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...]