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We're going virtual for fall!

Due the COVID-19 pandemic, the VT Engage team will be going virtual for fall semster. While it is certainly a shift, the health and wellbeing of our leaders, participants, and community partners come first. We are currently developing virtual programing and creating ways to stay connected while socially distancing. Check our calendar for upcoming events.

To remain up to date on this evolving situation, we encourage all Hokies to visit the following links:


Support our community

The United Way of the New River Valley set up a COVID-19 webpage that lists nonprofit needs in the New River Valley. They have also established a COVID-19 response fund to raise money quickly to support local nonprofits. We recommend contributing if and how you can, and/or reaching out to the United Way that is local to you. If you have items to add to the United Way NRV's website, please contact Sara Bohn at info@unitedwaynrv.org or (540) 381-2066

Free half day & daylong projects

Get on the Bus trips are designed to introduce the Virginia Tech community to service through short-term, community-driven projects. Each event is designed to offer opportunities to volunteers of any skill level and service experience.

The service days vary in focus, and feature local community partners that address issues such as food security, community development, and housing.

Requests for accommodations & other questions

If you are an individual with a disability & desire an accommodation, welcome! Please contact Kas Church, campus and community engagement coordinator, at kasc@vt.edu or 540-231-1113 at least 10 business days prior to the shift you have registered for. All other questions may also be directed to Kas.

Community Partners

Curious about who we work with on these projects? Check out our partners below, and see what you might be doing on a trip.

  • Apple Ridge Farm
    Participants will be working in the community garden in Roanoke. Projects vary based on the growing season, but could include weeding, harvesting, and general gardening needs.
  • Feeding America of Southwest Virginia
    Participants will sort and repackage donated food to be distributed to local food banks.
  • The Giving Tree Food Pantry
    Participants accompany the Giving Tree's clients as they pick out food, and assist with packing up and carrying food to clients' vehicles.
  • Lick Run Farm
    Participants will work with the Lick Run Community Development Center. Projects vary based on the growing season but could include weeding, harvesting, and general gardening needs.
  • Plenty! Farm & Food Bank
    Projects vary based on the growing season, but could include weeding, harvesting, general gardening needs, and sorting donations in the food pantry.
  • Pulaski Grow
    Projects vary based on the growing season, but could include weeding, harvesting, and general gardening needs.