The Theta weekly service program is comprised of longer service projects that last 3 hours every Saturday morning, as well as a variety of shorter service projects to choose from during the weekdays (each 1-2 hour(s) long, called “Midweeks”). All pledges and active brothers participate in these service projects. APO greatly values its relationships with Charlottesville partners. Each semester, members serve with about 50 different local organizations in many different areas of Charlottesville--pictured below are just some of the many sites we volunteer for. Read on to learn more!
The bulk of Alpha Phi Omega’s service in the Charlottesville community takes place through “Saturday projects.” On most Saturday mornings throughout the school year, around 70 members (brothers and pledges alike) meet to serve with a variety of local organizations from 9 AM to noon.
The Saturday project program currently serves a number of causes, including:
- Poverty alleviation and services for low-income citizens
- Environmental conservation and sustainable farming initiatives
- Educational and cultural opportunities
- Therapeutic services
- Programming for elderly citizens
- City of Charlottesville services
After convening over doughnuts and coffee for fuel at a central location on Grounds, members split into groups of about ten and each group travels to its community site for the day. For the next several hours, APO members immerse themselves in the tasks at hand--all to benefit local causes, engage in mutual learning with community partners and citizens of Charlottesville, and strengthen friendship within the fraternity. APO members contribute to an array of tasks during Saturday projects, such as:
- Installing fences and improving walkways at Gallastar, a therapeutic horseback riding farm for children.
- Guiding a Charlottesville citizen through the selection of groceries at the Loaves & Fishes food pantry.
- Using mattocks and shovels to help create a new trail with the Ivy Creek Natural Area.
- Cleaning fire trucks to assist the Stony Point Volunteer Fire Department.
- Sorting books and managing book sales with Friends of the Library at Gordon Library.
- Setting up cots and linens at churches participating in PACEM, a rotating temporary shelter for homeless men and women.
- Constructing a compost bin or gardening bed in partnership with City Schoolyard Garden, which provides gardening opportunities at Charlottesville public elementary schools.
APO also sometimes organizes “alternative projects” on other days of the week, for brothers who may not always be able to attend Saturday projects . Overall, the Saturday and alternative projects program averages around 3,000 hours of service to Charlottesville per semester.
The Service Vice Presidents of APO coordinate Saturday and alternative projects. Moreover, we own an extensive number of tools and equipment to use for our service. If you are a local organization or University group seeking to partner with APO for a project, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
At least once a week, members of Alpha Phi Omega visit a particular set of locations in and around Charlottesville to participate in one to two hour long service projects known as midweeks. There is at least one midweek every day, so there are a variety of options to choose from throughout the week. Midweeks make a deep, long-term impact in the Charlottesville community, as the frequent scheduling of midweeks consistent at particular sites on a relatively unchanged list enables brothers and pledges of Alpha Phi Omega to nurture each midweek's cause over an extended period of time.
Our current midweek partners are as follows:
Want to see your organization's name on this list? Email email@example.com to partner with us!