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Washington, DC :: Hunger & Policy

Meet the Trip Leaders

Meredith Hardy '14

Hello everyone! My name is Meredith Hardy and I am a rising senior from Cary, NC. I am a Neuroscience and Psychology double major, and a Poverty and Human Capability Studies minor. I am on the swim team here, and I am active in Women in Technology and Science, the Student Athlete Advisory Committee, and in a sorority. I enjoy studying on the 2nd floor of Leyburn, sipping Americanos from LexCo, and I am slowly but surely working my way through every season of Law and Order: SVU. This is my fourth and final year on the Washington, DC trip and I cannot wait to share the experience with you incoming first years-I look forward to meeting y'all and getting your time at W&L off to the best start possible.



Daniel Raubolt '15

I'm a rising junior from Acworth, Georgia, majoring in Accounting and Business Administration. Outside of the classroom I'm involved with the Executive Committee, the General Development Initiative, Inc., Peer Counselors and my fraternity. Last summer I lead the Washington D.C. trip, and my previous summer I participated in the Lexington trip. Volunteer Venture had a profound effect on my first-year experience, and I'm excited to share this experience in Washington D.C. In my free time I enjoy hiking and art.

The Washington, DC, Volunteer Venture trip is unique for its placement in our nation's capital and thus has a strong focus on the relationship of public policy and urban poverty. The trip's focus is on humanizing the faces of homelessness, hunger, and poverty in an urban setting, goals supported by work with organizations such as DC Coalition for the Homeless, DC Central Kitchen, and Martha's Table. These excursions provide hands-on volunteer experience and bring students into direct contact with both impoverished persons and those who work alongside them to alleviate hunger and homelessness.

Participants also spend a day on Capitol Hill meeting with lobbyists, touring the Capitol, and discussing poverty policy with Congressional staff. In the past, students have prepared questions and presentations for meetings on the Hill, allowing them to hear from the nation's leading experts on the issues associated with poverty. When not at work, students stay at First Trinity Lutheran Church in the heart of the District, tour capital landmarks, meet with alumni, and enjoy an extra week with twenty fellow-Generals.

To see more about what you'll be experiencing in Washington, here's some reading:

"Nonprofits are Businesses"

"National Coalition for the Homeless"

"So Others Might Eat"

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

Maximum Number of Participants: 15