Support OCE

We welcome donations to the work of the Office of Community Engagement. You can give directly to the Office of Community Engagement online. Learn more about other forms of giving at William and Mary Ways to GiveYou may also give directly to Branch Out alternative breaks.

Your support allows us to continue and expand quality opportunities for students to cultivate active citizenship within our communities. 

Impact of Giving

Here are a few programs and opportunities your donation can support:

$100

  • Covers the trip cost for one site leader of a week-long domestic Branch Out alternative break. 
  • Provides art supplies, games, and outdoor toys for children and youth at Lafayette Village and promotes healthy, creative play.
  • Offers a scholarship for an incoming student to participate in our 7 Generations pre-orientation trips 
  • Purchases grade-appropriate books for students experiencing homelessness in the Pineapple Kids program which cultivate an excitement for reading, promote self and cultural awareness, and provide a sense of ownership for the children.

$250

  • Funds our annual Volunteer Fair, providing the opportunity for 20+ community organizations to connect with W&M students each September and form long-term service partnerships.
  • Covers supplies and lunch for four Saturday Programs in Project Phoenix which provide outside enrichment opportunities and cultivate life-skills for middle school students. Saturday Programs focus on themes such as arts and cultural appreciation, environmental awareness, and community service.

  • Sponsors a student participant for a week-long domestic Branch Out alternative break.

  • Funds family events like Spring Festival at Lafayette Village, providing opportunities for youth to experience caring neighbors and supportive adults.

  • Covers weekly snacks for middle school students in Project Phoenix for one semester. For the children we work with, many of whom are on free and reduced lunch, snacks provide a sense of food security and the energy necessary to successfully complete their assignments.

$500

  • Funds Collaborate to Educate, an annual conference for members of our education programs, and helps our students embrace best practices in working with children and youth.

  • Covers Students Helping Out Williamsburg or SHOW Day, a service day for incoming students during Orientation. For many students who go onto be leaders in our programs and community, SHOW Day is the spark for their commitment. 

$2,000

  • Provides van maintenance for the year. Working in community does not happen unless we can get there. Our four OCE vans made 694 trips last year, totaling 5,001 hours, and keeping them running adds up. 

$5,000

  • Covers the lease on our mini-van for a year. Last year the mini-van alone was used 155 times for a total of 1,126 hours.