University of Charleston

University of Charleston

Annual Labor Day Weekend Community Service Event Involves About 1,000 Students, Faculty and Staff


Charleston, WV – September 1, 2021 – While many area students are spending Labor Day catching up with friends, enjoying time with family, and relaxing, University of Charleston students will be performing acts of community service during UC’s annual “Labor of Love” initiative September 1 through 6, 2021.

The majority of projects will take place Sunday and Monday, although the UC School of Pharmacy will be offering Naloxone Training for Trainers on Wednesday, September 1;the Innovation Scholars will offer an Innovation Workshop to Mountaineer Montessori students on September 2; and UC Radiology students will be supporting the United Way during the Great Rubber Ducky Race on September 4.

On Sunday and Monday, UC athletic teams and program majors will provide a wide variety of services to Charleston and community groups that range from picking up litter, landscaping, painting and clean up in various locations, washing fire trucks, restocking little libraries and more. Two UC teams will be helping with a “Pop-Up Picnic” for unsheltered neighbors with the Religious Coalition for Community Renewal.

Students will also be making blankets for Covenant House, creating care packs for veterans, making Bags of Love moving bags for foster children, working on a public art project, and more.

On Monday, Pharmacy students will be helping with a health screening event at Bream Presbyterian Church.

“Our mission and our commitment to community involvement is especially important now when so many people are in need,” said Hallie Chillag, Assistant Professor of Social Sciences at UC. “The University of Charleston has doubled down with more projects than ever before to serve more people in more places. We know UC students, faculty and staff are committed to serving others.”

The Labor of Love project was created to further the mission of UC, which is to prepare each student for a life of productive work, enlightened living and community involvement.