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UVA Volunteer Day for Back to School Season

September 29, 2014 in Articles | MARTIN WREN, P.C. | LEAVE A COMMENT

As the last of a fairly mild summer passed by, some UVA students were taking advantage of the last day of their summer break to do some local community service.

August 25 reports on local NBC 29 show that hundreds of students were involved in a volunteer day in Albemarle County, under the Batten Builds program, a program of the UVA Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy.

From doing some cleaning and playing games with residents at the local Cedars Golden Living Center retirement community, to doing other kinds of community work at local businesses and non-profits, the students were setting an example for their peers, by going out and giving back to the community.

Allan Stam, dean of UVA’s Batten School, said the program is a chance for students to understand what it means to help their community, and focus not on themselves, but others.

Managing Volunteer Events

Although we like to see articles about volunteer service when we read about them online or in the paper, we often don’t think about all of the work that goes on behind the scenes with these kinds of projects.

Volunteer activities are done out in the field, in places where people can be truly useful to the community as a whole. With this in mind, there are often specific liabilities around these events that require an eye toward public health and safety.

Just like with on-campus events or programs, the top management at UVA is critically involved in looking at how to plan activities that address public health and safety. In other words, there’s a lot of planning and decision-making that goes into these kinds of volunteer events, even though they sometimes appear somewhat spontaneous. They are elective decisions that students make, but they still need to be planned and executed well.

Appreciating Public Safety

Local Virginia personal injury lawyers will know the difference between businesses and institutions that take public safety into account, and others where this kind of consideration may be lacking. A lawyer who has worked in the community will tell you that good management makes all the difference, whether it’s a college or university, a retail business or any other business. These legal professionals make a practice of looking at the details of injury cases and the contexts around them, and the realities around public health and safety, as they represent their clients in a court of law and help them to know what it takes to be responsible and attentive to safety concerns, and what happens when these concerns are disregarded by planners and managers.

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