Mission Statement

The VCSC encourages advocacy, service, and learning on the Lawrence campus, connecting Lawrentians to needs in the surrounding community, creating an environment of mutual learning and growth, while providing service to local organizations and individuals. Working collaboratively with the community, we aim to create engaged citizens by building relationships, establishing partnerships, and providing meaningful service.

 

We accomplish this mission by:
• Serving as an entry point to the volunteer needs of the Fox Cities and providing service to and learning from the community
• Developing and sustaining programs that address systemic issues
• Supporting the professional development and leadership needs of service-minded student leaders

 

In keeping with the tradition of its founding as a student-led initiative, the VCSC currently supports student-run programs addressing education equality, homelessness, environmental sustainability, child advocacy, arts programming, youth development and empowerment, and elder loneliness.

 

 

To learn more about our office personnel/operations, student volunteer programs, community partners, academic connections and volunteer data please visit our VCSC End of Year Report 2013-14.

Contact Us

The VCSC is located on the 2nd floor of Raymond House (next to Kohler Hall) with its own private entrance in the back of the building.

VCSC Professional Staff

VCSC Student Staff

Megan Occhino '16, Service Corps CHILD ADVOCACY Program Coordinator / Student Staff Supervisor

Hello! I'm Megan Occhino, currently a junior pursuing a psychology degree here at the glorious LU. I am from the heart of Packer nation, Green Bay, WI. I really love being silly, roaming around outside, singing in the shower and eating copious amounts of ice cream. I am passionate about working with people, particularly kiddos. I am currently a part of Habitat for Humanity and I work as an athletic trainer here on campus. Here at the VCSC I am the LARY coordinator!! To me volunteerism looks like working together, learning from each other's strengths and weaknesses in order to succeed in a common goal of helping others.

 

Monica Paniagua '17, Service Corps EDUCATION Program Coordinator

Hello! My name is Monica and I’m a sophomore majoring in biology. I’m from Saint Paul, MN. I’m passionate about camping, sailing, the brain, making friendship bracelets, behavior and genes, and dogs. Here at Lawrence, I’m the VITAL tutor coordinator of the VCSC, Grass Roots On-Site Work Coordinator for GlobeMed and a member of the Lawrence Sailing Club. I define volunteerism as contributing one’s passions, time and skills to make a difference in someone else’s life and our community.

 

 

Kiah Combs '18, Office Manager

Hello! My name is Kiah Combs and I am a freshman at Lawrence University. I plan on majoring in Environmental Education, and pursuing theater, social justice, education, farming, and baking at LU. I am from Olympia Washington, where some of my activities included being an intern on a farm, a summer camp counselor, and a mentor for low income youth. Volunteering and community service is very important to me because I believe that as members of a community we must all work together to make a nurturing and supportive place for all. I will be the Service Corps Volunteer Coordinator at the Building for Kids this year and I am super excited to get involved in both the Lawrence and Appleton communities this year! Cheers!

 

 

Anita Li '18, Service Corps ELDERLY Program Coordinator

Greetings! My name is Anita Li and I am a Psychology major with a Spanish minor c/o 2018 from San Francisco. Some of my favorite things to do is to go camping, sit around a campfire with good friends, and watch Disney movies. Volunteer Programs that I have been involved in include Global Leadership Adventures, CORO, ECC Food Bank, Outward Bound, and Summer Search. I define volunteerism as providing opportunities to other's who don't have the resources to prosper, and together work towards a better community.​

 

Makenzie Nolan '16, Service Corps FAIR HOUSING Program Coordinator

Hello! My name is Makenzie Nolan and I am currently a junior at Lawrence University. I am from Twin Cities, Minnesota and therefore automatically “love” winter- especially when the snow melts. I am involved with a majority of groups on campus and I am in the process of designing my own major in ethnic studies, with a minor in education studies. I am also a CORE leader for the 2014-2015 academic year and volunteer at Edison Elementary School. My interests include Native American rights, ethnic studies and artistic expression! Something unique about me is my passion surrounding Native culture. I have spent a considerable amount of time working on the Rosebud and Pine Ridge Reservation, located in South Dakota. As the Habitat for Humanity Intern and Volunteer Coordinator, I am responsible for project-based volunteer recruitment. My work also encompasses engaging volunteers locally in the Fox Valley, and continuing to develop the relationship between LawrenceUniversity and the Greater Fox Cities Habitat for Humanity, including our ReStore site.

 

Veronica Thao '17, Service Corps CULTURAL SUPPORT Program Coordinator

 

Sarah Bonoff '16, Office Manager & Chair of the Council on Community Service and Engagement (CCSE)

 

Woodlynn Pierre '18, Office Manager

 

Travis Charlow '18, Service Corps ENVIRONMENT Program Coordinator

 

Cynthia Tobias '16, Service Corps CULTURAL SUPPORT Program Coordinator

 

Claudia Loza '18, Service Corps ARTS Program Coordinator

 

 

 

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