CBS-19 Shines a Spotlight on Day of Service

Watch: CBS-19 - UVa Students Participate in Nationwide Volunteer Effort (April 13, 2015)

From CBS-19:

April 11 marks the Big Event, a day where students across the country volunteered their time to help non-profits in the community.

More than 300 University of Virginia students came together to give back to Central Virginia.

It all started in the morning at the Madison House where students were paired with different companies and non-profits to volunteer.

Some students were paired with with Alloy Workshop in Charlottesville to build a structure that will help bring awareness to the non-profit group Computers for Kids.

Victoria Long, a staffer at the Madison House, was glad to be a part of the program.

"Lots of local non-profits and charities have kind of a wish list of projects they can never get around to” said Long. “And they don't have the manpower for and so what the big event is all about is for UVa students to swoop in and help with the projects."

"This particular event,” said Tricia Howell, program director for Computers for Kids. “Is a wonderful opportunity to for us to partner with other organizations so alloy workshop: when would we have ever been able to get with those guys? They’ve been tremendous."

The structure will be on display along with other non-profit designs next weekend at the Tom-Tom Festival in Charlottesville.