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Roanoke, VA :: Urban Poverty

Meet the Trip Leaders

Virginia McGarry '14

I am a rising junior from Charlotte, North Carolina and am planning on studying Art History and Business. I participated in a Volunteer Venture trip to Richmond, Virginia and have since taken several classes in the Poverty program at W&L. On campus I am a tour guide and participate in a wide variety of campus activities. I love walking and running on the trails around Lexington, as well as exploring the area. During the summer I work as a camp counselor and am excited to help lead this trip.




Will McLendon '15

Volunteer Venture: Roanoke, focuses on issues of urban poverty. Students work with Total Action Against Poverty (TAP). TAP provides education, training, and life opportunities to enable low-income individuals and families to become self-reliant. TAP "helps those disenfranchised from society discover the American Dream."

From reading to a Head Start classroom to assisting VA Cares in enabling formerly incarcerated individuals reestablish healthy relationships with their families, Volunteer Venture participants will acquire a knowledge of the many factors contributing to poverty in southwest Virginia and the efforts to alleviate them.

To see more about what you'll be experiencing in Roanoke, feel free to visit this link:

Questions or comments? Please contact Jenny Davidson, Coordinator of Student Service Learning, at or 540-458-4669.

Maximum Number of Participants: 24