Empty Bowls Charity Dinner
In association with the Ceramic Designers Association, the Empty Bowls Charity Dinner is an annual event that draws 600 participants to campus to select a hand-made bowl and enjoy a modest soup meal. Since 1999, VWU students have made bowls to contribute and served as volunteer hosts at the event. Proceeds from the event benefit the hungry in South Hampton Roads. Nearly $20,000 is raised annually. For more information, go to www.cdava.org
Habitat for Humanity
South Hampton Roads Habitat for Humanity, Inc. is the local affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International and sponsor of the Virginia Wesleyan Chapter of Habitat for Humanity, chartered in 1989. Local affiliates throughout the world carry out the Habitat mission to eliminate poverty housing and make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action. Habitat invites people from all walks of life to work together in partnership to help build houses for low-income families throughout the 7 cites of South Hampton Roads. The Virginia Wesleyan Chapter has built five houses since 1997.
For one week each January, Virginia Wesleyan University serves homeless men and women in partnership with area emergency shelters.
- For more information about serving the homeless, visit the Homeless Shelter
Imagine: Alternative Breaks
The alternative break program at Virginia Wesleyan is called Imagine for "imagine what you could do in a community where people can only say "thank you"". 1999 was the first year of the student-led program under the auspices of the Office of Community Service. Up to three groups of 12 each are selected to participate each year. Sites are announced in the fall.
Past teams have traveled as near as Northern Virginia to work with the homeless and as far as Mississippi to rebuild after Hurricane Katrina. International sites have included the Dominican Republic and Costa Rica.
Marlins Make A Difference Days
Modeled after the National Day of Service in October, students fan out across Hampton Roads to serve the community on designated days in the fall and spring.
Marlins Vote is Virginia Wesleyan University’s campus election engagement program featuring a voter registration drive and issues education.