Virginia Commonwealth University’s (VCU) 20th annual day of service drew nearly 300 students on Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017, to “Give a Day” to the Richmond community.
Give a Day RVA – VCU Edition, sponsored by University Student Commons and Activities’ Center for Student Leadership and Civic Engagement and VCU Honors College, promoted campus and community unity by allowing students to come together to give back to the surrounding neighborhoods through service projects.
This year, VCU students worked alongside more than one thousand Richmond locals to volunteer for the regional service day – Give a Day RVA – hosted by HandsOn Greater Richmond. Students volunteered across nine different sites, including RamPantry, the Monroe Park Learning Garden, Friends of Bryan Park, Oregon Hill Association, Evergreen Cemetery, Hart Havens and the Bainbridge and Garber Street community gardens. Student site leaders from the VCU Honors College guided their peers through service projects and facilitated group reflections on the experience.
The goal of the program was to engage VCU students with the Richmond community through critical service-learning experiences.
“It is wonderful to have this opportunity for community members to engage with VCU students. We’re living side by side in these neighborhoods and we’re sharing the community, so it is important that we create opportunities for connection,” Nicole Patterson, Coordinator for Student Leadership and Civic Engagement, said.
Community gardens constructed: 1
Homeless hygiene kits assembled: 100
RamPantry stock inventoried: all
Community centers beautified: 1
City blocks cleaned: 4
Local gardens harvested and maintained: 3
Debris piles removed from BP: 12
Local vendors supported: 3
Community Partners: 11
Volunteer Sites: 9
Student Volunteers: 254
Student Site Leaders: 16
Student Participation Total: 270
Hours of Service: 800
Campus Partners: 3
For more information about HandsOn Greater Richmond, visit their website.
To receive upcoming information on Student Leadership and Civic Engagement Programs, please contact Nicole Patterson at firstname.lastname@example.org.