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As an urban university, VCU's people and programs blend into the cultural fabric of the university's surrounding neighborhoods.


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Engage in meaningful volunteer opportunities within the greater Richmond region


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Connect with VCU student volunteers through VCU University Student Commons and Activties

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Ongoing service opportunities

Opportunities to serve the community close to campus

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Neighborhood outreach

As an urban university, it is critical that VCU work collaboratively with its contiguous communities to develop mutually beneficial relationships. The university’s full-time neighborhood outreach director works closely with  representatives from Carver, the Fan, Jackson Ward, Oregon Hill and Randolph to share information and resources, pursue common goals and develop activities that enhance our communities.

Contact Tito Luna, MPA, neighborhood outreach director, at or (804) 827-1904.

Connect with a surrounding neighborhood for news, events and information.


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Jackson Ward

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Community service leave

Eligible faculty and staff are provided with paid community service leave (up to 16 hours) each calendar year to meet with public or private school officials about their children, to attend school functions in which their children are participating, to perform school-approved volunteer work in a public school or to volunteer with community service organizations.

Community service leave is also a great opportunity for team building with your department or unit.

Learn more about this benefit.

How did you use your community service leave? Tell us by emailing, and we'll highlight you on our website and news.


VCU Neighborhood Forum

Dr. Rao's annual talk and his commitment to open dialogue speak volumes about the importance of community engagement at VCU.

Tito Luna, MPA 
Neighborhood outreach director

Mary and Frances Youth Center

The Mary and Frances Youth Center serves more than 900 youth in the Richmond metro area through programming and training initiatives at its state-of-the-art center along West Cary Street that features two private tennis courts.

Learn more about Mary and Frances Youth Center

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Mentor Virginia

Every child who needs a mentor should have a mentor.

Affiliated with the VCU Center for Community Engagement and Impact, Mentor Virginia is an anchor organization that promotes effective youth mentoring by increasing the capacity and sustainability of mentoring programs, and providing resources to support the mentoring field throughout the commonwealth of Virginia.

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More than 180 VCU students representing 10 student organizations participated in The Big Event, a one-day, student-run service project held in spring 2019 where Rams came together to say thank you to the residents of Richmond.

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