Wingate University students volunteer a day of service

Wingate University students help out at Turning Point
Contact: Kim Williams
Communications Writer

Wingate, NC – Wingate University students celebrated taking the “day off” on the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday by making it a “day on” with service in the community. Approximately 40 students volunteered at Turning Point shelter and boutique in Union County, CERA (equine rescue) in Wingate and Miss Suzy’s Y in Willow Oaks.

“The students were really excited to get out and participate,” said Lauren Marin, director of community service initiatives. “The organizations wanted to know when our students could come back because they got a lot of work done.” Last year, Wingate students volunteered more than 15,000 community service hours. The University was selected to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for three years in a row.

About Wingate University
Wingate University, ranked as the 8th "best value" in the South by U.S. News & World Report, serves more than 2,500 students on three campuses in Wingate, Matthews and Hendersonville, N.C. Founded in 1896, the University offers 34 undergraduate majors, 37 minors and career concentrations, numerous pre-professional programs, graduate degrees in business, accounting, education, physician assistant studies and sport administration, and doctorates in pharmacy and education. With a 14 to 1 student/teacher ratio, Wingate students gain the tools and support needed to excel in academics and apply that learning toward an extraordinary career and life.

In addition to a robust intramural athletics program, Wingate student athletes compete in 19 NCAA Division II sports. The University has won the South Atlantic Conference Echols Athletic Excellence Award for the past five years. For more information, go to