Community Outreach

The spirit of giving back is one of the most noticeable threads woven throughout the Carol Woods community.

Residents and staff generously volunteer their time, funds and other resources for the enrichment of others in the greater community, especially in the interest of meeting the needs of and advancing best practices for older adults.

From in-kind benefits to monetary gifts to the town of Chapel Hill, Orange County, local school and area community organizations, Carol Woods regularly donates to those aimed at making a difference in the community around them. Residents volunteer more than 25,000 hours a year to numerous community organizations including hospitals, schools, and government advisory groups among others.

Supporting local government and schools

Carol Woods donates monetary gifts annually to the Town of Chapel Hill, Orange County and the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools. The Orange County commissioners and Town of Chapel Hill leaders utilized the funding to continue to support ongoing efforts of senior programming and outreach initiatives in the immediate area, while the schools utilized the funding to support school projects, tutoring initiatives, equipment and books for students in kindergarten to grade 12.

More than financial support, residents have donated their time to mentoring and assisting students of all ages. Carol Woods’ proximity to area elementary, middle and high schools enables residents to serve as volunteers assisting school-aged children in their many educational pursuits.

Community nonprofits

Carol Woods’ philanthropy focuses on helping other nonprofits to impact the lives of older adults. Donated funds, items and in-kind gifts to other area nonprofits are given regularly. Carol Woods also opens its campus to local not-for-profit groups and county organizations for varying purposes over the course of the year.

Additionally, Carol Woods’ staff members contribute hours in socially accountable pursuits that include serving on boards, teaching students and providing professional support for other local organizations.

Resident volunteer initiatives

Residents support a variety of community organizations with their time, talent and through collection drives. Community drives for books, food, clothing and personal items in tandem with local churches, the literacy council and service organizations are only a few of the widespread, ongoing volunteer efforts coordinated and supported by the residents of Carol Woods. 

Partial listing of community support

  • Carolina Villages
  • Central Orange Senior Center
  • Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools
  • Chapel Hill-Carrboro Meals on Wheels
  • Community Home Trust Fund
  • Durham Rescue Mission
  • Friends of Residents in LTC, Senior Center, Library
  • Guiding Lights
  • Institute on Aging
  • Inter-Faith Council for Social Service
  • NC Symphony
  • Orange County Government
  • Orange County Department on Aging
  • PlayMakers Repertory Company
  • Robert and Pearl Seymour Senior Center
  • Town of Chapel Hill
  • UNC Geriatrics
  • UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health
  • UNC Mobile Student Health Coalition (MSHAC)
  • UNC Public Television