From reading to painting, volunteers
reach out during Day of Caring
by Andrew Shurtleff
Raymond (top photo) of the provost's office, and Terry Dade
(bottom photo) of the student affairs division,
help students at Clark Elementary write letters to service
By Matt Kelly
Arthur Tim Garson, wearing a tan U.Va. T-shirt, was
relaxed as he sat in front of Thomas Stargells eighth-grade
classroom at the Walton Middle School and talked about reading.
vice president and dean of the School of Medicine, discussed the
practicality of reading, such as deciphering the road signs to
find the school, as well as the joy of it, such as how he looked
forward to reading a novel on Sunday afternoons. He brought one
of his favorite books, Betty Smiths A Tree Grows in
Brooklyn, to introduce to the students.
a great story about children who dont have perfect health
care, he said.
Garsons colleague, Dr. Sharon L. Hostler, associate dean
for development at the School of Medicine, enlisted students to
help her read from The Tenth Good Thing About Barney,
by Judith Viorst, a story about a funeral for a cat. She also
read about the death of her own grandfather, from a book she is
love to read, she said after her session. I think
books are the most important things in kids lives. I love
the beauty of the language.
and Hostler were among the 368 volunteers from the University
who donated their time and labor on Sept. 24 to 46 projects for
27 community agencies and schools as part of the 12th annual United
Way Laurence E. Richardson Day of Caring. Work ranged from building
sandboxes to reading to children to cleaning up hurricane damage.
a community service, said Wayne H. Harlow, who works for
Facilities Managements renovations division at Alderman
Road. Harlows crew unpacked their tools at Westminster Child
Care Center at 190 Rugby Road to build two sandboxes, repair and
paint a fence and spread mulch.
a chance to do some construction for the community, Harlow
said. I like working around children because they need all
the help they can get. They need a good example to show them caring
by Andrew Shurtleff
President and Provost Gene Block (above) meets with Walton
Middle School students before delivering a science lecture.
engaged the other end of the population as well. A team from the
School of Architecture led a group of senior citizens in games
were able to take them back to childhood, said Wanda F.
Cabell, site supervisor of the Mary Williams Senior Center on
East Market Street. They could reminisce, compete and win
prizes using their motor skills and their minds.
V. Wade, director of publications at the School of Architecture
and volunteer team leader, thought it wonderful of the University
to sponsor a day when the employees could participate in the community,
especially with people they might not ordinarily meet. She also
said it was also a good opportunity to work in a different way
with people she knows from her job.
really enjoyed meeting them and seeing their reactions to the
games, Wade said as she scooped ice cream for the seniors.
provided benefits to the agencies as well as the clients they
Theyre doing a job that has needed to be done for
two years and we couldnt afford, said Chris S. Eure,
executive director for Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic on
Millmont Street. This is work that is usually done by our
volunteers, but you dont want to pull a reading volunteer
from reading a book to a child to do this kind of work.
by Matt Kelly
School employees (above) Tiffani A. McGee (rear) and Derry
V. Wade scoop ice cream to serve to senior citizens at the
Mary Williams Senior Center.
team of eight people from Housing Divisions Conference Services
and two women from Housekeeping cleaned the recording services
parking lot, power-washed its handicapped ramp and brick wall.
a nice break from our jobs, said team leader Sheri N. States,
director of Conference Services. This is an immediate reward.
At work, we plan nine months in advance for something. And they
are so gracious, giving us refreshments and everything. This is
a win-win for everybody.
been doing this since the hurricane anyway, M. Kenneth Treadway,
assistant director of conference services, said as he shoveled
up debris in the parking lot. Its nice to do it in
a yard other than my own.
Sievers Mahon, horticultural therapy coordinator at the Jefferson
Area Board of Agings Hillside Drive facility, was pleased
with the Darden School volunteers who weeded, mulched and repotted
plants at the centers therapy garden. The garden is used
by Alzheimers patients, stroke recovery patients and others
who benefit from quiet time with nature.
rely on community support for the upkeep of the gardens,
Mahon said. By keeping services like the therapy garden available,
she said volunteers are helping seniors remain independent.
team leader Gayle G. Noble, an administrative assistant at the
Batten Institute at Darden, said she has volunteered for years
and enjoyed forming a team from the business school.
agencies] make it easy to help them, she said, adding that
it helps the volunteers get to know each other. It was fun
to meet other people from Darden.
Garson, who hoped his enthusiasm for reading would spread, said
the volunteers involvement was important.
found the experience emphasizes that there is so much we can do
for the community if we are willing to devote personal time,
Garson said. It was highly enjoyable.