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A Day of Service at UVA's College at Wise

Cavaliers Care: A Day of Service

On Saturday, April 16, University of Virginia students, faculty, staff, parents, and alumni will join community members in a day of service as part of inauguration week activities for U.Va.'s new president, Teresa A. Sullivan.

"Cavaliers Care: A Day of Service" will include a variety of volunteer service projects at community agencies and sites in Charlottesville, Albemarle County, and surrounding areas along with projects around the University of Virginia's College at Wise.

The event will take place in tandem with the Cavaliers Care worldwide service initiative. Through Cavaliers Care, sponsored by UVaClubs since 2001, U.Va. alumni and parents engage in service efforts in cities around the world. Since 2004, Cavaliers Care has also included a celebratory day of service coordinated locally through Madison House, the student volunteer center at U.Va.

Service projects in Charlottesville will begin with a kick off breakfast on Grounds at the Student Activities Building on Alderman Road. All volunteers will receive T-shirts, courtesy of Madison House, Community Relations and the Office of Engagment.

University-Community Service Projects with Charlottesville and Albemarle Schools

Jackson-Via Elementary School Meadow Walk Trail
Volunteers will enhance a woodland and wildlife habitat trail at the school. The project will include numerous components such as clearing and mulching a woodland path, constructing raised vegetable beds, and building picnic tables or benches.30-35 volunteers are needed.

The school will also host a food pantry on site that day to distribute food to those in need. Donations of non-perishable food items are welcome.

Greer Elementary School Discovery Trail
Volunteers will help Greer Elementary School realize a long-held dream in creating a woodland trail and outdoor-learning center behind the school. The project includes clearing and raking a path, laying mulch, constructing an amphitheatre-style area, and creating plaques. 25-50 volunteers are needed.

Building Picnic Tables
Volunteers will assemble up to 50 picnic tables/benches for Albemarle County Schools following a template using precut wood. Tables or benches may be built indoors, in case of inclement weather. 24-36 volunteers are needed.

Madison House Service Projects

Each week more than 3,300 U.Va. students volunteer their time and energy to better the community and themselves. Volunteers serve as tutors, construction workers, day care supporters, patient service representatives, role models, and peer counselors.

To celebrate the inauguration of President Sullivan, Madison House has put together a broad range of volunteer opportunities with schools and community organizations around the city and region, such as Clark Elementary School, Mary Williams Community Center, PACEM Homeless Shelter, Ronald McDonald House, and the Virginia Discovery Museum, to name a few.

Food Drive

The Blue Ridge Area Food Bank will partner with the University on a food drive drop-off during the day's kick off breakfast at the Student Activities Building on Alderman Road. Volunteers and members of the community are asked to donate the following items:

  • cereal
  • peanut butter
  • canned soups & stews
  • canned fruits
  • canned meats
  • 100 percent fruit juice
  • boxed macaroni & cheese
  • spaghetti sauce
  • pasta
  • rice
  • paper products
  • personal care items

With the goal of involving approximately 1,000 volunteers locally, nationally and worldwide, the service effort is being organized by Madison House and the offices of the Vice President for Student Affairs, Engagement and Community Relations, as well as the Dean of Students at the College at Wise.