Community Service Day


Golden Bulls from across campus participated in a day of community service, during which each student, faculty and staff member was asked to give just an hour of their time to participate in one of four community service projects.

Antia Dawkins, assistant director of Alumni Relations helped organize the effort.  She acknowledged that, “Johnson C. Smith University is surrounded by a rich community of non-profit organizations. There are more than 30 organizations that are meeting the needs of Charlotteans every day.” 

The first project was a shopping trip to Harris Teeter to restock the Golden Bulls General Market, a food pantry on campus that supplies food, personal care items and cleaning products to students across campus.

Dr. Jonathan Tennial, JCSU’s new coordinator of Spiritual Life and Community Service, said that the restocking event was a great way to start his career at JCSU.

“It was great to see how important the market is to those who have been here working in it, like the Student Affairs team,” said Tennial. “It lets me know that this is an important piece of work we do for our students. I hope to inspire the campus community to realize that we cannot be who we are without community. The only way to build that community is to serve one another.”

The market is set to open on Friday, April 12, 2024, for students to restock their supplies as the academic year is ending.

The Gamma Lambda chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., as well as the UNCF Pre-Alumni Council at JCSU both help supply drives for My Brother’s Home and My Sister’s House, respectively.

Antia Dawkins was moved by the campus-wide participation in the community service event.

“My Sisters House empowers single, adult women to become self-sufficient by providing safe, temporary housing and life skills training.  Faculty, staff and students showcased their support by donating Lysol wipes, Lysol spray, pillows, paper towels, feminine hygiene products and much more.” 

In the end, the JCSU campus community came together in strong numbers to support several worthy causes during Community Service Day 2024, a critical part of the Inauguration Week celebration.

Trees Charlotte offered the final service project, inviting volunteers to wrap seedlings. This process ensures that the seedlings have constant moisture, allowing the tree to grow before it is planted. Trees Charlotte is an organization that partners with neighborhoods, schools, houses of faith and other non-profits to distribute trees to residents that will help grow Charlotte’s tree canopy.