Committed to Community Service
Leading students toward full stature includes helping them see beyond themselves to the needs of others in local, national and global communities.
During the school year, 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; Society of St. Andrews and area food pantry services; Westminster Canterbury, a retirement community and elder care facility; and patients and families in need of services through the Alan B. Pearson Cancer Center.
In addition to their service work during the school year, students are encouraged to serve their communities where they live or travel during the summer, working with organizations they know and love.
Interested students may lead community service initiatives, which allow them to practice their leadership abilities and emphasize effective communication, planning and management of volunteers, and develop empathy and understanding among our students. Student-initiated projects have included disaster relief for communities affected by hurricanes, Jubilee Family Development Center Food and Toy Drives, Mayor's Youth Council Coat Drive, Cupcakes for a Cure, the Lynchburg Humane Society and Wounded Warrior Project.
Each year, VES recognizes our most outstanding student servant with the John H. Bell Memorial Community Service Award.