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 end of year report 2014-15.

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

Director of Volunteer and Community Service Programs






VCSC Assistant Director


My name is Owen Boardman and I am the Assistant Director of the VCSC as well the RHD for Ormsby and Plantz Halls. I recently graduated from Beloit College in 2014 with degrees in both Sociology and Critical Identity Studies while volunteering with several organizations within the Beloit community. I’m excited to help get students connected with great volunteer opportunities that Appleton has to offer!


VCSC Student Staff



Monica Paniagua '17, Service Corps ACCESS TO EDUCATION Program Coordinator

Hello! My name is Monica and I’m a junior 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 sophomore 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 ELDER ADVOCACY 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 senior 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

Hello all! I am Woodlynn P from Brooklyn, New York. I am a sophomore psychology major, ethnic studies minor, and I am seeking teacher certification to teach social studies to grades 6-12. I am involved in a number of different things on campus that include being a CORE leader and a board member in CODA as well as the Lambda Sigma Honor Society. Some of my hobbies include crocheting, babysiting, practicing Shotokan Karate, and spending quality time with my friends and family. I also spend my summers being a mentor and educator to the youth in my community. I look forward to seeing you at our VCSC events or in the office to answer any questions you may have about the wonderful volunteer opportunities that we have on campus and in the Fox Cities community.


Travis Charlow '18, Service Corps ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY Program Coordinator


Cynthia Tobias '16, Service Corps CULTURAL SUPPORT Program Coordinator

Hi! My name is Cynthia, and I am from Chicago, Illinois. I am currently a senior here at Lawrence with a major in English and a minor in Anthropology. A few of my interests include reading and writing (not too surprising for an English major) and travelling. Here at the VCSC, I am the Cultural Support Coordinator primarily running the OLAS (Organization of Latin American Students) program at the Boys and Girls Club at Roosevelt Middle School. As a Latina, providing a voice for Latin@ youth and the greater Latin@ community is extremely important to me. Outside of the Volunteer Center, I am involved with Alianza and CODA. This year, I am excited for Lawrentians to get involved with the VCSC, but mostly get involved with the community outside the Lawrence bubble.


Claudia Loza '18, Service Corps ACCESS TO THE ARTS Program Coordinator

Hello! My name is Claudia Loza and I am currently a sophomore at Lawrence University. I am a neuroscience major with a premed focus and am from Chicago, Illinois. Some of my favorite things to do include reading, creative writing, playing soccer and spending time with family and friends! I am currently involved with a couple of organizations on campus which include Alianza and CODA. This year, I'm excited to help Lawrentians on campus become more involved with the arts programs in the Appleton area and create relationships among the community.


Max Loebl '17, Office Manager

Hi there! My name is Max Loebl and I am a junior majoring in both Russian Studies and Government. I am originally from Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin. I play on the men's soccer team at Lawrence and have played soccer since I was just four years old. This is my first year working as an office manager in the VCSC. I write the social justice column in the newsletter every week and act as a resource to connect Lawrentians with the volunteer opportunity that is right for them. In the past I've volunteered as a LARY Buddy, Brewster Buddy, and I'm also the volunteer coordinator for Sigma Phi Epsilon. I am excited to see Lawrentians out and about volunteering in the community. I'm happy to help you get started volunteering!


Abbey Bowen '18, Service Corps CHILD ADVOCACY Program Coordinator

Hello! My name is Abbey and I’m an International Relations major and German and Spanish double minor here at Lawrence. I enjoy traveling, snowboarding, and spending quality time with friends and family. Through the VCSC, I coordinate the LARY mentorship program with Edison Elementary School and act as a liaison between Lawrence and the larger Appleton community. This year I’m excited to connect with various children’s advocacy organizations within the Appleton community and bring these connections back to Lawrence.

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