June 4, 2023

UMW Staff Volunteer for “Day of Caring”

University of Mary Washington staff formed four volunteer teams that participated in one of the Rappahannock United Way “Days of Caring” on Friday, Sept. 14.

A total of 42 UMW staff members volunteered this year, an increase from last year’s 28 volunteers. Participants came from UMW’s Facilities Services, Advancement and University Relations, Academic Services, and Student Affairs divisions.

The volunteers spent the day at the Boys and Girls Club in Fredericksburg, and helped with weeding, cutting grass, planting flowers, mulching and washing the vans that transport the children. UMW also donated used computers to the club.

UMW’s Director of Service, Christina Eggenberger, has helped involve staff in the Rappahannock United Way’s program for the past three years.

“It’s fun to hear each team name being called…and to show UMW spirit to the community,” she said.

Other local businesses and organizations volunteered, however UMW had the biggest group there, Eggenberger said.

Director of Campus Recreation and the Fitness Center, Mark Mermelstein, worked with other staff members to wash the vans.

“It’s a great opportunity to get out and work on something together,” Mermelstein said.

Rappahannock United Way expanded the opportunity for community volunteering when they changed the “Day of Caring” into “Days of Caring.” Likewise, Mark Thaden, director of alumni relations, has a similar mindset.

“I hope to see our numbers continue to grow every year in participation,” said Thaden.

About Brynn Boyer

Brynn Boyer is assistant director of media and public relations and a 2010 graduate of UMW.