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March 14, 2013

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UVic Students Serve Up Learning Through Volunteering

How does “being of service” affect volunteers, the organizations they work with and the community as a whole? More than 100 UVic students will find out when they volunteer for local organizations on Saturday, Mar. 16, as part of Project Serve.

Coordinated by UVic Residence Life and Education and Volunteer Victoria, Project Serve offers students the opportunity to spend a day volunteering with a community organization, and to reflect on their learning–whether in health care, ecological restoration or with the homeless–under the guidance of trained student volunteers and professional staff.

“Project Serve is an introduction to Community Service Learning,” says Manager of Residence Life and Education Chelsey Evans. “Our residence students will get a taste of volunteering, and we hope this will spur them to want to continue making a difference in the community in the future.”

On Mar. 16, students will volunteer at a variety of organizations, including Aberdeen Hospital, Bow/Brodick Park, Queen Alexandra Centre for Children’s Health, Woodwynn Farms, Fairfield Gonzales Community Association, CRD Creatively United for the Planet Festival and UVic Campus Clean-up.

Community non-profit organizations interested in participating in this annual event in the future are invited to contact Julia-Anne Cameron at Volunteer Victoria at julia-anne@volunteervictoria.bc.ca or Robin Copestake at UVic Residence Life and Education at rcopesta@uvic.ca.

Project Serve is proudly sponsored by Hot House Pizza and the UVic Alumni Association.

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Note: Students Liam Hayes and Torry Harris are available for interviews and photos at UVic on Mar. 16 at 10 a.m. or by special arrangement.

  Media Contacts:

Robin Copestake (Residence Life and Education) at 250-721-8396 or rcopesta@uvic.ca
Lori Elder (Volunteer Victoria) at 250-386-2269 ext. 29 or lori@volunteervictoria.bc.ca
Melanie Groves (UVic Communications) at 250-472-4357 or mgroves@uvic.ca

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