The mission and purpose behind every community outreach event at NCU is inspired by the question of "If NCU were to disappear, would our community notice?" NCU desires to be a present part of the local area and a tangible expression of God's love for the people of Lane County. This is accomplished partly through our two signature outreach events: Embrace the Community (ETC) Day and the Touch Project.
Embrace The Community (ETC)
ETC Day takes place early in the Fall semester and consists of the entire campus (students, staff, and faculty) teaming up to serve local non-profit organizations. Classes are canceled for half of the day to allow everyone the freedom to participate, and the event is capped off by a debrief time to discuss how we impacted the community and how serving the community impacted us. NCU partners with organizations such as St. Vincent de Paul, Food for Lane County, South Hills Rehabilitation Center, Teen Challenge, Hannah's House, Hosea Youth Services, the Eugene Mission, and much more.Beyond our two key events, students are encouraged to engage in regular volunteering, and to invest in relationships with local organizations and with those they are serving. We are called daily to be the hands and feet of Jesus, and at NCU we desire to create an environment that enables and motivates our students to live that out.