April 7, 2008 — The University of Virginia's Community Relations Office is opening new lines of communication with a revamped Web site featuring more community resources and neighborhood outreach.
"We will use it as a communications tool with the University's neighbors, area residents, businesses and government officials," said Jim Fitzgerald, assistant director of community relations.
The site, Fitzgerald said, is more user-friendly, featuring links to, and information about, neighborhood and community outreach. Located at www.virginia.edu/communityrelations, the site supports the Community Relations Office's mission of linking the University and the community.
"We are introducing a volunteer center, which provides University employees, students and community members with volunteer opportunities," Fitzgerald said.
The Web site also provides access to many resources, such as the Community Resource Guide and Community Newsletter, and carries updates and features on the Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign, the Thomas Jefferson United Way Lawrence E. Richardson Day of Caring and off-Grounds recycling programs.
"This tool will increase the effectiveness of our outreach programs," Fitzgerald said.