Service Projects


Service Projects

NOTES: Below is a list of community partners and service projects for staff to participate and engage in virtually and in person. We do ask that staff RSVP for a service project (feel free to RSVP for more than 1) so we can track where our service and outreach is taking place. If you would like to participate in our UL Gives Back Social Media Campaign to track our service, please use #ULgivesback when posting and sharing photos.


In Person Projects

  • Animal Welfare League (Volunteer spaces available: 9)
    • NOTE: Volunteers to will need to arrive by 8:00am for a 3-hour shift (will end at 11:00am).
    • Volunteers will be asked to assist with morning cleaning duties (scrubbing kennels, scooping and disposing of leavings, emptying litter boxes, etc.). Depending on the number of animals we have in residence and the number of volunteers we have in attendance, we may ask volunteers to help clean other areas in of the shelter such as the main adoptions lobby, windows, and dog play yard in the back of the shelter. Instructional training videos will be shown to volunteers on how to complete cleaning duties.
    • Location: Arrive at 8:00am – 2650. S Arlington Mill Drive, Arlington, VA 22206
  • Child Development Center: Library Enrichment Project (Volunteer spaces available: 2) 
    • Volunteers will help to discard/repair torn books and other items stored in library, organize books by subject matter, and create space for activity kits.
    • Location: Mason’s Child Development Center
  • Child Development Center: Garden (Volunteer spaces available: 2) 
    • Volunteers are needed to help with watering, weeding, and regular maintenance of the garden. Volunteers are encouraged to bring their own gloves, sunscreen, and bug spray. Gardening tools will be provided.
    • Location: Mason’s Child Development Center
  • Child Development Center: Nature-Based Play Building Project (Volunteer spaces available: 2) 
    • Volunteers will assist with the building of a nature based play element, Ball and Water Tube, for the Child Development Center. Requires cutting and stabilizing gutter tubing.
    • Location: Mason’s Child Development Center
  • Creativity Corner (Volunteer spaces available: 25) 
    • Cards for Veterans
    • Thank a Colleague
    • Canvas Artwork for New Staff
    • Kindness Rocks
    • Chew Toys for Animal Shelters
    • Blankets for Animal Shelters
    • Location: The Hub, Student Involvement (Room 2300)
  • The EDGE Clean-Up (Volunteer spaces available: 10)
    • Volunteers will assist with moving and laying mulch. Please dress for warm weather and bring gloves, sunscreen, and water.
  • Fairfax Humane Society: Thrift Store (Volunteer spaces available: 2)
    • Volunteers will help to organize and inventory donation items (ex: clothing, household items, shoes, etc.). Location: 4057 Chainbridge Road (right behind the main building)
  • Fairfax Humane Society: Admin Building (Volunteer spaces available: 3)
    • Volunteers will help with whatever needs to be done that day. Typical daily needs may include: folding towels, sorting food donations, unpacking deliveries, making copies of contracts, etc. Location: 4057 Chainbridge Road
  • Fairfax Library (Volunteer spaces available: 8)
    • Volunteers will will assist with counting and organizing book, as well as inventorying and measuring library shelves. Volunteers will also assist with maintenance of book carts and cleaning of library tables.
    • Location: 10360 North St, Fairfax, VA 22030
  • Generation Hope: Welcome to Mason Kits (Volunteer spaces available: 5)
    • Generation Hope’s Scholar Program surrounds teen parents with mentoring, tuition assistance, a peer community, and other vital wrap-around services. Generation Hope Scholars graduate at a rate that is double the rate for low-income college and eight times the rate for single mothers nationwide. As alumni they, are working in fields ranging from computer engineering to education. Volunteers with this project will help put together “Mason Welcome Kits” for the Mason Scholars as part of the Generation Hope Program. This year, we are excited to share that 15+ Mason scholars are new or continuing as part of the Generation Hope Program. Welcome to Mason Kits will include: writing personalized cards to scholars, including Mason swag, and more.
    • Location: The LEAD Office (The Hub, Room 2400)
  • LGBTQ+ Trans Closet (Volunteer spaces available: 3)
    • Volunteers will assist in labeling, steaming, and organizing clothing. Volunteers may also be working alongside Center staff to clean and organize the Center space to maximize access to Trans Clothing Closet resources.
    • Location: LGBTQ+ Resource Center (SUB I, 2200)
  • Mason Chooses Kindness: Chalking (Volunteer spaces available: 10) 
    • As part of Mason Chooses Kindness’ Mission, “create and sustain an infectious kindness revolution at Mason”, volunteers are needed to help chalk various locations around campus with inspiring and positive messages. Chalking will take place in various locations around campus.
    • Location: Various locations around campus
  • Potomac Heights Vegetable Garden (Volunteer spaces available: 20)
    • Join our part-time gardener, Sven, at the Potomac Heights Organic Vegetable Garden to help clear garden beds and plant seeds for a fall harvest. We recommend wearing a hat and sunscreen and bringing a reusable water bottle. We have used gardening gloves to share, but feel free to bring your own.
    • Location: The garden is hidden behind the Potomac Heights residence hall, near the back of the Aquatic Fitness Center, at 10350 York River Road, Fairfax, VA. You will need to approach the Potomac Heights building, and then go around the corner to the back of the building before you see the garden
  • President’s Park Greenhouse (Volunteer spaces available: 12)
    • Join Doni and Lily at the Presidents Park Hydroponic Greenhouse to help maintain the worm compost bins, set up grow systems, treat pests organically, and transplant seedlings. Check out our brand new aquaponics system with live fish!
    • Location: The Presidents Park Greenhouse is located between Ike’s Dining Hall and Taylor Hall, near Robert’s Road, at 10440 Presidents Park Dr. and is shown as #26 on the right/eastern side of the campus map. Feel free to call the manager, Doni, at 703-993-4220, if you have trouble finding the greenhouse.

Hybrid Projects (in-person and virtual options available)

  • Create Your Own Service Project
    • If you have a service project you are interested in doing that isn’t listed here, please select this ticket. We realize that many folks have connections to other organizations (ex: non-profit groups, youth groups, churches, etc.) and may have other areas of need or service possibilities. If you select this option, please email

Virtual Projects

  • Chalk your driveway and sidewalks
    • In your neighborhoods or areas outside, write a message of hope or encouragement for others to see
  • Make a Change: Call or write a letter to your senator or local leaders
    • Is there something in our communities/society that would like to see change? Call or write a letter to your senator or reach out to local leaders to share your concerns and ideas for positive change.
  • Rock painting
    • Paint rocks with inspiriting messages of hope, encouragement, or fun designs to share with others.  Painted rocks can be hidden around your neighborhoods or other local area locations.
  • Thank a colleague
    • Write a letter or send an email to a colleague(s) to let them know how amazing they are and give them some KUDOS and encouragement.
  • Yorkshire Elementary School Supply Drive
    • Donate school supplies to Yorkshire Elementary school, a Title I school in Prince William County, and support our community’s youth, learning, and education! Yorkshire Elementary is a super collaborative community working to support the development of underprivileged children. Show your support by donating today!
    • Amazon Wishlist: https://amzn.to/3PlrCgb