Ben Albert, a junior business and economics major, is starting a UNC chapter of Unsung Heroes this semester — a philanthropic student organization devoted to promoting appreciation for the workers on college campuses who often go unrecognized.
Albert found out about Unsung Heroes through a Washington Post article his friend shared on Facebook.
Febin Bellamy, a student at Georgetown University, started Unsung Heroes after noticing the same custodians frequently working around his favorite study spot. He began talking to them regularly, heard their stories and was inspired to start a group devoted to telling those stories.
Reading about Bellamy’s story made Albert think about the workers he sees around UNC every day.
“I thought that these obviously can’t be isolated people,” Albert said. “It would be really great to find them all over campus and help campus get to know them.”
Albert’s desire to start a UNC chapter of Unsung Heroes also came from those around him. His fraternity, Sigma Nu, helped buy a car for a worker at the Agora in Granville Towers a few years ago. He said a group of his friends also bought a Christmas gift for one of their favorite security guards in the public health building.
The group plans to speak with Carolina Dining Services employees, Department of Public Safety workers and custodians and post them on the UNC page of the Unsung Heroes website.
“These (stories) aren’t really like interviews,” Albert said. “I want them to be like conversations — how we can learn their story.”