Civic Engagement

The VMI experience emphasizes the value of service by encouraging cadets to serve their communities. Classroom experiences combined with regular participation in community projects develop a strong sense of charity and service to others.

The Nabors Service League

The Nabors Service League (NSL) is a student-run community service organization that strives to promote and encourage a spirit of service and to connect service with learning.  NSL strives to bring together service-oriented individuals to discuss the needs of the Lexington and Rockbridge communities and how Washington and Lee University and Virginia Military Institute can help to meet those needs.

Cadets interested in working with the Nabors Service League can register online. Nabors Service League Registration

Service Clubs

  • Bloodmobile
  • Children's Academic and Life Mentor Club
  • Cadet Peer Educators
  • Emergency Response Team
  • Firefighters
  • Rescue Squad
  • Special Olympics
  • VMI Special Olympics Half-marathon/10K Torch Run

Keydets Without Borders

Keydets Without Borders combines the efforts of interested students in all majors in a collaborative effort to enhance the living conditions of developing areas worldwide. Through this effort, students will increase their global perspective, work as a team to design and implement sustainable engineering and humanitarian solutions to poverty, and gain hands-on experience applying their skills and talents towards the common good.

Chaplain's Office

  • Character Counts Program – Cadets visit classrooms and make presentations on building the pillars of character to middle school students.  
  • Community (local and national) service learning opportunities to serve those living in poverty situations. National summer internship opportunities are available to VMI cadets who have taken the “Poverty and Human Capability” course at VMI.

Shepherd Poverty Program

Each summer, VMI sponsors cadets to participate in the Shepherd Poverty Internship Program offered through the Shepherd Higher Education Consortium on Poverty. During the 8-week internship, cadets work with agencies that fit their intellectual and occupational interests to address and learn first-hand about the multiple dimensions of poverty. Internship areas of focus include education, healthcare, legal services, housing, hunger, social and economic needs, and community-building efforts.

VMI’s Shepherd Program fosters learning through academic study, service, and reflection. By becoming involved directly in what can be done to foster human capabilities for communities and individuals who have been left behind, the program promotes a structure for student leadership and volunteer service on our campus, in the local Rockbridge community and in communities across the nation and internationally.

Visit the Shepherd Higher Education Consortium on Poverty website.

Timber Framers

An organization consisting of engineering and other interested students dedicated to establishing training programs for professional and beginning timber framers, disseminating information about timber framing and timber frame building design, displaying the art of timber framing to the public, and the building of timber-framed structures throughout the community.