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Community Engagement

Connect with the local community

The Office of Community Engagement is the central point of contact for community engagement and service-learning programs across campus.  The office provides BC students and faculty with opportunities to get connected to the local community through volunteer work, service-learning projects and internships.

Greenhouse on the Go, a mobile greenhouse that educates children about gardening.

The Office:

  • Serves as a resource for students and faculty who are interested in community-based projects
  • Provides resources for faculty on teaching service-learning courses
  • Provides opportunities for community-based partnerships
Students working with Habitat for Humanity

As a BC student, the Office will provide opportunities for you to:

  • Apply what you are learning in the classroom out in the community
  • Be an intern with the Center for a semester
  • Join the Community Engagement Advisory Board
Group volunteering at the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank

Why volunteer

  • It connects you with the opportunity to explore and live out your civic responsibilities and enhance your values and beliefs.
  • You can provide valuable human resources to local non‑profit organizations, as well as building your network for future jobs.
  • You can strengthen your skills in communication, collaboration and leadership, which are essential in today’s job market.
  • Volunteering helps all of us become better citizens, who are connected to our communities and productive in our careers.

BC students have volunteered with organizations including:

  • Blue Ridge Area Food Bank
  • Bridgewater Retirement Community
  • Cat’s Cradle
  • Explore More Discovery Museum (Harrisonburg children’s museum)
  • The Free Clinic
  • Sentara RMH Medical Center
  • United Way of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County
  • VPM (Virginia public media, including NPR and PBS stations)
  • The Wildlife Center of Virginia

Questions? Contact us!

Benjamin Erickson
Director of Community Engagement
540-828-5773 | berickso@bridgewater.edu