Hundreds of UVA Darden Students Help Renovate Nine Local Sites
Charlottesville, VA — One of our region’s largest community projects will take place on Saturday, April 18, 2015 beginning at 8:00 a.m. Through Building Goodness in April (BGiA), hundreds of student volunteers with the UVA Darden Graduate School of Business will spend the day restoring and renovating seven homes and two local non-profit facilities in the Charlottesville area. BGiA is honored to continue its strong collaboration with Building Goodness Foundation (BGF) and is thankful for the incredible support of local contractors in helping low-income, elderly, and disabled residents in the community. It is an exciting year for the partnership as the 2015 Spring Build will mark Darden’s $1 millionth dollar invested in the Charlottesville community. This spring, BGiA also continues its partnership with the Albemarle Housing Improvement Program (AHIP). AHIP has been a strong supporter of both BGiA and BGF for many years and carries a vibrant history of service to the region. AHIP brings a wealth of knowledge and resources to the BGiA cause. This year, BGiA will also be partnering with Energize!Charlottesville to integrate energy and water saving efforts in an effective manner on all of the April project sites.
As with every BGiA Build Day, the rehabilitation projects target non-profit community facilities and homes for families in need to help prevent homelessness and revitalize neighborhoods across Charlottesville. BGiA will work with AHIP to continue existing work on the windows for several residences within the community, providing energy efficiencies for the homes well into the future. One example of this is the work that volunteers will undertake to improve the deck, walls, and chimneys within the home of Mary Fitzgerald, a woman whose family has lived in the same Charlottesville house for decades. This year’s Build Day also features several special projects, such as continued work at Barrett Early Learning Center as well as a large landscaping and painting effort for Camp Holiday Trails (CHT). CHT is a 70-acre summer camp for children with disabilities or illness, ranging from Autism to HIV.
Building Goodness in April is a partnership between students of the Darden Graduate School of Business and Building Goodness Foundation. Each year, students and BGF’s professional builders volunteer to renovate 8 to 12 structures in the Charlottesville/Albemarle community. Since 1991, thousands of people have volunteered and hundreds of homes have been renovated with the generous support of local contractors. Students, local businesses, and individual donors provide funding, materials, and labor for all of the projects.
From start to finish, BGIA is managed by Darden students who select projects, fundraise, and coordinate with suppliers, agencies, and construction volunteers. This gives students the opportunity to exercise their business skills in real life situations while providing an invaluable service to neighbors in need. In 2013, BGiA completed its inaugural Building Goodness in Autumn project as part of an increased commitment and service to the Charlottesville community. We are currently accepting referrals from the community for homes in need of repair in the future. Referrals can be sent to BGiAreferrals@gmail.com.
Building Goodness Foundation (BGF) is a Charlottesville-based non-profit that connects skilled volunteers from the design and construction industries with vulnerable communities at home and abroad. In partnership with best-practice NGOs and domestic non-profits, BGF builds schools, clinics, homes, and centers for ecological and economic development. BGF works in Virginia, Colorado, Central America, the Caribbean, and West Africa. For BGiA, BGF provides construction expertise, skilled labor, and insurance. For more details, visit buildinggoodness.org.