Reaching out in our Community
U.Va.’s Community Relations Office seeks to unite the University with the community by engaging in ongoing outreach efforts including those with area residents, nonprofit organizations, neighborhood associations and schools.
To help in addressing some of the area’s needs, the office administers the Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign, an annual drive that allows state employees to give to charities of their choice. Each year U.Va. employees give hundreds of thousands of dollars to support charities providing critically needed services.
The office partners with University departments and student groups to recycle resources that help the community and the environment. Among the items being recycled are household goods, canned goods, office supplies, eye glasses, and cell phones.
The office coordinates the University’s participation in the annual United Way Laurence E. Richardson Day of Caring. Each year, more than 1,000 employee-volunteers complete a broad range of projects for area schools and nonprofit organizations.
The office’s major youth-outreach effort is the Day in the Life Program, through which U.Va. students mentor and tutor youth in Charlottesville and Albemarle County public schools. The students mentor and tutor at more than a dozen school and community sites.
In addition, the office supports the Charlottesville Community Scholarship Program, which provides financial help to high school graduates and adults pursuing post-secondary education.