Get on the Bus

A woman uses garden shears to cut back weeds.

Free half day & daylong projects

Get on the Bus trips introduce 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.

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

Questions? Contact Kas Church, campus and community engagement coordinator, at kasc@vt.edu or 540-231-6964.

Upcoming trips

Registration for Get on the Bus trips opens one month before the trip date. You must log into GobblerConnect to register for these events. Registration for fall 2019 trips is coming soon!

Please note: registration for all Get on the Bus trips closes at noon the day before the trip leaves.

Community Partners

Curious about who we work with on these projects? Check out our partners below, and see what you might be doing on a trip.

  • Apple Ridge Farm
    Participants will be working in the community garden in Roanoke. Projects vary based on the growing season, but could include weeding, harvesting, and general gardening needs.
  • Catawba Sustainability Center
    Potential service tasks include planting shrubs, harvesting woody florals, pruning, spreading mulch, or stream bank clean up.
  • Feeding America of Southwest Virginia
    Participants will sort and repackage donated food to be distributed to local food banks.
  • The Giving Tree Food Pantry
    Participants accompany the Giving Tree's clients as they pick out food, and assist with packing up and carrying food to clients' vehicles.
  • Habitat for Humanity
    Participants assist with various tasks related to a construction or rehabilitation project for a family home.
  • Hale YMCA Community Garden
    This garden hosts 70 families from 15 countries growing food using sustainable organic practices. Participants work on gardening and plot maintenance.
  • Plenty! Farm & Food Bank
    Projects vary based on the growing season, but could include weeding, harvesting, general gardening needs, and sorting donations in the food pantry.
  • Pulaski Grow
    Projects vary based on the growing season, but could include weeding, harvesting, and general gardening needs.