Community service is an integral part of a St. Anne’s-Belfield School education, with even our youngest students learning the value of being a part of a greater community and using their unique skills and talents to enrich the lives of others.
Throughout the School students, classes, clubs, and divisions raise funds and give of their time to a variety of causes and organizations around Charlottesville, the country, and even the world.
Each spring students and faculty participate in All-School Community Service Week, which sees Learning Village and Upper School students volunteering at nearby locations such as Bellair Farm and Camp Holiday Trail. During this week our freshman class leaves the area for our annual Doug’s Trip, a journey to an area of the country in need of assistance and where our students’ energy and empathy have a genuine impact.
Our commitment to community service also includes a graduation requirement of 15 community service hours per year for our Upper School students. In addition, cross-divisional events regularly offer opportunities for students of different ages and abilities to work together, and parents are invited to join in events throughout the year including Earth Day events, fundraising walks, and blood drives.
Lucia Hoerr '18 uses foundation of community service learned at school to found Backpack Buddies.
Our graduation requirements include 15 hours of community service per year for our Upper School students, but many easily surpass that standard through participating in club and School events and devising their own projects to help those in need. In the past students have worked in collaboration with the following groups on a variety of community service projects:
- Bridges to Community
- Cameras for Kids/Seven Little Wishes (art therapy for children)
- Camp Holiday Trails
- Charlottesville/Albemarle Area Food Bank
- The Colonnades
- Earlysville Fire Department
- Martha Jefferson Junior Volunteer Program
- Multiple Sclerosis Society
- Jefferson Area Board for the Aging Club Pathway – Alzheimer’s
- JoJo’s Hope (helping children with disabilities)
- Operation Christmas Child (shoe boxes of toys)
- Salvation Army
- Shenandoah Valley Conservation Conference
- Silver Lining Blood Drive
- Special Olympics
- Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
- Virginia Institute of Autism