UMW Students Spend Fall Break with Habitat for Humanity

Alt Fall Break 2013

A group of University of Mary Washington students spent their Fall Break giving back to the community through an Alternative Fall Break trip on Virginia’s Eastern Shore. … [Read more...]

100-Plus UMW Students Volunteer for Annual ‘Into the Streets’

A group of UMW students prepared nearly 10,000 meals for the organization Stop Hunger Now.

Bracing Saturday’s oddly humid October weather, more than 100 University of Mary Washington students gave up their weekend slumber to team with various community service organizations through “Into the Streets,” an annual event sponsored by Community Outreach and Resources (COAR). … [Read more...]

UMW Students Give Back During Fall Break

Junior Abbey Doherty

Fall Break offered little respite for Abbey Doherty. The junior spent the University of Mary Washington’s designated mid-semester break working to better the lives of an Eastern Shore community. Doherty was one of eight UMW students who spent four days in the town of Exmore, Va., as part of an Alternative Fall Break trip organized through the office of Community Outreach and Resources (COAR) and Habitat for Humanity. “I had such a phenomenal experience working with our group from UMW and everyone on the Habitat site,” said Doherty, who participated in an alternative break trip for the first time. “Not only were we a bonded group but we also were all there for the sole purpose of making a small yet important difference in someone else’s life. To us, an opportunity to give back was more than enough of a reason to ‘give up’ break.” The students spent seven hours a day nailing molding, painting doors, installing plumbing, cutting shelving and getting to know members of the … [Read more...]

UMW Named to President’s Community Service Honor Roll for Third Year

During UMW's Beak Week, students volunteered to build picnic tables for Habitat for Humanity

The University of Mary Washington has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for the third consecutive year.  UMW is one of 642 U.S. colleges and universities recognized for engaging students, faculty and staff in substantial, relevant and meaningful service to communities. The honor, presented to UMW’s Community Outreach and Resources (COAR), was awarded by the Corporation for National and Community Service, in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Campus Compact and the American Council on Education. The more than 500 students in COAR volunteered 6,815 hours in the community during the 2010-2011 academic year. UMW assisted dozens of local agencies, schools and hospitals, including Habitat for Humanity, for an economic impact of more than $145,000. In 2011, COAR was honored at the University of Mary Washington Leadership Awards, receiving the Outstanding Overall … [Read more...]

UMW Students Help with Tornado Relief During Spring Break

Students in Tennessee help clean up debris after a tornado. Courtesy of: UMW COAR Blog

During the first week of March, 51 University of Mary Washington students spent Spring Break helping others. The Community Outreach and Resources (COAR) team organized three alternative spring break trips, in Wilmington, N.C., Avery County, N.C., and Cookeville, Tenn., from March 3 through 11. At each location, students worked on Habitat for Humanity projects. When the rash of tornadoes tore through the Tennessee Valley at the end of February, the Cookeville group made their way to Overton County, Tenn., a small community just south of the Kentucky border. In Overton, the students worked with residents to clear debris and sort donations, and shared their experiences along the way: http://wearehardcoar.tumblr.com/. One student took this stark photo of the destruction and captioned it “we were so thankful to have the opportunity to help.” “Spring Break is one of my favorite weeks of the year since I get to spend the entire week doing hands-on service with such civic … [Read more...]

UMW Students Spend Spring Break with Habitat for Humanity

Students build a house in Wilmington, N.C., during a 2011 Alternative Spring Break trip

While some of their friends soaked up sun on the beach, 51 University of Mary Washington students donated their time building and rehabilitating houses—and having the time of their lives in the process. This year, the student-run Community Outreach and Resources (COAR) team organized three alternative spring break trips, in Wilmington, N.C., Avery County, N.C., and Cookeville, Tenn., from March 3 through 11. At each location, the students collaborated with Habitat for Humanity to help eliminate substandard housing. Senior Vicky Hudspeth, the COAR alternative spring break coordinator, has been on two previous spring break trips, leading the trip to Bunnell, Fla., in her sophomore year, and this year led the trip in Cookeville. “In the past, we have done almost every stage of construction, including laying the foundation, installing siding and drywall, and laying sod,” Hudspeth said.  “It is an incredible week where we can give back to the communities and help those in need, … [Read more...]