About Community Service

Mission

The Office of Community Service strives to engage students in meaningful service and learning experiences that meet real community needs and provide opportunities to reflect on personal development and the connection between the classroom and the community.

History

The Virginia Wesleyan University Office of Community Service opened its doors in 1997 with funds provided by the Birdsong Community Service Endowment, established in 1995, under the direction of President William T. Greer, Jr.

Program Recognitions

  • Virginia Beach City Public Schools Model Partnership Award, Marlins Read at Shelton Park Elementary School (2015); Marlins Read at Bayside Elementary School (2012); Marlins Read at Bayside Tri-Campus (2009); VNG Pipeline to the Community at W.T. Cooke Elementary School (2003)
  • Democracy Cup, Campus Election Engagement Project, $500 Award (2013)
  • Campus Election Engagement Project, $1,000 grant (2012)
  • AmeriCorps Award, North Carolina Campus Compact (2012); Va. Campus Outreach Opportunity League (1997)
  • American Red Cross College and University Blood Challenge Winner (2010)
  • Volunteer Hampton Roads Outstanding Community Service Award (2008)
  • President’s Honor Roll for Service (2006 & 2009)
  • Volunteer Hampton Roads Outstanding Youth Service Award Circle K (2001)
  • Virginia Beach Education Association Whole Village Award, VNG Pipeline to the Community (1999)

Transportation

Van transportation has been available to our students in service since November 1997. This year, the vehicle has traveled more than 4,000 miles, taking more than 150 students to volunteer assignments throughout the year. Scheduling and maintenance is the responsibility of the Community Service Director. Students may drive the van upon review of their driving record.