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As part of the Schweitzer Fellowship-founded COM Cares Day, University of Vermont College of Medicine students volunteer in the community.

At last year's Schweitzer Fellowship-founded COM Cares Day, University of Vermont College of Medicine students volunteered in the community.

In 2007, a group of Schweitzer Fellows who were students at the University of Vermont College of Medicine (COM) banded together to launch the first-ever COM Cares Day, in which the school’s medical students worked with local social service agencies to deliver direct service.

It was a rousing success — and at the Third Annual COM Cares Day this Saturday, October 3, 140 first- and second-year UVM medical students will partner with 13 social service agencies. From painting the Spectrum Youth & Family Services shelter and the King Street Center to promoting blood donations for the American Red Cross, these students will deliver on-the-ground action.

In doing so, they’ll honor Schweitzer’s “Reverence for Life” philosophy, which “demands from all that they should sacrifice a portion of their own lives for others.”

Seven of this year’s New Hampshire-Vermont Schweitzer Fellows are UVM students — many thanks to them for spearheading this year’s COM Cares Day!

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