APPLES alumnus invites young alumni to accept Holsenbeck Challenge

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Fellow Tar Heels, during my time at Carolina, I immersed myself in various undergraduate activities which, in return, granted me new friendships, new knowledge and new life experiences. Of all the things I participated in at Carolina, service activities had the largest influence on my life.

As a participant and organizer in the APPLES Service-Learning program, I had the opportunity to engage in a wide range of transformative service-learning experiences. Through APPLES, I learned how to connect with local nonprofits through the Service-Learning Initiative, gained a deeper understanding of homelessness through an alternative break experience in Washington D.C., and gained hands-on work experience through an internship. In addition to being involved with APPLES, I was also a Buckley Public Service Scholar. Participating in the Buckley Public Service Scholars (BPSS) program provided a framework for me to conceptualize the service opportunities I had partaken in. Both APPLES and the BPSS program were integral to my Carolina experience.

After graduation in 2008, it was important to me to give back to UNC to ensure other Tar Heels had the same great opportunities I was given. That is why I accepted the Holsenbeck Challenge. Howard Holsenbeck ’63 gave $100 for each new young alumni donor gift of $100 or more. Mr. Holsenbeck is offering that same challenge again this year. As a young alumnus/a, if you make your first gift to Carolina of $100+ by Dec. 31, Mr. Holsenbeck will match your gift! I know $100 is a lot of money to a recent graduate, but when compared to the value of what we receive from our experiences, it’s a deal. The goal of the Holsenbeck Challenge is to reach 300 new young alumni donors. I encourage you to accept this challenge and donate because the APPLES and BPSS programs are worth the investment and your gift can have DOUBLE the effect through the Holsenbeck Challenge!

Just as UNC has made an impact on you, I hope you realize that you can also make a lasting difference at Carolina by giving back as a young alumnus/a. That’s the Carolina Way!

With sincere regards,

Keith O’Hare

Program Manager, Duke University Fuqua School of Business