The Community Service Committee, in partnership with the Madison House Alumni Council, strives to provide UVA alums with diverse volunteer opportunities throughout the year. This committee partners with local organizations, organizing one volunteer opportunity per month as well as monthly outings to a soup kitchen in the East Village. Long-standing activities include a Cavaliers Care service project in April as well as Central Park and school clean-ups, with The Central Park Conservancy and Change for Kids, each spring and fall. If you are interested in joining, please email firstname.lastname@example.org!
Some of our past projects include:
– Drama Book Shop
The Virginia Club of New York teamed up with Story Pirates, a nationally respected education and media organization founded to celebrate the words and ideas of young people. Volunteers participated in the Idea Storm Program, a master-class writing workshop that brings teaching concepts to life, followed by a musical sketch comedy show featuring stories by students and performed by professional artists/comedians.
Our standing activities include:
University Soup Kitchen
The mission of the Soup Kitchen is to serve a wholesome, freshly made meal every Saturday – one that the volunteer team is happy to eat themselves – in a respectful atmosphere to anyone who comes through our doors, no questions asked. The Virginia Club sends volunteers to help at the Soup Kitchen on the second Saturday of every month. There are two shifts: 8:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. – 3 p.m. The meal is prepared during the first shift and served in a restaurant-style environment during the second shift.
The Soup Kitchen is a rewarding way to spend a Saturday and we encourage all alumni to visit the Soup Kitchen at least once while living in NYC. You must be at least 18 years of age to attend. To join the club on a Saturday, please email RSVP to Mark Weber at email@example.com. Please be sure to include your phone number in case we need to reach you!
The Club holds a Cavaliers Care Day every April/May as well as a Service Day each fall. For the past few years, we have participated in school beautification days where volunteers paint murals and touch up the walls, organize classrooms and libraries, paint fences, plant trees and flowers, etc.