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Richmond, VA :: Poverty and Health Care

Meet the Trip Leaders

Alvin Thomas '14

My name is Alvin Thomas, and I'm a rising Senior from Skokie, Illinois. I have a major in Chemistry-Engineering with a minor in the Shepherd Poverty Program. I serve as a Bonner Leader, the Alternative Breaks Chair for the Nabors' Service League, as the Class of 2014 Representative to the Executive Committee. I also am a member of a fraternity and participate in RUF and GCF. For my Shepherd Alliance Internship, I worked with homeless infants and toddlers in Baltimore, MD. I enjoy swing dancing, reading good fiction, and making music. Volunteer Venture continues to be one of my favorite weeks of the year; and, yes, in case you were wondering, Richmond is the best trip.


Nicky Peacher '15

Hey guys, My name is Nicky Peacher. I'm a rising junior from outside of Boston, MA. My high school years can be most aptly summed up in the movie The Fighter. At W&L, I am majoring in Politics with a minor in Poverty. I am the Vice President of my Fraternity and this summer I am doing an internship with the Shepherd Poverty Program in Baltimore. I will be working at a summer program that helps enrich high-achieving high school students from low-income areas. In my free time, I enjoy sports, setting fire to the rain, and lightly toasted blueberry pop-tarts. Volunteer Venture is a great experience and an excellent way to meet people while helping out in the community. I went on the Richmond trip my Freshman year and it couldn't have been better. Looking forward to meeting everyone!

Volunteer Venture trip: Richmond will focus on issues of youth and healthcare in relation to poverty. Service will be focused at a combination of medical and child care centers that range from the Fan Free Clinic to the International Children's hospital, where participants will get to help children recovering from surgery they would not have had access to in their home countries. Discussion during the week will include topics such as the nature of poverty, factors that influence health and the effects of poverty on children.

Participants will also get to experience the rich of history of Richmond, the capitol of Virginia, from the historic Fan District to enjoying an afternoon relaxing on the James River. This will be the Richmond trip's second year and we're excited increase the number of participants after last year's successful trip.


To see more about what you'll be experiencing in Richmond, feel free to visit these links:

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

Maximum number of participants: 15