Category Archives: Community Service

WVWC Staff and Students Attend 2009 Summer Leadership Institute

StetsonUnivFrom June 3-6, 2009, CCE staff and two Bonner Scholar students attended the 2009 Summer Leadership Institute (SLI) held at Stetson University in Deland, Florida. The conference this year focused on how students can turn the issues they’re passionate about into measurable impact in their communities.

LeeAnn Brown, Evey  Hepinger and Brooke Rawson (CCE Staff) collaborated with other Bonner Scholar and Leader schools on specific issue areas, and presented workshops on current initiatives at WV Wesleyan. (See workshop titles below.) Students Elizabeth Gain and Danielle Mullins represented WVWC as Bonner Congress Representatives, networking and collaborating with other college and university Reps on national issues, such as Youth Development.

Both the CCE staff and students gained a wealth of knowledge and ideas from the experience, which will result in a deeper focus on issues and community impact this coming year. Specifically within Youth Development, students Gain and Mullins will be working with peers to develop a new program that will help Buckhannon-Upshur high school students prepare for college.


Workshops Presented by CCE Staff and WVWC Bonner Scholars:

  • Community Gardens: a Project to Promote Sustainability, Food Security, Healthy Living, and Civic Participation – Brooke Rawson (Co-Presenter with 4 other schools)
  • Expanding Global Understanding through a Belizean Experience – Evey Hepinger, Elizabeth Gain, Danielle Mullins
  • Resources and Opportunities: Growing a Campus Wide Community Engagement Program – LeeAnn Brown, Evey Hepinger, Brooke Rawson

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2nd Annual Martin Luther King Jr. “Celebration of Service”

On January 19, 2009, the WVWC campus community gathered in Wesley Chapel for the 2nd Annual Martin Luther King Jr. ‘Celebration of Service’ to honor those who serve communities local to global, and to celebrate Dr. King’s legacy of social justice. For the past year, the award winners not only engaged in service-related activities, but also research, advocacy, service-learning and social justice projects and events. The awards and respective winners are listed below!

1. “Do All the Good You Can” Award

WinnersDr. Kim Bjorgo-Thorne, Cara Clarke, Professor Kelly Hughes, Cietta McCoy and Lucy Swecker

2. “Unsung Hero Award

Winners: Becca Bumgardner, Brandon Cale, Dr. Marvin Carr, Dr. Robert Rupp and Corey Nau

3. “Excellence in Leadership” Award

Winner: Kitty Correal

4. “Outstanding Commitment to Service” Award

Winner: Zeta Tau Alpha

5. Presidential “Positive Influence” Award

Honorable MentionKappa Phi

Winner: Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE)

6. Presidential “Wesleyan Citizenship” Award

Winner: Travis Rexroad

Many thanks to everyone who serves our communities! 🙂

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Plans Begin for 2009 Martin Luther King Jr. Service Awards

MLK2009In January 2008, the Chapel Office and office of Community Engagement initiated the first annual Martin Luther King Jr. Service Awards to recognize members of the Wesleyan campus and Buckhannon-Upshur community who had demonstrated a commitment to service and civic engagement. With positive feedback received by both the Wesleyan and Buckhannon-Upshur communities, the Chapel Office and the CCE are partnering again to plan the 2nd Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Service Awards to be held January 19, 2009 at 7pm in Wesley Chapel. The nomination process will be opened to all members of the campus community, and recipients will be selected by a committee consisting of Wesleyan student leaders, faculty and staff. 

Check back soon for a link to the new online nomination form!

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Wesleyan Students Organize for “Invisible Children”


Juniors Jennifer Garcia and Rachel Stackpole are two Wesleyan students who have started organizing a campus chapter of Invisible Children. I recently sat down with Rachel to talk about the work that her, Jennifer and their peers are doing for this international social justice non-profit.

Me: So, what is Invisible Children (IC)?
RJ: Well, IC is a non-profit organization based in San Diego, CA that basically brings security to the people of Uganda, rebuilding their lives which have been torn apart from war and genocide. IC does this by bringing people out of impoverished communities, such as the “internally displaced persons” camps, and into safer environments, such as new schools.

Me: Is there a campaign that IC is currently working on?
RJ: IC’s newest project is “Schools for Schools”, where schools around the world can sponsor a specific school being built in Uganda by raising money and collecting books. This helps give the children a chance at an education away from war-torn communities. At the end of fundraising, the school with the most money gets to send one of their own students to Uganda to work with IC. I’ve actually had a few friends go over to Uganda with IC, and they said that they received nothing but constant thanks from those who have benefited from the project.

Me: So, what is the WVWC campus group working on right now?
RJ: Well, not only are we working on the “Schools for Schools” project, but also making an official campus group, trying to get faculty, staff, and students involved, and hosting fundraising events, movie screenings, and campus competitions. Basically anything and everything to get the word out about IC!

Me: How can folks learn more?
RJ: Anyone interested in IC at Wesleyan can visit our newly created wiki: The official IC website also has some great information and resources:

Thanks Rachel! For more information on Invisible Children, check out the websites above!

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Operation Christmas Child


Hello Everyone!

This week is National Collection Week for Operation Christmas Child! OCC is a global service project organized by Samaritan’s Purse that allows anyone – individuals to large groups – to participate by filling shoe boxes full of gifts and necessities for young girls and boys that live in impoverished areas across the world. Over the years, Samaritan’s Purse has delivered about 61 million boxes!


Want to get started? There are a few steps to follow to complete a box:

* Use an empty shoe box or a small plastic container. Feel free to wrap your gift in holiday wrapping, but make sure to wrap the lid separately from the box.

* Determine whether your gift will be for a boy or a girl, and the child’s age category: 2-4, 5-9, or 10-14. Mark this on your box in some way.

* Fill the box with a variety of gifts that will bring delight to a child, such as toys and school supplies, and necessity items such as toothbrushes and toothpaste.

* Please donate $7 or more for each shoe box you prepare to help cover shipping and other project costs and place it in an envelope on top of the gift items inside your box.

* Place a rubber band around each closed shoe box and drop off at the Center for Community Engagement during our collection week [November 17-24].

For more information, stop by the Center for Community Engagement, which is located directly across from the Barnes and Noble Bookstore in the Benedum Campus Center, or email the CCE at


For more information from Samaritan’s Purse on this amazing global service project, go here:


For the WVWC story, written by Allison Shaw, follow this link! 🙂

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