About Wesleyan Engaged


Wesleyan Engaged opened its doors in 1997 as the Office of Community Service.  The funds for the office were provided by the Birdsong Community Service Endowment, established in 1995, under the direction of President William T. Greer, Jr.  In 2017, the Office of Community Service changed its name to Wesleyan Engaged: Center for Civic Engagement and Service Learning.  With the name change, the Center was moved to directly report to the Provost of Virginia Wesleyan.  In January of 2018, Wesleyan Engaged became a Presidential Volunteer Service Award Designee for the Marlin community.  In February 2018, Virginia Wesleyan University joined Campus Compact as a full member.
The Center focuses on 10 areas for programs throughout the campus that will engage VWU students.  The 10 areas are:  Animals, Community Development, Environment, Hampton Roads Schools, Health Related, Hunger and Housing, International Perspective, Intergenerational Connections, Women and Gender Interest, and Youth Development.

Program Recognitions

  • Council of Independent Colleges and AARP Intergenerational Grant, “Phishing for Dollars: Don’t Get Caught in the Trap,” $13,000 (2018)
  • Virginia Beach City Public Schools Model Partnership Award, Marlins Read at Shelton Park Elementary School (2015); Marlins Read at Bayside Elementary School (2012); Marlins Read at Bayside Tri-Campus (2009); VNG Pipeline to the Community at W.T. Cooke Elementary School (2003)
  • Democracy Cup, Campus Election Engagement Project, $500 Award (2013)
  • Campus Election Engagement Project, $1,000 grant (2012)
  • AmeriCorps Award, North Carolina Campus Compact (2012); Va. Campus Outreach Opportunity League (1997)
  • American Red Cross College and University Blood Challenge Winner (2010)
  • Volunteer Hampton Roads Outstanding Community Service Award (2008)
  • President’s Honor Roll for Service (2006 & 2009)
  • Volunteer Hampton Roads Outstanding Youth Service Award Circle K (2001)
  • Virginia Beach Education Association Whole Village Award, VNG Pipeline to the Community (1999)


Van transportation has been available to our students in service since November 1997. On-campus offices and departments may reserve the van.  To schedule use of the van, please visit the Wesleyan Engaged Portal area for the Van Reservation form and for more information.  Please note that the cost for using the van is $40 a day and refilling the gas tank.  Students may drive the van upon review of their driving record.