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 Year-end Report 2015-16.

Contact Us

The VCSC is located in the back of the Mudd Library across from the Wriston Art Center at the Lawe St. & Alton St. intersection.

VCSC Student Staff



Miguelina Ortiz Burgos '19, Service Corps ACCESS TO EDUCATION Program Coordinator

Hello there! My name is Miguelina.  I am double majoring in Biochemistry and Biology.  I was born in the Dominican Republic, but moved to New York City when I was 13.  I love playing volleyball and swimming.  I am currently a tutor for elementary and high school students at the Appleton YMCA.  I am very passionate about working with little kids and addressing issues concerning education, which is why I am so excited to work for the Volunteer & Community Service Center as the Access to Education Program Coordinator this year.  I am looking forward to working with everyone on campus, at other educational institutions, and to inspire others about the importance of volunteering and the self-rewarding experiences that come with it.


Jazleen Galvez '19, Office Manager

Hi! My name is Jazleen Galvez and I am a Government major with a minor in Education Studies. I was born and raised in Queens, New York. This is my first year working as an office manager for the VCSC and I am super excited to be helping all students find creative ways to give back to the community. I currently work with fourth graders in the Bilingual School at Columbus Elementary School. I look forward to working with the Lawrence and Appleton communities.



Anita Li '18, Service Corps ELDER ADVOCACY Program Coordinator & Chair of the Council on Community Service and Engagement (CCSE)

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.



Lewis Berger '18, Service Corps FAIR HOUSING Program Coordinator

Hi there! My name is Lewis Berger and I am a junior from Massachusetts. I am majoring in both Economics and Government with a minor in Spanish. I am on the men's soccer team, a member of LUCC ACE, and a student member in the LUAA. I love playing soccer, reading, and traveling! I have volunteered with numerous organizations in the past, including Habitat for Humanity and Harbor House. I am the Fair Housing Program Coordinator and I work with local organizations such as Homeless Connections, Fox Valley Warming Shelter, and Harbor House. I am excited to help Lawrentians get involved and engaged in our community!


Veronica Thao '17, Service Corps CULTURAL SUPPORT Program Coordinator

Nyob Zoo! My name is Veronica Maisea Thao a junior, biology major from Crystal, Minnesota! As well as being the Cultural Supports Coordinator, I am also one of the presidents of Pan-Asian Organization and work at the Diversity Center as a student desk assistant. I have worked at the VCSC for 2 years and am going into my third year of working there. As the Cultural Supports Coordinator I reach out to non-profits that focuses on diversity and everything that, that may encompass. Some organizations include Celebrate Diversity, Hmong American Partnership, World Relief. and more. In addition to my role, I also run a youth group called Hmong Youth Pride and Empowerment (HYPE) at a local middle school where I and other volunteers meet with a group of 8-10 teens each week to talk about Hmong culture and traditions as well as empowering them through education and activities. On my free time I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, laughing, and traveling!


Mei-An Lee '19, Office Manager

Hello! My name is Mei-An Lee, I am a sophmore,  and I will be working as an Office Manager. I am from New York City and plan to major in East Asian Studies and minor in Education Studies. This is my first year working at the VCSC and I am very excited. During my freshman year I became a LARY Buddy and it was one of the best parts of my first year at Lawrence. I hope to participate in more voluenteer activities, especially ones involving children and educational equity issues.


Sally Alvarado '17, Office Manager

Hi! My name is Sally, and I am from Skokie, Illinois! I am a junior here at Lawrence, majoring in Music Education and minoring in Ethnic Studies. I am the philanthropy chair for Kappa Kappa Gamma, and co-head of large fundraising for Sigma Alpha Iota. My favorite season is Fall, and in my free time, I enjoy crafting, eating chocolate, and spending time with friends. During the summer, I work at a camp where I teach world music to children. I am so excited to be joining the VCSC staff this year. I am passionate about social justice and volunteering, and I am excited to be joining a community of people who feel the same, and where I can push myself to learn more about social justice issues in the world and in our own community!


Travis Charlow '18, Service Corps ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY Program Coordinator

Hello! My name is Travis Charlow and I am a sophomore here at Lawrence and I am here all the way from Connecticut. I will be majoring in Environmental Studies with a focus in either Geology or Biology. In my free time I like to be outside, swimming, hanging out with friends, and playing with animals! I am a big fan of ice cream, donuts, animals, most sports, and jokes. I am also involved with SAAC, ACE, Relay For Life, and the Mens swim team on campus. This year, I can't wait to help more people see more of what Appleton has to offer besides our campus.


Claudia Loza '18, Service Corps CULTURAL SUPPORT 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.



Sam Taylor '19, Service Corps ACCESS TO THE ARTS Program Coordinator

Hello there! My name is Sam Taylor, and I couldn't be more excited to join the VCSC Team! I'm from Monona, WI (Madison area). While I'm currently undecided as to what my major will be, I am thoroughly involved with different groups and programs around campus. I participate in several ensembles at the Conservatory, including the Symphony Orchestra and Jazz Combo (where I play bass). I'm a member of Lamda Sigma Honors Society and also a LARY Buddy at Edison Elementary. Some of my favorite hobbies include tap dancing, tennis, and eating corn dogs. I look forward to promoting volunteer work through the arts and to collaborating with students and Appletonians to build a more unified 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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