From the campus-wide Day of Service to the athletic teams’ volunteer activities, Virginia Intermont students are no strangers to volunteerism and the impact it has on the local community. Many VI students are currently engaged in numerous community service projects to serve others this holiday season.
The Office of the Chaplain is collecting stockings to benefit the Angel Tree Program, an initiative of the Salvation Army this December. Numerous groups on campus including the Sport Management Club; men’s basketball; women’s soccer; cycling; softball; Office of the President, Provost, Athletics, Student Development and Business will fill dozens of stockings with toys and goodies. To contribute or help with the project, contact Rev. Christina Patterson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 276.466.7919; stockings will be collected through Monday, Dec. 10.
VI’s Art Club lent their skills to the Habitat for Humanity as they painted the organization’s logo on poster board, which was previewed down the streets of Abingdon in the town’s Christmas Parade last weekend. Led by junior art major Joey Blevins, the Art Club dedicated several hours to this creative operation in appreciation for the organization’s local impact.
The Lady Cobras softball team and the Social Work Club hosted canned food drives to benefit the United Way of Bristol Emergency Food Pantry. The softball team collected cans door-to-door around Bristol, Va., while the Social Work Club recruited donations from the campus community. Jim White, director of the Bristol Emergency Food Pantry, visited campus last week to pick up the groups’ donation.
In addition to collecting cans, the Social Work Club hosted a blanket drive to provide some warm relief this winter season. The softball team sold t-shirts to raise money for a teen’s medical treatment and joined the volleyball team along the streets of Bristol to cheer on runners in the YWCA annual Turkey Trot 5K run/walk.
Bringing holiday cheer, VI soccer teams participate in the annual Bristol Christmas parade December 6, handing out pens, pencils and candy to children along the parade route.
Students continue to impact our community in immeasurable ways, and particularly during the holiday season, VI alumni and friends express their pride in the College and want to contribute. How can you help? By making an end of year donation, you will not only positively affect the lives of Intermont students, you will also support programs that encourage student involvement in service projects and community giving. Click here to make your gift online today.