Students Organize Event to Encourage Service, Volunteering

September 25, 2008

September 24, 2008 — Students will have a chance to explore possibilities for public service careers and volunteering this weekend.

"Reach Out 2008" will bring students together with public service professionals and local organizations seeking volunteers. It will also include service opportunities for second-year students and a job fair.

Events start Friday from 3 to 5 p.m. with a public service, non-profit and graduate service panel discussion at the Newcomb Hall Art Gallery. The panel is scheduled to feature seven U.Va. alumni working in the public or non-profit sector.

"They want to share with students information about jobs in public service," said Jennifer Rau, activities adviser in Newcomb Hall. "Many of these students are volunteering in these areas now and they can tell them how to find jobs in these fields when they graduate."

After the panel discussion, there will be a Service Fest in the McIntire Amphitheatre from 5 to 10 p.m. This will feature more than 40 student service organizations and local groups performing service in the community. Students will have the opportunity to sign up for volunteer work. There will also be a band and some activities.

On Saturday morning, second-year students have an opportunity to participate in several service projects in the local community, such as gardening, cleanup and painting. This is being organized by the Second Year Council and is a continuation of the work the class did as first-year students. Approximately 200 students are signed up so far.

There will also be a job fair at the amphitheatre Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. with non-profit organizations from the local region, Washington, D.C., and as far away as New York.

The event is being organized by several student organizations and a graduate student who worked with ServiceNation, a national campaign to increase service opportunities, solve social problems and promote a culture of service. The student organizations involved are Student Council, University Programs Council, Fourth-Year Trustees, Alpha Phi Omega: National Service Fraternity, Third Year Council, Second Year Council, the Virginia Service Coalition and the University Unity Project.

For information, call 434-924-3286.