Annual Events


Into the Streets

This event will be held on a Saturday during the fall semester and provides the opportunity for new and returning students to get “Into┬áthe Streets.” Students can choose to participate in one of several community service projects at local agencies. Past projects have included building with Habitat for Humanity, yard work for the Fredericksburg community, walking dogs at the SPCA, making meals for the homeless shelter, doing crafts with the elderly at a local retirement facility, and helping out with Friends of the Rappahannock.

Pumpkin Palooza

Every year on a Sunday towards the end of October, COAR provides local children with a safe place to trick-or-treat in groups on campus. Themed games, crafts, snacks, and costumes make for a fun way to spend an autumn day! Mary Washington students are invited to help with trick-or-treating, games, and crafts.

Head Start Gift Box Drive

This is a campus and community-wide effort to provide preschoolers in Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania with toys, winter clothes, and hygiene products before the holiday season. Students wrap gift boxes at the annual wrapping party in November to prepare for the drive. Faculty, staff, and students check out the boxes to fill up with items such as storybooks, coloring books, crayons, hats, gloves, and small toys. Gift boxes are given out to Head Start students by our very own Dean Rucker as Santa!

Variety Show

The purpose of this event is to raise money for Alternative Service Break trips through Habitat for Humanity. COAR raffles and auctions a wide variety of donations from local and national donors, including major league sports teams, gift cards, Fredericksburg restaurants, local wineries, and UMW academic departments. Student dance and musical groups provide entertainment during the event.

Good Neighbor Day

This day is a great way to strengthen and encourage the relationship between students and members of the community. COAR does this by sending students to the homes in the College Heights and College Terrace neighborhoods to do outdoor service projects, such as gardening, painting, raking, and mulching. After the morning of service, there is a free barbecue on Ball Circle for the students and community members.

Spring Forward Festival

Held on the Sunday before Easter, local children and their families are invited to spend the afternoon on the lawn of Brompton, a few blocks from the UMW campus. At the event, there are spring crafts, games, and egg hunts. Student volunteers help with all of these aspects. Community members are asked to accompany their children; egg hunt participants must be under the age of 12.