Pfeiffer Strives to Give People of All Skill and Ability Levels an Opportunity to Serve their Communities

Hunger relief garden
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Thanks to generous support from program partners, Pfeiffer is working to transform its Hunger Relief Garden into a handicapped accessible space where people of all skill and ability levels can serve their community through meaningful volunteer work.

The Francis Center for Servant Leadership and Faith Formation created the Hunger Relief Garden in May of 2016 thanks to a grant from the Community Foundation of Stanly County.  In 2017, a grant from Campus Compact for a Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service provided the resources necessary for Pfeiffer students, faculty, and staff to move the garden across campus to a larger, more accessible location.  Funds from Carolina Farm Credit have provided the materials necessary to make the garden handicapped accessible and Pfeiffer has been awarded support from the AARP Foundation and the Council of Independent Collages to fund student stipends for young leaders that are excited about creating intergenerational programs that serve older adults in the community.

“Our goal is to support community hunger relief efforts while giving all people an opportunity to serve and feel valued,” said Kelly Misiak, Director of Servant Leadership. “We’re excited to work alongside community members to combat hunger in our geographic area.”

In just its first two years of operation, Pfeiffer University has donated over 1,000 pounds of food from it’s Hunger Relief Garden to hunger relief agencies in Stanly and Rowan Counties.

“Serving our community through the Hunger Relief Garden is truly an honor and a privilege for Pfeiffer and our students,” said Pfeiffer University President Colleen Perry Keith.  “We are grateful for the support we have received for this project and are very proud of our Pfeiffer staff and students for their hard work to address hunger.”

If you would like to participate in a Day of Service in the garden, or if you represent a group that would like to schedule a special volunteer event in the space, please contact Kelly Misiak at (704) 463-3441.

Established in 1885, Pfeiffer University is a globally engaged, regional university distinctive for its transformational undergraduate experiences and leadership in professional and graduate programs that fill demonstrated needs on its campuses in Charlotte, Misenheimer and Raleigh, and online. Vested in its history as a United Methodist-related university and propelled by an innovative faculty and staff, Pfeiffer prepares its students for a lifetime of achievement, scholarship, spirituality and service. Visit Pfeiffer at or Pfeiffer University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award baccalaureate and master’s degrees.