July 13, 2020

COAR’s 10th Annual Variety Show

This winter, Community Outreach and Resources (COAR) will hold its 10th annual Variety Show on February 7th.

At this event, we showcase university and local performance groups on stage, while raising money for our Alternative Service Break program. We hold a silent auction and a raffle for various items, which we receive from donors. All the money raised funds the university’s Alternative Service Break program which allows students to volunteer with Habitat for Humanity for a week in the spring.

During service break trips, student groups travel to different locations in the U.S. and assist on a Habitat for Humanity build site.

Join us for a fun night of performances and great prizes! Any questions? Contact coarumw@gmail.com.

Ticket prices: $5 or groups of 2 or more $10 Doors open at 6:00 PM!

Get Involved in COAR’s Head Start Gift Box Drive

It’s time for COAR’s annual Head Start Gift Box Drive! Each year we ask students, faculty and staff to fill boxes full of necessities and toys for children 3 to 5 years old in the Head Start programs in Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania schools.

Boxes can be checked out now through Nov. 22 in the University Center Lobby from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. or in the Center for Community Engagement (Suite 320) during normal office hours, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. We can also deliver boxes to you at your office and pick them up as needed. If you would like a box delivered or picked up, please email us at coarumw@gmail.com.

All gift boxes that are checked out will need to be returned by Tuesday, Nov. 26, at 5 p.m.

Required items for the boxes are hats, gloves, scarves, small toys, coloring books, crayons and markers, and small books (all of these items will need to fit inside a shoe box-sized box).

We appreciate your continued support of service at UMW. Thank you and happy holidays!

COAR Invites Faculty/Staff Families to Pumpkin Palooza Oct. 27

Community Outreach and Resources would like to invite you and your families to our second event of the semester, Pumpkin Palooza, on October 27th from 1-4pm. For this event we invite local children and their parents or guardians to enjoy games, fall-themed crafts, and trick-or-treat tours! We encourage both parents and children to come in costume! The event is held in the Chandler Ballroom inside the University Center, and the trick-or-treat tours will take place on campus. This event is free, but we encourage you to bring nonperishable food items for our food drive. We would be honored to see you there! If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out!



Into the Streets, Saturday, September 28

COAR members make dog toys for sheltered pets at Into the Streets.

COAR members make dog toys for sheltered pets at Into the Streets.

Sponsored by COAR (Community Outreach and Resources) and the Center for Community Engagement, Into the Streets will be held on Saturday, September 28th, 2019 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. It provides the opportunity for new and returning students to get “Into the 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.

The event starts at the University Center Patio, and transportation will be provided to volunteer sites.

COAR Hosts Annual Spring Forward Festival on April 7

Community Outreach and Resources (COAR) is hosting our annual Spring Forward Festival on Sunday, April 7th from 1:00-4:00 PM on the Brompton Lawn. We are reaching out to invite UMW faculty and staff to join us with their families for a fun-filled afternoon of crafts, games, snacks, and an egg hunt! 

The event is free to attend and parking will be available along Hanover Street. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Additionally, in the event of rain, the festival will be cancelled. 

Attached is a flier with all of the details. Any questions can be directed to (540) 654-1802 or coarumw@gmail.com




Don’t Miss COAR’s Annual Variety Show on Friday

The Annual Variety Show will be held on Friday, Feb 15, in Dodd Auditorium. Doors open at 6 p.m.. This event, sponsored by UMW’s Community Outreach and Resources (COAR), is a fundraiser for Mary Washington’s Alternative Service Break trips. It’s also a great opportunity to see a variety of talented acts, bid in the silent auction, and learn more about the University’s excellent Alternative Service Break programs operated in partnership with Habitat for Humanity. Student groups, such as Bella Acapella and One Note Stand, will perform, as will community dance/theater groups.

Tickets are $3 for students, $5 for non-students, and $10 for families of 3 or more. Raffle tickets for prizes are $1 each, and there will also be a silent auction.

COAR’s Spring Forward, April 3

Join the Community Outreach and Resources Office at Brompton on Sunday, April 3, from 1-4 p.m. to celebrate our Spring Forward event. There will be lots of fun children’s crafts, games, snacks and an Easter egg hunt. Hope to see you there!

COAR’s Variety Show

Support UMW’s Community Outreach and Resource’s office by attending the Variety Show on Feb. 19 beginning at 7 p.m. in Dodd Auditorium. We will have raffles and will be auctioning off various items. All proceeds will go to supporting the Habitat for Humanity Alternative Break Trips. This is a family-friendly event.

COAR’s Annual Head Start Gift Box Drive

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 for children 3-5 years old for the government-funded Head Start Program. Some of the items we will be collecting this year include hats, gloves, scarves, small toys, crayons, markers and small books.

COAR is happy to drop off boxes for faculty and staff who are interested in helping this cause. Please email us and let us know where to drop them off at coarumw@gmail.com. We will also be accepting donations to fill the boxes and are happy to pick them up from faculty and staff. If you have any questions, please let us know.

Thank you, and we hope that you will help out in the Head Start Gift Box Drive!

COAR’s Spring Forward Festival

NS Easter Roll 9Are your kids as excited for Spring as we are?  This year COAR will be hosting its annual Spring Forward
Festival on Sunday, March 29  from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m at the President’s home at Brompton for an afternoon of fun!

The afternoon will be filled with spring-oriented crafts and hourly egg hunts. The best part? This event is free of charge! COAR loves to see UMW families at these events, so bring your children to an event they’ll get excited about!

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact COAR by email at coarumw@gmail.com or by phone at (540) 654-1802.