Virginia Commonwealth University’s 40th anniversary provides a wonderful opportunity to showcase the contributions that VCU faculty, students and staff have made to the community — in the past, present and moving forward. We have highlighted 40 of the hundreds of initiatives that result from innovative ideas and community partnerships.
What is an “Act of Caring”?
Broadly, an Act of Caring is any project, activity or initiative that partners VCU employees, students or alumni with local, regional or national/international communities. During the activity, VCU participants must be representing the university rather than acting as private citizens. Some examples of Acts of Caring include volunteer and community-service projects, service-learning academic course initiatives, community-based research, etc.
Currents of Change
Coinciding with the 40th anniversary celebration and the 40 Acts of Caring project, VCU launched what will become an annual recognition program, Currents of Change, honoring an outstanding partnership that reflects the university’s commitment to community partnerships.
The 2008 Currents of Change award recipient is FOR AFRICA Benefit.
The FOR AFRICA Benefit was a fundraising event held Nov. 1-3, 2007, at the Grace Street Theater, as a collaborative project between the VCU School of Social Work, School of the Arts, Peacework, Inc. and artists in the Richmond community.
List of recipients