The Doing Good blog follows area charities and social service agencies.

About Amy Umble: Amy Umble writes about religion and social issues affecting the Fredericksburg community. You can email her at

RSS feed of this blog

UMW Students Reach Out

Last Monday, many people had a day off for Martin Luther King Day. But students at the University of Mary Washington did extra work–and continued their efforts throughout the week. As part of the Martin Luther King week of service, students reached out to area nonprofits, nursing homes and ministries. The week ended yesterday, and 435 students volunteered 1,056 hours. Projects included:

  • Micah Ecumenical Ministries (breakfast, coat giveaway, Cold Weather Shelter Check-ins)
  • Stafford Junction (children’s program)
  • Fredericksburg Baptist Church
  • Ron Rosner YMCA (painting)
  • Central Rappahannock Regional Library
  • St. George’s Episcopal Church (community meal for the homeless and Cold Weather Shelter Check-in)
  • Greenfield of Fredericksburg (visited and performed for the elderly)
  • American Red Cross (blood drive) — The blood drive yielded 61 pints of blood.
  • Thurman Brisben Center (made meals and played with the kids)
  • Quin Rivers/Food Bank (community gardening)
  • Clean and Green Commission of Fredericksburg (worked at the parks)
  • SPCA
  • Friends of the Rappahannock
  • Heartfields of Fredericksburg, Carriage Hill, Chancellor’s Village (visited and performed for the elderly)
  • Habitat for Humanity (building picnic tables to help with fundraising efforts)