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Posted: 3 years 7 months ago

The mission of the Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA is to advance the compassionate treatment of animals by providing shelter, medical care, and behavioral services for dogs and cats; promoting permanent, caring homes; and furthering education and outreach. We have been a no-kill shelter since 2005. As a no-kill shelter, we aim to prevent medically unnecessary euthanasia in all circumstances, which sometimes involves partnering with fosters, rescue groups, and local trainers. No-kill shelters must maintain at least a 90% live release rate. Our live release rate is significantly higher at about 95%. We care for approximately 3000 animals annually, roughly split between cats and dogs, but we also occasionally have rabbits, mice, guinea pigs, and ferrets.

Posted: 3 years 7 months ago

Xara Davies is a third-year in the College of Arts & Sciences, majoring in Modern Literature and Culture. Xara joined the Learning in Action team in September 2017 and manages Learning in Action’s social media and newsletter content. Xara also designed and executed the Public Service Photo Contest and exhibit this year.

Posted: 3 years 8 months ago

Emily Yuhas, a third-year in the College of Arts & Sciences double-majoring in biology and economics, is the chair of the Service Committee of Student Council. The Service Committee’s mission is to connect students with different service opportunities in order to serve both the UVA community as well as the surrounding Charlottesville community. Emily also volunteers as a voice instructor at the Music Resource Center through Madison House. In the past, she has traveled to the Dominican Republic with Global Medical Dental Brigades to provide primary care; worked on the construction of a school and volunteered at an orphanage in Haiti; and repaired homes in Kentucky with her church through the Appalachian Service Project.

Posted: 3 years 9 months ago

From our establishment in 1975 as a federally-mandated Area Agency on Aging, the Jefferson Area Board for Aging (“JABA”) serves older adults, their families, and caregivers as a provider of advocacy, resources, and direct services in central Virginia. Last year, we assisted over 12,800 individuals. JABA’s primary focus is to provide services and information to older adults so they can stay healthy, safe, and independent for as long as possible, preventing or delaying the need for high-cost institutionalization in nursing homes and other facilities. As we age, we all want to stay healthy and independent. Experts agree that home is best—and JABA’s goal is to help older adults age in place—safely and with dignity.

Posted: 3 years 9 months ago

Mentoring transforms lives. Did you know that 1 in 3 young people will grow up without a mentor? We believe that all youth should have the 21st-century technology skills necessary to be competitive in college and future careers. C4K (Computers4Kids) is a grassroots mentoring nonprofit that began in 2001 as a response to the inequality of opportunity facing youth from low-income households in Charlottesville.

Posted: 4 years 1 month ago

We are pleased to announce the winners of the #PicturePublicService photo contest! These photos will be included in a special exhibit in the Upper West Oval Room of the Rotunda, to be on display from September 1 through December 31, 2018.

Posted: 4 years 2 months ago

Rose Cole is a student in the Curry School of Education, pursuing a PhD in Educational Leadership, Foundations, and Policy. In her role as the doctoral intern for UVA public service, Rose has contributed to numerous programs and initiatives, such as the Public Service Programming Board, the Arts Mentors program, the Mapping Public Service project, the Learning in Action website, and community engagement courses. We wanted to get to know her a little better, so we asked her a few questions!

Posted: 4 years 2 months ago

One of the four year-long Community Engagement courses offered at the University of Virginia is “The Science and the Lived Experience of Autism,” taught by Professor Vikram Jaswal in the Psychology department. This course marries together the scientific research that is still ongoing regarding the diagnostic process and so-called treatments within the realm of autism with the actual day-to-day experiences of those who have autism.

Posted: 4 years 3 months ago

The Service Scholar Program is used to recognize University students who have dedicated their college experience to the service of others. Students can submit their hours online and reach different levels of recognition. There are two different types of achievements: yearly and graduation.

Posted: 4 years 3 months ago

The Cville Solar Project is a new club on Grounds with the goal of making solar energy more accessible to members of the Charlottesville community. Before the Cville Solar Project, solar energy was only slightly accessible to the community. Now, students can take part in projects and work towards facilitating more renewable energy.