Incoming students kick off their JMU experience with volunteer work

JMU News

by Ginny Cramer


Harrisonburg, Virginia — One hundred incoming first-year and transfer students will be coming to campus early this year to volunteer with non-profits in Harrisonburg through James Madison University’s Dukes Making a Difference program. 

The program connects students with almost a dozen community partners, including local schools, retirement communities, and non-profits focused on a range of issues from disability support to conservation and healthy food access.  Some of the service projects the students will be working on include:

  • Helping local teachers and administrators get their classrooms, outdoor learning spaces, and school gardens ready for students.
  • Performing essential repairs or remodels to help low-income homeowners stay in their homes.
  • Cleaning a section of local river.
  • Painting the interiors and exteriors of non-profits focused on mental health.
  • Washing a partner’s fleet of busses alongside clients of the organization.
  • Spending time with individuals with disabilities and with seniors in our community

“This is a great opportunity for new Dukes to learn about Harrisonburg's most pressing social issues, and to join some of the amazing individuals and organizations making their new home a better place for all of its residents,” said Josh Shulruff, who coordinates the program for JMU.

The program will run August 17-20, 2022. This year’s community partners include, but are not limited to:

Adagio House

The Arc of Harrisonburg and Rockingham

Bridgewater Retirement Community

Family Life Resource Center

Friends of the Middle River

John Wayland Elementary School

Pleasant View

Project Grows

Renewing Homes of Greater Augusta

Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community

Waterman Elementary School


Contact: Ginny Cramer, 

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Published: Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Last Updated: Thursday, January 4, 2024

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