Trip Options

Charleston, WV: Appalachian Culture, Coal Mining, and Poverty

The Charleston, WV trip offers participating students the opportunity to engage in hands-on service work that benefits impoverished members of the Charleston community. This trip works primarily with the Kanawha County Agricultural Extension Agent on projects dealing with urban farming.

Greensboro, NC: Civil Rights & Homelessness

The Greensboro location, with its rich history in the Civil Rights movement, provides an ideal environment to begin to explore the issues of poverty, homelessness, hunger, and discrimination. Participants will engage with clientele of all ages and walks of life throughout the week by supporting community organizations, including Greensboro Urban Ministries, West End Ministries, Community Housing Solutions and Backpack Beginnings. Through hands-on experiences, students engage with the impoverished and those who work with them in a unique, direct, and personal way.

Lexington, VA: Habitat For Humanity/Rockbridge County

Volunteer Venture: Lexington lays the foundation for a deeper understanding of the issues inherent to Rockbridge County. Students work in cooperation with the Washington & Lee Habitat for Humanity student chapter and the Rockbridge County Habitat for Humanity national chapter. Students will also prepare and deliver nutritious meals to local agencies through the Campus Kitchen at Washington and Lee.

Richmond, VA: Poverty and Health Care

Volunteer Venture: Richmond will focus on issues of education and healthcare in relation to poverty. Service will be focused at a combination of medical and child care centers that range from the Fan Free Clinic to Church Hill Activities and Tutoring, where participants will have the opportunity to engage with children through mentoring and recreational activities. Discussion during the week will include topics such as the nature of poverty, factors that influence health and the effects of poverty on children.

Roanoke, VA: Urban Poverty

Volunteer Venture: Roanoke focuses on issues of urban poverty. Students work with Total Action Against Poverty (TAP). TAP provides education, training, and life opportunities to enable low-income individuals and families to become self-reliant. TAP "helps those disenfranchised from society discover the American Dream."

Washington, DC: Hunger & Policy

The Washington, DC, Volunteer Venture trip is unique for its placement in our nation's capital and thus has a strong focus on the relationship of public policy and urban poverty. The trip's focus is on humanizing the faces of homelessness, hunger, and poverty in an urban setting, goals supported by work with organizations such as the National Coalition for the Homeless, DC Central Kitchen, and Food and Friends. These excursions provide hands-on volunteer experience and bring students into direct contact with both impoverished persons and those who work alongside them to alleviate hunger and homelessness.