Get Involved at UMW
Want to get involved in service and volunteer work at UMW? Want to work to create positive community-driven social change? We offer several ways for students to connect to community, including volunteering, doing an internship, studying abroad, and taking a community-engaged class. Getting involved can help you learn more about the world around you, find out what you want to do with your career, and make a positive difference in the world.
Update for COVID-19 Pandemic
Learn more about our community and real-world issues by volunteering with a local organization or working on a service project. Here are a few good places to start:
- COAR: COAR (Community Outreach and Resources) is a student group that supports several weekly service projects and also five campus-wide events each year. Visit the COAR page to learn how to get involved in weekly and campus-wide volunteer programs.
- Volunteer page: Visit our volunteer page on MyUMW to see current and future volunteer opportunities and events (you may need to cut and paste link into a Chrome browser to open).
- Alternative Service Breaks: Learn more about our Alternative Service Break programs where you can live, learn, and serve over spring break (or summer break) working with a local organization to help build or repair houses in a variety of locations across the U.S.
- Volunteer with a UMW Service Club: There are several student clubs at UMW that focus on a service mission. Visit MyUMW to explore service clubs at UMW (you may need to cut and paste link into a Chrome browser to open).
- Volunteer with Rappahannock United Way: Visit the Rappahannock United Way website and volunteer page to learn about a range of volunteer opportunities. To log these service hours, visit the “Apply for Opportunity” section of MyUMW and enter in the required information.
Interested in learning more about community issues, building your job skills, and applying what you have been learning in the classroom? Visit the Center for Career and Professional Development and explore their online Handshake program to search for the perfect internship opportunity.
Global community engagement provides students with skills that contribute to responsible leadership and engaged citizenship in our increasingly diverse society. Visit the Center for International Education for more information about study abroad programs and community-engaged study abroad opportunities such as UMW in Nepal.
Take a Community-Engaged Class
UMW offers several courses that support volunteer work, community engagement, and learning beyond the classroom. These courses provide an opportunity to conduct community-engaged research, volunteer with community organizations, and engage with community issues. To learn more, browse Community Engagement in the Classroom.