Animal Welfare

Through community engagement and discussions, Lawrentians will have an in-depth learning experience about Animal Welfare in the Fox Valley area and Animal Welfare issues at large. By the end of the program, individuals will understand issues of Animal Welfare, how to address said issues, and the importance of volunteering with animals.

Viking Ambassadors will meet each Saturday for roughly 2 hours and explore various volunteer opportunities and Animal Welfare issues. There will also be a reading period trip to an animal sanctuary for an extended stay with animals and a more in-depth experience.

This schedule is subject to changes:

Week 2: Introductions at the Pawffee Shop (Cat Café)
Week 3: Trip to Saving Paws
Week 4: Speaker: Therapy animals – benefits & process
Week 5: Saving Paws Trip
Week 6: Happily Ever After Marion overnight trip
Week 7: Speaker & Volunteer at Humane Society
Week 8: Celebration and Certification

Contact Sara Prostko with any questions.

Applications are available here and are due by Saturday, January 11th.

Fair Housing

The Fair Housing VASE program seeks to educate first year students about issues of homelessness in the Fox Valley. By partnering with nonprofit organizations such as Pillars, Harbor House and Habitat for Humanity, students will understand the different stages of the homeless continuum. Our goals are to connect Lawrentians to ongoing community service, inspire individuals to serve creatively, and advocate for social issues students deeply care about. Weekly dinner meetings will be held on Mondays and regular volunteer opportunities will be held on Fridays and Saturdays.

This schedule is subject to changes
Week 1: Getting to know each other. Express your desires, thoughts and goals for this program
Week 2: Volunteer Orientation from Pillars
Week 3: Serving dinner at the Pillars Adult and Family Shelter
Week 4: Harbor House Domestic Violence Program Speaker’s presentation
Week 5: A group volunteer project at Harbor House
Week 6: Volunteer at Habitat for Humanity ReStore
Week 7: Celebrate your personal growth and impacts on community!

Contact Shirley Xu with any questions.

Applications are available here and are due by Saturday, January 11th.

Public Health

The Public Health VASE program seeks to connect students with interest in any of the allied health professions with the opportunity to volunteer, the motivation to do so, and the resources for understanding and maximizing the positive impact.

Viking Ambassadors will partner with the City of Appleton’s Health Department to create an intervention program for an epidemic impacting many local teenagers – vaping. Students will be trained to provide outreach in local public schools. In addition, each week they will meet to develop their understanding of what it is to be a compassionate health professional through articles, speakers, and discussion.

Will you be there?

Volunteering outings will be scheduled on weekdays for one to two hours.  Group meetings will occur weekly in Andrew Commons on Monday nights at 6 pm.

This schedule is subject to changes:
Week 3: Introductions
Week 4: Orientation and public health training
Week 5: Weekly discussion and volunteering
Week 6: Weekly discussion and volunteering
Week 7: Weekly discussion and volunteering
Week 8: Weekly discussion and volunteering
Week 9: Weekly discussion and volunteering
Week 10: Celebration

Contact Sophie Dion-Kirchner with any questions.

Applications are available here and are due by Saturday, January 11th.

Arts Advocacy

Mission: Through community engagement, visits from community organizers, and open discussions, students will delve deep into topics of arts advocacy and access, leaving the program informed on the nuances of these complex issues and armed with skills and ideas to become change agents in addressing these issues.

Every other week, we will visit the Boys and Girls Club of Appleton to help prepare and facilitate arts programming for their youth members. We will spend one week exploring various art forms and then the following week implementing an activity with K-12th grade youth. We will likely be partnering with LU student organizations who specialize in various art forms (dance, visual, theater, music, etc). To learn more visit our program flyer

Contact Lexie Livingood with any questions.

Applications are currently closed for this program.

Environment and Sustainability

The mission of the program is to help first year Lawrence student gain a local and a global perspective on sustainability issues through volunteering at local farms, attending a sustainability summit, and talking to professionals. Click here for additional information.

Contact Zhiru Wang with any questions.


Applications are currently closed for this program.

Equal Access to Education

MISSION: The Equal Access to Education VASE Program will provide Lawrentians with a service-based experience that will 1). help Lawrentians articulate why ensuring equal access to education is important and 2). understand the privilege students have in their journey within the various systems of education. This program hopes to spark a large conversation about an individual’s most basic right to a free and quality education. The essential question we will work around is: Why Education? There are no requirements of Lawrence students, but please come in eager to learn and occasionally volunteer.

This subject is subject to changes:

WEEK 1: Apply for the program
WEEK 2: Selection Process
WEEK 3: Intro to Equal Access to Education & Education Road Maps
WEEK 4: Speaker – Professor: Education at Large
WEEK 5: Dinner Discussion: Importance of Diversity and Inclusion in Education
WEEK 6: Speaker - Diversity and Inclusion
WEEK 7: Boys and Girls Club or Fox Valley Literacy Council Trip
WEEK 8: Early Childhood Learning Center -Youth Learning Programs Trip
WEEK 9: Presentation of Different Programs Focused on Education
WEEK 10:  Celebration and Certificate

Contact Papo Morales with any questions.

Applications are currently closed for this program.