Community Engagement & Service

Branch Out Regional 3-day Trips
Branch Out Regional offers six trips during the year; three each during Fall Break and MLK Weekend. These funds support those trips fully, so they can be offered to all students at no cost. Budget is based on a food stamp level, with simple housing (e.g. church basements) and a small fee paid to host sites.
Community Engagement Summer Grants
Funds are used to subsidize living expenses for undergraduates who spend a summer working in a “not for pay” volunteer service activity.
Education Programs Transportation
We recently changed our policy to disallow our students driving minors in our programs. This aligns with all other Virginia universities' practices in order to reduce liability and risk. Funding will support professional drivers through Williamsburg-James City Schools to transport children to/from our educational programs.
Local Engagement Internships
3 funded internships in the fall and 4 in the spring developed in concert with local community partners. Each internship is an average of 5 to 10 hours per week.
MLK Day of Service
A day of service designed to bring students together to learn about the legacy of Dr. King and social justice, and to participate in direct service in our communities.
Pineapple Kids
Funds support W&M student involvement in offering tutoring and enrichment activities for children at a local transitional housing facility.
Van to Transport W&M Student Volunteers
The Office of Community Engagement depends on local transportation in order to get our volunteers from W&M to the variety of local service programs. There were 694 trips last year, totaling 5,001 hours. We currently have 3 eleven-year-old vans and one leased van. This will fund the purchase of a used full-sized van to expand our fleet in order to meet our growing local transportation needs.