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Service To Others

Service To Others, Growth From Within

Service in the broader community has always been at the foundation of an NGFS education. Service plays a vital role in preparing our students to lead full, consequential, and compassionate lives. Through service learning, students and faculty let their lives speak and develop a lifelong responsibility to give back to their community. 

Food Drive: May 9

NGFS is hosting a Food Drive to benefit Out of the Garden project and Backpack Beginnings. Drop off location is our Guilford Campus: 1128 New Garden Rd., Saturday, May 9, from 1-3 p.m.

All volunteers will be practicing required social distancing measures and will be wearing masks and gloves. We encourage those dropping off food to also follow the CDC guidelines and wear a mask. Volunteers will take the bags from cars.

Please do not make a special trip to the grocery store for this donation. We want you to follow the stay at home order and stay well. If you are able to donate, however, the need is greater now more than ever before. Here is a list of items in need.

  • Canned meat, chicken, or tuna
  • Canned vegetables, beans, and fruits
  • Canned pasta and soups
  • Dry pasta and canned pasta sauce
  • Macaroni and cheese
  • Individual cereal, oatmeal, or grits (instant and regular)
  • Peanut butter and crackers
  • Granola, fruit, or other healthy bars

We are unable to accept foods packed in glass jars as these can easily break and cause harm to our clients and volunteers.

Safe Service Learning Ideas for the New Garden Community!

We know our community is already giving in so many ways. If you want more ideas of ways to give and support direct service without endangering you and others during COVID-19, listed below are organizations that NGFS already has relationships with: 

1. Send food donations or monetary donations to animal rescue sites

Chewy, Wal-Mart, and Amazon all deliver, some with free shipping depending on size of order.  

Project Racing Home - Greyhound adoption kennel (30-45 dogs there regularly)
7015 Faulkner Rd
Randleman, NC 27317
Monetary donations here: and click donate. 
Amazon wishlist: High priority items are dog food and dog treats.

Juliet’s House - Primarily a cat rescue organization (100 animals in foster care) 
1111 Monticello Street
Greensboro, NC 27410
Monetary donations here.
Amazon wishlist: High priority items are formula, kitten wet food, and litter.

2. Support residents and healthcare workers at Friends Homes

Create bright, colorful cards with cheerful messages for residents in assisted living and memory care service. 

Create bright, colorful cards with notes of gratitude for the nursing staff. You can mail the cards to the following address:   

Friends Home, Teresa Cox
℅ “Love Notes”
925 New Garden Road
Greensboro, NC 27410

3. Greensboro Urban Ministry 

Drop-off food donations at the loading dock at 1002 South Eugene Street. They are in particular need of peanut butter, canned meat, and canned fruit.

Monetary donations can be made here


Sign up to provide a meal for the Emergency Family Shelter.
See other shelter needs here.

5. Backpack Beginnings & Out of the Garden Project

Drop-off food donations to their sites in easy and safe access carts. Go to their websites below for specific food needs and directions for their drop-off sites. Backpack Beginnings is also in need of plastic and paper bags. Backpack Beginnings drop-off location: 3707-D Alliance Drive Greensboro

Monetary donations to Backpack Beginnings.

Food donations/drop-off for Out of the Garden Project.

6. IRC - Interactive Resource Center

An organization for people suffering from homelessness, see their Amazon wish list to order needed items and ship them directly to the center.

7. Reconsidered Goods

They are making masks and shields for hospitals. They provide materials/kits and directions and tutorial videos and then get the finished masks and shields to hospitals and other high needs organizations in our area. Check them out on Facebook here. They have also created a new organization as other cities have started following their lead. Check out

Amazon wish list for materials.   

8. Book Buddies, NGFS service group 

Go through your collection of gently used stuffed plush animals and gently read children’s books for our annual December project of pairing animals and books for gift giving to students at Hunter Elementary School. Donations can be collected when we go back to school.