- 218 Drysdale Student Center
- Center for Community Engagement
- Bonner Leader Program
At the University of Lynchburg, we promote a culture of service. It's part of what makes our community so special — classroom trips to paint a mural downtown, HornetServe Days on the weekends, the free pantry and Dell Thrift, or just the little ways we care for each other. Students learn from community organizations through direct service (tutoring, helping at a food pantry, removing invasive species), which can be a great starting point to discovering a professional interest or passion. We also do a lot of indirect service on campus, like fundraising for nonprofit organizations, collecting donations, or completing community-based research projects.
The Center for Community Engagement (CCE) is a hub for service, no matter what kind of service you’re interested in. Whether you want to find a consistent placement at a nonprofit, need to register to vote, want to pick up some grabbers to do a lake cleanup, or just want to talk about why we love Lynchburg, the CCE is the place to be. We have relationships with 80+ nonprofit organizations and government agencies and can help you find your fit. The CCE hosts signature programming throughout the year to keep you connected to special topics, and we host an alternative break program if you want to build meaningful friendships through an involvement intensive. We’re here to connect campus and community, from the Dell to the heart of the Hill City.
In addition, the Center for Community Engagement coordinates the Bonner Leader Program. Undergraduate students selected to participate in the four-year Bonner Program commit to serving 260 hours each academic year through regular work with nonprofit organizations in the greater Lynchburg area. Bonner Leaders participate in ongoing training on social justice issues and leadership development and receive financial assistance through work-study funds and scholarships.