Pay It Forward Week May 20-24


payitforward_image1This week is Pay It Forward week!

You may be asking yourself, what does it mean to Pay it Forward? The concept behind ‘pay it forward’ need not always involve large sums of money or great actions of charity. Remember that little, selfless acts go a long way to make the world a better place.

YOU can get involved simply by passing on acts of kindness. We will be hosting a picnic table build with Habitat for Humanity on Tuesday at 2pm on campus walk, and tabling with Pay it Forward post cards on Tuesday and Wednesday from 11-2. Giant chalkboards will be up Thursday and Friday to share your reflections! Be sure to show us your experiences #UMWPayitForward

During the week you may come across Pay it Forward punch cards, which list several ways to pass on acts of kindness to others. But do not limit yourself to our suggestions, be creative! Come up with your own ways to pay it forward to a friend, loved one, or stranger to share kindness across our community!

Each punch card has a space for you to make a mark before passing the card on with your act of kindness! At the end of the week, for each full card COAR receives back we will donate $1 to the Bob Ericson memorial scholarship fund.

“Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you.” –Princess Diana



Spring Forward Festival!

Hello again, Do-Gooders! We hope you enjoyed your Spring Break!

The weather ‘s heating up and you know that means: it’s almost time for our annual Spring Forward Festival! Spring Forward will be held on Sunday, March 29th from 1-4 PM. This event is open to all of the community and is geared towards children. There will be several egg hunts held on the grounds, along with food, crafts, games, and a man in a bunny suit! And the best part: it’s free!

The event will be held at Brompton–the President’s residence, 704 Sunken Road– and we hope to see you there! Check back soon to learn about our Egg Stuffing Party, which will be held Friday, March 20th from 5-8 PM in the Dome Room of Seacobeck!

If you have any questions about it, feel free to email us at

You’re Invited to COAR’s Annual Variety Show!

You’re Invited!

February 20th @ 7pm

in Dodd Auditorium

Hello Do-Gooders!
We are very excited to announce that our Spring Variety Show is a go! COAR’s Variety Show is a community wide way to fundraise for our Alternative Spring Break with Habitat for Humanity. On February 20th, both student and local performers will come together on stage to show off their talents – tickets are only $1 at the door! The Variety Show is also a great chance to win many raffle prizes and gives you a chance to bid at a silent auction. This year, our top prizes include two tickets to Six Flags, signed memorabilia by the Washington Capitals, Nationals, and Redskins, as well as giftcards to local restaurants and and businesses! All proceeds from the show go towards Alternative Spring Break trip with Habitat for Humanity.

Our Amazing Performers:

  1. UMW Breakers
  2. UMW Eagle Bhangra
  3. BellACapella
  4. One Note Sand
  5. Alter Egos
  6. OMG
  7. ASA Dance
  8. UMW Dance Team
  9. Encore

We hope to see many faces at our event – it is open to students as well as the general public so bring your friends, bring your family, and bring your neighbors! Don’t miss this year’s talents, come out on February 20th at 7pm – Dodd Auditorium!


Head Start Gift Box Drive

The holidays are coming which means it’s time for COAR’s annual gift box drive. Each year we ask students, faculty, and staff to fill boxes full of toys, hats and gloves for children 3-5 years old, for the government-funded Head Start Program. Want to fill a box in the season of giving? Stop by the COAR office (in the basement of Seacobeck at UMW) or email us at for more information!

We are accepting the following items for donations:

  • Toothbrush/toothpaste
  • Hat
  • Mittens/Gloves
  • Scarf
  • Small Toys
  • Crayons/Markers
  • Small Books

**Please do not include any food items, religious items, war related items, or any items not safe for a 3-5 year old child**

DEADLINE for donations and boxes: December 1st


A Huge Thank You To Our Volunteers!

COAR’s programs and events are made possible with the time, effort and enthusiasm from all of our wonderful volunteers! This semester, we had the most successful Into the Streets yet, with 150 volunteers scattered all around the community. The event kicked off with a delicious breakfast from Paul’s Bakery after which we were able to help 7 of our community’s organizations! Two hours times 300 of our helping hands equals an incredibly successful day of giving back to our community!

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Pumpkin Palooza 2014 was also a great success this year! We had over 200 kids come to campus to participate in all our activities. All our games and crafts were made possible with the help of our 93 student volunteers. Every thirty minutes, we had Trick or Treating tours walk around campus to the different resident halls on campus. This was made possible with the help of ARH (Association of Residence Halls) who helped to recruit volunteers from our participating residence halls!

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Into the Streets

Into the Streets is UMW’s annual day of service hosted by COAR. Sign up to volunteer at a local organization in the Fredericksburg community! Don’t underestimate how much volunteering your time can make an impact, get out there and lend a hand!

Into the Streets will be held on October 4, 2014 from 10-12pm!

This year’s projects:
Garden Hours – Downtown Greens
Food for the Elderly – Fredericksburg Area Food Bank
Building Rain Barrels – Friends of the Rappahannock
Planting Trees – Tree Fredericksburg
Meal Packaging – Stop Hunger Now
Picnic Table Build – Habitat for Humanity
Crafts with Kids – Thurman Brisben Center

All participants get a free T-shirt and breakfast from Paul’s Bakery!!! Into the Streets is a GREAT way to give back to the community, while spending time with your friends – sign up today!

COAR Interest Meeting

Are you interested in volunteering and meeting new people this year?? Come to COAR’s interest meeting this Wednesday, September 3 at 6pm in Lee 411. At the meeting, COAR leaders will be giving information about all our different programs and having sign ups for the programs of your choice! Don’t miss this opportunity to start the semester off right – making new friends and volunteering with amazing and rewarding agencies! We hope to see you there!

Welcome Back Students!

I hope you are all as excited as we are to be back on campus and ready for a great fall semester! Coming up on Wednesday, August 27th is Club Carnival where you can get more information about our how to get involved at UMW and in the community. In the meantime, you can also like our new Facebook page to stay updated on what’s happening this semester! Please click here to like our page.


Pay it Forward

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!


Thank You for Your Support!

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: We hope that everyone will come to COAR’s future events and the variety show next spring!