Virginia College campuses are dedicated to giving back to their communities, investing countless hours into community service with local organizations.
Just this year, Virginia College in Greenville spent nearly 450 hours serving local health organizations, churches, community centers and ministries in their area. Virginia College in Savannah spent 250 hours serving family organizations, schools and churches.
As we celebrate the holiday season, we asked our campuses to reflect on how they have given back to their communities this year. Here are some of their most memorable community service experiences of 2017.
Twenty-three students and staff from Virginia College in Shreveport volunteered during the Heroes Run half marathon in October. More than 50 students and staff also volunteered on the United Way Day of Caring, which is a community volunteer project day in the community.
The Therapeutic Massage Program at Virginia College in Savannah participates each year in the Rock and Roll Marathon, an annual event bringing together runners from all over the country. Virginia College was given a place in the medical tent to give post-run massages to the runners. Last year, they gave massages to over 500 participants.
Virginia College in Greenville participated in United Way’s Hands on Greenville by boxing lunches for 5,000 volunteers. They also participated in the United Way Cancer Walk and Cancer Survivors Dinner, as well as the Eat Like a Local event, which is a fundraiser with The Greer Chamber of Commerce.
Helping Senior Citizens
Virginia College in Richmond dedicated many hours serving local nursing homes and adult day care centers throughout the year.
Helping Healthcare Organizations
Virginia College in Greenville participated in the “Take A Loved One to the Doctor Day” hosted by Greenville Health System. The Medical Assistant student organization, "Helping Hands," along with other medical assistant students, volunteered at the event. Greenville Health System invited vendors from physician practices and local community centers to get involved by offering free services such as prostate and breast exams, dental cleanings, healthy lifestyle workshops, prize giveaways and patient education. Virginia College was invited to perform blood pressure screenings, BMI screenings and glucose screenings.
Hosting Health and Wellness Fairs
Virginia College in Spartanburg held a health fair for the community.
Helping Churches and Community Centers
Virginia College in Greenville volunteered with local churches and community centers throughout the year.
Helping the Homeless
The Therapeutic Massage and Cosmetology programs at Virginia College in Savannah have worked with the Family Promise Program of Greater Savannah for the last two years to provide free chair massages and manicures to homeless families participating in a program to regain employment, housing and independence.
Community Building and Beautification
Helping Women’s Shelters
The Business Honors Society at Virginia College in Spartanburg volunteered by painting a room at The Haven, a local women's shelter.
Helping Veterans and Military Spouses
Virginia College in Shreveport sponsored a yearly event hosted by the Warrior's Network, providing student volunteers for the kid's game booth throughout the event. The Cosmetology program hosted “COSMO Supports Military Spouses Day” and provided free cosmetology services for 21 military spouses.
Helping Those with Special Needs
Cosmetology students at Virginia College in Spartanburg worked with the Tim Tebow Foundation’s “Night to Shine” to provide free hairstyles and makeup to teens with special needs before attending prom.
Virginia College in Richmond students volunteered their time at local special needs summer camps.
Providing Free Haircuts
Virginia College in Richmond Cosmetology students gave free back-to-school haircuts at the end of the summer.
We are proud to celebrate our faculty, staff and students who dedicate themselves to giving back year-round.