UVA Wise to Host Week of Service

The week of April 5 through April 10 is a week of service for the faculty, staff, and students at UVA-Wise.

During this week, each volunteer will be given the opportunity to take part in ten different service projects. There is no limit to how many projects one can sign up for, except on Saturday April, 10, due to those projects taking most of the day.

These projects include pet blankets and toy kits on Monday; nursing home plant kits on Tuesday; nursing home socks on Wednesday; essential worker care kits on Thursday; letters to Central and J.I. Burton High School seniors on Friday. On Saturday, there is Campus Clean Up, StreamSweepers with Alpha Gamma Omega, Cal Riplkin Little League, Trail Building at High Knob, and the Glades with Student Government Association.

Madison L. Owens, Coordinator of Intramural Sports and Outdoor Recreation, who is a part of planning Week of Service stated that, “The 11th annual Week of Service is an event that provides our campus the opportunity to give back to our local community. Our local community does so much for the College and this is an opportunity for us to show our appreciation.

“There are projects for all kinds of different interests. Some of them we have been doing for several years, such as making pet blankets, and others are new this year, such as working with StreamSweepers in St. Paul.

“If anyone wants to participate but is unavailable for any of the projects, we will be hosting two supply drives throughout the week, one for Smiddy’s Cupboard and another for the local women’s shelter.

“Due to Covid-19, the event has had to make changes from the previous Days of Service in order to accommodate regulations. I wanted to make sure we continued with the tradition of volunteers receiving t-shirts and a meal, so this year the UVA Wise SGA will be providing the shirts and the Wise Kiwanis Club will be providing gift certifications to local restaurants. Participating in Week of Service will feel different than it has in years past, but the impact will still be the same on our community. I hope that our students, faculty, and staff embrace this pout to say ‘thank you’ and register for one of our 10+ projects.”

Overall, taking advantage of this opportunity is a great way to reconnect and give back to the community with everything that has happened with the pandemic this past year.

Each volunteer will receive a T-shirt and gift card. The last day to register is Friday March 26, 2021. If there are any further questions or concerns regarding week of service, contact studentrec@uvawise.edu.

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