Leading students toward full stature includes helping them see beyond themselves to the needs of others. VES students completed more than 9,000 hours of service last year (an average of 46 hours per student) in Lynchburg and in their own hometowns.
Students are encouraged to serve their own communities during the summer, working with the individuals and organizations they know and love. Summer service hours are reported at the beginning of school and applied toward each student’s 30 hours of required service. Once the school year begins, numerous on-campus and off-campus opportunities are provided for students to get involved with service. VES has ongoing projects with several Lynchburg area organizations, including Lynchburg Grows, an urban sustainable farm that benefits low-income and disabled individuals, as well as Westminster Canterbury, a retirement community and elderly care facility.
Interested students may lead community service initiatives through the Community Service Project Manager Program. These student-led efforts showcase student leadership abilities and emphasize effective communication, planning and management of volunteers. Students develop their leadership skills by creating and completing actual projects. Student-initiated projects have included disaster relief and clean-up after Hurricane Katrina, Habitat for Humanity, Relay for Life, Operation Child, Lynchburg Humane Society and Operation Turkey (which provides Thanksgiving meals for local needy families).
Each year, VES recognizes our most outstanding student servant with the John H. Bell Memorial Community Service Award.