Student carries a box filled with donated food in Feeding America's warehouse.

Half day & day-long projects

Get on the Bus introduces the Virginia Tech community to service through half- and day-long projects with the goal of inspiring active community members. Each event is designed to offer opportunities to volunteers of any skill level and service experience. 

How it works

The service days vary in focus, and feature local community partners that address issues such as hunger relief, conservation, and housing. 

Many of the experiences are focused on providing physical labor, but, whenever possible, volunteers work alongside community members and staff from the partner organizations to encourage dialogue and relationship building. Following each project, VT Engage student leaders conclude the day with reflection activities.

Upcoming trips

All Virginia Tech students are welcome on our trips.

Please note: registration for each trip typically opens one month before the trip date.

  • Fridays
    • Feeding America of Southwest Virginia | April 20
      At Feeding America, we'll sort and package food to be distributed to local food banks.

    • Women's Resource Center of the New River Valley
      The Women's Resource Center supports adults and children who have experienced domestic or sexual violence. Potential service tasks include sorting donations, picking up furniture and other donations, moving clients into new apartments, and yard maintenance.

  • Saturdays
    • Habitat for Humanity
      Join us as we reflect on the obstacles women face in home ownership while assisting in a home build in the Roanoke Valley. These events are part of Women’s Month at Virginia Tech. While this service trip focuses women’s issues as they relate to housing, this trip is open to anyone who is interested in attending. 

    • Plenty! Farm & Food Bank | May 5
      Serve with us at Plenty! as we work to further their mission to nourish community and feed hungry neighbors by growing and sharing food in Floyd County Virginia. Past projects have including harvesting vegetables, preparing fields for the winter months, and working in their greenhouse.

    • Catawba Sustainability Center
      Come learn about sustainability issues and how to implement solutions. Past projects have included buildingnfences, helping create demonstration gardens, pulling weeds, planting trees, or maintaining an edible stream buffer planting in the beautiful Catawba Valley!