Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 71.02
Liaison Dennis Cochrane
Submission Date Oct. 15, 2014
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Virginia Tech
PAE-23: Community Service Hours

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.13 / 6.00 Gary Kirk
VT Engage: The Community Learning Collaborative
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Virginia Tech's motto is "Ut Prosim," That I May Serve. Service is a huge part of student life at Virginia Tech, and students participate in community service in hugely diverse ways.

The Big Event: A national day of service throughout local communities. Virginia Tech boasts the largest Big Event participation in the US. In 2014, 39030 service hours were completed.

Relay for Life: Another national community service event to raise awareness for cancer research. In 2014, 5540 volunteers each did 12 hours of service, equal to 66840 hours.

Relay for Life Planning Team: The team was made up of 120 students who logged 9000 hours planning and setting up the event.

Remember Serve Learn (RSL): Remember-Serve-Learn (RSL) is an effort to promote the National Day of Service on September 11 and the Virginia Tech Day of Remembrance on April 16. To honor these dates, we mobilize volunteers to pledge and serve 20 hours in the areas of emergency assistance or working with at-risk youth. Last year 69,000 hours were logged.

Service Learning: Community learning, commonly known as “service learning”, includes a set of teaching and learning practices that incorporate work in and with publics beyond the university classroom as a critical means for achieving course objectives. Last year, 39,000 hours were completed.

Greek Life: All Greek Life chapters complete philanthropy projects every year. There are 4000 students involved in Greek Life, all of whom complete about 20 hours of service annually, totaling 80,000 hours.

Greeks Giving Back: Greeks Giving Back is a student-run organization that seeks to actively promote unity between the Blacksburg Community and Greek Life at Virginia Tech through a day of service. This event is the largest of its kind along the East Coast, and 3600 hours of service were completed last year.

YMCA at Virginia Tech: The YMCA works to build leaders in Virginia Tech students, offering over 11 programs in which they can participate and gain valuable experience while contributing to their community. Last year, student programs logged 4537 hours.

Corps of Cadets: The mission of the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets is to graduate leaders of exemplary character who are instilled with the values and skills essential for leadership success in service to the nation. Last year, the cadets performed over 12,000 community service hours.

VT Engage: VT Engage seeks to inspire more thoughtful, active citizens by fostering community-university partnerships that improve the quality of life for people within our community. Last year, 2790 hours were completed by students.

SERVE: The Students Engaging and Responding through Volunteer Experiences Living Learning Community (SERVE LLC) was launched in the 2009-2010 academic year with a mission of creating a nurturing living-learning community that fosters personal growth and civic responsibility. Last year, the community performed 1684 hours of service.

Virginia Tech Volunteer Rescue Squad: These volunteer students each average about 35 hours per week responding to 911 calls on campus. This means that over the course of a school year (40 weeks), they will clock 63,000 hours.

Alpha Phi Omega (APO): Alpha Phi Omega is a national coeducational service organization founded on the principles of Leadership, Friendship and Service. Last year there the group reported 15,000 hours of service.

Chi Delta Alpha (XDA): Chi Delta Alpha is Virginia Tech's only all-female service organization open to all women on campus. The sorority contributes to the New River Valley through numerous service efforts. Last year the group logged 6600 hours of community service.

Alpha Omega Kappa (AOK) is a new group that logged 89 hours of service in 2014.

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