Weekly Programs

COAR Programs 2018-2019

Here is a list of all our programs for this school year. To reserve your spot to volunteer, make sure to sign up on MyUMW! Our programs are all student-lead and depend on dedicated UMW volunteers for their success in serving our community. If you have questions about the programs, please contact the Council Leader listed below each program.

Alternative Break Trips

Alternative Spring Break: Spend your Spring Break working on a Habitat for Humanity site alongside other college students from across the country. This year’s trips will be to Pickens County, South Carolina and Ft. Lauderdale, Florida over Spring Break. In May, a group will be going to John’s Island in South Carolina. For more information, contact Megan Turner (mturner2@umw.edu).


Therapeutic Horseback Riding: Like horses?  Come volunteer at Hazelwild Farm and spend some time rehabilitating children and adults with disabilities while working closely with horses.

Council Leader: Elly Olson and Madelyn Johnson

Contact Information: (eolson3@mail.umw.edu); (mjohns35@mail.umw.edu) Weekly Meeting Times: Tuesdays from 5:00-8:00 pm (after spring break).

Childhood Involvement

Bragg Hill: Volunteers participate in one-on-one tutoring with underprivileged kids in grades 1 –9.  Once the children finish their homework, volunteers play with the kids in the gym, read, do puzzles, or play board games.

Council Leaders: Anika Hussain and Paige Beidelman

Contact Information: (ahussain@mail.umw.edu); (pbeidelm@mail.umw.edu)

Weekly Meeting Times: Monday and Wednesdays 4:00 – 5:15 pm

Stafford Junction Stafford Junction is a nonprofit organization that assists high-needs families from the local area. Volunteer duties will include tutoring and interacting with children.

Council Leader: Cindy Ramirez

Contact Information: (cramire3@mail.umw.edu)

Weekly Meeting Times: Mondays and Wednesday 3:30-5:00 pm.

Hope House (Mom’s Time):  Spend time tutoring children for an hour and then playing with the children during “Mom’s Time” at this transitional living facility in downtown Fredericksburg.

Council Leaders: Carina Lee and Grace Winfield

Contact Information: (jlee26@mail.umw.edu); (gwinfiel@mail.umw.edu)

Weekly Meeting Times: Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 3:45-6:15 pm

Thurman Brisben Center:  TBC provides critical services to homeless individuals and families in the Fredericksburg area.  Volunteers play with the children while their parents do chores.

Council Leaders:  Kimberly Garcia and Elisabeth DellaRova

Contact Information: (umwtbc@gmail.com)

Weekly Meeting Times: Thursdays from 6:45- 8:30 pm.

The Environment

Downtown Greens: If you love gardening and are interested in beautifying our community, this program is for you. Help make Fredericksburg beautiful!

Council Leader: Mackenzie Marbain

Contact Information:  (mmarbain@mail.umw.edu)

Weekly Meeting Times: Every Saturday from 9:00-11:00am.

Environmental Awareness and Action: Interested in helping the environment or educating the public on how to save the Earth? This program integrates environmental projects including river cleanups and collaboration with the Ecology club.

Council Leader: Winnie Cargill

Contact Information: (ccargill@mail.umw.edu)

Dates:  3/16, 3/23, 4/6, and 4/21 from 9:00am-12:00pm.

Food Justice

Food Bank: Help feed the needy by volunteering once a week at the Fredericksburg Area Food Bank by organizing food shelves and preparing care packages.

Council Leader: Erin Koch and Daniel Hur

Contact Information: (ekoch@mail.umw.edu); (dhur@mail.umw.edu)

Weekly Meeting Times: Mondays from 3:00-5:00pm

Food Recovery Program: This is the second year for this program. The volunteers in this program work with the Dining Services on campus, collecting food after hours and donating it to the hungry and homeless in the area.

Council Leader: Kayla Thompson

Contact Information: (kthomps5@mail.umw.edu)

Weekly Meeting Times: Mondays at 8:45-9:45pm and Wednesdays at 8:00-9:30 pm in the UC basement.

Mentoring/Building Relationships

Bigs in Schools: Partnered with the Rappahannock Big Brothers/Big Sisters Association, UMW students are paired with a student from a local elementary or middle school to mentor them after school during the week. (TRAINING INVOLVED PRIOR)

Council Leader: Maia Smith and Reina Irby

Contact Information: (msmith35@mail.umw.edu); (rirby@mail.umw.edu)

Weekly Meeting Times: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 3:15-5:00pm

Falls Run Nursing Home: Spend time with elderly community members in the nursing home playing bingo, making crafts and sharing music together!

Council Leader: Jordan Cooke

Contact Information: (jcooke2@mail.umw.edu)

Weekly Meeting Times: Tuesdays 2:15-4:15pm.

Refugee Services

Refugee Resume Help: Help adult refugees with job applications and resumes!

Council Leader: Eleni Riris

Contact Information:  (eriris@mail.umw.edu)

Weekly Meeting Times: Thursdays at 12:25-2:25pm.

Can’t find anything on this list, but still want to volunteer? Stop by the COAR Office on the third floor of the University Center in Community Engagement Suite 320! There are always plenty of events going on that we need volunteers for! Need to request a van? http://www.umw.edu/facilities/transportation_services/default.php