Civic Engagement

At Mary Baldwin University we have a proud tradition of connecting with our local and global community through volunteerism, service-learning, and civic engagement.

We encourage all students, in all disciplines, to invest time into making Staunton and Augusta County a better place. Mary Baldwin students have volunteered at schools, churches, food banks, homeless shelters, childcare centers, senior centers, nursing homes, hospitals, and many other local non-profits and social service organizations.

In keeping with Mary Baldwin’s focus on global engagement, our students participate in service trips not just in the United States, but around the world. They work in schools, interact with less fortunate children, and help rebuild communities in India, Nepal, El Salvador, and Belgium, just to name a few. We welcome all ideas for service trips and will do everything we can to make them happen.

As a testament to our commitment to community service, Mary Baldwin University has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll ever since the honor roll has existed by the Cooperation for National and Community Service. The honor roll, which increases public awareness about the contributions that colleges and their students make to society, has a membership of about 700 colleges and universities nationwide.

If you are interested in volunteering in the community or have an idea for a service trip, contact Steve Grande, director of civic engagement at 540-887-7111 or You can also check out Mary Baldwin Serve for local opportunities to help out.