International Students and Scholars Engaged In Reaching Out And Volunteering


ISSERV (International Students & Scholars Engaged in Reaching out & Volunteering) is a program designed to encourage NC State‚Äôs international students, scholars, and family members to volunteer in the Raleigh community.  By volunteering, internationals interact with Americans and learn more about American culture, while also sharing their own culture.

Internationals can make a difference in the community through such organizations as the Food Bank of North Carolina, American Red Cross, Habitat for Humanity, Special Olympics, Building Together, Exploris, and Ten Thousand Villages. Opportunities include building a house, working with older adults, tutoring children, cleaning up rivers, etc. Participants choose their project and how much time they want to commit.

Upcoming ISSERV Events

Saturday, October 29th, 2022
8:00AM – 12:00PM
Society of St. Andrew‘s
“Yam Jam” (Sweet Potato Gleaning)
Event Registration
(Registration Deadline is Friday, October 21st)
Saturday, September 10th, 2022
11:00AM – 6:00PM
Carolina Tiger RescueEvent Registration
(Registration Deadline is Wednesday, September 7th)

Past ISSERV Events

The Green Chair Project

The Green Chair Project’s mission is working together to provide everyone the comforts of home. They reuse donated household furnishings to renew lives of participants referred from area programs who are recovering after homelessness, crisis or disaster. We worked with their team on an outdoor beautification project to prepare the site for a public welcoming event.

MLK Day Backpack Buddies

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a national holiday marking the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. It is most often celebrated as a day of service. In conjunction with the Southeast Raleigh YMCA, Brown Bag Ministries Mission, and the Food Shuttle Backpack Buddies program, we worked to pack backpacks with healthy snacks and meals to send home to kids in the community who need access to food.

The Diaper Bank of NC

The Diaper Bank of North Carolina’s mission is to promote and protect the dignity of each resident by ensuring that families with babies and children living with poverty have an adequate supply of diapers. We assisted in repackaging wipes and diapers to distribute out into the community.

In Need of Volunteers

We also would like to hear from organizations that need volunteers. We can publicize opportunities to our ISSERV volunteers. Please contact our office if your organization has specific volunteer needs, and if your organization can provide transportation or is on a bus route (many of our students do not have cars). Applications can be found on this page or you can contact the OIS programs coordinator for more information.  You will be notified about the next program orientation upon receipt of your application.