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Service Events and Opportunities


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Courses listed on Learning in Action have a service-learning component or explore local, national, or global issues ...

6th Annual Fight Cancer 5K

Oct. 25, 8:30 a.m., The Whispering Wall

Relay For Life at UVa is hosting its sixth annual Fight Cancer 5K, part of the first official FIGHT + FLIP philanthropy weekend at UVa! Join us as we run to raise money for the American Cancer Society and the fight against cancer, then stop by Pancakes for Parkinson's following the race for an awesome pancake breakfast to support the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research. 5K Registration is $10 before the race and $15 the morning of the race. Registration opens at 8 a.m. on race day. 

Pancakes for Parkinson's

Oct. 25, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Lawn (south end near Homer statue)

Celebrate the 10th annual Pancakes for Parkinson’s at the University of Virginia to benefit the Michael J. Fox Foundation. This event was founded with the idea that members of the community and students of the University of Virginia could bridge their efforts and fight for a Parkinson’s cure. Students and community members will come together and flip pancakes to help raise awareness and collect donations for Parkinson’s disease ...

Game Day CHallenge

Oct. 25

UVa is participating in the Game Day Challenge, a nationwide competition to increase recycling/composting and reduce waste at football games. UVa has placed FIRST in the ACC in 2011, 2012, and 2013, and we need YOU to volunteer to continue the winning streak! As a volunteer, you will encourage tailgaters to recycle before the football game against UNC. Multiple shifts are available, including those that will end right before kick-off, and you get FREE PIZZA, a T-SHIRT, and other FREEBIES ...

Find Your Voice: Hoos Got Your Back

Oct. 26, 2 p.m., Helm's Theatre at the Drama Building

The Find Your Voice Performance Series, sponsored by the Virginia Players and co-sponsored by UPC, is a monthly performance curated around a thematic concept or genre that’s currently taking prevalence on Grounds, with the first theme being Hoos Got Your Back, which takes a stand against sexual misconduct and assault. Individuals are encouraged to share their stories with members of the University community to promote empowerment and individuality through a lightly scripted live performance. Tickets are free and will be provided first come, first serve, at the door ...


Featured Center

The Mortimer Caplin Public Service Center

The Mortimer Caplin Public Service Center was created in 1996 to recognize the special counseling needs of students interested in pursuing careers in the public sector. Since then, the center has served as Virginia Law’s focal point for public service career counseling, programming and outreach efforts. Staff members offer individual and group counseling to students and alumni considering internship and permanent opportunities, invite speakers to introduce students to the various aspects of public service lawyering, coordinate with student organizations to facilitate programming and run the annual Public Interest Interview Week.