New to service? Not sure where to start? Meet Get on the Bus.
Get on the Bus introduces the Virginia Tech community to service through half- and day-long projects with the goal of inspiring active community members. Each event is designed to offer opportunities to volunteers of any skill level and service experience.
How it works
The service days vary in focus, and feature local community partners that address issues such as hunger relief, conservation, and housing.
Many of the experiences are focused on providing physical labor, but, whenever possible, volunteers work alongside community members and staff from the partner organizations to encourage dialogue and relationship building. Following each project, VT Engage student leaders conclude the day with reflection activities.
Check out past trips & partners
Peruse our photo gallery on Flickr for a glance at past trips.
- At the Mayapple School, a non-profit preschool in Giles County, students helped to bring the playground up to code.
- At Habitat for Humanity, students helped on a build project, assisted with home construction for a low-income family. They learned about homelessness and home affordability issues in the New River Valley, and how these issues are addressed.
- The Farmacy Garden is a unique community garden designed to provide healthy food to families receiving WIC and SNAP (food stamps) assistance from the department of social services. Students worked on painting the fence that surrounds the garden as well as other projects.
- At Feeding America of Southwest Virginia, students focused on sorting and preparing boxes of food that would be distributed to food banks in the nearby communities.
- At Roanoke Rescue Mission in Roanoke, students sorted and prepared merchandise for their thrift store. They also had an opportunity to tour the Rescue Mission, as well as serve hot meals to those in need.