Community Outreach Program

The Community Outreach Program seeks to provide Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine students, faculty, and staff with the opportunities and support to integrate community outreach, health promotion, and service activities into their day-to-day life experiences and academic pursuits.

Each year, individuals and school-sponsored groups, such as student clubs, are connected with local nonprofit organizations, providing numerous opportunities to give back to the community. The Community Outreach Program reflects the way Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine’s sixth value – service learning – is not limited to the academic curriculum.

In recognition that community service and volunteerism are valuable educational opportunities, service learning is woven throughout the school’s values, curriculum, and community life. These experiences help students develop person-centered knowledge of various needs of the at risk, vulnerable, and underserved; increase understanding of public health issues and advocacy; provide exposure to the delivery of prevention and health promotion activities; and much more.

Recent school-sponsored events and activities include a Martin Luther King Day of Service (2018), which was spent with Habitat for Humanity and student groups helping package non-perishable foods at the local food bank. Volunteers are asked to donate their time, talent, and support to organizations or people in the community that are in need of assistance.

Current and past community outreach partners include:

  • Angels of Assisi
  • Blue Ridge Behavioral Health
  • Boys and Girls Clubs of Southwest Virginia
  • Bradley Free Clinic
  • Camp Easter Seals
  • Children’s Trust
  • CHIP
  • City of Roanoke Parks & Recreation
  • Community Youth Program at St. John’s Episcopal Church
  • Family Service of Roanoke Valley
  • Feeding America of Southwestern Virginia
  • Friendship Retirement Community
  • Goodwill of the Roanoke Valley
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Healing Strides
  • Local Colors
  • Mill Mountain Zoo
  • Mungeli – Collecting legos and lego mind storm game
  • Presbyterian Community Center
  • Rebuilding Together Roanoke
  • Regional Center for Animal Care and Protection
  • Roanoke City Public Schools
  • Roanoke Outside
  • Roanoke Redevelopment and Housing Authority
  • Roanoke Valley Greenways
  • Roanoke Valley Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
  • Roanoke Valley SPCA
  • Ronald McDonald House
  • Senior Quality of Life Survey
  • Science Museum of Western Virginia
  • Taubman Museum of Art
  • Total Action for Progress
  • Virginia State Science and Engineering Fair
  • West End Center for Youth
  • YMCA