West Virginia Wesleyan College and the Center for Community Engagement & Leadership Development offer a wide variety of programs that engage faculty, staff and students in local, regional, national and global communities. Please follow the links below to find out more information about our service opportunities.
Alternative Spring Break - Wesleyan’s Alternative Spring Break (ASB) is designed to promote service through break-oriented programs. Students are introduced to vastly different cultures which attempt to heighten social awareness and bring about lifelong personal growth. Previous spring break service locations have included Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, Virginia, and southern West Virginia. The first ASB trip was in 1993 and involved Wesleyan students assisting in a hurricane relief in South Florida after Hurricane Andrew. Similar work has been continued in Mississippi and Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina. For more information about current ASB trips, please contact Rev. Angela Gay Kinkead, Dean of the Chapel, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
AmeriCorps VISTA - AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) is a national service program that has focused on fighting poverty in the United States for more than 40 years. In collaboration with the WV Higher Education VISTA Network, Wesleyan VISTAs work with faculty, staff, students and community partners to strengthen the connection between higher education and community engagement. For more information about Wesleyan's AmeriCorps VISTA program, please contact LeeAnn Brown, Director of Bonner Scholars and Leadership Development, at email@example.com.
Bonner Scholars & Leaders - The Bonner Scholars & Leaders programs seek to transform the lives of students at 78 colleges and universities across the United States, as well as their campuses and local communities by providing access to education and opportunities to serve. For more information about the Bonner programs at West Virginia Wesleyan, please visit the Wesleyan Bonner Program site, or contact LeeAnn Brown, Director of Bonner Scholars and Leadership Development, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Federal Community Service Work Study - FCSWS provides opportunities for Wesleyan students to work on projects at the college and with local community agencies in return for financial assistance for their education. For more information about FCSWS, please contact LeeAnn Brown, Director of Bonner Scholars and Leadership Development, at email@example.com.
Sponsored sites include:
- Stockert Youth Center
- Upshur County Literacy Volunteers
- Mountain CAP
- Upshur County Public Library
- Child Development Center
- Institute for Social and Community Research
- City of Buckhannon
Greek Affairs - Wesleyan Greek organizations have maintained a strong commitment to service and leadership. Fraternities and sororities engage in service projects on-campus, in the Buckhannon-Upshur community and beyond to include a combined total of 6-7,000 hours completed annually. In addition, each Greek organization has a national philanthropy that the members support. With an average membership that makes up 30% of the campus population, the Greek commitment to service represents a major contribution in support of projects that benefit an immeasurable number of community causes. For more information, please visit the Greek Affairs site at www.wvwc.edu/campus/GreekAffairs.
Housing and Residence Life - HRL supports service in the residence halls and
Living/Learning houses by encouraging Community Assistants to plan and implement service activities and events.
Some opportunities include:
- Community Engagement Themed Living
- Stockert Youth Center's "Children's Festival"
- Dimes for Darfur
- Operation Christmas Child
- Park Cleanups
- Cards for the troops in Iraq
- Cards for Children and Elderly in the Hospital
- Clothing and Food Drives
National and Global Service Organizations - Wesleyan students also engage in issues on campus through partnerships with national and global organizations. From hunger and homelessness to genocide and fair trade, students are given the opportunity to engage in these issues through education/awareness, lobbying and legislation, annual events and fundraising. The following are a list of current organizations led by students on campus:
- Invisible Children
- National Issues Forums
- Oxfam America
- Sierra Student Coalition
- Ten Thousand Villages
Weekly Service Opportunities - WSO is a weekly update of the service projects/events, conferences and jobs/internships that are available from local to global settings for Wesleyan faculty, staff and students. To view the current WSO, please visit the CCE's wiki page at wvwc.pbworks.com/Weekly-Service-Opportunities.