Cavaliers Care: Volunteer Service Events
UVA Clubs extend UVA ’s tradition of service beyond Grounds through worldwide community service projects with a variety of local organizations. Many clubs organize events surrounding the holidays, or develop a relationship with a local organization, such as a soup kitchen or a retirement home, with which they work several times throughout the year. By developing good relationships with area organizations, clubs build the reputation of the University in their communities, and many clubs have developed strong partnerships with organizations to which they return year after year.
“May I never get too busy in my own affairs that I fail to respond to the needs of other with kindness and compassion.” –Thomas Jefferson
Your Regional Engagement Officer can offer suggestions for projects as well as help you identify enthusiastic alumni, families, and friends to chair and serve as committee members for your club’s Cavaliers Care project. Your REO will also encourage you to provide follow-up information on the project’s success in your community. Successful events and photos can be shared on your club website. Your faithful reportage of actual participants also allows your club and our office to better plan and execute future Cavaliers Care projects.
We have a few general suggestions for finding the right project:
- Alumni and parents: Start by looking within your own club participants. Many community leaders and non-profit organizers are UVA alumni, families, and friends. They would love to partner with their favorite alma mater in helping their own constituents and raising awareness on a local and national level.
- United Way: Check with your local United Way for opportunities.
- Parks and Recreation Departments: Connect with local organizations for great family volunteer activities.