Center for Community Engagement

The UMW Center for Community Engagement seeks to serve as a catalyst for community engagement between UMW and our greater communities, building bridges between students, faculty, staff, and community partners through effective relationships that bring about student learning and positive social change.

In the Fall of 2019, we focused on increasing student engagement in civic life and student leaders hosted voter registration drives and provided rides to the polls.  Additionally, our voting involvement in 2018 was recognized for achieving a voter turnout rate above 50%.

Please join us at these upcoming events:

Sunday, January 19, 3 to 5 p.m.
MLK Jr. Kids Day
James Monroe High School
UMW students will provide crafts and art projects for children. Sponsored by the Fredericksburg Area Partnership for Academic Excellence, this program is a community event honoring Dr. King’s legacy.

Saturday, January 25, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
UMW MLK Day of Service
University Center, Chandler Ballroom
MLK Day is the only federal holiday observed as a national day of service – a “day on, not a day off.” The UMW MLK Day of Service helps students and community members honor the legacy of Dr. King and his commitment to strengthening communities. You can choose among different service projects to help a variety of Fredericksburg-area nonprofit organizations. Afterward, we will discuss the National Day of Service and the importance of giving back to our communities. A light breakfast and lunch will be provided. All members of the community are invited to participate.

Saturday, March 21
Good Neighbor Day
This student-run program allows our students to get to know their neighbors and provides yard help to people living near campus. If you are interested in participating, please contact us at

Sunday, April 5
Spring Forward Festival
Lawn of Brompton, home of the UMW President
Fredericksburg families and their children are invited to spend the afternoon and enjoy a day of crafts, games, egg hunts, and fun.  Student volunteers help with all aspects of the event and community members are asked to accompany their children.  Egg hunt participants must be under the age of 12.

Census 2020 – We are working with the City of Fredericksburg Complete Count Committee for 2020 Census, as well as regional and campus committees to try to ensure high levels of participation in the 2020 Census. We will be educating on the importance of the Census, as well as the many ways to complete it this year.

Do you have a volunteer opportunity for students or faculty and staff? Please check out our website and submit a request for us to post your opportunity. Or, are you completing a research project that might be a good fit for one of our courses or for independent study students? Take a look at some examples of faculty/community partner projects and submit a request.