What are the issues that matter to you?
Alleviating poverty? Community development? Crisis and disaster relief? Environmental concerns? Human and civil rights? Elder neglect, crisis pregnancy, or other social issues?
At Liberty, you can actively engage these and other social concerns — no matter which degree program you choose.
Because we believe an education isn’t complete if it ignores teaching students how to make things right in the world. Or denies giving them the chance to do it themselves.
Here, students give over half a million volunteer hours every year — the equivalent of a nearly $3 million investment in the local community.
And our own humanitarian aid organization can mobilize staff and students to hit the ground within days of a natural crisis, bringing help and hope to those in the midst of tragedy.
This is who we are. It’s what Champions for Christ do.
Our students aren’t waiting to act like the Church when they graduate and leave Liberty – they are living as the Church right now.
Learn about the many ways students make a lasting impact on the Lynchburg community by volunteering on a regular basis.
Liberty is leading the way in training students — from all academic fields — in areas like disaster relief, anti-human trafficking, orphan care, food and water distribution, and poverty alleviation.
Learn about our recent crisis response trips and how you can be involved bringing tangible help and healing to victims of unexpected disasters.
The Value of Volunteering
Employers are not just looking for a great education or a great résumé – they want to hire great people.
Employers are looking for candidates who exhibit adaptability, flexibility, honesty, teamwork, dependability, willingness to listen and learn, critical thinking, and good communication skills.
Volunteer opportunities help students cultivate these traits and are an intentional part of the Liberty experience.
Volunteer coordinators regularly report that our students exceed expectations, have better attitudes than adult volunteers, and over-deliver.
Many times, students are volunteering using the technical skills they learn in their degree programs, like sound engineering, technical production, or program development.
Liberty students serve at over 1,500 organizations per year.
They give over half a million hours in volunteer service every year.
One program – Campus Serve – was started in 2002, and about 150 students continue to serve Lynchburg every week through work projects, children’s ministry, elderly care, and poverty alleviation.
Liberty’s humanitarian aid organization, LU Send, has sent teams to provide immediate disaster relief to places like California, Puerto Rico, Texas, Antigua, Cuba, and Mexico.
What are some ways Liberty students and staff are making changes in the world?
Liberty’s Habitat for Humanity Club has raised money for and built two homes since 2014 — and just received a $20,000 grant (alongside clubs at Clemson University and Purdue University) from State Farm Insurance to start their third.
Law students provide free tax filing help to low-income families every year.
Medical students provide free physicals, flu shots, mammograms, and mental health and vision screenings during community clinics in underserved areas every year.
And in 2018-19…
Nursing students helped the American Red Cross operate a temporary shelter for residents who had been affected by an EF3 tornado.
Liberty sent faculty, staff, and students on 24 trips during Spring Break 2019. Projects included preparing housing for incoming refugees in Spain, teaching music to children in Nicaragua, and providing trauma counseling for sex trafficking victims in India.
In both 2018 and 2019, Family and Consumer Sciences students raised more than $4,000 for local organizations and nonprofits through class projects.
Nursing students ran a health-focused kids fest for local low-income neighborhoods over the summer.
Over 6,000 diapers and 80 baby items were collected during Liberty’s Law Students for Life Club 2019 prayer breakfast and donated to the Blue Ridge Pregnancy Center.
Nursing students and professors hosted free clinics and provided vital health care teaching in Kenya and Rwanda. The team in Rwanda also observed deliveries and aided in postnatal care at a local hospital alongside Samaritan’s Purse.
“Serving in Nepal showed me (in a way I could not have received through a textbook) that I don’t have to take small bites of the possible — through Christ, I can embark on the impossible.”
“One of the biggest benefits of the trip [to Rwanda] was seeing the faith of others that had endured through crisis. I was speaking to our amazing translator, Justin, who is now a dear friend of mine. He was a young child during the Rwandan genocide and lost all of his family members.
I asked him what he did when he doubted God. He looked at me confused, “What do you mean?” I repeated my question, and he responded “I never doubted God.” He didn’t say this in a prideful manner, he was just thoroughly confused by the concept of doubting God in the midst of trials because his view of God did not change based on circumstances.
This trip deepened my view of reconciliation and forgiveness to a level I didn’t even know existed.”
— Brooke S., psychology student
“Don’t think that it’s going to get done if you don’t do it. We all have to roll up our sleeves, we all have to be contributing. If not you, then who?”
— David Welch, Executive Director of LU Send
“There are so many types of devastation, and each of them reveals this is such a broken world. Being exposed to these types of hurt and brokenness is sobering, and it changes the way that you live.
It’s a privilege to be intentional and respond by becoming part of the aid and relief.”
— Holly Griswold, Associate Director of LU Send Now