The Fair Housing & Hunger Service Corps program seeks to understand the issues of homelessness in the Fox Valley, by partnering with 5 organizations (COTS, Habitat for Humanity, Harbor House, Homeless Connections, Warming Shelter) that intercept different stages of the homeless continuum, serving families, women, men, and children. Our mission is to connect Lawrence University and the Fox Valley community through outreach and volunteerism to ensure stable and affordable housing, emergency assistance, and transitional housing is accessible to all.
Lawrence students lead cultural support programs through the Boys and Girls Club at Roosevelt Middle School. These programs include: HYPE (Hmong Youth Pride and Empowerment), OLAS (Organization of Latin American Students), and BYE (Black Youth Empowerment). Their mission, to provide mentorship and foster empowerment in Latin@/Hmong/Black youth by creating a space to share ideas, bridges the gap of cross-cultural misunderstanding and provides various activities focused on youth development, empowerment, and mentorship.
Arts advocacy also aims to be a liaison between Lawrentians and various organizations in the Appleton community devoted to the arts and encouraging it by addressing some of the issues these organizations confront or challenge. The hope is to form better connections between the needs of the organizations and the interests of Lawrence students to help create a diverse community that acknowledges the gifts of every individual.
The Environmental and Sustainability Service Corps Program seeks to take the joys of the outdoors and a clean environment and share them with the community. Riverview Gardens, Heckrodt Wetland Reserve, and Bubolz Nature Preserve are great community partners to learn from. Our hope is that volunteers will become more aware of the environment in their every day lives and take action in the community and personally to protect it.
The focus of Elder Rights and Care is to address a community that is often overlooked and explore different ways that we can bring entertainment and companionship to those who may not have it. One way we accomplish this is through BIR, a club that offers the elderly manicures and makeovers to make them feel beautiful, as well as companionship and entertainment like games and performances.
The Child Advocacy Service Corps program aims to understand the issues facing children in the Fox Valley and partner with community organizations devoted to children (Edison Elementary School, The Building for Kids Children’s Museum, The Community Early Learning Center) in order to address these root issues. Our LARY Buddy mentoring program is our longest standing program and provides one on one mentoring to youth at a local elementary school.
The Equal Access to Education Service Corps program strives to understand the issues affecting access to education at all ages in the Fox Cities. Our mission is to provide opportunities for Lawrentians and the greater Fox Cities to work together in combatting matters that hinder access to education. Currently, we hold partnerships with Volunteers in Tutoring at Lawrence (VITAL), the Fox Valley Literacy Council, and the Appleton Area School District. Our VITAL tutoring program is our longest standing program and provides one on one tutoring to youth throughout the Appleton Area School District.