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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 and topics ...

Morven Summer Institute Series: Food Politics

April 16, 5:30 p.m.

What makes food a political issue? Food politics and policies in the United States have heated up in recent years as legislators, educators, farmers, and many others battle over taxes, subsidies, labels, recommendations, bans and restrictions. These food fights raise important questions involving public health, the environment, fairness, and freedom. Join Associate Professor of Politics Paul Freedman to explore the politics of food ...

Volunteer at Outdoor Concert

April 18, 5:15 to 10:15 p.m., Ntelos Pavilion (Downtown Mall)

Get free admission to the concert by jam band Lotus, socialize with local writers and the Charlottesville community at large, and help local nonprofit WriterHouse! We need 6-8 people (must be age 21 or older) to pour beer and cider at the concert. Contact Dan Doernberg at ...

Mentor a High School Student for the 2015-2016 Year

Deadline: April 22

Thinking about your fall schedule? Think about adding Meliora! We are a CIO seeking dedicated UVa students interested in preparing the next generation of low-income, underrepresented, and first-generation high school students for success in their educational goals. Mentors meet weekly one on one with their student, and we often put on fun events for both students and mentors to bond outside of the academic setting. Transportation is available, so all years should apply! See our website to download the application ...


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Morven Kitchen Garden

Located on a one-acre plot which was once organically cultivated for John Kluge, the Morven Kitchen Garden offers a hands-on learning opportunity to study food production cycles, design sustainable agriculture technologies, and develop a better understanding of the social, environmental, and economic implications of our daily food choices. The Morven Kitchen Garden was initiated by students, for students, and it serves both the University and greater Charlottesville community as a site for learning and growing. The Morven Kitchen Garden offers a unique CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program offered exclusively to U.Va. students, faculty, and staff. Weekly CSA shares are available on a monthly basis from May until October, in which a box of fresh produce and recipe book is dropped off each week on Grounds.