of the service programs the Center for Leadership & Service offers and impact the community!

Adopt-a-Block Program

With the Adopt-a-Block Program student organizations can sponsor monthly environmental clean-ups on campus and in the community.  Organizations are recognized with a sign on campus and also participate in recycling initiatives and community beautification programs.  Sign up for this flexible program that makes an impact on campus and in the community.

Alternative Service Break

Each year, the Center for Leadership & Service sponsors Alternative Break trips during spring break, winter break and weekends to help UNT students make a difference while traveling together. Spend your spring break making a difference. Applications will be available in September for Spring Break 2014 trips.  Applications are due October 23, 2013 for the 15 Alternative Spring Break trips.

Blood Drives

Help market blood drives on campus.  Your student organization can sponsor any of the following drives and help spread the word to UNT students, staff and faculty about how they can donate blood and save lives.  To register, click here

Cancer Awareness Week(Be The Match) - April 7-11, 2014

Join thousands of  UNT students and staff who are registering this week on campus to join the the Be the Match Marrow Registry.  Drives occur at the following locations throughout campus.  It only takes a few minutes to register and you could help save someone's life.  For more information about Be the Match, click here.  For information about Cancer Awareness Week, contact the Center for Leadership & Service at 940-565-3694.

CANstruction - Canned Food Sculpture Contest

CANstruction  2013-2014 - Join UNT students, staff and faculty in the fifth canned food sculpture contest. This canned food collection will benefit the Denton Community Food Center.  Building occurs at the Sage Hall on Friday, October 18, 2013 for the UGST 1000 classes and on the Library Mall on Friday, February 28, 2014 for any organizations and Greek Week.   In 2012-2013, 4,490 pounds of food was donated in the fall and 15,880 pounds of food was donated in the spring.

Community Engagement Cord Recognition Program.

Each semester, graduating students are recognized the the Community Engagement Cord Recognition Program.  This program co-sponsored with the Division of Community Engagement offers an opportunity to celebrate students who have completed 50 hours of service (if they entered UNT as a transfer or graduate student) or 100 hours (if they entered as a first year student).  Look for an invitation to complete the survey the semester before you graduate to report your community service hours.

Dance Marathon

 Dance Marathon at UNT is a unique and exciting tradition dedicated to raising awareness and funds to serve the families of Cook Children's Hospital and Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, while engaging students and the community to create Leaders, Dancers, and MIRACLES!  Get involved throughout the year at pre-events and join us in the Marathon on February 22, 2014.  For more information click here:


VolUNTeer League

Volunteer with a small group of students at a local community organization. For more information click here.

Mentor Denton

Do you want to be a mentor and make a difference in the life of a local child? Volunteers can meet students at a local elementary through high schools and some are in walking distance from UNT. Attend one of the orientations at UNT and sign-up to make a life changing impact.  Orientations will be on campus in the fall.   For more information about Communities in Schools see www.cisnt.org.

Make a Difference Day

Each year more than 750 students, faculty, staff and community members participate in the annual Make a Difference Day.  You can register yourself or your organization to give back to the community.  Volunteers will meet for a kick-off on campus at the Library Malland then depart to various community organizations for a morning of service in Make a Difference Day 2013 (October 26, 2013-8am-12pm)! 



The Big Event is UNT’s newest day of SERVICE and will be held on Saturday, March 29, 2014.  Our goal is to increase UNT’s impact on the community by creating an event where students and the entire campus can come together to give back to the community.  Volunteers will meet for a kick-off on campus and depart to various community organizations for a morning of service, following the service, volunteers will return for a celebration!  Be part of this new tradition at UNT!  Save the date and mark your calendars, because the Big Event is coming and you want to BE THERE! Click here to learn more about participating in The BIG Event.


The Center for Leadership & Service and the College of Public Affairs & Community Service co-advise UNT SERVES! a Residential Living Learning community for 51 students interested in leadership and community service.  This community is located in Kerr Hall and provides a great opportunity for students to live with others who share the same interests.  For more information, click here.

Volunteer and Nonprofit Fairs

Attend one of the fall or spring volunteer fairs, held right on campus to get connected!   The Center for Leadership & Service sponsors "Have a Minute?  Change the World"  at the beginning of each semester.  The Career Center sponsors a nonprofit job and volunteer fair each semester.  To learn more contact the Career Center.

Other Ways to Help Your Community

  • Connect with local community organizations
  • Join a community service student organization
  • Stop by the Center for Leadership & Service located in the Union, Suite 323 or email leadandserve@unt.edu to get started volunteering today.