The Reflectives blog

Could you live on just $32 worth of food a week?

November 12, 2014- Posted by Maureen McGonagle, an AmeriCorps VISTA member who just finished her year of national service with the Blacksburg Farmers Market. How much do you spend on food each week? According to 2013 USDA numbers, “the cost of feeding a family of four a healthy diet can run $146 to $289 a…

Meet VT Engage: Matt Grimes, SERVE Graduate Assistant

October 31, 2014- Welcome to our new blog series where we introduce you to…us! Check out who we are at VT Engage, what we do, and why we serve. Today, meet Matt Grimes, Graduate Assistant for VT Engage’s SERVE Living Learning Community since August 2014. You’ll learn what drives him, how to get engaged with SERVE,…

Why I Serve: A Student’s Perspective

October 17, 2014- Posted by Liz Machesney, a senior majoring in Human Development and Spanish. She is a member of VT Engage’s SERVE Living Learning Community. Most of you who read this blog regularly or only stumbled upon it today are likely involved in or interested in service. I fit into this group of people…

Do we fail if service doesn’t “make a difference?”

September 1, 2014- Posted by Lindsey Gleason, VT Engage’s Communications and Administrative Coordinator. We hear it a lot at VT Engage- that volunteer work  “MAKES A DIFFERENCE”,  “CHANGES LIVES”, or “SAVES THE WORLD”. As a communicator, I understand the impulse to want to talk this way. It captures your audience’s attention. It sounds like you’ll do…