Service Projects

University Life staff give back on a summer day of service. Photo by: Ron Aira/Creative Services/George Mason University

University Life staff give back on a summer day of service. Photo by: Ron Aira/Creative Services/George Mason University


Please continue to check back regularly for updated service projects and descriptions. (Last updated: July 2, 2019)


Off-Campus Service Projects

Animal Welfare League of Arlington
(5 spaces available): Project for a small group (no more than 5 people) but participants would need to split individually up to be paired with staff to assist in cleaning the animal kennels in the morning. Participants need to be ready for physical work and wear clothes that they can get dirty.   We cannot accept more than 5 volunteers for this opportunity.   Volunteers must be 18 years old or older and complete our group liability release/emergency contact form. This project will take place at the Animal Welfare League of Arlington located at 2650. S Arlington Mill Drive, Arlington, VA 22206 AWLA Staff point of contact: Charnita Fox, Director of Animal Care & Facilities cfox@awla.org

The EDGE Service Project
(25 spaces available): Join our colleagues at the EDGE this year as they have some indoor and outdoor service projects. We will start the morning indoors preparing and assembling portable equipment for EDGE on Wheels fall programming and the EDGE marketing materials preparation. At 10:30am we will take a tour of the EDGE followed by mulching the outdoor course element areas in the most need. Are you a volunteer ready to meet the challenge? Dress in sturdy work clothes. Boots, long pants and work gloves are recommended. Hats, sunglasses, long sleeve shirts are important as well. Don’t forget to bring a water bottle or bottle of water to stay hydrated. Parking close to the Center is best. Transportation via the Mason Shuttle is also an option. Volunteers should meet (need location this year)

Fairfax Humane Society – Farm
(25 spaces available): description coming soon…

Fairfax Library
(16 spaces available) Great opportunity to help in the Virginia Room to shift maps to new flat file cases, encapsulate map, shift books in Rare Book Room, shift microfilm, and prep for major shift of books. It’s all about creating order and making space! Meet at the front door of the Fairfax Library at 9:30am.

On-Campus Service Projects

Card Making Project Military Connections
(11 spaces available): Volunteers will have an opportunity to design hand-crafted cards for Military Connections.

Creativity Corner (20 spaces available): Volunteers will have an opportunity to:

  • Artwork for the Domestic Violence Action Cente(10 spaces available)
  • Decorating terra cotta clay pots for the residents of Paul Spring retirement community.  The residents be able to plant small herbs and flowers.  This will be a bright and beautiful addition to their apartments. (10 spaces available)

Diapers for Manassas SERVE Family Shelter
(12 spaces available): We invite ALL staff within UL to donate diapers of any size. We will create diaper cakes for new and expecting families with donated items, including smaller size diapers. Diaper cakes are easy and fun to make!

Innovation Food Forest
(20 spaces available): description coming soon…

Operation Paws for Homes
(15 spaces available): Volunteers will be making blankets and chew toys for animals in shelters and foster care.

Patriot Pantry
(7 spaces available) Volunteers will be introduced to the topic of food insecurity and how food insecurity impacts students of George Mason University. Volunteers will join the staff of the Patriot Pantry on a shopping trip to a local grocery store to purchase non-perishable food items for the Patriot Pantry. Upon return volunteers will assist in situating the purchased supplies in the Patriot Pantry.

Potomac Heights Organic Vegetable Garden
(20 spaces available): Volunteers will help with the garden. Volunteers are encouraged to bring water, snacks, garden gloves, sun screen, and hat.

President’s Park Hydroponics Greenhouse
(5 spaces available): Volunteers will help with the greenhouse. Volunteers are encouraged to bring water, snacks, garden gloves, sun screen, and hat.

Project Linus
(15 spaces available): Volunteers will be helping to make handmade fleece blankets for Project Linus. Blankets will be distributed to children experiencing trauma or serious illness.

Trans Closet Service Project
(3 spaces available): Volunteers will be helping to sort, fold, and inventory items in the Trans Closet.