Each year, William & Mary students volunteer for more than 245,000 hours of service. Calculated at minimum wage, that adds up to about $1.8 million. But the real value of their work is immeasurable, both for the communities they serve and the students themselves. In community engagement at W&M, students and community partners develop mutually-beneficial, community-driven projects. Whether they are one-time events or regular partnerships, students learn about the social issue they address in service so they have a background of understanding before beginning to serve.
The Office of Community Engagement connects W&M and the community to support students’ development as active and educated citizens and to promote positive, community-driven social change. The office’s vision is that students will prioritize working within and understanding community in a lifelong pursuit of social justice.
They have active partnerships with over 90 local non-profit agencies and schools, and more than a dozen community organizations across the country and around the world. Here are just some examples of what our students are involved in:
- 250 W&M students partner with 15 schools and neighborhoods to serve as tutors and mentors
- volunteers with Williamsburg Engagement (WE) served 363 hours, during which time they were able to sort and process 500 pounds of donated paint, provide one on one support for dementia patients, serve as teaching assistants in four classrooms, and act as lesson volunteers for riders with special needs
- $34,000 in grant funding was provided to students completing community engagement projects during breaks and throughout the year
- every year 30 groups of about 12 students participate in alternative breaks around the world through Branch Out alternative breaks
- over 550 students participate in large scale service days, partnering with local community groups like Avalon and the Habitat ReStore
- The Campus Kitchen at W&M cooks and delivers nutritious meals to 200 local residents every week for a total of 10,000 meals per year, utilizing 500 pounds of donated food from local grocery stores, restaurants and the Farmers Market
- Through Aim 4, a freshman program incorporating both work in and out of the classroom, students move towards a deeper understanding of their communities and a clearer vision of the impact they wish to make as active citizens of William & Mary and the world at large.
Find out how you can get involved at the Office of Community Engagement.