The Spotlight on Service (SOS) program at PlayMakers was created in 2008 to offer volunteers and staff members at local service organizations the opportunity to attend high quality, professional theater at no cost. It’s our way of saying “thank you” to the individuals and organizations that do so much for our community.

Spotlight on Service Ticket Program

In the 2017/18 season, over 1400 tickets were given to volunteers and staff members from 66 organizations in the Triangle area.

Feedback from Current Participants:

“This is a wonderful program we are proud to be a part of. Our volunteers really appreciate the recognition you offer as well as the opportunity to see great performances.”

“We really appreciate the PlayMakers Repertory Company offering these complimentary tickets to our volunteers. Your program definitely helps us recognize them for their amazing work!”

“Our volunteers love your plays and really appreciate the recognition you give them by providing these tickets.”

HOW TO JOIN

Any not-for-profit organization in the Triangle area is eligible to be a part of our program. Organization leaders or volunteer coordinators must be willing to serve as the point of contact for the program, and distribute ticket offers to the organization’s email list of volunteers and staff members.

To be considered for the program, interested community and not-for-profit groups must complete Spotlight on Service application here.

Questions? Contact Julie Lucier, SOS program coordinator, at lucierj@email.unc.edu.

Community Action Night

This season, we’re holding evenings through out the year to celebrate Community Action Nights, giving our lobby as a platform for local service organizations. The first of these evenings will be during the run of Ken Ludwig’s Sherwood: The Adventures of Robin Hood on September 19.

Come on out early and check out ways to get involved in one of Chapel Hill’s many service organizations. Joining us for Sherwood:

Voter Registration

With mid-term elections coming up in November, North Carolina’s voter registration deadline is October 12! Why not register for your civic duty and give your spirits a lift all in one night. The NC Board of Elections will also have information about volunteering at your local polling place among other opportunities to engage in the democratic process beyond just pulling the proverbial lever.

PORCH

PORCH Chapel Hill-Carrboro is an all-volunteer, grassroots hunger relief organization in Chapel Hill and Carrboro. We collect food and cash donations through monthly neighborhood food drives. We distribute fresh food directly to 400 families identified by school social workers as being at risk of hunger and supply non-perishables to 15 local food pantries. PORCH provides emergency food support to a diverse group of food-insecure people in the Chapel Hill and Carrboro community (Caucasian, African-American, Hispanic, and Refugees from Burma, Syria, and Congo).

PORCH’s unique Food for Families program feeds children and their families (over 1700 individuals) a variety of highly nutritious, fresh food that is not provided by other pantries or hunger relief organizations. Once a month they provide families with three overflowing bags of fresh fruits and vegetables, milk, eggs, and chicken along with one bag of non-perishables. Recipients report that the fresh food feeds their family for about 10 days. 75% of families in this program are considered food-insecure and over 95% of families have at least one working adult and live at or below poverty level. PORCH’s business-sponsored Food for Schools program provides healthy snacks to all 19 schools in the Chapel Hill Carrboro City Schools, it’s Head Start Pre-K program and two Afterschools in town.

For more information about getting involved in PORCH, please visit: www.PORCHnc.org

Chapel Hill Service League

The Chapel Hill Service League has a long history of inspiring and empowering women who are committed to the betterment of the quality of life of our diverse community. Since its beginnings in 1939, the League has grown to approximately 60 active members and 130+ Sustaining and Life Members, all of whom commit to active service and contribute volunteer hours that collectively approximate more than 13,000 hours per year. The Chapel Hill Service League’s role as a critical labor force to other non-profits is key. League members have an amazing capacity to rally behind a cause, organize resources and provide hands-on skills to help leverage the resources of local non-profits, whose missions align with the mission of the Service League. Service League members share in a desire to give back, get involved, and make a meaningful difference in the lives of others, just as its founding members did in 1939.

Questions? Contact Jeri Lynn Schulke, PlayMakers Engagement Associate, at jschulke@email.unc.edu.