Top 5 Ways to Stay Connected

During this time where we’re all online together, it’s still possible to stay connected to each other and to Central Piedmont. Let Student Life & Service-Learning offer you some easy ways to maintain your connections virtually!

  1. Central Piedmont and community blood center, One Blood, will host a blood drive on April 21, noon-5 p.m., in the driveway of the Overcash building on Central Campus. Space is limited in order to properly social distance and appointments are required. All donors will receive a $20 eGift Card, as well as a free wellness check (blood pressure, pulse, temperature, pulse, iron count and cholesterol check).Reserve an appointment or contact with questions.
  2. Is sewing one of your talents? Participate in the North Carolina Community College System Community Service Project and help our medical community with the shortage of medical masks. Atrium Health has provided some simple GUIDELINES to sew masks. A short video tutorial can be found HERE. Please send an email to to arrange delivery. Any student who makes 50 masks will get a “58 Strong” NCCCS T-shirt. Simply upload pictures and or video of your masks to this FORMto receive your T-shirt. Deadline to complete masks is June 1. Your photos and videos could be shown at the NCCCS Conference in October. Contact for more information.
  3. Harper “Connect Four” On-Line – All Harper students are invited to join Career Services and Student Life in our weekly job-readiness challenges. Look for an email with the Subject Line “Harper Connect Four On-Line”. Everyone who completes a challenge will receive a prize as indicated in the email.  If you are not a Harper student but you would like to participate, please email to join the challenge.
  4. Complete your Census 2020! Join the #iCountNC challenge by posting a picture, video, or TikTok about why it’s important to participate in the Census. Each post (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter) that tags @nccampuscompact and #iCountNC has a chance to win a $50 gift card!
  5. This unprecedented time for all of us, and it’s easy to be overcome by anxiety and fear. Remember that Central Piedmont Counseling Services remain available to our students. Visit their website for information on how you can schedule virtual time with them. In addition, this CDC LINK has helpful tips on how to manage Coronavirus anxiety.

Questions? Ideas? Email and let us know!

Questions About the U.S. Census? We Have Your Answers.

April 1, 2020, was Census Day. If you’ve already participated, thank you for shaping the future of Mecklenburg County by ensuring our community receives the valuable resources it needs, such as healthcare, education and transportation support.

In general, students in colleges and universities temporarily closed due to the COVID-19 virus will still be counted as part of this process.

If you haven’t completed the census because you’re concerned about how the data will be used, if your personal information will be safe, or what you will be asked, let us answer some of those questions for you here:

What if I don’t complete the census?

The U.S. Census is required by the U.S. Constitution. Though the U.S. Census has extended their timeline and temporarily suspended field operations due to Covid-19, we want to emphasize that it has never been easier or safer to respond to the census on your own, whether online, over the phone or by mail—all without having to meet a census taker.

Will my personal information be safe?

Your responses will be safe, secure, and protected by federal law. Answers can only be used to produce statistics – they cannot be used against you in any way. The census will protect your data through the safest and best practices available.

What will I be asked?

Examples include: how many people are living or staying in your home, whether the home is owned or rented, the relationship of each person in your home, and others. You will not be asked about your citizenship status.

Why am I being asked about race and origin?

This information helps federal agencies monitor compliance with anti-discrimination provisions, such as the Voting Rights Act and the Civil Rights Act.

Don’t put Mecklenburg County at risk for losing funding by going under-counted in 2020. Make it count by completing the 2020 Census. For more info, visit

Make it Count! Participate in the 2020 Census.

Have you heard about the 2020 Census? Census Day is April 1, 2020, but we are already spreading the word about how important the census is to Mecklenburg County.


Because the census brings valuable resources to our community, such as federal funding for things such as healthcare, education, and transportation.

The census is a count taken every 10 years of every person in the U.S. It’s convenient, safe, and required. In the weeks leading up to the Census Day, you will receive a letter in the mail from the census asking you to respond online. Don’t have a computer? That’s okay. You can participate by phone or request a paper copy.

*International students and students with special needs: Please note there will be online and phone options available in English and 12 other languages. Also, the census will make available print and video language guides in 59 languages, including American Sign Language, braille, and large print guides.

It only takes a few minutes to ensure your family is counted. Everyone counts – from newborns to senior citizens! To learn more, visit