Operating on individual, local, national, and global levels, NLVS approaches the world with a diverse array of activities. Consoling somebody who just lost a loved one, helping a elderly man across the street, putting a blanket over a battered woman who is laying on the street in the middle of winter, feeding a baby its first real meal in 2 weeks, and teaching an illiterate orphan how to read are some examples of how a little service can help start a new life.
NLVS has several chapters who are all actively involved in providing community service to their respective communities. In addition to the regular volunteering done by NLVS members across the country, NLVS has started several of its own regular programs.
In 2001, NLVS created the NLVS Tutoring Program for Chicago Public School children in grades K-12. The program focuses on the subjects of mathematics and reading. The program has gained recognition from the Chicago Public School administration as one of the most highly recommended tutoring programs in Chicago.
In 2002, NLVS began its own NLVS Health Education Program that focuses on providing health prevention on topics that include Diet, Exercise, Obesity, Nutrition, Diabetes, Hypertension, Hypercholesterolemia, STDs/HIV/AIDS, Substance Abuse, and Domestic Violence. The program delivers the health education in a variety of settings including schools, shelters, and free clinics.
In October 2003, NLVS created a student-run NLVS Free Health Clinic in Chicago for uninsured patients. This clinic has quickly expanded and now sees approximately 25 patients each week. The clinic has gained recognition by the Chicago Department of Health. [read more]
NLVS has been active in relief efforts from providing volunteers in Port Arthur, TX and Biloxi, MS after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita to raising funds for global relief in earthquake/tsunami cases such as those affecting Haiti and India. NLVS has also provided health relief in areas such as Honduras and Uganda.
If you are interested in volunteering for any of our projects please visit the "How Can I Help" link to find out more information.