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 coarumw@gmail.com 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

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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: 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!

Spring Variety Show

Publication1If 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!

  1. 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)
  2. 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!
  3. Did I mention there will be a door prize raffled off?!
  4. 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!

Welcome Back Do-Gooders!

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Hey Mary Wash! Welcome Back!

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 coarumw@gmail.com if you have any questions about getting involved! See you at the interest meeting!

Why YOU should fill a box this season…

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!

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