The Community Relations Office works to unite the University of Virginia with the community by engaging in outreach efforts that address area needs, promote awareness of the value of education, facilitate communication and foster understanding about the University and its contributions to the region.
The office’s primary efforts include:
- Helping the community by engaging in and promoting programs that conserve energy and enhance the environment while recycling valued items, such as food and household goods, to those in need.
- Promoting community outreach that helps residents know about and benefit from the University’s programs and services.
- Organizing two University-wide efforts, the Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign, an annual drive that allows state employees to give to charities of their choice, and the annual United Way Laurence E. Richardson Day of Caring, a day of volunteer service each September.
- Promoting an appreciation for U.Va. and education through the Day in the Life Program, an outreach effort linking University students to area youth.
- Engaging in active communication with neighborhood associations, particularly those adjacent to the University.
- Serving as a “front door” to the University by acting as an information and referral center.