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Volunteer Opportunities

Weekly-Commitment Programs

Marlins Read

Neighborhood Tutoring

Since 1997, this program has provided homework assistance and mentors for up to 20 neighborhood children weekly. It is a student-led service supervised by the Community Service Director. The program is held at Heritage United Methodist Church in the neighborhood adjacent to campus. It was founded by the College's Circle K International Club and is now maintained by volunteers through the Office of Community Service.

Marlins Read

Marlins Read is a student-led, one-on-one mentoring program aimed at helping elementary age students reach their literary proficiencies.  Established at Diamond Springs Elementary School in 2009, the award-winning program is now offered also at Newtown, Shelton Park and Bayside Elementary Schools.

Marlins Count
Marlins Read

Marlins Count

Marlins Count is a student-led, one-on-one mentoring program aimed at helping elementary age students reach their math literacy proficiencies. Established in 2013 at Newtown Elementary, the program is now also offered at B.F. Williams and Bayside Elementary.

Global Marlins

Global Marlins builds the skills and confidence of English Language Learners through one-on-one tutoring and caring connections. The program was established in 2012 at Newtown Elementary School.

Global Marlins

Annual Programs     

Cooking for Kids, CFK TO GO! The Annual Meatball Roll

Cooking for Kids is a sustainable program that has volunteers preparing hot meals or nutritional snacks every other week for children at risk for hunger in organized summer and after-school programs. Members of the Virginia Wesleyan community join forces with on-campus dining service professionals and the Kid's Cafe program of the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia to assemble the meals. When volunteers are not in the campus kitchen, they are helping to serve meals at Kids Café sites thru Cooking for Kids TO GO!

» For more information, refer to the Cooking For Kids Manual

Empty Bowls Charity Dinner

In association with the Ceramic Designers Association, the Empty Bowls Charity Dinner is an annual event that draws 600 participants to campus to select a hand-made bowl and enjoy a modest soup meal. Since 1999, VWC students have made bowls to contribute and served as volunteer hosts at the event. Proceeds from the event benefit the hungry in South Hampton Roads. More than $15,000 is raised annually. For more information, go to

Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity

South Hampton Roads Habitat for Humanity, Inc. is the local affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International and sponsor of the Virginia Wesleyan Chapter of Habitat for Humanity. Local affiliates throughout the world carry out the Habitat mission to eliminate poverty housing and make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action. Habitat invites people from all walks of life to work together in partnership to help build houses for low-income families throughout the 7 cites of South Hampton Roads. The Virginia Wesleyan Chapter has built five houses since 1997.  

Homeless Shelter

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Imagine: Alternative Breaks

The alternative break program at Virginia Wesleyan is called Imagine for "imagine what you could do in a community where people can only say "thank you"". 1999 was the first year of the student-led program under the auspices of the Office of Community Service. Up to three groups of 12 each are selected to participate each year. Sites are announced in the fall.

Past teams have traveled as near as Northern Virginia to work with the homeless and as far as Mississippi to rebuild after Hurricane Katrina. International sites have included the Dominican Republic and Costa Rica.

Marlins Make A Difference Days

Modeled after the National Day of Service in October, students fan out across Hampton Roads to serve the community on designated days in the fall and spring.

Marlins Vote

Marlins Vote

Marlins Vote is Virginia Wesleyan College’s campus election engagement program featuring a voter registration drive and issues education.

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