Off Campus

Ready to make a difference? Great! The links below will connect with you a variety of local organizations with whom Emory & Henry has a close relationship.  

Emory & Henry students conducting surveys in Marion, Virginia.Emory & Henry students conducting surveys in Marion, Virginia.

Emory & Henry student working with children.Emory & Henry student working with children.

Abingdon Health & Rehab

Abingdon Health & Rehab aims to provide peace of mind to those they care for: patients, residents, families and staff. They offer inpatient rehab and therapy services while also offering long-term residential care that provides all the comfort and care of home. Activities are done every month, some of which include: bingo, crafts, TV, sport events, WII games, etc. Volunteers are needed to visit with the residents and help with various activities.

Abingdon Muster Grounds

The Muster Grounds is the northern trailhead of the 330-mile long Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail. Many different events occur throughout the year such as a Civil War Weekend with reenactments, a Lantern tour, and outdoor film showings. Volunteers are needed to help in the upkeep of the grounds and buildings.

Abuse Alternatives, Inc.

Abuse Alternatives, Inc. serves women, or men, with services devoted to family violence prevention and intervention. Abuse Alternatives helps victims cope with trauma and gain independence from their situation; however they can, such as court advocacy temporary emergency shelter, and ensuring well-being of client by outreach office.

American Chestnut Foundation (ACF)

The goal of the American Chestnut Foundation is to restore the American chestnut tree to our eastern woodlands to benefit our environment, our wildlife, and our society. The ACF is looking to educate the community through different programs such as The American Chestnut Learning Box and The Charlie Chestnut Environmental Educational Program.

  • Name: Jeff Donahue 
  • Phone: 276.944.4631

Appalachian Sustainable Development (ASD)

ASD’s mission is to grow food, communities, and opportunities to build a thriving Appalachia. They have nine programs in three areas of Sustainable Agriculture, Food Access, and Sustainable Forestry. Some popular programs include Grow Your Own and Learning Landscapes.

Boys & Girls Club

This agency is building centered so that the children who participate have a place that they can call home. The center is open after school, during the summer, and on most holidays. Volunteers are needed to provide positive leadership for our youth.

  • Name: Virginia Club Director, Christine Foote
  • Email: chil53@aol.com 
  • Phone: 276.669.8921276.494.9270

Bread of Life Food Pantry

Supplies a food box once per month, or on an emergency basis, to community members in need. Volunteers are needed to pack food boxes as well as bags for their backpack program.

  • Name: June Totten
  • Phone: 276.496.4384

CASA

CASA For Kids, Inc.’s mission is to advocate for the best interest of the neglected / abused children appointed to us through the Juvenile Courts. CASA for Kids, Inc. assigns professionally trained Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA Volunteers) to cases of abused/neglected children who have been referred. We will accomplish this by recruiting, training, and supervising dedicated community volunteers

Child Advocacy Center

The Children’s Advocacy Center serves youth who have been victimized in various ways. It aims to guide and support child victims of neglect, sexual and severe physical abuse and their families by coordinating investigative intervention, treatment, and prosecutorial services.

Crisis Center Inc

The Crisis Center serves 300-400 people per week from the Virginia Counties of Lee, Scott, Wise, and Washington, as well as the city of Bristol, VA. Volunteers are needed for hotline counselors, sexual assault companions, and as office assistants. Volunteers are provided appropriate training. Located 30 minutes from campus.

  • Name: Della McGuire; Community Outreach, Volunteer Coordinator, Victim Advocate
  • Email: dmcguire@crisiscenterinc.org 
  • Phone: 276.466.2218

Crossroads Medical Clinic

Crossroads Medical Mission is a mobile clinic providing primary medical services to people in southwest Virginia and northeast Tennessee who have difficulty accessing the care they need due to geographical or financial barriers. It is a Christian mission partnering with several organizations to provide the services in several locations. Two board-certified family physicians, a missions director and a medical assistant, with the help of several volunteers, deliver quality preventative and urgent care. There is no charge for the medical services and they do not bill for insurance. Services include screenings for diabetes, hypertension, breast and prostate disease, primary care for routine medical problems, minor surgery, some lab work and education. Currently, the mobile medical unit visits Meadowview, Va., on the fourth Wednesday of each month.

Ecumenical Faith in Action (EFIA)

EFIA serves 400 people a week in Washington County, VA. The agency networks people and congregations of all faiths to recruit, train, and match volunteers to provide assistance to people whose circumstances leave them in need. Volunteers are needed to assist older citizens with day-to-day tasks, and to help with the operations of the Stone Soup Food Pantry. Located 15 minutes from campus in Abingdon, Virginia.

Family Preservation (Abingdon)

In the state of Virginia, Pathways offers services through its wholly owned subsidiaries, Family Preservation Services, Inc. (“FPS of Virginia”).

Through local, state and federal funds, FPS of Virginia provides a continuum of home, community and school based programs. Family Preservation Service’s (FPS) mission is to ensure the provision of accessible, effective, high quality community-based counseling and social services as an alternative to traditional institutional care. The common thread is that FPS provides counseling and support services in home- and community-based settings and emphasizes the strengths and uniqueness of each youth and family. Family Preservation Services does not own or operate any hospitals, residential treatment centers or group homes. All services are offered by trained therapists and paraprofessionals under the direct supervision of licensed clinicians.

  • Name: Josh Carter
  • Phone: 276.623.9245

Family Resource Alliance of America (FRAA)

Family Resource Alliance of America helps families with a variety of issues such as low-income housing, welfare, employment, education, and finance. FRAA provides information on different programs, helps in the application process, and in understanding how the different government programs work. One such program is the Housing Choice Voucher Program (HCVP), also known as ‘Section 8’, which is a low-income housing assistance.

  • Phone: 276.628.5661

Feeding America Southwest Virginia

Feeding America feeds Southwest Virginia’s hungry through a network of partners in the fight to end hunger. It distributes more than 20 million pounds of food annually to nearly 400 partner agency soup kitchens, rescue missions, and food pantries.

Gregory’s Rest Home

Gregory’s Rest Home is an assisted living community. It offers an intermediate care for individuals who cannot reside by themselves in independent living, but do not need full-time health care services. Volunteers will assist in various tasks such as helping the residents with any tasks they may need done and uplifting the residents spirits.

  • Name: Barbara Gregory
  • Phone: 276.944.5350

Highlands Community Services (HCS)

Highlands Community Services provides mental health, substance abuse, and intellectual disability services to residents of Washington County and Bristol, VA. They seek to “improving lives and discovering possibilities” by providing the highest quality continuum of behavioral health, creating a center of excellence for all individuals. HCS offers multiple services in various locations in order to benefit a wide variety of people.

  • Name: Lisa Topshee
  • Phone: 276.494.1112

Highlands Educational Literacy Program (HELP)

Highland’s Educational Literacy Program helps both adults and children residing in Washington, Smyth, and Russel Counties with lower literacy skills. HELP provides literacy instruction through a variety of programs, including one-on-one tutoring, and the English as a Second Language Program. Opportunities exist both on and off campus.

Holston River Soil & Water Conservation District (HRSWCD)

The HRSWCD is guided by a philosophy that all decisions based on conservation should be made at the local level, by local people, with technical assistance provided by the government. Due to this the districts works with multiple agencies to ensure the conservation of the Holston and keep their programs strong. There is a range of programs, one of the most popular includes the Great Outdoors Learning Dome (GOLD) program.

Johnston Memorial Hospital

We exist to identify and respond to the health care needs of individuals and communities in our region and to assist them in attaining their highest possible level of health. Volunteers perform a wide variety of duties and play a crucial role that helps Mountain States meet the needs of our patients and their families in an environment of care, understanding and compassion. A few positions include serving as a navigator, a gift shop volunteer, a courtesy shuttle driver, an information desk host, a patient ambassador, a waiting area assistant, a cookie baker and many others.

Mary’s Lunch Box

Mary’s Lunch Box is a ministry program at the Meadowview United Methodist Church serving children from low-income families. Volunteers provide meals for elementary school children to take home for the weekend.

Migrant Health Network

The Migrant Health Network (MHN) provides basic health services for migrant and seasonal farm workers and their families in Southwest Virginia. The MHN provides many services on a sliding scale to migrant and seasonal farm workers. Services include, but are not limited to: primary care medical services, health education, Outreach, health assessments, referrals, and case management. Volunteers are needed to help in various programs within the network.

  • Name: Chad Brown
  • Phone: 276.233.3505

Mount Rogers Planning District

The Mount Rogers Planning District Commission (MRPDC) is an organization that was established for the purpose of promoting orderly and efficient development of economic, physical, and social elements of the region. The work of the Commission is centered chiefly in providing technical assistance to area jurisdictions in economic and community development, public management and administration, and cartography.

  • Name: Stephanie Patton
  • Phone : 276.783.5103 ext. 301

Mt. Rogers Appalachian Trail Club

The Mt Rogers Appalachian Trail Club’s primary focus is to help insure that the Trail remains available for future generations, fulfill its maintenance responsibilities to the highest degree possible, undertake projects that would enhance use of the Trail without sacrifice of beauty or serenity and provide opportunity for Club members to enjoy activities associated with the Trail.

New Life Thrift Store

New Life Thrift Shop is a ministry of Ecumenical Faith in Action, Abingdon, VA. All proceeds made by the thrift shop are used to support the needs of the food pantry, medical mission and benevolence programs of EFIA.

People, Inc

People Incorporated aims to provide opportunities for economically disadvantaged people to reach their goals in order to enhance their lives, their families, and their communities. They promote the dignity of individuals and families, moves people into the economic mainstream, and works to develop existing strengths and resources within communities through programs such as providing various head start programs.

  • Name: Kim Hill, Family and Community Development Manager
  • Email: khill@peopleinc.net 
  • Phone: 276.619.2211

Priceless Thrift Shoppe

Priceless Thrift Shoppe is a non-profit organization that supports the ministry of “Bristol Recovery Road for Women” with their work with women. They sell items such as clothing, toys, electronics, household goods, and seasonal decorations.

  • Name: Kris Mays
  • Phone: 276.644.1199

River’s Way Outdoor Adventure Center

River’s Way provides team building and outdoor adventure activities to a wide array of groups including youth and young adults with disabilities. Students in this program mentor area youth and young adults by participating in monthly Day Programs on Emory & Henry’s campus or volunteering with one of the many other River’s Way programs such as community garden programs or after-school programs.

Town of Glade Spring

Glade Spring, Va., expresses great beauty through its history, its neighborhoods and its caring people. This community will do more than make you feel at home; it will give you an opportunity to express yourself. Glade Spring grows as a community that builds on its values in the context of new ideas and new faces.

Southwest Virginia 4-H Center

The 4-H Center (located 15 minutes from campus) serves the 13 counties of Southwest Virginia and 250 people per week during the summer. Volunteers are needed for clerical support, public relations, graphics, and to work with youth.

Sprouting Hope

Sprouting Hope is a community garden that started in 2012. All the produce produced in the garden is distributed fairly throughout the community such as the local churches, the free clinic, food pantries, and the senior center, and the garden volunteers keeping with the garden’s vision that everyone should have access to fresh, healthy food.

United Way of Southwest Virginia

United Way’s mission is to create lasting change in the lives of Southwest Virginia. It aspires to improve lives by increasing caring within communities to advance the common good. United Way works to create a community in which adults and children have access to excellent schools, health, safe neighborhoods and jobs that pay a livable wage.

Upper Tennessee River Roundtable (UTRR)

The Upper Tennessee River Roundtable is a non-profit organization with an overall interest in improving water quality in the Upper Tennessee River Watershed. The Roundtable represents a total of seven counties and two cities. The Roundtable offers various education and outreach programs such as Conservation Camp, stream monitoring and clean up, and placing rain barrels under guttering spouts.

Valley Health Care Center

Valley Health Care in Chilhowie, Virginia (10 minutes from campus) is a 207 bed facility providing quality care for nursing home and other residents. Volunteers are needed to visit with residents, lead or assist with group activities, transport residents to and from activities, and assist with various other activities. Training is provided for all volunteers.

Virginia Creeper Trail Club

The Virginia Creeper Trail Club is a private nonprofit corporation whose purpose is to maintain, promote, and preserve the Virginia Creeper Trail corridor and to help develop and conduct public education programs regarding its scenic and natural qualities.There are multiple ways volunteers can assist such as trail maintenance and improvements.

  • Phone: 276.676.6233

Washington County DSS

Washington County Department of Social Services mission is to see people helping people triumph over poverty, abuse and neglect to shape strong futures for themselves, their families and communities. WCDSS provides assistance to families with a range of issues such as financial and disaster assistance, provide information about adult or child care facilities, adoption, and abuse.

  • Phone: 1.800.468.8894

Washington County Habitat for Humanity

The E&H Campus Chapter of Habitat for Humanity works with our local affiliate, Washington County Habitat for Humanity, to help eliminate poverty by providing simple, decent shelter to those in need. Volunteers are needed for various tasks such as helping with new home builds and housing repair projects, which occur throughout the year.

Washington County Public Library

The Washington County Public Library serves Washington County with 5 libraries across the county. Volunteers are always welcome and needed to help with various projects and upkeep. Volunteers help with things such as gardening, shelf-reading, “Adopt-a-shelf”, cleaning, special projects, and their programs.

  • Phone: 276.676-6233

Washington County Recreation Department

The Recreation Department provides a variety of quality, leisure activities for the citizens of Washington County, serving about 300 people per week. Volunteers are needed to serve as youth basketball coaches. Training is provided for all volunteers.

Wilderness Road Regional Museum

The Wilderness Road Regional Museum is the host of a library of historical and genealogical books and documents. On the six acres a detached kitchen building, granary, loom house, and barn offer more glimpses into the lives of those that lived along the main migration route west. Volunteers are welcome to help with the grounds upkeep, archives, and tours.

  • Phone: 540.674.4835

William King Museum of Art

The William King Museum of Art serves the residents of Abingdon and surrounding communities who seek a visual art experience. The museum seeks to be a forum for social and cultural engagement in the community while hosting exhibitions in which are significant and accessible for everyone.

Wonder Kids Therapeutic Equestrian Center, Inc.

Wonder Kids Therapeutic Equestrian Center, Inc. is a therapeutic riding center for children with physical and emotional disabilities. Wonder Kids offers individual with disabilities a non-traditional form of therapeutic equine-assisted treatment to facilitate a safe, effective, and fun learning environment.

YWCA - TechGYRLS

YWCA is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all. TechGYRLS is an after school based program serving girls 3rd through 8th grades. Activities include the TechGYRL curriculum, homework/tutoring assistance, mentoring, job-shadowing, nutritional snacks and physical education.