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 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


Travis Charlow '18, Service Corps ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY Program Coordinator


Cynthia Tobias '16, Service Corps CULTURAL SUPPORT Program Coordinator


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


Max Loebl '17, Office Manager


Abbey Bowen '18, Service Corps CHILD ADVOCACY Program Coordinator


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