Author: Kristi Hill

MLK, Jr. Day of Service 2018

MLK, Jr. Day of Service at Lawrence University is an annual event that invites the entire Lawrence community to continue honoring the ideas of Dr. King and the civil rights movements that continue to this day. Students, staff and faculty will honor the continuance of the efforts of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr through learning, serving, and celebrating.

Volunteers have much to gain from civically engaging in the community. Volunteering on MLK Jr. Day provides an opportunity for you to:
• Enrich your degree/discipline: Learn how your intellectual and personal talents can address a need in the community while allowing you to apply the knowledge you are gaining in your coursework.
• Gain invaluable work experience and network: Many volunteering opportunities allow you to develop the skills you need for a job out in the ‘real world’ without having to get grilled in an interview first.
• Make a difference and be empowered: By volunteering, you are making the decisions and doing what you can in order to improve the environment around you. If you think you can do better, why not give it a go?
• Step away from coursework and work to think about your own commitment to civic engagement.

In addition to a speaker who will address an important social justice issue impacting our health, a variety of both on-campus and off-campus opportunities are available to all. Each activity is a student led initiative that benefits the community and helps Lawrentians solidify the value of learning as you serve. Select from a number of options, any of which will benefit a variety of agencies in the Appleton area.

Register by Jan. 12 at Register HERE. and click on “events.”

Go “into the streets” to learn about Appleton and volunteer!

Dear first-year students,

Welcome to Lawrence and to Appleton, WI! We are glad to have you in our community.

You may be wondering about your new home and neighborhood and asking, “where are the good places to eat?” and “what community resources are available?” and “how can I meet new friends that care about the community?”

A great way to find out is to join LU leaders and alumni in going “Into the Streets” to learn, serve and celebrate together during Welcome Week on Saturday, 9/9 from 1-5 pm.

Learn more and sign up soon! Space is limited and the event does fill.

Closed for July

The Volunteer and Community Service Center is now closed and will re-open August 1, 2017. All student-run programs, such as our VITAL tutoring program, LARY mentoring program and HYPE, OLAS, and BYE cultural support programs will resume late September when students return to the Volunteer Center. Should you need immediate assistance, please contact Karen Brenna, Administrative Assistant, at 920.832.7167.

Make Your Mark on MLK, Jr. Day 2017

There are opportunities for Lawrence University students, staff, faculty and alumni to serve together on MLK, Jr. Day of Service, Monday, January 16, 2017 (no classes are in session this day). Registration deadline = 1/10/17.

Opportunities both on campus and outside the bubble are available (transportation provided). Review the events here and sign up for one off-campus opportunity or up to three on-campus opportunities. Please note, our greatest need is off campus.

Learn about your new Appleton community and go “into the streets” with the VCSC!

Into the Streets provides first-year students with an introduction to the Fox Cities area and the needs of the community. Lawrentian volunteers will be afforded the opportunity to tour an agency and learn about the mission, goals, and community issues addressed at each agency. Following a brief overview of the agency, students are asked to participate in a service project together.

Through involvement in the Volunteer and Community Service Center (VCSC), we hope students will become exposed to new ideas that may influence their future perspectives on community, social justice, and humanitarian issues. Please register by THURSDAY, 9/10.

Welcome First-year students!

We look forward to meeting new students during our Into the Streets event, during welcome week, on Saturday, September 12 from 1-5 pm. We invite all new students to venture “into the streets” to get to know Appleton and to learn about the service needs and opportunities in a new community. Additional details will be on this page shortly and will also be shared with you during your first hall meetings. Welcome!!

Goodbye 2013-14 school year! Hello summer!

Lawrence University does not provide instruction during the summer months and students are now entering their summer break. A few students remain on campus to pursue internships in the Fox Cities or on-campus research/employment. All VCSC programs are now closed and will resume late September/Early October 2014. Thank you for a successful year!

This I Believe – Essays on the beliefs of the LU community

Inspired by the book This I Believe: The Personal Philosophies of Remarkable Men and Women by Jay Allison, LU student leaders are collecting essays from interested students, staff and faculty. Essays should strive to capture ones personal philosophies and how a thing, person(s), situation, etc. influenced ones beliefs. Learn about the beliefs of your campus community here.


Welcome to Your New Community Lawrentians!

First-year students will serve at 11 agencies in the Fox Cities communtiy to make an IMPACT in your community, MEET new people and CONNECT with their city this Saturday 9/14 from 1-5 PM. Thank you to the 170 students who have already signed up! We have only a few slots left so please email if you would like to sign up.  Advanced registration is required. Volunteer opportunities will be provided by: Emergency Shelter of the Fox Valley, Riverview Gardens, Brewster Village adult home, Sustainable Lawrence University Garden, Building for Kid Children’s Museum, Greater Fox Cities Habitat for Humanity, National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Fox Valley, Chances Animal Rescue, Boys and Girls Clubs of the Fox Valley and Habitat ReStore of the Greater Fox Cities.