It’s that time of year again!

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Want to help give back to your community this Holiday season? The holidays are coming which means it’s time for COAR’s annual gift box drive! Each year we ask students, faculty, and staff to help fill boxes full of small toys, hats, and gloves for children 3-5 years old, for the government-funded Head Start Program. This is an awesome opportunity for all those who wanted to give back this Christmas season. We will be accepting the following items as donations: Hat Mittens/Gloves Scarf Small Toys Crayons/Markers Small Books *Please do not include any food items, religious items, war related items, or any items not safe for a 3-5 year old child. We are accepting individual donations, but also encourage students, faculty, and staff to check out gift boxes and fill them themselves! It is a truly great cause and it doesn't take much to make a child's holiday season a little brighter. Please stop by the COAR Office (in the University Center, Room 320) or email us at … [Read more...]

Get Ready for Pumpkin Palooza 2015!

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How do you mend a broken Jack-o-lantern? With a pumpkin patch! Hello, Do-Gooders! October is here and it’s almost time for our annual autumn event, Pumpkin Palooza! Pumpkin Palooza will held on Sunday, October 25th from 1-4 PM. Children of all ages are invited to dress in their best costumes and join COAR at the University of Mary Washington for an afternoon of trick-or-treating, crafts, games, and tons of fun! *All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.* The event will be held on Ball Circle-the area located directly across from the new University Center and is open to the community! Directional signs will be posted! The rain location will be held at the Faculty/Staff Dining Room in Seacobeck Hall. UMW Students: If you are interested in volunteering for this event, look out for the MyUMW event under the COAR portal to register! Questions? Contact us at or (540)654-1802     … [Read more...]

Into the Streets 2015!

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Hello, Do-Gooders! Do you like serving others and making an impact on your community? COAR will be hosting our annual day of service event, Into the Streets, on October 3rd, 2015! Come out and make a BIG difference by lending a helping hand to a local organization that is already dedicated to serving the Fredericksburg area of your choice! With just TWO hours of your time, you can come help build picnic tables, plant trees, or beautify Fredericksburg- don’t miss out on this great opportunity! This Year's Projects are: Building Rain Barrels - Friends of the Rappahannock Planting Trees - Tree Fredericksburg Picnic Table Build - Habitat for Humanity Cemetery Clean Up - Ladies Memorial Association Garden Clean Up - Hugh Mercer Elementary School Winter Shelter Preparation - Micah If you are interested in volunteering, individuals can sign up on MyUMW under the COAR portal (link below): Complete the … [Read more...]

Welcome Back!

We are so excited for the new school year, and we can’t wait to see new and returning faces at our COAR programs and events! Happy first week of classes and it’s a great day to be an Eagle! … [Read more...]

Pay It Forward Week May 20-24


#UMWPayItForward This week is Pay It Forward week! You may be asking yourself, what does it mean to Pay it Forward? The concept behind ‘pay it forward’ need not always involve large sums of money or great actions of charity. Remember that little, selfless acts go a long way to make the world a better place. YOU can get involved simply by passing on acts of kindness. We will be hosting a picnic table build with Habitat for Humanity on Tuesday at 2pm on campus walk, and tabling with Pay it Forward post cards on Tuesday and Wednesday from 11-2. Giant chalkboards will be up Thursday and Friday to share your reflections! Be sure to show us your experiences #UMWPayitForward During the week you may come across Pay it Forward punch cards, which list several ways to pass on acts of kindness to others. But do not limit yourself to our suggestions, be creative! Come up with your own ways to pay it forward to a friend, loved one, or stranger to share kindness across our community! Each punch … [Read more...]

Spring Forward Festival!

Hello again, Do-Gooders! We hope you enjoyed your Spring Break! The weather 's heating up and you know that means: it's almost time for our annual Spring Forward Festival! Spring Forward will be held on Sunday, March 29th from 1-4 PM. This event is open to all of the community and is geared towards children. There will be several egg hunts held on the grounds, along with food, crafts, games, and a man in a bunny suit! And the best part: it’s free! The event will be held at Brompton–the President’s residence, 704 Sunken Road– and we hope to see you there! Check back soon to learn about our Egg Stuffing Party, which will be held Friday, March 20th from 5-8 PM in the Dome Room of Seacobeck! If you have any questions about it, feel free to email us at … [Read more...]

You’re Invited to COAR’s Annual Variety Show!

You're Invited! February 20th @ 7pm in Dodd Auditorium Hello Do-Gooders! We are very excited to announce that our Spring Variety Show is a go! COAR's Variety Show is a community wide way to fundraise for our Alternative Spring Break with Habitat for Humanity. On February 20th, both student and local performers will come together on stage to show off their talents - tickets are only $1 at the door! The Variety Show is also a great chance to win many raffle prizes and gives you a chance to bid at a silent auction. This year, our top prizes include two tickets to Six Flags, signed memorabilia by the Washington Capitals, Nationals, and Redskins, as well as giftcards to local restaurants and and businesses! All proceeds from the show go towards Alternative Spring Break trip with Habitat for Humanity. Our Amazing Performers: UMW Breakers UMW Eagle Bhangra BellACapella One Note Sand Alter Egos OMG ASA Dance UMW Dance Team Encore We hope to see many faces at our event - it is open … [Read more...]

Head Start Gift Box Drive

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The holidays are coming which means it’s time for COAR’s annual gift box drive. Each year we ask students, faculty, and staff to fill boxes full of toys, hats and gloves for children 3-5 years old, for the government-funded Head Start Program. Want to fill a box in the season of giving? Stop by the COAR office (in the basement of Seacobeck at UMW) or email us at for more information! We are accepting the following items for donations: Toothbrush/toothpaste Hat Mittens/Gloves Scarf Small Toys Crayons/Markers Small Books **Please do not include any food items, religious items, war related items, or any items not safe for a 3-5 year old child** DEADLINE for donations and boxes: December 1st … [Read more...]

A Huge Thank You To Our Volunteers!


COAR's programs and events are made possible with the time, effort and enthusiasm from all of our wonderful volunteers! This semester, we had the most successful Into the Streets yet, with 150 volunteers scattered all around the community. The event kicked off with a delicious breakfast from Paul's Bakery after which we were able to help 7 of our community's organizations! Two hours times 300 of our helping hands equals an incredibly successful day of giving back to our community! Pumpkin Palooza 2014 was also a great success this year! We had over 200 kids come to campus to participate in all our activities. All our games and crafts were made possible with the help of our 93 student volunteers. Every thirty minutes, we had Trick or Treating tours walk around campus to the different resident halls on campus. This was made possible with the help of ARH (Association of Residence Halls) who helped to recruit volunteers from our participating residence halls! … [Read more...]

Into the Streets

Into the Streets is UMW's annual day of service hosted by COAR. Sign up to volunteer at a local organization in the Fredericksburg community! Don't underestimate how much volunteering your time can make an impact, get out there and lend a hand! Into the Streets will be held on October 4, 2014 from 10-12pm! This year's projects: Garden Hours - Downtown Greens Food for the Elderly - Fredericksburg Area Food Bank Building Rain Barrels - Friends of the Rappahannock Planting Trees - Tree Fredericksburg Meal Packaging - Stop Hunger Now Picnic Table Build - Habitat for Humanity Crafts with Kids - Thurman Brisben Center All participants get a free T-shirt and breakfast from Paul's Bakery!!! Into the Streets is a GREAT way to give back to the community, while spending time with your friends - sign up today! … [Read more...]