Empty Bowls


A UNCG Community Social Justice Project: Empty Bowls


“Empty Bowls” Take a stand in the fight against hunger and homelessness!

Empty Bowls serves as an educational program about hunger and homelessness and as a local fundraiser for Spartan Open Pantry (http://sa.uncg.edu/dean/paths/spartan-open-pantry/). The idea for Empty Bowls is simple-participants decorate ceramic bowls and purchase the bowl for a good cause. The bowls serve as a reminder that there are always “Empty Bowls” in the world.

Want to know more about how to volunteer for “Empty Bowls,” UNCG’s annual Community Social Justice Project?
Choose one of the following options and find the perfect fit for your talents!

Monday, November 16 through Friday, November 20, 2015

11:00 am to 3:00 pm in the Elliott University Center Long Leaf Room
The bowls will then be fired and made ready for the special event. In January, members of the university community will have a chance to “purchase” the unique bowls and enjoy a simple meal together to draw attention to world hunger.

Part II: Ongoing education about Hunger and Homelessness

Event TBA

Part III: Fill Your Bowl

Time and Date for 2016


Choose your bowl and fill it with a special treat in the EUC Auditorium Pre-Function Room

For a minimum donation of $5, you can select a beautiful hand painted soup bowl—which you’ll get to keep—as well as enjoy a piping-hot bowl of soup from 11am to 2pm. While you dine, sponsors of this event will use unique approaches to tell you about projects promoting social justice on the UNCG campus, in Greensboro and in surrounding communities.

Part IV: Resources


Volunteer Opportunities

Partners Assisting the Homeless & Hungry Spartan (PATHS)

Partners Assisting the Homeless & Hungry Spartan (PATHS) is one of several UNCG Cares initiatives whereby the Dean of Students Office has partnered with campus units and community agencies to connect homeless Spartans to much needed support and resources. See for http://sa.uncg.edu/dean/paths/ details.

Greensboro Urban Ministries

*Contact Gail Gore-Lewis, Director of Volunteer Services, at 336.271.5959 ex. 305 or send her an email for more information on the following volunteer positions.*

Emergency Assistance Program
Telephone receptionist volunteers, screeners and interviewers for financial assistance, and computer technicians are needed on weekdays, 3 or 4 hour shifts between 8:30am and 5:00pm. They will be responding to people in need of financial assistance for rent, utilities, or emergency food. A manual makes it easy to give the proper answer for applying for financial assistance or emergency food.
Pathways Family Shelter Volunteer
Pathways Family Shelter offers shelter and support services for up to 17 families at a time. Small groups of 10-15 people are needed to offer a weekend brunch or early evening light meal and activities for the children. Activities are offered including games, reading, music, and art work. Groups decide on the menu and bring and prepare the food. All equipment and utensils are provided.
Weaver House Volunteers
Volunteers are needed to prepare and serve meals for up to 100 Weaver House guests, either an evening meal at 7:00pm (any day of the week) or a breakfast meal at 7:00am on weekends.
Potter’s House Community Kitchen
Need volunteers to prepare and serve a noontime meal to an average of 350 people a day. Volunteers work from 9:00am to 1:00pm. There is a need for both weekday volunteers as well as weekend volunteers.
Food Bank Volunteer
Need one or two volunteers on Wednesday and/or Friday afternoons to fill emergency food orders. Need a volunteer to check out the food to other non-profit agencies on Tuesday or Friday.

The Servant Center

Contact Gail Haworth, Executive Director of The Servant Center, at 336.275.8585 or email her for more information about the following job opportunity.

Meal Preparation and Serving
Assist pantry staff with sorting food, preparing food boxes for clients, and helping clients carry food to their cars. Help with unloading delivery trucks. Training is provided. Hours are flexible between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.