Now a days, it’s easy to convince ourselves that bigger is better. Everyone is on the prowl for the next big thing…the next big project that will save the world. Of course, dreaming big is NOT a bad thing! But sometimes it is important to take a step back and recognize all the little things that we can to make other peoples lives easier. Simple every day acts of kindness can turn someone’s day from average to amazing!
COAR is organizing our first ever Pay it Forward Project, to shine a light on these random acts of kindness! It’s not a big project. We’re not going to fix or save anything. Or fundraise thousands of dollars for a cause. But that’s okay, because sometimes the little things like smiling as you pass by a stranger, or giving your time to a friend, and even just working towards maintaining a positive attitude, make all the difference. We want to recognize all of the things Eagles do that normally are not recognized, and spread the “pay it forward” epidemic across campus.
If you want to get involved, check out the facebook event for a full schedule and up to date information!
We would like to give a huge thanks to everyone who came to COAR’s Spring Variety Show on Saturday, February 8th! We were able to raise over $300 for our Alternative Spring Break Trips and Habitat for Humanity due to everyone’s donations! Check out the infograph we created at the following link to understand more of the impact we made and why the show will continue to go on: https://infogr.am/spring-variety-show?src=web. We hope that everyone will come to COAR’s future events and the variety show next spring!
If you haven’t heard of COAR’s Annual Variety Show by now, it’s time to get in the loop! Here are four easy reasons you should come out to this semester’s best event yet!
- The cost is only $1 and ALL proceeds go towards funding UMW Alternative Spring Break with Habitat for Humanity! (Check out their cool blog documenting last year’s trip)
- Some of your favorite UMW performers (Eagle Bhangra, One Note Stand, and Save the Arcadian to name a few) will be showcasing their talents for the cause!
- Did I mention there will be a door prize raffled off?!
- We will also be raffling/auctioning off some pretty awesome prizes that have been donated from some of Fredericksburg’s favorite businesses such as (*SPOILER ALERT*) Riverby Books , Soup and Taco , Pickers Supply, and MANY MORE. So bring a few extra dollars and test your luck – you never know when you’re gonna get lucky!
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COAR will be having our spring semester interest meeting WEDNESDAY JAN 29 FROM 5-6 IN MONROE 346! (this is a change due to the snow from last week)
If you are interested in finding out what COAR has to offer for students, clubs, or sports teams – stop on by! We connect students with diverse programs throughout Fredericksburg that cover a variety of topics such as working with children, bettering the environment, caring for animals, and fighting hunger!
Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions about getting involved! See you at the interest meeting!
The Head Start gift box drive is a way that the students and staff of UMW can come together and, through our individual actions, make a collective difference. The mission of Head Start is to “Partner with families and the community to ensure preschool children are healthy and demonstrate academic, emotional and social readiness for Kindergarten.” The children in this program often don’t have the same kinds of opportunities that other families may be able to provide for their preschool aged kids. This is why the gift box drive is so important.
By filling one box you can:
- put a smile on a child’s face as they see new toys or craft supplies
- help keep that child’s smile healthy and white by providing toothbrushes and toothpaste
- give a parent the ease of mind, that their child will have essentials for the winter such as hats, gloves, and scarves
All of the items that you choose to fill a box with will help provide this peace of mind as well as spread a little happiness this season.
HERE IS HOW TO GET INVOLVED:
Come to our WRAPPING PARTY! November 15th from 5pm-8pm at the Dome Room in Seacobeck Hall. This is the perfect chance to help wrap boxes and take one to fill! Music, Hot Chocolate, and cookies will be provided for all the volunteers that come out!
You can also pick up a box from tables at the Nest, Underground, or Fitness Center at various times during the month of November. Fill it with the suggested donations (mentioned above… also a slip of paper should be given to you with the box as a reminder), and return the box by December 2nd!
Into the Streets was a HUGE Success this year. Thanks to everyone who came out and gave their time to the community! To check out the details of what we did, and what sort of impact we made click here!
Are you hardCOAR about fighting cancer?
Join COAR’s Relay for Life team, and be a part of the fight to find a cure for cancer. Register for team hardCOAR today by clicking here.
The event will be held on April 5. Walkers will start that afternoon and keep going through the night until morning, because cancer never sleeps.
Throughout the fall and early spring we will do some group fundraising. Individual fundraising is also a huge part of Relay, so let your friends and family know why you are involved!
There is a $10 registration fee, which you can pay online or drop off cash or check to the COAR office. If you have any questions email email@example.com
Register for the Annual Student Leadership Colloquium 2013: When You Lead, You Soar! This event will be held on Saturday, October 19 from 9-3:30 at the Stafford Campus North Building and is hosted by the UMW Center for Honor, Leadership, and Service. Leaders of all ages and walks of life will present various sessions and interact with local students on different aspects of leadership. A list of presenters and topics will be available soon on our website . You can register on our OrgSync page starting Thursday, September 19th. This event will provide breakfast and lunch, and is recommended for sports teams, living learning communities, or any student to put on their resume! UMW students will be provided transportation to the Stafford Campus.
Please email any questions to Golda Eldridge at firstname.lastname@example.org or Molly Baldovin at email@example.com.
A sneak peak at one of COAR’S 2013 Into the Streets Projects: Stop Hunger Now
Imagine a world without hunger. That’s the vision of Stop Hunger Now, an international agency that has been committed to providing solutions to end hunger for 15 years! No one should have to live not knowing where their next meal is going to come from, which is why Stop Hunger Now sends millions of nutritious meals all over the world!
Here’s where YOU can get involved. On October 5th, Stop Hunger Now and the UMW community will be working together to package meals that will be sent all over the world to feed the hungry. A single volunteer can package over 300 meals in just one hour… imagine the difference YOU can make for a family. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions, and don’t forget to mark your calendars for Into the Streets: Saturday, October 5th.
Thanks to everyone who came out to the interest meeting today! Here is the video summarizing our Fall Semester events. COAR events are a perfect opportunity for clubs, teams, residence halls, or individual “do-gooders” to get involved serving the community!
If you would like to participate in Into the Streets (COAR’s first event of the year!) send an email to email@example.com to be added to the interest list. More information about Into the Streets 2013 will be distributed closer to the date of the event.
For a list of our weekly volunteer programs roll over “Get Involved!” in the menu bar and click on “Programs.”