Camp Kesem is a free, weeklong summer camp for kids whose parents have or have had cancer. Throughout the year, we fundraise, hang out with our campers and families, and plan reunions. The goal of Camp Kesem is to bring magic to families in Virginia that are affected by cancer and support our campers both during camp and all year round! This past year, we served 154 kids, ranging from the age of six to 18, hosted two reunions, fundraised over $110,000, and had an absolute blast doing it.
Alan and Sarah McLucas graduated from the Curry School of Education in 2016 with their Masters in Teaching, and a focus in special education. Alan also received a Bachelors Degree in History, and Sarah, in Cognitive Science. They were married in 2016 and taught Special Education in Charlottesville before deciding to move to Zambia, Africa, to use their skills in working with an organization called Special Hope Network. Special Hope Network works to create a world for kids with intellectual disabilities by training parents on how to care for their children with unique needs. Special Hope Network is about to celebrate 10 years of impacting the Lusaka community by changing the narrative on intellectual disabilities, and empowering communities to embrace and create space for every child and person!
Evan Steinberg, Class of 2017 French and Foreign Affairs graduate, is currently serving in the Peace Corps as a Food Security Extension Agent. She lives and works in Benin, West Africa, to improve sustainable agriculture techniques and community economic development. She hopes to continue working in the international development sphere after returning from her two-year service abroad.
The Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) was founded in Los Angeles, California, in 1974 by a group of engineers employed by the city of Los Angeles. Their objective was to form a national organization of professional engineers to serve as role models in the Hispanic community. In 2000, the UVA chapter was founded. SHPE UVA seeks to further this service by creating a community in Charlottesville that is Hispanic-inclusive, not exclusive. SHPE changes lives by empowering the Hispanic community to realize its fullest potential and to impact the world through STEM awareness, access, support, and development.
This past Saturday, April 13, hundreds of University students came out to participate in the Madison House BIG Event. Through service-oriented activities at various locations around Charlottesville, the BIG Event promotes campus and community unity as students come together for one day to express their gratitude for the support from the surrounding community.
Professor Kate Kostelnik teaches writing and pedagogy courses that ask what it means to communicate and learn across cultures. She emphasizes strengths-based, multi-competency practices in working with multilingual writers; her students bring these skills to volunteering with the LAMA (Latinx and Migrant Aid) and ESOL (English for speakers of other languages) programs.
The Peace Corps sends Americans with a passion for service abroad on behalf of the United States to work with communities and create lasting change. Volunteers develop sustainable solutions to address challenges in education, health, community economic development, agriculture, environment and youth development. Through their Peace Corps experience, volunteers gain a unique cultural understanding and a life-long commitment to service that positions them to succeed in today's global economy.
There is strength in alliances and three inter-related programs—Adaptive Recreation, the Summer Inclusion Program, and Access Arts—are strengthening our communities by increasing access to enriching programs in and around Charlottesville.
The Restoration Ball is a black-tie event that has been hosted annually by the Jefferson Literary and Debating Society for the last 56 years. The ball is an opportunity to help bring the wider University community together every spring as we celebrate our school and the Charlottesville community.
Are you currently collaborating with a community partner? Have you and the partner identified a community need to address through a research process? If so, then you may be interested in applying for funds through the Office of Undergraduate Research's Community Based Undergraduate Research Grant (CBURG) program. The deadline for this year's application cycle is February 11, 2019, at noon. The application and further details for applying can be found on the Office of Undergraduate Research website.