VCU ASPiRE will offer four opportunities for VCU faculty/staff members to use their Community Service Leave this summer. All VCU staff and 12-month faculty are eligible for 16 hours of Community Service Leave to participate in service opportunities in the community.
"Many of our students go home for the summer, and the ASPiRE program wants to remain active in the community year-round, so summer service activities for faculty/staff help us bridge the gap," said Grady Hart, ASPiRE co-curricular coordinator. "We had almost a dozen faculty/staff members take advantage of the opportunity last year, and we are hoping and preparing for an even bigger turnout this year. Community service projects are a great team building exercise for university offices."
The following service activities, including transportation to and from community sites, will be offered this summer:
Friends Association for Children
Mondays beginning May 16 until July 11, 4 to 5:30 p.m., including travel time
Volunteers will work with elementary and middle school children on reading, math and other vital skills, in addition to playing outside and just having fun with the kids.
Wednesdays beginning May 18 until July 13, 3:45 to 5:15 p.m., including travel time
Volunteers will work with a personal trainer to encourage an active and healthy lifestyle for participating youth by exercising with children at Fairfield Boys and Girls Club. Volunteers may also help students with homework, participate in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) activities and conduct health surveys.
Peter Paul Food Distribution
1st and 3rd Wednesdays of every month beginning May 18 until July 6, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., including travel time
Volunteers will work with staff members from the Peter Paul Development Center and other community volunteers to unload food from FeedMore trucks and will assist with food distribution to surrounding neighborhoods.
Habitat for Humanity ReStore
The following Thursdays: May 26; June 9, 23 and 30, 10 a.m. to noon, including travel time
Volunteers will help with the organization, pricing and loading/unloading of donations in the Habitat for Humanity retail warehouse. All proceeds from the sales at the warehouse store are used to support Habitat for Humanity in its mission to build affordable homes for Richmond residents.
For more information or to sign up, contact Hart at firstname.lastname@example.org.