Office of Volunteerism & Leadership
The Office of Volunteerism and (Student) Leadership (OVAL) was established to help students develop the knowledge and skills to serve their communities; to provide them with service opportunities; and to encourage them to become active local and global leaders. OVAL provides leadership training and service experiences in support of Wake Tech’s core values of accountability, respect, responsibility, and collaboration.
OVAL’s vision is to create an infrastructure that will raise awareness of the critical needs of the community; promote collective responsibility; and cultivate lifetime leadership, learning, and activism for positive social change.
9/11 Day of Service
The 9/11 Day of Service is a community-wide day of service coordinated by Activate Good, in partnership with the Downtown Raleigh Alliance and the City of Raleigh. On Thursday, September 11, sixteen members of the Wake Tech community kicked off the day, devoting 16 hours of service to honor those lost on 9/11 with volunteerism and acts of kindness around Raleigh and the Triangle. Projects included Motheread in which volunteer created 20 ABC books that will be given to children who are learning how to read. Later that evening volunteers gathered at Red Hat Amphitheater to hear words from Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane, enjoy live music, and participate in service projects at stations throughout the amphitheater to wrap up this third annual day of service.
During this interactive session, participants will are assigned to the lower, middle, or upper income group and fed accordingly to simulate global statistics related to income and access to food. Participants are able to look around the room and see how resources are distributed globally, and facilitators share additional information to educate participates about hunger worldwide. Additionally, facilitators share results of a survey conducted by the Social Sciences Club to capture a picture of hunger that is even closer to home.
On November 7, 2014, OVAL hosted a Poverty Simulation a unique tool that educates everyone about the day to day realities of life with a shortage of money and an abundance of stress. It is a powerful way for a company to help its employees understand what it is like for people in the Triangle who live in poverty. It opens people’s eyes and provides insight into the state of chronic crisis that consumes so many working poor families.
Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes is the signature fundraising walk of the American Diabetes Association. Formerly Step Out: Walk to Fight Diabetes and America’s Walk for Diabetes, the event has been taking place for more than 20 years and has raised more than $175,000,000 to Stop Diabetes! Wake Technical Community College has held the title of Top College for the past two raising over $2,500 for the cause.