Cultivating servant leaders who are passionate about bringing people and communities to health is central to our mission. Students have several opportunities each year to embark on life-changing mission trips with faculty members from the College, their fellow students and alumni. Applications for these opportunities are communicated via Blackboard throughout the year.
Alternative Spring Break
The College offers the opportunity for students to participate in Alternative Spring Break by volunteering locally and serving the community in a variety of ways. From housing and food insecurity to environmental and patient support, students have worked with organizations including the Lewis Ginter Community Kitchen Garden; the Evelyn D. Reinhart Guest House; Housing Families First; the Habitat for Humanity ReStore; James River Trails; and the Richmond Ronald McDonald House.
Spring Break International Service Trip
The goal of this international service trip is for students to immerse themselves in another culture and provide nursing care to those in need. By working in the field without the convenience of modern technology, students are challenged to assess and address the needs of our patients without the benefit of lab work, diagnostic imaging, and other technological tools. Students make a commitment to physically touch and comfort every person who comes to see them, and minister to their individual needs. This annual mission trip is typically held over spring break with teams serving in Haiti, the Dominican Republic and in the Bahamas in recent years.
Mountain Mission School (MMS)
The MMS serves as home, church and school to more than 200 children in need, coming to them not only from Appalachia, but also from more than 60 countries worldwide. MMS provides each child with the foundation of first-rate academics, a loving family environment, positive social support, and a firm commitment to the gospel of Jesus Christ. Students have the opportunity to interact with faculty and students while participating and leading in a variety of activities.
Remote Area Medical
Remote Area Medical is a stateside outreach program geared toward underserved communities in Appalachia. RAM provides clinic events, mobilizes partners and uses health care provider abilities to offer free preventative, dental and vision care to help improve the quality of life of those in the most underserved and impoverished areas. RAM teams currently serve in Emporia, Wise, and Warsaw Virginia.
Move Mountains Medical Mission-Health Wagon
This experience was previously operated by Remote Area Medical and has now been turned over to their partners at Health Wagon. Students will have an opportunity to provide health care at one of area's largest events held throughout the year in Grundy, Va. Students and faculty will work alongside hundreds of volunteers to provide medical and dental assistance to the people of Southwest Virginia.
The Tangier Island Experience
This new outreach experience allows the student the opportunity to spend three days learning about life and health care on this 3-mile island located in the Chesapeake Bay with a population of just under 600 residents. Students will learn about the lifestyle of the ‘watermen,’ interact with residents at the island clinic and in Wednesday evening services, as well as explore the culture
of this unique island and its rich history. Students will learn about health care on the island and how it has evolved over the past few decades.