Recent Initiatives

Dash and Dine

University of Montevallo students currently enrolled in the 2024 Spring Social Entrepreneurship and Sustainability class are thrilled to announce the first ever Dash and Dine Charitable Event!

This year we have the unique opportunity to partner with the two amazing organizations, the Arc of Shelby County and the Montevallo Clubhouse from the Boys and Girls Club of Central Alabama. As future social entrepreneurs, we have been given the challenge to help develop an exciting fundraising event with the objective to help raise funds and awareness for these two organizations. The 2024 Dash and Dine Event will include a traditional 5k race and a “fun run,” which will then be followed by a food competition, with categories of barbeque, wild game, international and dessert. Enter to show off your talents in the kitchen or sample and judge the exciting entries.


All Dash and Dine events will be held on Saturday, April 13, at the historic and beautiful University of Montevallo campus.

The 5k race will begin at 10:30 a.m. (Fun Run @ 11 a.m.) and participants will need to meet at the Robert M. McChesney Student Activity Center to check in at least 15 mins prior to start. The Food Competition will start at 11:30 a.m. and will last until 1:30 p.m. with the winners announced shortly thereafter.

*T-shirts will only be available, first come, first serve at the 5K. Preferred sizes and availability not guaranteed.*


Additional Donations

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Throughout the day refreshments will be available for purchase and family-friendly music and tailgate games will be provided for spectators. This event will feature family-friendly vendors from the Shelby County and Greater Birmingham communities.  Oh, and did we mention there will be an exciting silent auction as well?

We cannot wait for you to join us on Saturday, April 13 at The University of Montevallo’s campus for a day full of fun for all ages. We graciously ask for your help in order for our class to reach our goal of raising $10,000 for these two deserving organizations. We need your help in making our event as successful as possible by signing up and donating below. No amount is too small, and your contribution means the world to us. With the power of the community, anything is possible!

“Being an entrepreneur is not about money or fame. It’s about solving problems for society and the passion of creating opportunities where people only see problems.”

~Steve Jobs

Charitable Partners

The Arc of Shelby County

Founded in 1974, The Arc of Shelby County empowers individuals with developmental disabilities and delays and their families to achieve their goals through advocacy, coaching and support. The Arc of Shelby County provides services for early invention, serving children from birth to five with developmental delays.  The Employment Service division offers assessments, job coaching and long-term job support to adults with developmental disabilities.  Over 30 local businesses are employment partners.  New Visions day program is operated in Calera, where the Arc provides opportunities for community inclusion and skills training based on the goals of the individual participants.  The Arc of Shelby County also provides education, training and assistance through Community Services.

The Boys and Girls Club of Central Alabama

Since 2009, the Boys & Girls Club of Montevallo has provided a safe place for kids and teens to learn and grow. The club offers caring adult mentors, fun and friendship, and high-impact youth development programs during critical non-school hours. Boys & Girls Clubs programming promotes academic success, good character and leadership, and healthy lifestyles. The Boys & Girls Club of Montevallo is the ONLY club serving Shelby County and has served over 1,400 youth in our community. Local activities have included members learning to swim, going fishing and attending their first college athletic event. Additionally, club members have opportunities to develop social skills, acquire new talents, and serve their communities.