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Community Engagement

Students in College of Humanities and Sciences are part of the dynamic and vibrant Richmond metro community and engage with the community in various ways—through personal volunteerism, service learning classes and community research experiences. Are you interested in tutoring a student from a local elementary school, working on a community garden in a food desert or volunteering at a local health clinic? These are just a few of the many activities our students are engaged in. Find ways you can get involved below.

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Featured Organizations

Students, staff, and faculty are engaged with several community organizations in the Richmond metro area.

Sacred Heart

Sacred Heart supports Latinx/Latino families in the Richmond metro area by providing them with tools to thrive and flourish. Sacred Heart provides an array of services and resources, such as adult GED classes, English as a second language (ESOL), conversational Spanish and the Latino Leadership Institute. The organization offers several youth and children's programs, such as Casa Lupiz, in which middle school ESOL students explore different art mediums including drawing, painting and sculpture. Volunteers are essential to Sacred Heart. They teach English classes, tutor Spanish and GED classes, read to children, paint murals on the walls, help register students, record attendance, practice citizenship interview skills and photograph events among many other activities.

Equality Virginia

Equality Virginia (EV) is the leading advocacy organization in Virginia seeking equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBTQ) people. EV advances LGBTQ protections by monitoring LGBTQ-related legislation in Virginia and advocating on behalf of Virginia’s LGTBQ community. EV also seeks to move Virginia’s transgender and non-binary community toward equality through community conversations, resources and community connections. Several opportunities exist to get engaged in EV (e.g, donations, petition work and/or hosting a speaker).

Health Brigade

Health Brigade, formerly known as the Fan Free Clinic, is Virginia’s oldest free and charitable clinic located in Richmond’s historic Fan District. Health Brigade was established in the 1970s as a small community clinic and patterned itself after similar efforts in San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury neighborhood. Health Brigade provides diverse and integrated medical, mental health, community outreach and care coordination services for low-income and uninsured persons. Health Brigade has several volunteer opportunities for healthcare professionals as well as mental health and wellness internships, and group volunteer opportunities.

my service experience

Carver Dance gave me and other VCU students an opportunity to use our skills and knowledge from the classroom to support nearby Richmond communities. It is so fulfilling to see kids open up and have fun with the dances we share with them, as it shows us that they feel more comfortable expressing themselves.

Joanna 
Rivera
Student
Kinesiology and Health Sciences

Community Engagement Highlights

Community members, scholars and city officials prepare on Sunday to unveil the state historic marker for the Shockoe Hill African Burying Ground at the intersection of North Fifth and Hospital streets in Richmond. (Allen Jones, University Marketing)

June 14, 2022

State marker unveiled at Shockoe Hill African Burying Ground

The remains of more than 20,000 Black Americans are buried on the site.

A zoom lesson with (clockwise from upper left) Anita Nadal, assistant professor in the School of World Studies; VCU student Abigail Andrade; and Jonathan Clarke of the Richmond Fire Department. (Anita Nadal)

June 13, 2022

Richmond Fire Department teams with VCU to help overcome language barriers

Having someone on a fire or medical emergency call who speaks Spanish can bring calm to some situations, said Richmond firefighter Cody Oliver.

Stephanie Villanueva-Villar, the first member of her family to graduate from college, created her own nonprofit organization at age 17 called Your Girl for Good, which connects young women of color in the Washington area with successful female mentors in STEM, arts and political sectors. (Courtesy Stephanie Villanueva-Villar)

May 23, 2022

New graduate takes leadership roles advocating for women and social justice

Stephanie Villanueva-Villar said she will always advocate to ensure that girls and women of color have a seat at the table ‘no matter what career position or job title I may have in the future.’