Volunteer Venture

Volunteer Venture is a one week service-learning pre-orientation program for incoming students. The program introduces students to the poverty themes in cities surrounding W&L:  Education and Policy; Coal Mining, Nutrition and the Environment; Setting Sights on Civil Rights; Building a Home; Poverty and Health Care; Urban Poverty; and Hunger and Homelessness. Students will become a part of these communities for a week, living, learning, and working with the individuals they serve.

Consistent with the Washington and Lee mission to cultivate a readiness to sacrifice on behalf of others, Volunteer Venture aims to:

  1. Create an environment where members of the incoming class can get to know each other. 
  2. Introduce students to issues related to poverty in different communities.
  3. Connect incoming students with upper class students who can provide information about all the different ways to get involved both in our campus community and in the Rockbridge area.

Volunteer Venture programs are organized by returning students, many of whom participated in the program as First-Years and look forward to being a part of this enriching experience each year. Student leaders work with the adviser for Volunteer Venture.

We look forward to your participation in this venture. We hope to make your introduction to Washington and Lee a memorable and meaningful experience. For questions about a specific trip or the overall Volunteer Venture program, please contact Jenny Davidson, Coordinator of Student Service Learning, jdavidson@wlu.edu or 540-458-4669.  For questions regarding registration, please email TheLeadingEdge@wlu.edu or 540-458-8754.