Campus Chaplain / Poverty Initiative

Children's Collaborative of Wake County

Meredith College Community Connections ProgramThe Office of the Chaplain partners with other Raleigh non-profits for a poverty initiative in the Kentwood subsidized housing neighborhood, five minutes from Meredith. This work is based on Geoffrey Canada's highly successful Harlem Children's Zone model in New York City and  aims to provide a cradle-to-career pipeline of services for our Kentwood residents.

The pipeline consists of Early Years Education, which includes parenting classes, home visitation case management and preschool education; collaboration with Wake County schools; after-school care and programs, Saturday and summer educational enrichment and tutoring; physical health and nutrition education and services, and mental health services; teen job skills training; community involvement and empowerment through a neighborhood advisory board comprised of residents.

Community Connections Partners

  • Telamon Head Start organizes the parenting classes, home visitation and preschool
  • Communities in Schools leads the after school and summer opportunities, and
  • Wake County Schools help us coordinate with our zone children’s principals and teachers.


There are many volunteer and service-learning opportunities for Meredith students offered throughout the year. Orientation sessions are available for volunteers who wish to do service learning in the preschool, home visitation program and after school program.


Email the Chaplain for specific orientation dates and times for all volunteer opportunities at

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Contact Information:

Donna Battle, Chaplain
(919) 760-8346
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Natalie Hermann
(919) 760-8533
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