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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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Virginia Friends of Sentebale

Sentebale supports orphans, physically and mentally disabled children, and the blind and the deaf in Lesotho. In fact, the word "Sentebale" means forget-me-not in Sesotho to refer to the neglected children of the country. Lesotho is a unique and beautiful country, but one in desperate need of help, facing both extreme poverty and the third highest rate of HIV/AIDS in the world. Of Lesotho's... More.

Virginia Innocence Project Student Group

VIPS recruits law student volunteers to investigate claims of individuals imprisoned in Virginia who claim to be innocent. Those who seek help from VIPS have in almost all cases exhausted the remedies that they have under the legal system and are desperate for assistance. VIPS volunteers will have the opportunity to work for justice for these people. VIPS operates under the guidance of the UVA... More.

Virginia Socialists

The Virginia Social Democrats is a group devoted to the promotion of equality and democracy. In order to further these goals, VSD will press for the dissemination of new social ideas and interaction between members of the community.


Since 2007, VITA at Virginia Law, in cooperation with CASH at Madison House, has assisted lower-income taxpayers in the greater Charlottesville community with preparing their federal and state income tax returns. Volunteers also ensure that taxpayers receive all tax credits to which they are entitled. Services are provided for free and are provided in conjunction with the IRS's Volunteer... More.