Service Opportunities

The VMI experience emphasizes the value of service by preparing cadets to become citizen-soldiers who will serve their country and communities.

VMI’s Community Outreach and Renewal Experience — the CORE initiative — offers opportunities to learn about service at the local, national, and international levels. Classroom experiences and hands-on participation in community projects give cadets an awareness of the importance of service in the lives of citizen-soldiers. 

The Nabors Service League (NSL) is a student-run community service organization that strives to promote and encourage a spirit of service and to connect service with learning.

NSL also is a network--or umbrella organization--connecting large numbers of potential volunteers from varied backgrounds and with memberships in a number of student clubs and organizations. Through the Nabors Network, NSL upholds its commitment to empower and assist, not to direct or control other campus organizations’ service initiatives. NSL strives to bring together service-oriented individuals to discuss the needs of the Lexington and Rockbridge communities and how Washington and Lee University and Virginia Military Institute can help to meet those needs.

Create a volunteer profile which will facilitate a contact from one of our student leaders

Cadets are encouraged to participate in an extracurricular activity of their choice.  Each club is run by a Cadet-in-Charge (CIC). Contact the Office of Cadet Life for information on joining an existing club or starting a new club. 


  • Bloodmobile
  • Children's Academic and Life Mentor Club
  • Cadet Peer Educators
  • Character Counts – Chaplain Park
  • Emergency Response Team
  • Firefighters
  • Rescue Squad
  • Recycling
  • FTX Service Weekends
  • Special Olympics
  • VMI Special Olympics Half-marathon/10K Torch Run


To Volunteer Contact
Chris Perry,

The Mission of Keydets Without Borders is to combine the efforts of interested students in all majors in a collaborative effort to enhance the living conditions of developing areas worldwide. Through this effort, students will increase their global perspective, work as a team to design and implement sustainable engineering and humanitarian solutions to poverty, and gain hands on experience applying their skills and talents towards the common good.

VMI Keydets Without Borders Website

To Volunteer:

Contact: Maj. Tim Moore

Character Counts Program – Offered by cadets throughout the year at middle and elementary schools in the Lexington area, Presentations are made concerning the pillars of character. Approximately 20 staff and 35 cadets are engaged in the program.

NYC Urban Ministries – A spring break experience for approximately 10-15 cadets to participate in ministry to the needy and homeless in New York City.

To Volunteer:

Col. James Park, Chaplain

Community (local and national) service learning opportunities to serve those living in poverty situations. National summer internship opportunities are available to VMI cadets who have taken the “Poverty and Human Capability” course at VMI.

Each summer, VMI sponsors cadets to participate in the Shepherd Poverty Internship Program. The Shepherd Poverty Internship Program is hosted through the Shepherd Higher Education Consortium of Poverty. The Consortium brings together 100+ interns each year from a number of nationally ranked colleges and universities each summer. During the 8-week internship cadets are able to work with agencies that fit their intellectual and occupational interests to address and learn first-hand about the multiple dimensions of poverty. Internship areas of focus include: Education, healthcare, legal services, housing, hunger, social and economic needs, and community-building efforts.

In addition to informing our students about poverty through academic study, VMI’s Shepherd Program fosters learning through service and reflection. By becoming involved directly in what can be done to foster human capabilities for communities and individuals who have been left behind, the program promotes a structure for student leadership and volunteer service on our campus, in the local Rockbridge community and in communities across the nation and internationally.

Contact us to learn more:

Internships: Major Dorothy Hayden
Course Professor: Duncan Richter

An organization consisting of engineering and other interested students dedicated to establishing training programs for professional and beginning timber framers, disseminating information about timber framing and timber frame building design, displaying the art of timber framing to the public, and the building of timber-framed structures throughout the community.

To Volunteer :

Col. Grigg Mullen