Community Engagement Opportunities

April 10th - 16th

Childhood Hunger Education Week - April 11th - 15th

The Children and Youth WE LEAD team will be hosting a week of events to raise awareness about the realities of childhood hunger. Events will include:

Monday, April 11th from 4:30 - 7:00 PM: Join the team outside of the cafeteria to learn about the prevalence of hunger around the world, in West Virginia, and in the Buckhannon area.

Tuesday, April 12th from 11:00 AM-12:00 PM: Come to the Side Dining Hall to learn about America's food system and the ways you can buy healthy food on a budget.

Wednesday, April 13th at 7:00 PM: "A Place at the Table" will be shown in Hyma auditorium. This documentary exposes the harsh realities of childhood hunger.

There will also be a healthy kids' festival at Stockert Youth Center to educate children about healthy foods and active lifestyles. To volunteer for this event, please sign up here:

Thursday, April 14th at 7:00 PM: Join the team for a forum in the Greek Alumni Room of the PAC about childhood hunger. This forum will feature local community members who witness and combat childhood hunger in our area.

Friday, April 15th from ??: Volunteer with the team to pack food bags for Rock Cave Elementary's weekend backpack program that provides children with meals over the weekend when they would otherwise go hungry for the weekend.

EARTH WEEK: April 18-22nd

WE LEAD Sustainability team, Tri Beta, and Outdoor Rec will be partnering to create and Earth Week event on campus from April 18th-22nd. Earth Day is that Friday.

The events thus far are as follows:
-Monday: Moss Art Gallery outside the dining hall, Eco Obstacle course with Outdoor Rec
-Tuesday: Special Chapel Service pertaining to personal environmental impact.
-Wednesday: Adopt-a-Highway clean-up along route 20.
-Thursday: Movie Night out on the oval! Movie TBA.
-Friday: Tri Beta Water Walk in the Oval

Details and times to be announced. E-mail Mark Leadingham II for more information at

Literacy Volunteers Book Sale

Literacy Volunteers of Upshur County is in need of volunteers to work their spring book sale at the Holy Rosary Catholic Church Social Hall and the Moose Lodge.

Set up

Tuesday April 12th--8:30 am to 3:00 pm

Wednesday April 13th--8:30 am to 3:00 pm


Thursday April 14th--8:00 am to 3:00 pm

Friday April 15th--8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Saturday April 16th 8:00 am to 3:00 pm

Clean Up

Saturday April 16th

Food is provided to volunteers, and volunteers are welcome to work any number of hours within the times available.

For more information contact

Get Up and Get Moving!

Volunteers are needed to help with Get Up and Get Moving, a healthy kids initiative that helps children learn to value active lifestyles. Transportation will be provided, and volunteers will need to meet at the Chapel Oval at 3:00 PM on the day they choose to volunteer.

The following are the dates and locations of the upcoming GUGM events and links for signing up:

April 19th at Union Elementary from 3:00 - 6:00 PM:

April 21st at Rock Cave Elementary from 3:00 - 5:30 PM:

Questions can be emailed to

Upshur County Library Ramp Dinner

The Upshur County Library holds an annual Ramp Dinner and they need help with the preparation of the Ramps on Monday, April 18th. Students will be helping with washing the ramps, so wear comfortable clothes! To sign up for this event, use this Google Doc ( There is a maximum of four students per time slot due to the amount of space available at the library. This is a great way to get in some extra hours and it will also be a tremendous help to the Buckhannon community!

The Library will also need help with serving at the Ramp Dinner on Friday, April 22nd. This is a fun community event and volunteers will be helping with serving, setup and tear down, and running fundraiser stands for the library. This is a great way to get out into the community and really help out the library in their biggest fundraiser of the year! Students will be asked to dress in business casual attire, khakis, dark jeans, or equivalent are recommended.

Contact for more information.

Stockert Youth Center Tutoring

Stockert Youth Center needs volunteers to tutor K-12 students. You can earn at least two service hours per week. Hours range from 3:30 to 7:00 pm Monday through Thursday. Subjects include Math from basic, Pre-Algebra, Algebra ll, to Trig; Reading; Spelling; English; Science; History; and Social Studies. Our main subject is Math. To volunteer or for more information call 304-473-0145.

Expand Your Knowledge

#ELPHIE Campaign - Tuesday, April 12th

Whether you're an animal lover with a hint of a conservationist, a conservationist with a touch of animal lover, or just a good-hearted citizen willing to participate, THIS EVENT IS FOR YOU! The Wildlife Conservation Society has an ongoing campaign, 96 Elephants, that is spreading awareness about the wrongdoings of the Ivory Trade. Do your part to help get the word out by taking an #ELPHIE while participating in signing the petition and learning about the efforts of the 96 Elephants campaign. This event will be held outside the Aladdin Dining Hall during lunch and dinner.

Equal Pay Day - Tuesday, April 12th

Equal Pay Day is the symbolic day when women's earnings “catch up” to men's earnings from the previous year. It's also a powerful occasion to raise awareness about and organize action around the gender pay gap in your community. The WE LEAD Gender Equality team will be at the switchboard during lunch providing information about the wage gap and taking pictures with a "revised dollar bill" in order to raise awareness about the wage gap.

Summer Service Opportunities

RESULTS Anti-Poverty NGO Offering REAL Change Organizing & Advocacy Fellowship

The RESULTS REAL Change Organizing and Advocacy Fellowship is a hands-on volunteer advocacy training program for young people between the ages of 18–30. During the year-long program, fellows learn how to work with the media, their communities, and policymakers to create change. All fellows receive a crash course in advocacy at the RESULTS International Conference in Washington, DC on June 25–28. After three days of coaching and inspiration, fellows spend the last day of the conference on Capitol Hill and speak directly with members of Congress and their staff. Throughout the rest of the year, they receive ongoing training on biweekly calls and hone their advocacy skills by taking actions ranging from writing letters to the editor to hosting events to calling their members of Congress.

This is a great chance for young advocates (or advocates-to-be) to come to DC and deepen their skills throughout the year almost totally covered as we build a new diverse grassroots movement to end poverty.

Interested applicants should complete the application form by April 30. For more information about the program, please visit or contact Carly Pildis at For more information about RESULTS and our work, please visit I've also attached a flyer with more info on our conference and REAL Change info on the second page.

Check out this profile of former REAL Change Fellow (and now a member of RESULTS Experts on Poverty project) Tamara Bates for a dose of inspiration:, and this story from one of our current REAL Change Fellows to see what our young advocates are up to!

Mountain Lakes Preservation Alliance - Summer Internship and Volunteering Opportunities

Mountain Lakes Preservation Alliance has a plethora of volunteer/engagement opportunities available to students. We also offer internships. MLPA is a group of concerned citizens that is working to keep our state's water clean and the land pristine for future generations. You can see a partial list of opportunities here:

AmeriCorps Summer of Service - Horseshoe Leadership Center

AmeriCorps is looking for volunteers for the coming summer to serve as counselors, lifeguards, food service workers, and in facility upkeep at the Horseshoe Leadership Center's summer camp. Volunteers will be engaged from May 24th to July 30th for training and camp work. Volunteers will receive room and board, a weekly living allowance, and an educational stipend. Interested volunteers are encouraged to apply immediately.

For more information, please email Sharon Cassidy:

Center for Community Engagement & Leadership Development

The Center for Community Engagement & Leadership Development seeks to support the mission of West Virginia Wesleyan College by providing opportunities for transformative learning and community engagement with the intent to promote positive social change.

We're located on the second floor of the Benedum Campus Center behind the Bobcat Den retail store.