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Public Service at the University of Virginia

Student Organizations Directory

The student organizations listed here are involved in service through local, national, and international community service activities, fundraising, and activism. Students self-select the public service category through the student organization registration process, and staff assign this category to administrative organizations.

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Post-Conviction Assistance Project

We assist prisoners with post-conviction issues such as appeals, writs of habeas corpus, complaints against the prison administration, and clemency, among other things. We do not help with issues regarding claims of innocence. All law students are welcome to join.


This organization aims to contribute to the eradication of sex trafficking, specifically of young women and girls, using fundraising towards global organizations formed for this purpose, including PROJECT FUTURES (Australia), the Somaly Mam Foundation (US), and AFESIP (France). Funds generated by the organization will also be directed through these global organizations toward rehabilitation... More.

Project M

Project M aims to provide practical, hands on marketing opportunities for students at the University of Virginia. Students will work in small project teams to create a marketing campaign for clients through the use of market research and market planning. Clients will include small businesses in the city of Charlottesville as well as members of the University of Virginia community (students... More.

Protect Our Planet Non-Profit Organization Worldwide

POP-NOW aims to increase knowledge and recognition of global warming. The organization utilizes the resources of the college environment in order to combine entertainment with information; exciting events are encouraged as a means for social enlightenment and useful fundraising. All POP-NOW proceeds are remitted directly to The Alliance for Climate Protection.

Public Interest Law Association

PILA is a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of public interest law at the University of Virginia School of Law. Toward this end, PILA sponsors various events to create a supportive community of students interested in pursuing of public interest law as a career or on a pro bono basis, to nurture the development of public interest law, and to educate the community at large of... More.

Queer and Allied Activism

Queerand Allied Activism strives to increase visibility, foster dialogue, and promote awareness and acceptance of LGBTQ community members and concerns through both political and non-partisan activities. Although our primary focus is to work within the larger University of Virginia community, we are also work at the state, federal, and international level on issues that are important to the... More.

Quest Scholars at the University of Virginia

We will achieve our mission through the following: 1) Reaching out to high school students in the outlying community and our hometowns by means of the PACT Ambassadors Program. 2) Supporting past, present and future Quest Scholars at the University of Virginia in all aspects of University life. 3) Serving Charlottesville and beyond! 4) Networking within the chapter and other Quest Scholars... More.

Relay For Life (Fight Cancer at UVA)

Relay For Life is an overnight event designed to celebrate survivorship and to raise money for research and support programs of the American Cancer Society. Anyone can participate in this wonderful event. Team captains form teams of 10-15 people, made up of a group of friends or organization members, etc. Each participant is asked to raise at least $100 for ACS. The event is filled with fun... More.

Responsible Spending at the University of Virginia

The mission of the organization is to promote socio-economic equality during University of Virginia Student Elections. This includes but is not limited to spreading awareness of financial expenditures during University elections, providing resources on free and inexpensive alternatives to campaign materials, and promoting a social atmosphere of socio-economic equality during the campaign... More.

Rex E. Lee Law Society

The Rex E. Lee Law Society is UVA's chapter of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society. At 48 members (as of 2012), it is the largest JRCLS chapter in the T14. Our group is dedicated to supporting the needs of incoming 1Ls through formal and informal mentoring and training. We are able to draw on the collective wisdom and diverse experience of all of our chapter members to help one another navigate... More.

Seeds of Hope Brazil

Seeds of Hope Brazil is a student run organization dedicated to combatting the social and economic injustices faced everyday by the children of Sao Paulo, Brazil. Through Spring Break and summer service trips, teaching internships throughout the summers, and different fundraisers, Seeds of Hope Brazil aims to establish an international community between the children of Sao Paulo and students... More.

SERP (Sigma Phi)

As the youngest chapter of the Sigma Phi Society, the Alpha of Virginia has long been dedicated to fostering an environment that promotes academic, social and spiritual enrichment here at the University of Virginia. The chapter has always taken pride in having a close-knit brotherhood, and continues to maintain solid lifelong bonds with the alumni, as evidenced by their strong and consistent... More.

Sexual Assault Facts and Education

Sexual Assault Facts and Education (SAFE) is a peer education group designed to provide sexual assault and dating violence education for the University community. The members of SAFE are University of Virginia students, both male and female, trained in sexual and dating violence education who seek tostart a positive dialogue on these important issues. SAFE offers multimedia, interactive... More.

Sexual Assault Peer Advocacy

Sexual Assault Peer Advocacy is a sexual assault education group that advocates for survivors of rape and sexual assault living in the University community. We present a one-hour program that focuses on ways friends can help and support survivors.

Sigma Alpha Lambda

Sigma Alpha Lambda is a National Leadership and Honors Organization dedicated to promoting and rewarding academic achievement and providing members with opportunities for community service, personal development, and lifelong professional fulfillment. Membership is open to undergraduate students who have achieved academically and have the desire to become leaders in their communities.... More.

Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. (Theta Lambda Chapter)

Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority's aim is to enhance the quality of life within the community. Public service, leadership development and education of youth are the hallmark of the organization's programs and activities. Sigma Gamma Rho addresses concerns that impact society educationally, civically, and economically.

Sigma Kappa (Theta Zeta Chapter)

Sigma Kappa is a sorority founded in 1874 at Colby College in Waterville, Maine. The purpose of Sigma Kappa Sorority is to provide women lifelong opportunities and support for social, intellectual, and spiritual development by bringing women together to positively impact our communities. Our annual philanthropies are the Violet Gala and Hoos in Sync, both of which benefit Alzheimer's Research... More.

Sigma Psi Zeta Sorority, Inc. (Lambda Chapter)

Sigma Psi Zeta Sorority, Inc. is a multicultural, Asian-interest Greek organization. We are a cultural, social, educational and community service-oriented sorority. Sigma Psi Zeta was founded in Albany, New York on March 23, 1994 and brought to the University of Virginia as the Lambda Chapter on December 1, 2001. Our philanthropy is to raise awareness of and combat violence against women.

Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers

The Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE): Our mission is to promote engineering in the Hispanic/Latino community through recruitment and retention, support diversity in the community, and encourage academic, personal and professional growth among our members. We also sponsor career development programs, workshops, and social events. Our members regularly attend a yearly nationwide... More.

Soles for Souls

This CIO organization will reach out particularly to UVA students and people of the Charlottesville community to receive donations of unwanted used/new shoes. These donations will then be sent abroad with students here at UVA during study abroad programs, Global Brigades, and Alternative spring break tripsto give to those in needin these foreign countries. Through marketing and informing the... More.

Spread the Love

As students at the University of Virginia, we are greatly interested in helping the local community of Charlottesville. While many of us are fortunate enough to have food on the table and meals to eat during holiday seasons, many local residents need the extra assistance in obtaining nutritious meals. Spread the Love began in Fall, 2008, in which we prepared and distributed over 3000 peanut... More.

St. Anthony Hall (Delta Psi, Upsilon Chapter)

The Hall signifies the essence of the fraternal bond; brothers study together, compete together, and socialize together. The house is composed of a diverse group of individuals who have excelled individually on a number of levels, but more importantly have excelled as a group. Brothers share a strong work ethic, easy going attitude, and genuine enjoyment of one another's company.


Raises funds and awareness for children's cancer research by having participants shave their head.

Stand Up for the Community

Stand Up for the Community runs one event per year. The event will consist of a live standup comedy show composed of UVA students. All proceeds generated from the event will go to Madison House, an organization which "serves as the student volunteer organization at the University of Virginia" and directs volunteers to programs benefitting the local community.

Starting At Home

Starting at Home aims to increase property values and public morale within disadvantaged Charlottesville neighborhoods. We believe that economic and social growth within the inner city community begins with the personal commitment of local homeowners and tenants to display pride in their homestead through the regular upkeep and maintenance of their individual properties. By using education and... More.

Street Law

The Street Law Program at UVA allows law students, working under the supervision of teachers at Charlottesville High School, to serve as student instructors and to teach courses on substantive legal issues to high school students. The purpose of the program is to promote legal literacy among high school students, especially with respect to how the system can work in their favor, and to spark... More.

Student Association of Volunteer Firefighters, EMT's, and Rescue Technicians

SAFER is an organization which represents UVA students who volunteer as firefighters or EMT's at fire departments in Albemarle County and Charlottesville. SAFER will speak on behalf of volunteers and will also seek to raise awareness of the essential role student volunteers play in serving Charlottesville and Albemarle County.

Student Awareness of Vitality for Everyone

SAVE works to educate the Charlottesville community and UVA student body on health disparities and what can be done to help eliminate them. We promote healthier lifestyles, education, and knowledge of resources to groups that are likely to suffer from health disparities. We define health disparities as a substantial disadvantage in areas of health, disease prevalence, mortality and the quality... More.

Student Entrepreneurs for Economic Development

Student Entrepreneurs for Economic Development (SEED) aims to help small and start-up NGOs worldwide by offering free consulting services in the areas of microfinance, operational efficiency, and marketing strategy. By incorporating best practices, we aim to help foster economic development in local communities. SEED also strives to encourage social entrepreneurship within the University of... More.

Student Virginia Education Association

The Student Virginia Education Association (SVEA) is a professional pre-service teacher organization. It provides opportunities for college students to explore education as a profession. SVEA has as one of its primary goals to inform, educate and involve its membership in educational issues.