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ASSIST Work Program

Shenandoah Valley Academy (SVA), in partnership with Southern Adventist University’s ASSIST grant, has the opportunity to offer unique tuition assistance to SVA students. Through this service-oriented grant, participating students are paired with senior adults in the New Market and surrounding community in a mutually beneficial way.

Students in the ASSIST grant program provide help to senior citizens by performing light housekeeping and/or yard work. They also have fun with their senior friends through activities such as visiting, reading, and playing games. As the young people build generational bridges, they also benefit from the wisdom and mentorship of the older adults. In the process, their time together helps finance the student’s Christian education.

Not only are these students developing skills needed to be successful—commitment, leadership, communication and interpersonal skills, empathy, and collaboration—they are also learning the value of service.
If you would like more information click the ASSIST logo above, or contact SVA ASSIST Director Susan (Dickson) Finlaw '65 at

If you have questions about giving to ASSIST, please contact:

Mrs. Janel Haas Ware, Director

Office of Development & Alumni Relations

Dale E. Twomley Hall
234 W Lee Hwy New Market VA 22844
Office: (540) 740-2202 Cell: (240) 401-1169