While the other EWB projects help communities all around the world, the local chapter of EWB focuses on getting involved in the local community surrounding Virginia Tech. We apply our engineering education to community service projects, including tutoring students in math and science, designing and implementing projects given by nearby counties’ social services, and volunteering with other activities. We are currently working with the YMCA and Craig County Social Services, with hopes to expand our partnerships. We also have teams for Relay for Life and the Big Event.
During the Spring Semester of the 2014 academic year, Craig County Virginia contacted the Local Project with a possible collaboration in designing a greenway which would allow students to travel safely from home to school. The task requires a bridge to cross a substantial creek which falls in between the county's two schools and the town of New Castle. During this project, the Local Project has worked alongside Anderson and Associates Inc., a Blacksburg Civil Engineering firm, the Virginia Department of Transportation, and the administration of Craig County. The Local Project is in the process of learning surveying, reading and interpreting topographical maps, and taking into consideration geographical, political, and social constraints.
In addition, the Local Projects has teams for both Relay for Life and the Big Event at Virginia Tech. In 2014, the Local Project raised $2,160 for Relay for life. During the Big Event in 2014, the Local Project helped with yard work for a Quaker Meeting House.
In the past EWB at Virginia Tech participated in a Habitat for Humanity we hope to continue that partnership in the next year. The work ranged from yard work to installing insulation to pouring concrete and everything in between! Not only was this a great way for the members of EWB to do a little team-building, but it was a great opportunity to do something for our local community here in Blacksburg.