The UC Student Volunteer Army actively encourages students to volunteer within their community. Following the creation of the SVA, after the September 2010 Christchurch earthquake, over 11000 students were involved in city wide clean-up and support. The SVA continues to play an important role within the community providing assistance to those in need, supporting community groups and projects, and giving students volunteering opportunities. The SVA is the second largest club on campus with over 1400 members, so you’re sure to make lots of new friends and connections once you get involved. Our motto ‘Be the change’ describes how we aim to help students become involved with volunteering and to provide events at UC which have a positive impact.
This year we will be spreading happiness around UC once again with our Random Act of Kindness Week in which there will be free things, good deeds and general hilarity! Another big event to look forward to is Connect the Community which will end on a high note with a huge BBQ and a decent bar tab! SVA’s other events include: helping out with the Color Run, 5 Years Since the Quake Dinner (a posh affair), a SVA Soiree every fortnight, and various Weekend Projects.
The SVA has won many awards for its service as a club at UC. SVA has been awarded the Best Community Contribution award two years in a row now, at Supreme Clubs Awards in 2013 and 2014. Additionally in 2014 the SVA President Bridget Williams was awarded Outstanding Contributions to Clubs Award for her wo years of service. All of these awards are voted for by the students of UC which just goes to show the positive change that SVA is creating at UC and in the Christchurch community.
Be the change!
If you need help with a project or anything, feel free to get in touch with us via Facebook or you can email [email protected]