Thursday, August 25, 2011

Darden FY Day with Habitat for Humanity

Hello everyone! I returned to Charlottesville last week and it is glorious!! The life of a second-year in business school is sweet indeed!

No time for rest with me as I was immediately thrust back into the swing of things. This year I've joined fellow blogger Lily West on the Darden Outreach Committee, where I will be helping to coordinate Darden's involvement with our community neighbors. We have an ambitious agenda this year, including a canned food drive, tutoring at local schools, and a fund-raising dance marathon!!

Last week was orientation week for the incoming First Years. This year Darden introduced a new Outreach Day at the end of the week on Saturday for interested FY volunteers to break away from school and contribute to the C'Ville community. Students were able to participate in activities with the SPCA, the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank, and with Habitat for Humanity.

I took charge of the Habitat effort and am proud to report it was a great success! We had two shifts of roughly 40 students each putting up dry wall and siding on a multi-family community of homes. I'm especially proud of the students who made it out for the early (8AM) shift after a late Friday night of partying! The crew leaders with Habitat were grateful for the assistance and impressed with what the FY students were able to accomplish.

This new group of students is definitely service-oriented and off to a great start in school. You can see all the pictures from the day here. Welcome Darden Class of 2013!

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