At UNC Wellness Centers, one of our core goals is to contribute positively to the community, and it drives our community involvement. We’re dedicated to helping our community be a healthier place to live, work, and play. We make it a priority to contribute to a wide range of charitable programs and events. A few of the programs and organizations that UNC Wellness Centers support are:
UNC Wellness Centers Medical Fitness Scholarship Fund
The UNC Wellness MFS was established to help individuals facing financial and medical hardships to reap the benefits of exercise in a medical fitness setting. Since its inception, over 100 individuals have received MFS awards. To date, the total amount of money raised and awarded to participants is over $250,000.
We support and sponsor organizations/schools that are raising money for a good cause. We have donated over $100,000 dollars of In-Kind donations in the past 10 years. Our goal is to assist nonprofit organizations, especially those that support health and wellness, as well as those organizations within our demographic region. All requests for In-Kind donations must be made in writing and submitted in advance of the event. Monetary requests must be made 12 to 18 months in advance. Please send all donation requests to Paige Thompson, Marketing Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For cyclists and all those seeking a personal challenge and a world free of MS, Bike MS is the premier fundraising cycling series in the nation. UNC Wellness Centers help raise thousands of dollars each year during one of the NC cycling events. Team UNC Wellness participates in the National MS Society to help mobilize people and resources, drive research for a cure and to address the challenges of everyone affected by MS.
American Heart Association Heart Walk
The Heart Walk is the American Heart Association’s premiere event for raising funds to save lives from this country’s No. 1 and No. 4 killers – heart disease and stroke. Designed to promote physical activity and heart-healthy living, the Heart Walk creates an environment that’s fun and rewarding for the entire family.
Blanket Orange County
Blanket Orange County has become an annual event that is greatly welcomed and appreciated by the Inter-Faith Council and our homeless residents who want to stay warm during the winter months. Hundreds upon hundreds of blankets have been donated by friends of Blanket Orange County over the years that are used by residents at Community House and HomeStart. These blankets are also provided to unsheltered persons who sleep outdoors when shelters are full on cold winter nights.
SECU Family House
SECU Family House provides housing, healing, and hope to families with an adult patient being treated for a critical illness or injury at UNC Hospitals or its affiliated clinics. We provide these families access to UNC Wellness Centers during their stay at the SECU Family House.
American Red Cross Blood Drives
Donating blood is a simple thing to do, but it can make a big difference in the lives of others. UNC Wellness Centers hosts several blood drives each year.
Health Fairs and Community Events
UNC Wellness Centers give our time by participating in local health fairs and various community events. We also hold our own Health and Wellness Expo annually to further educate our community about health and wellness.
Healthiest You Challenge
Each year, WCHL and Chapelboro, along with UNC Health Care and UNC Wellness Centers, help 64 challengers on their journey to an active and healthy lifestyle. Participants receive a free six-week membership at UNC Wellness Centers, along with group coaching, progress monitoring, and access to health education programs. At the end of the challenge, the 1st place male and female participants will each win a one-year membership to UNC Wellness Centers!
Orange County Schools Operation Stuff the Bus Campaign
Operations Stuff the Bus is a campaign ran by Orange County Schools in partnership with UNC Hospitals, UNC Chapel Hill and Wal-Mart of Hillsborough. As a department of UNC Hospitals, UNC Wellness Centers at Meadowmont serves as a drop-off location for this campaign and asks our employees, members, and community to donate school supplies for kids in need.
Share Your Holiday Campaign
The Share Your Holiday program is a UNC Hospitals program in which UNC Wellness Centers participates each year. UNC Hospitals’ Employee Recreation Committee identifies employees and their families who are experiencing extraordinary financial difficulties. Employees apply to Employee Rec and are recommended by their managers for inclusion in this program. The UNC Wellness Center community (members and employees) are invited to donate gift cards to make the holidays brighter for these families.